Medina Garrigues v Vesnina: M G leads the head to heads 3-2 and 2-1 on hard courts.
Vesnina hasn’t been in great form recently although she beat Jankovic in the last round. I feel that win was more down to Jankovic giving less than 100%. Vesnina has proved to be mentally weak when things aren’t going her way. I also think that with her poor recent results she may be distracted by her win in the first round.
Medina Garrigues doesn’t often win in a stright forward fashion and if Vesnina can hold herself together she may keep the first set close but I would be very surprised if Medina Garrigues doesn’t win this. She will not feel she has much of a chance next week so will want to get the best result from this tournament as she can. She will be aware that some of the top seeds will be less motivated this week and has enough experience to attempt to take advantage of that situation.
Update: Medina Garrigues won 6-2, 7-6.
Nishikori v Monaco: Nishikori leads the head to heads 1-0. That match was in 2008’s US Open and I would say that the Japanese player has improved the most in the 3 years since then.
Nishikori served very well in his match with Adujar and won in straight sets. Monaco looked like losing the opening set with K mke although he was able to fight back and take the set 7-5 and then the match with a bagel in the second.
This will be a very tight match although I rate Nishikori as the better hard court player. He has had to come through the qualification rounds.
I will watch the opening couple of games before getting involved but I expect Nishikori to come through, perhaps in 3 sets.
Update: What the hell was that from Nishikori?? First set 0-6.
Monaco won 6-0, 6-2.
K Bondarenko v Cibulkova: Cibulkova leads the head to heads 2-0 although their last match ( Sep 2010 ) was settled in a third set tie break.
Bondarenko has improved since that match and her serve has become a little more consistent with her holding serve 70% of the time compared to 65% from her opponent ( over the last 3 months ).
Cibulkova pulled out of her semi final of the Bank of the West Classic with Bartoli and then retired in the next tournament. She seemed to be ok in her first round match here but if she feels anything from that injury she won’t want to aggravate it before next week.
I give a slight edge to Bondarenko and will be laying from the start.
Update: Bondarenko won 6-3, 6-1.