Heineken Open 02:00
Giraldo v Almagro:
These 2 start at around evens. World number 10 Almagro had an awful start to his season although circumstances didn’t help him. he had a bye in the first round and a walkover in the second round when Darcis pulled out so he found himself playing a quarter final as his first match of the season. he finally came through against Sugita but lost to eventual champion Raonic.
Giraldo has had an impressive start to the season with a win over Petschner but lost to Simon in a tight quarter final.
Almagro has won both their previous matches but each went to 3 sets. In both matches the first set went to Almagro in a tie break.
This will be another tight match but Almagro will have had a kick up the arse against Sugita that will have focussed his mind. He couldn’t cope with Raonic’s serve but as long as his backhand is firing today and his serve is as good as it was against Raonic I expect him to edge this one.
Update: Almagro won 6-4, 6-2.
Wozniacki v Radwanska:
Wozniacki is close to losing her world number 1 spot. If Kvitova wins this tournament she will take over at the top.
She was close to leaving the tournament in the last round when Cibulkova was 4-0 up in the final set. Wozniacki fought back but Cibulkova helped her. That showed that Woz will fight to keep the top position but the concern is that she found herself in that situation in the first place.
Today she is up against Radwanska who she has beaten in the last 5 of their 6 matches for the loss of just 1 set. That set was in their last match at the end of October 2011 and Rad took the opening set.
Radwanska has won both her matches this season taking out her sister and Petkovic in straight sets. She ended last season well and I’m sure will be having another good one this year. beating Woz here would give her a massive boost.
As the prices suggest ( Woz is 1.80 ) this will be another tight match. they know each others games well and there will be no surprises for either. You have to expect that Wozniacki will want to be around to stop Kvitova winning the title and she doesn’t usually bow out early in the week before the slams ( which may explain why she hasn’t won one yet).
I’ll go for a Wozniacki win but won’t be getting involved until I have seen them start. Good chance that Rad takes the first set.
Update: Not surprisingly it went to 3 sets with Woz taking the first. In the third set Radwanska took a 2-0 lead but was pulled back to 2-2. Radwanska then rattled off the next 4 games.
Rad won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.