A full schedule today which is always a great sight!
Zahlavova Strycova v Suarez Navarro: Carla hasn’t played a competitive match since she retired from a clay quarter final in February. I expect she has filled her time in with modelling assignments.
ZS reached the semi finals in Sweden last week losing to eventual winner Hercog in 3 sets.
Suaraz Navarro leads the head to heads 2-1 although they haven’t played since 2009. You have to expect her to be rusty. She can be a slow starter even when playing well so I’m going for ZS to take the first set and probably the match in straight sets.
Update: Terrible start to the match wit neither player able to hold serve but surprisingly it was Suarez Navarro wo held it together better to win 7-6, 6-2.
Kamke v Chardy: Kamke will be tired from his flight from America which followed a long but successful week and a semi final place. Even though this is his home tournament I don’t think he will be too motivated to have another long week and won’t be disappointed at losing today. Chardy took a week off after Wimbledon and I’d expect him to be looking forward to getting back to the court. Kamke has won just 2 of his 7 matches on clay in the last 12 months so would have been underdog against Chardy every time.
At 1.58 its worth a back from the start.
Update: Chardy struggled a little at first and the market was over reacting to any point for Kamke. However it was Chardy who won the first break. He was broken back but broke again. He wasn’t able to serve out the set and it went to a tie break which Chardy took. Kamke fell apart in the second set.
Chardy won 7-6, 6-1.
Youzhny and Petzschner should have a close battle in Stuttgart. Petschner won their last match on clay which was in Munich in April. Germans and in particular Petzschner perform better in Germany so he will fancy his chances.
Neither player has a good record at this event. Perhaps a little more motivation for Petz as he is in front of his home crowd but that didn’t stop him quitting the final against Kohlschreiber last month.
Very close but I think Youzhny will come through in the usual 3 sets.
Update: Youzhny started extremely well and it looked like he was going to steamroller Petz. However the unforced errors started to creep in and it was closer than first expected.
Youzhny won 6-3, 6-3.