Just the women letting me down so far this week. Karlovic’s win over Gasquet last night made up for Gajdosova’s pitiful display. Also a trade on the New York Yankees meant I ended with a decent return 🙂
A lot of short prices today. An upset or two would be very profitable.
Istomin v Benneteau:
I’m not sure where Benneteau has found his recent form from but he seems to fear no one. Istomin isn’t the type of player to strike fear into anyone and I see only 1 winner in this one. Its a pity that the starting price is just 1.33 but based on recent form and also the head to head which shows Benneteau won their only previous match in straight sets this should be as straight forward a match as we will see today.
I will hold off from backing at the start and hope Istomin can push the price up a little. I would be very surprised if this isn’t over in 3 sets.
Update: Benneteau won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Ljubicic v Nalbandian:
Ljubicic leads the head to heads 5-3 and he has won 4 of the last 5. Nalbandian won their last meeting which was a year ago on a hard court.
Nalbandian is recently back from injury and hassn’t really found his form yet. He wasn’t impressive in his first round match and will need to improve on that to have a chance today.
Ljubicic relies greatly on his serve and Nalbandian won’t find it easy to break although like any player Ljubicic can sometimes unexpectedly throw in a terrible service game.
This will come down to consistency and for that reason I have to go with Ljubicic. I think we will see 4 sets but Nalbandian will have to improve to take this one.
Ljubicic has better serve stats and Nalbandian has better return stats so this should be a good match.
Update: Big improvement from Nalbandian who won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
McHale v Kirilenko:
McHale has found some great form In America and recent wins over Wozniacki, bartoli and Kuznetsova. She is just 19 and has the talent to grow into one of the games top players.
Kirilenko hasn’t had much sucess recently although it has to be noted that she hass been very unlucky with her first or second round draws.
McHale has the momentum coming into this match and also the crowd will offer very loud support.
Very likely to be 3 sets but I will go with McHale to continue with her great form.
Update: I expected more from McHale. Kirilenko won 6-2, 6-3.