Thursday, 19 July 2012

Another early exit for Jankovic?


Urszula Radwanska vs. Melanie Oudin
Misaki Doi vs. Christina McHale
Marina Erakovic vs. Dominika Cibulkova
Jelena Jankovic vs. Melinda Czink

Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Johanna Larsson
Arantxa Rus vs. Sofia Arvidsson
Mariana Duque-Marino vs. Klara Zakopalova
Mathilde Johansson vs. Shahar Peer

Match focus:

Jelena Jankovic vs. Melinda Czink 

It seems like no matter who Jankovic is facing, she will lose. Melinda is a flat hitting veteran who was forced out of the game a few years ago due to injury. Now she's back and steadily rising up the ranks again. Jelena's game is a hot mess now and Melinda's flat strokes should be enough to subdue her. It's a pity watching Jankovic struggle so mightily as her game is quite entertaining when in full flow.

Pick: Czink in 2 sets

Urszula Radwanska vs. Melanie Oudin

Due to smart scheduling and gain in confidence, Urszula Radwanska went from barely in the top 100 to top 50 in about 2 months. She faces American lucky loser Melanie Oudin for a place in the quarter-finals. Although playing in her home-country, Melanie's form seemed to fluctuate wildly as evidence by her crazy win over Stephens. Radwanska is more steady and will continue to apply pressure at the American. When Oudin finally believes, it might be too late.

Pick: Radwanska in 2 sets

Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Johanna Larsson

It's hard to believe Johanna Larsson was last year's finalist. Afterall, she did lose to Melanie Oudin in this year's French Open. Anabel is an accomplished clay-courter and she will not hestitate to take out any clay pretenders (just look at Laura Robson). So sadly, the hometown girl's going out of the tournament sooner than expected.

Pick: Medina Garrigues in 2 sets

Arantxa Rus vs. Sofia Arvidsson

Another Swedish player is under the pressure again. Sofia Arvidsson faces tricky Arantxa Rus who had great results on the Parisian clay. Sofia can only hope Arantxa is unsettled by the biased home crowd support that Sofia will be receiving. If Sofia can attack Rus's weaker 2nd delivery and keep her game clean, she should be able to win this.

Pick: Arvidsson in 3 sets

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