Tournament day 8 and we’re into the business end of the slam. The weather looks good for today so hopefully no delays.
WTA, 11:30 – Halep’s rise to the top of the sport has been spectacular but unlike some others who have done the same in the past she has been able to continue at the high level. She has had a taste of a grand slam final at this season’s French Open and I’m sure she will be giving it everything to repeat that this week.
Diyas broke into the top 100 in March when she reached the second round in Miami as a qualifier. She has had some respectable wins including over Flipkens and Tomljanovic. She beat Suarez Navarro last week but today’s opponent is several levels above her.
A slow start by Halep is the best we can hope for to give a better backing price.
WTA, 11:30 – Lisicki proved too strong for Ivanovic who has been in excellent form this season. Shvedova was handed her place in the 4th round thanks to Madison Keys having to retire due to her tough week in Eastbourne where she won the title.
I had said that Lisicki would have to improve her recent form if she was to repeat her appearance in last year’s final. She certainly seems to have done that.
The head to heads are 2-2. Lisicki has won their 2 most recent matches which were both in 2012. That included a win at the London Olympics which were obviously played at Wimbledon.
Lisicki starts at 1.28 which is too low but if we can get on her when she is a break behind that would be perfect.
WTA, 13:00 – This match is carried over from yesterday. This is a copy/paste of my preview from yesterday’s blog post. Sharapova leads the head to heads 4-1 over Kerber. They have never met on Grass though and it is this surface which perhaps gives the German her best chance.
Kerber has shown some strong form on the turf and reached the final In Eastbourne with some strong wins including over Wozniacki.
Sharapova hasn’t been tested so far. Only Alison Riske was able to get 3 games in a set before being bagel’d in the second.
Sharapova is no stranger to a slow start and I expect an early lead for Kerber. I will wait for Sharapova to be broken in the early part of the set to back her.
If Kerber can keep playing her game she can take a set here but I’m not sure she has what it takes to get the win.
ATP, 13:00 – Federer leads the head to heads with Robredo 10-2. Robredo won their most recent match which was an unexpected straight sets win at last year’s US Open.
They have never played on grass. Federer has looked in excellent form so far and hasn’t dropped a set. Robredo took a 2 set lead over Janowicz in the third round but needed a 5th set to close out the match.
At 1.05 Federer can only be a lay but bear in mind he was in poor form at the US Open. I don’t expect a win for Robredo today. Lets hope he can take the first set at least!
ATP 13:30 – How long can Lopez keep going? His big serving style works really well on grass and leads to very few long points. Even so he has been in the final of the last 2 tournaments and had a tough 4 set match with Isner just yesterday.
Wawrinka really still has to prove himself on grass but he looked good yesterday against Istomin. He is an excellent returner and will put the Lopez serve under a lot more pressure than Isner did. Isner had several break point chances in that match and so I expect Wawrinka to have at least as many and is better equipped to take advantage.
Wawrinka would be a lot shorter than today’s SP of 1.71 on any other surface. I am favouring him to win today but I want a price nearer evens before I back him.
ATP, 15:00 – Kyrgios had an excellent win over Gasquet in round 2. He came back from 2 sets down. He backed that win up with a victory in 4 sets over Vesely.
Nadal has lost his first set in every round so far. The top players usually start to step up through the gears for the second week of slams but if Kyygios can handle the situation he can keep the first set close and maybe nick a break. I would say he has a great chance to take a set but maybe his best chance is to take the third set when Nadal relaxes a little at 2-0 to try to save energy for the quarter final.
I am sure the young Aussie will give a good account of himself but to match Nadal’s intensity over a best of 5 match will be too much at the first attempt. Invaluable experience for him though.