WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati: Cornet v Cibulkova, 7pm

Cornet 2.82, Cibulkova 1.50

Cibulkova leads their previous meetings 5-3. They last met in January this year in Brisbane. Cornet won in the quarter final on a hard court in straight sets. They are 3-3 on hard courts.

Both have won around 60% of matches this year on hard courts. Neither has had any success at this tournament in previous years.

Cornet beat in form Bellis in the last round as underdog. That was a little unexpected as hard courts are not her strongest surface. She reached the 4th round on at the French Open in May but until this week had not won a match since.

Cibulkova had lost to Konjuh in 3 sets at Wimbledon but she beat her in straight sets in the first round this week. She played well on hard courts at the start of the season but even though she has had some tough opponents she has been well below her best. When she is at her motivated best on hard courts she can trouble almost anyone.

I favour Cibulkova to win this but it could be a battle with many breaks of serve. Back her when she gets broken.

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