Wimbledon 2013 – week 1, Saturday

Once again we had rain delays that forced matches to be carried over to today. The weather looks ok for today so hopefully we get a full day’s play.

 

Laura Robson plays her third round match this afternoon. If she plays like she did against Kirilenko she will walk it but as we saw yesterday that form isn’t easy to repeat. She was very nervous at the start of her match with Duque Marino. That was understandable as they were on Centre Court with the roof closed which creates a unique atmosphere. She soon settled down though and looked fairly comfortable after that.

Erakovic is serving well and unless we look at just the last 2 weeks she is returning better than Robson too. She has more experience and is unlikely to be rattled by a loud pro-Robson crowd.

Robson starts at 1.64 and I think we will see her trade higher. I also think that she will raise her game again for this one and despite the stats I am favouring her to get the win.

Update: Very poor start from Robson and Erakovic easily took the first set. She still had the upper hand until she served for the match at 5-4. Robson managed to break and also took the next 2 games and the set. She found her form in the third.

Robson won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

 

Radwanska will have to play well to get the win over Madison Keys. Her main problem will be the American’s serve which saved her a few times against Barthel. Keys wasted a lot of break point chances which she won’t be able to do today.

Radwanska starts at 1.33 and if she starts slow  we can easily get 1.60 early in the set. Her return of serve will eventually get to grips with Keys’ serve which takes away the main threat. Maybe we see 3 sets but Radwanska will come through.

Update: Radwanska won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

 

Lopez‘ serve has been doing a lot of damage on the grass so far. He faces perhaps his biggest test  today in the shape of Haas.

Haas has won both their previous matches in straight sets although they haven’t played since 2004.

We know what we will get from Lopez. Huge serves, some net play and the occasional big winner. Haas is able to use his extensive experience to work out a way through the bombs.

I don’t expect it to be easy for him though and I’d be very surprised if Lopez doesn’t take at least a set, probably in a tie break. He has won 7 of the 10 tie breaks that he has played in the last 3 months.

Ideally Lopez takes the opening set and we can lay him.

Update: Perfect ( and not a single comment ). Lopez took the opening set and Haas took a 5-1 lead in set 2. 

Haas won 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

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