Just time to write a few quick thoughts on the early matches. I have been dealing with yet another minor emergency at Shark Towers. I hasten to add that none of the issues are ever mine! I just always end up having to sort them out. At least I have my uses!
If Schmiedlova serves the way she did in the first set of her last match then Kanepi could be about to have a bad day. Kanepi starts at 1.33 so I will wait a game or two to see how they start. I’d expect Kanepi to be able to read the serve better than Voegele did but if we can get a price above 1.60 I’ll be happy.
Update: Schmiedlova went into a 3-1 lead. She only won 2 more games in the match.
Kanepi won 6-4, 6-1.
Vinci has a 3-1 head to head lead over Safarova but is at a crazy price of 1.36. .Her alleged fight with Errani didn’t seem to affect her in her last match ( nor did it trouble Errani ) so there’s a good chance it was blown out of proportion.
Safarova needed 3 sets to beat Tsurenko in the last round to secure her first win since Wimbledon.
If Safarova can have one of her good form days then she has the ability to cause Vinci some problems. I will be waiting before getting involved. Vinci will need her own serve to be near its best today but she has been serving well one day and then struggling from the line the next.
We need to see which versions of each player show up. I will say that if Vinci start the match serving generally well then I will be hoping for a higher entry price than her SP. I think we will see a few price swings in this one.
Update: Vinci was broken in her second service game and that was enough to give Safarova the set. Two breaks in each of the next 2 sets gave Vinci the win.
Vinci won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Ferrer may struggle today although he seems to be getting some of his confidence back. Bautista Agut will need to serve at his best if he is to have a chance.
Update: This one showed signs of promise when Ferrer was broken in the first game. He fired back with 2 breaks of his own to take the set. In the second set each player broke twice and they went into a tie break which Bautista Agut won. Ferrer controlled the match after that.
Ferrer won 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Gonzalez obviously only won his last match due to Janowicz being injured but I can see him taking a set today. Sock at 1.37 isn’t a backing price unless you’re allergic to cash.
Gonzalez rarely sets foot on any court other than clay and I’m sure he has enjoyed the attention that will have come his way after the last match. He has been in excellent form on the clay Challenger courts and would be able to take advantage of a poor match from the American who has had his own injury problems with a problem with his right leg. That forced him to retire from his first round match at the Winston Salem tournament.
Update: Sock won 7-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.