Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Miami day 2: Comeback queens part 2


Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Lourdes Dominguez Lino vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Anett Kontaveit vs. Christina McHale
Jamie Hampton vs. Monica Niculescu
Victoria Duval vs. Andrea Hlavackova
Francesca Schiavone vs. Jana Cepelova
Pauline Parmentier vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Madison Keys vs. Allie Kiick
Katerina Siniakova vs. Garbine Muguruza
Simona Halep vs. Sabine Lisicki
Laura Robson vs. Camila Giorgi
Zheng Jie vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
Monica Puig vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Lucie Hradecka vs. Karolina Pliskova
Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
Stefanie Voegele vs. Petra Martic
Olga Govortsova vs. Melinda Czink
Romina Oprandi vs. Arantxa Rus
Annika Beck vs. Urszula Radwanska
Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Mallory Burdette
Eugenie Bouchard vs. Shahar Peer
Yulia Putintseva vs. Donna Vekic

Match focus:

Lourdes Dominguez Lino vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova

Well, Kuznetsova's comeback has been quite a while but she is still making up for lost time. She faces the human backboard, Lourdes Dominguez Lino. If there is a match that is never in doubt, it is this match. Kuznetsova has more tricks up her sleeves to outplay Lourdes than your fingers can count. It should be a no brainer that the former Miami champion will emerge unscathed.

Pick: Kuznetsova in 2 easy sets

Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

Alexandra Dulgheru won her first match last week in Indian Wells after recovering from a career threatening knee injury. She will attempt to make it 2 wins against the aging veteran, Medina Garrigues. Anabel has been on the tour for more than 10 years now and it's amazing that she's still competing out there. However, against the younger and more energetic girls, she's on the losing end. Alexandra has the game to beat Anabel, and I always root for the underdog.

Pick: Dulgheru in 3 sets

Stefanie Voegele vs. Petra Martic

Petra Martic isn't really injured and she's not on a comeback trail. But one has the urge to call out for the real Martic to "come back". This year, Petra Martic has been missing and she is winless in 3 events. She's not participating in many tournaments and seems to be going through the motions. Maybe something is bothering her in her personal life, we will never know. In this rematch of the Indian Wells opener, the results shoudn't differ. Martic in this state is a walking bye.

Pick: Voegele in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Christina McHale, Madison Keys
Upset alert: Anabel Medina Garrigues, Andrea Hlavackova, Tsvetana Pironkova

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