There is rain in China so it will start a bit later.
Wickmayer 2.00, Cornet 1.98. Cornet has drifted from 1.83 yesterday
Cornet leads their previous meetings 3-1. They last met in July 2015 in Istanbul. Cornet won in straight sets on a hard court. Wickmayer’s win was in 2009 on an indoor court in Luxembourg.
Wickmayer has served well this week but her return game has been poor. She has not lost a set. In the first round she beat Kerkhove in 2 tie breaks and in the second round she returned a little better on Peng’s second serve. That match was won 6-4, 6-4.
Cornet has needed 3 sets in both rounds. Like Wickmayer Cornet’s opponents were outside the top 100. Cornet faced 20 break points in the last round and 15 in the first round.
The value on Wickmayer as underdog and I expect her to take at least a set. Cornet needs to improve her serve so much I’m not sure she can. Lay Cornet below 1.70 . We have a good chance of 3 sets.
Update: Wickmayer won 6-1, 7-6. Cornet served for the second set having been a break down but couldn’t serve it out.