Qualiying is now over and we have a few of the higher ranked players on show. The standard of tennis can’t get any lower than yesterday, right?
Hercog v Tatishvili: Hercog’s price has been drifting steadily. There is a claim on the betfair forum that she has bought an air ticket home for tonight. Tatishvili played the final of an ITF tournament on Sunday which she won so a real chance that she won’t be too motivated. Hercog reached the quarter finals of this tournament last year so I’d be surprised if she was about to tank this one. Plenty of other games around so we don’t have to get involved but I’d say Hercog will come through due to having more incentive to get a result.
Update: Maybe Hercog bought the ticket for a friend. She won 7-5, 6-3.
Martinez Sanchez would seem to have a great chance against 6th seed Benesova. They have played once on clay and Martinez Sanchez took it in 3 sets. She reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon before being dismantled by Venus Williams but beat Jankovic in the first round. Benesova lost in the second round to semi finalist Azarenka. A starting price of 1.38 is too low as this could be a tight match so I’ll be waiting for a price nearer 1.80 before getting involved. Martinez Sanchez is defending champion.
Update: No higher price unfortunately. Martinez sanchez won 6-2, 6-0.
Kunitsyn seems like a gift at 1.47 against quaifyer Wang who is ranked 493rd in the world. Kunitsyn reached the semi final of the AEGON International losing in 3 sets to eventual winner Seppi. Wang hasn’t played a main draw match all season so will perhaps feel he has nothing to lose. If Kunitsyn keeps his head this should be over in 2 sets. He has held serve 80% of the time in the last year.
Update: Kunitsyn started perfectly with a break in Wangs first service game. He was broken back but immediately broke again and held on for the set. Then Wang started to find some of his old form and Kunitsyn was struggling on serve. Wang came back to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Americans tend to do well in their own tournaments so top seed Isner, Sweeting and Harrison will be confident going into their matches. If Harrison catches Clement on a good day he could have some problems but the other two should be safely through.
Update: Easy for Isner 6-3, 6-2. Sweeting went down tamely to Ebden 4-6, 2-6. Harrison started reasonably well but could get close to breaking serve. Clement won a late break to take the set. Harrisons attitude in the second set was very poor and Clement won 6-4, 6-1.