There is no Betdaq tonight between 23;00 and 03:00 so brace yourselves for a dramatic increase in liquidity.
Heineken Open – midnight
Kohlschreiber v Almagro:
This should be a good one! Almagro’s first match of the year was pretty poor although he sorted himself out to beat Sugita in 3 sets. Since then he has played pretty well despits making his usual slow start in the first sets. His serve was excellent against Giraldo.
Kohlschreiber has a reputation for being brilliant one match and dire the next but I saw an interview with him from which i got the impression that he is looking to do well this season and really seems motivated. I haven’t seen that from him before and often felt he was just going through the motions.
Kohlschreiber’s first match of 2012 was a 3set defeat at the hands of Nadal. His 2 wins since then have both gone the distance.
This could be the battle of the backhands and of the serves as both have been solid from the service line. The head to heads are 3-3 and the series has seen alternate winners with the last match being won by Almagro. They are 1-1 on hard courts.
Its a very difficult one to call before the match but my gut feeling is that Almagro will edge it. I’ll be waiting for him to fall behind with another of his slow starts and then grab the higher price.
Update: Almagro was the slightly better player in the first set although I got on him at around 2.04 when he was 15-30 in an early service game. He missed a lot of chances and it went to tie break. Almagro’s serve deserted him and Kohlschreiber won the tie break.
Kohlschreiber continued to play and serve well and whilst I though Almagro would come back he was broken at 4-5.
Kohlschreiber won 7-6, 6-4.
Li v Kvitova:
Kvitova may now feel she has a clear run to the world number 1 position with Woz going out in the last round. If she wins this tournament she will replace Wozniacki at the top of the rankings. However still standing in her way is French Open champ Na Li.
Li isn’t playing her best tennis at the moment ( and hasn’t done since the French Open win ). However she has been able to get through her 3 matches with the loss of just 1 set to Scheepers.
Kvitova has won 18 matches in a row but had a shaky start to 2012. Sh ewas struggling to find her timing and touch in her first match and Dulgheru was able to take a set off her. Kvitova was getting really frustrated but pulled herself together to take the third set.
They have never played on a hard court and I think kvitova’s powerful ground strokes will prove too much for Li. Once she found her timing this week she has looked the dominant player and what greater motivation could she have than to go to the season’s first Grand Slam tournament ranked world number 1.
Update: Wow, I didnt see that coming. vitova was in total control in the first set and took a 4-0 lead. She took the set and I stopped following the match. I was amazed to see Li had won 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.