Medina Garrigues v Robson:
Medina Garrigues started slowly against Knapp and lost the opening set.
Robson came through against Morita who retired in the second set. Robson had won the opening set.
These two have never played before but Robson has a chance of beating the higher ranked Spaniard. Medina Garrigues’ price has drifted which may suggest that all is not right with her. She pulled out of her quarter final in New Haven last week.
Robson should be a little more relaxed now and I will be laying M G from the start.(1.46/3.15)
Update: Robson had a go but just didn’t have enough weapons.
Medina Garrigues won 6-2, 6-3.
Baghdatis v Isner:
This is a repeat of last week’s quarter final which saw Baghdatis take the opening set but Isner took the match.
Isner leads the head to heads 3-0 with all their previous matches being on hard courts. Isner looked very tired in that match last week but found a second wind spurred on by the home crowd. He has had a few days to recover from that week in which he won the title.
Isner also beat Baghdatis 3 weeks ago in Canada which was over in 2 sets. I just can’t back Baggy here. Unfortunately Isner starts at 1.40 which is a little too low. I will be waiting for a better price but firmly believe that Isner will be too strong over 5 sets. Baggy has won just 1 set in the previous matches. (1.40)
Update: Very tight first couple of sets with Isner taking them both on tie breaks. Baggy pulled a set back but Isner took the 4th to win 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
Petrova v Hercog:
They played each other last week and Hercog won in straight sets.
Hercog is more comfortable on clay courts but perhaps she liked Petrova’s style of play against her. Petrova didn’t look too motivated last week and I don’t expect that to be the case today. She has the better record on hard courts this season.
I think this will be quite close and expect Petrova to trade higher than her SP of 1.42 although I think Petrova gets revenge for last week perhaps in 3 sets. (1.42)
Update: Fairly easy win for Petrova 6-2, 6-4.