Pironkova (1.61) v Kostyuk (2.6)
Due to start at 7:30 pm
This will be their first meeting.
Long term overall win percentages are much better for Kostyuk. Both players have won over 70% of their matches in the last year. Pironkova has a small lead. Pironkova also has better hard court results in the last year.
Pironkova has come through the qualifying rounds. She didn’t lose a set but wasn’t impressive in her first match. She beat Catherine McNally in 2 tie breaks but was broken 4 times and had to work hard for many of her service holds. She missed the 2018 and 2019 seasons and really surprised everyone when she hit the ground sprinting when the tour resumed in August 2020. She started with a quarter final at the US Open where she gave Serena Williams a real scare after beating Garbine Muguruza in straight sets in the second round. She also reached the third round at the French Open and got through the qualifying rounds for the Australian Open. She had a disappointing first round loss to Su-Wei Hsieh.
Most of Kostyuk’s best results were in ITF tournaments. She did reach the third round at the US Open in August. She also reached the semi finals in Abu Dhabi in January. if Pironkova is not quite at her best she could give her a few problems.
Back Pironkova around 2.00 to 2.20.
Update: Pironkova went a break behind early in the match but immediately broke back and then went a break ahead. She couldn’t keep the lead and she needed a tie break to win the set.
She was poor in the 2nd set but a slight injury for Kostyuk helped Pironkova dominate the 3rd
Pironkova won 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
I have had a handful of questions in the last few months asking about the advice that I give on this blog and also on Twitter. The most common question is asking if the tips are intended to be backed and left to run.
The short answer is “NO”. The slightly longer answer is “HELL NO”. The long answer is that I very rarely leave a back bet to run until the end of the match. I can think of just 2 occasions in the last year. The clue is in the title of the site. The tips are for TRADING.
The aim of the match picks on here and in the Daily Trading Tips emails is to give you a value entry point. After that you need to manage your position. If you have little tennis trading experience here are some simple ways to manage the trade:
Once the price has reached the target price and you have entered your first trade you are waiting for a significant price move in your favour. This can be a break of serve or your player wins the set. Then you should remove some or all of your liability (risk).
If your player does not perform well and gets broken after you have entered the trade then you can exit with a loss.