Its not the most inspiring list of matches today. Or perhaps my perception of them is flawed due to every bone in my body aching. Finished trading at 3 yesterday from a 5am start and then did the next stage of the decorating. Finished at 10pm. I think its called burning the candle at both ends.
Anyway we have a few lowish prices today. Sharapova is at 1.14 and after her struggle yesterday against Halep I will look to lay her after she breaks.
Update: Cirstea was never really in it. Sharapova won 6-2, 6-2.
Wawrinka looks a little short at 1.40 against Chardy although he has never lost to the Frenchman. I’ll wait for a higher price in the first half of the opening set.
Update: Wawrinka was broken first and he broke back 3 games later. The set went to Wawrinka in a tie break. The second set also went to a tie break and Wawrinka led 6-3 but somehow managed to lose the set. He took the decider with a single late break.
Wawrinka won 7-6, 6-7, 7-5.
Its the same with Dolgopolov’s price against Melzer. 1.37 is too low to be backing as both have clown tendencies. Melzer gets more unpredictable with every passing match but I don’t see him winning this one.
Update: No breaks in the opening set and Melzer took it in a tie break. Dolgopolov fought straight back with a double break in the second set. In the third set it was Melzer’s turn for a double break.
Melzer won 7-6, 2-6, 6-1.
Murray v Lacko is the mis-match of the day ( cue a 2-0 Lacko win! ). Mayer, Djokovic and Radwanska should be troubled too much but look out for higher prices on all of them.
Update: Mayer and Rad lost the opening set but all these came through.
That just leaves Bartoli and Goerges. Goerges has had 2 tough 3 setters so far this week with a great win over Sam Stosur in the last round. She seems to be serving well and even though Bartoli leads the head to heads 3-1 I think this will be quite an even contest.
As there’s always a chance of a slow start from Marion I will be laying from the start. Tough to pick a winner but I will be looking to back Bartoli at much bigger odds.
Update: It was Goerges who made the slow start and went 0-3 down. She began to play better but couldn’t rescue the set. In the second they had 1 break each and Bartoli won it in a tie break.
Bartoli won 6-3, 7-6.