Due to start at midday
Marie Bouzkova 1.93, Anna Blinkova 2.04
Blinkova was slight favourite last night.
This will be their first meeting.
Overall results in the last 12 months and in 2019 are close but slightly favour Blinkova. She also has a much better ROI.
Bouzkova struggled in the 1st round against a Chinese qualifier. She saved 4 match points in the 3rd set tie break. She came through the last round when Svitolina retired. She has only had 1 decent week in WTA hard court tournaments. It was an excellent one though reaching the semi finals in Toronto as a qualifier. In the main draw she beat a low ranked wild card, out of form Sloane Stephens, Ostapenko, an injured Simona Halep who retired and took Serena Williams to 3 sets. Williams retired early in the final.
Blinkova has had a little luck this week. She was 4-1 up on Sorribes Tormo when the Spaniard retired and she faced out of form Aleksandra Krunic in the 2nd round. She won the Challenger title in New Haven on hard courts earlier this month. It was a strong field for a Challenger. She beat Christina McHale, Jennifer Brady and Lauren Davis before beating in form Arconada in the final. She also reached the quarter finals in New York last month.
Despite the slight drift in her price I am still favouring Blinkova to win. Back her around 2.20 or wait for her to be broken before backing.
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