WTA Tipsport Elite Trophy, 20th July 2020

This is played on hard courts. Two normal sets with a match tie break to 10 points if a deciding set is needed.

EXHIBITION = REDUCED STAKES!

Kristyna Pliskova (1.41) v Voegele (3.24)

Due to start at 11 am

Pliskova leads their previous matches 3-1. They last met in September 2019 on a hard court. Pliskova won in straight sets. She won both their hard court matches.

Their results in the last 12 months favour Voegele. Her hard court results are also stronger. Most of her best results were in Challenger or ITF events although she reached the third round in Indian Wells as a qualifier.

Voegele has only played 2 matches during the pandemic. They were on hard courts earlier this month. She won both of them in 3 sets including her last match against Jill Teichmann.

Pliskova has played 9 matches during Covid-19. She has only played 2 matches on hard courts and lost both. She played Strycova yesterday. She had lost their previous 3 meetings. She played well and took an early lead. Strycova broke back and broke again. Pliskova took the set into a tie break that was easily won by Strycova. Strycova took the second set with a single break of serve.

Pliskova should be better prepared for today’s match. Hopefully Voegele can be competitive. Back Pliskova around 1.80 to 1.90. Back Pliskova if she loses set 1.

Vondrousova (1.85) v Swiatek (2.11)

Due to start at 12:30 pm

This will be their first meeting.

Overall results favour Swiatek in the last 12 months and also in 2020. Her hard court results are stronger.

Swiatek would normally be slight favourite today but she had a slight injury yesterday against Martincova. She still won the match in 3 sets so it probably isn’t anything serious. However with the main tour resuming in 2 weeks she may not want to make any small issue worse in a match that means very little.

Vondrousova only held serve twice in her match with Bencic. Her second serve was terrible. She won 8 of 28 points on it.

Lay Vondrousova if she gets the first break of serve. I am going with Swiatek today.

Muchova (1.34) v V. Kuzmova (3.2)

Due to start at 2 pm

Muchova won their only previous meeting. That was on a hard court in August last year. She won in straight sets.

Muchova has better overall results in the last 12 months. She hasn’t made the best start to 2020 winning 8 from 15.

Kuzmova has had some decent performances during the lockdown. On hard courts she has won 2 of her 3 matches. She beat Martincova in 3 sets at the start of July. Her match last week against inexperienced Nikola Bartunkova was much closer than is should have been. She won 6-4, 7-5.

Muchova beat Swiatek a couple of days ago in 3 sets. Back her if she gets broken first or if she loses the first set. I would rather wait for a better price on her than try a lay around 1.20 to 1.25 but that is an option.

   
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