Thursday, 1 November 2012

Sofia Day 4: Sofia makes her debut

Sofia Arvidsson vs. Zheng Jie

After the withdrawal of Kirilenko, Sofia Arvidsson steps in to take her place in this last round robin match. Zheng should be happy that she doesn't need to face the Russian but she only has herself to blame for being winless after 2 matches here. Not too sure how prepared Arvidsson would be but Zheng is an expert at losing to players who are not supposed to be there. So I'm going with the Swede for the win.

Pick: Arvidsson in 2 sets

Nadia Petrova vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

Nadia is guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals with the withdrawal of Kirilenko. Will she tank this match and make the home crowd happy? If Zheng wins her match in straight sets and Pironkova goes down in 2, Zheng advances. Pironkova just needs to win 1 set to march into the semi-finals of this event. Hard to see Petrova losing this but I expect a half-hearted effort here from the Russian. She is not young anymore and would be looking to conserve her energy against most probably Roberta Vinci.

Pick: Pironkova in 3 sets

Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Daniela Hantuchova

A meaningless match here so I don't really know how to predict the outcome. These 2 have met earlier this year in Phuket, where Hantuchova won her lone title. I expect the Slovak to be too much for the Chinese to handle but it has been a long season for Daniela. Hsieh would be hungry for a win to show that she belongs there so I expect her to put up a good fight.

Pick: Hsieh in 3 sets

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