Defending champion Stosur won’t have an easy match but has the edge on clay
Due to start at 4:30 pm
Cibulkova 2.12, Stosur 1.86
Stosur has won 5 of their 6 matches. The last time they met was in the quarter final of Doha in February 2017. Cibulkova won on a hard court in straight sets.
Cibulkova has slightly better overall results in the last 12 months and also in 2018. On clay it is Stosur who has the better results. Her ROI is higher on clay.
Stosur has won all 3 of their previous clay matches. She won this title last year beating Gavrilova in 3 sets in the final. She has had to beat Gavrilova in this tournament too though dismissed her in straight sets this time.
This is Cibulkova’s first visit to Strasbourg. She doesn’t usually play a tournament in the week before the French Open. She has had two comfortable wins so far this week although her opponents were ranked 261 and 535.
Lay Cibulkova if she breaks first or wins the opening set. I will put part stake on Stosur above 2.20 as I expect her to win. It could be a long match.