Benesova v Halep:
Benesova has made a great start to 2012. She made the quarter finals in Brisbane and the 4th round of the Oz Open losing to eventual champion Azarenka. In the first round here she made a slow start but came back strongly to win in 3 sets.
Halep started 2012 well with a quarter final in Hobart but has first round losses at the Oz Open and also last week in Paris. This tournament has started pretty well for her though as she knocked out Hantuchova in a third set tie break.
I think the win over Hantuchova had more to do with Dani being tired from her tournament win last week than with Halep playing a great match. Her serve was poor and Benesova will be more likely to take advantage of weak second serves.
Should be comfortable for Benesova. 1.57 not a bad price but would like a little higher. ideally she gets broken early with plenty of time to come back.
Brazil Open 18:00
Ferrero v L Mayer:
Ferrero isn’t in top form at the moment but really should have enough to beat Mayer.
Former world number 1 Ferrero’s best surface is clay. He has won 4 of his last 5 clay court matches. Mayer has lost 4 of his last 5 matches over all although has won his last 6 when starting as underdog.
Ferrero played Davis Cup at the weekend which was also on clay. He needed 5 sets to beat Kukishkin which gives an indication of his form but as he plays more matches that will improve.
I expect this to be fairly tight but Ferrero’s class and experience will bring him through, perhaps in 3 sets.