Kerber v Lisicki:
Kerber leads the head to heads 3-0 although the only recent match ( Jan 2012 ) saw Lisicki retire injured.
Kerber won her first WTA title just 2 days ago. Its not just the physical effect of that that she has to over come but also the mental distraction. The publicity will have been huge and more than she has experienced. This must have got in the way of effective preparation for this week.
As Lisicki starts as favourite at 1.71 I think the potential “let down” from that Paris final has been factored into the prices.
Kerber certainly won’t roll over but I expect this to be a tough match for her as as long as Lisicki can control her unforced error count she should come through in 2 close sets.
Update: Lisicki made a slow start and was broken. She fought back to take the set and seemed to be on top. Having layed kerber after she broke and greened upafter the set I didn’t follow the match after that.
Kerber won the next 2 sets to take the match. Not sure whether it was Lisicki errors or great play from Kerber but she was looking tired early in the first set, never mind the third!
Kerber won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
ABN Amro 14:30
Granollers v Kohlschreiber:
Their only previous match was 12 months ago and went to Kohlschreiber in 3 sets.
Granollers played Davis Cup at the weekend on clay courts. That isn’t the best preparation for a hard court event this week. Kohlschreiber didn’t play DC which gives him an added advantage.
The German has started well in 2012 and has suffered fewer mental moments of madness/weakness than we have come to expect.
The transition from clay to hard courts will perhaps give Granollers some problems in the early games and that will be enough for Kohl to get ahead and to take the first set. After that its a long way back for the Spaniard who hasn’t made such a good start to the season.
1.45 is probably a fair price which means its not wonderful value. Hopefully something nearer 1.60 will be available in the first couple of games.
Update: Very easy first set for Kohlschreiber. 6-1. I don’t know what he was doing in the second but he lost it by the same score.
Kohlschreiber won 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.