Sunday, 17 June 2012

Day 1: Eastbourne and Rosmalen

Grass season continues in Eastbourne and Rosmalen.

Draw for Eastbourne:

(1)Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Tamira Paszek (AUT) v Marina Erakovic (NZL)
(wc)Anne Keothavong (GBR) v (8)Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)

(4)Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Q v (wc)Heather Watson (GBR)
Timea Babos (HUN) v (7)Lucie Safarova (CZE)

(6)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Q
Jie Zheng (CHN) v Klara Zakopalova (CZE)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Christina McHale (USA) v (3)Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

(5)Angelique Kerber (GER) v Q
Mona Barthel (GER) v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Q v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v (2)Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Draw for Rosmalen:
 
(1)Samantha Stosur (AUS) v (Q)Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v (Q)Daria Gavrilova (RUS)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Barbora Zahlavova (CZE)
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) v (6)Roberta Vinci (ITA)

(3)Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Alexandra Cadantu (ROU)
Shahar Peer (ISR) v (Q)Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)
Simona Halep (ROU) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
(wc)Kiki Bertens (NED) v (8)Nadia Petrova (RUS)

(7/wc)Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
(wc)Arantxa Rus (NED) v Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
(Q)Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v (4)Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

(5)Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v (2)Sara Errani (ITA)

Order of play:

Eastbourne:

Bojana Jovanovski vs. Laura Robson
Anne Keothavong vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Galina Voskoboeva
Tamira Paszek vs. Marina Erakovic
St├ęphanie Dubois vs. Andrea Hlavackova
Jade Windley vs. Greta Arn
Elena Vesnina vs. Mirjana Lucic
Mona Barthel vs. Chanelle Scheepers

Rosmalen:

K Bondarenko (UKR) vs [2] S Errani (ITA)
[1] S Stosur (AUS) vs [Q] K Flipkens (BEL)
[WC] A Rus (NED) vs P Parmentier (FRA)
[WC] K Bertens (NED) vs [8] N Petrova (RUS)
[3] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs A Cadantu (ROU)
[5] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs F Schiavone (ITA)
E Daniilidou (GRE) vs [6] R Vinci (ITA)
M Niculescu (ROU) vs B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
I Benesova (CZE) vs I Begu (ROU)
[Q] U Radwanska (POL) vs K Pervak (KAZ)
S Peer (ISR) vs [Q] A Amanmuradova (UZB)

Match focus:

Anne Keothavong vs. Daniela Hantuchova

British number 1 Anne Keothavong faces Daniela Hantuchova in her first round. Daniela just came back from an injury and if there's a time to take advantage, it is now. Anne would have to keep her unforced errors low and serve a high percentage of first serves. Daniela will have to direct the balls to Anne's weaker backhand and stay mentally strong. Both players are not known for their mental strength so it will be a matter of who breaks first.

Pick: Hantuchova in 3 sets

Mona Barthel vs. Chanelle Scheepers

Mona Barthel seems to have lost her way a little, losing easily to players she's not supposed to lose to. She faces Chanelle Scheepers in her opening round and it will be a tough match. Chanelle hits flat which is suited for this surface. Mona needs to find her fearlessness and go for her shots without thinking of the consequences.

Pick: Scheepers in 3 sets

K Bondarenko (UKR) vs [2] S Errani (ITA)



French Open finalist draws Kateryna Bondarenko in her first round of Rosmalen. Kateryna is no push-over on grass as she won her only title in Birmingham about 4 to 5 years ago. (yikes!) Will Sara be suffering from a hangover? Will her claycourt game translate well to grass? I hope Kateryna believes in herself because an upset is very possible here.

Pick: Bondarenko in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Laura Robson, Marina Erakovic, Dominika Cibulkova
Upset alerts: Sara Errani, Shahar Peer, Ksenia Pervak

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