Friday, 5 April 2013

Charleston & Monterrey Day 5: Delayed matches


Venus Williams vs. Varvara Lepchenko
Serena Williams vs. Mallory Burdette
Stefanie Voegele vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Madison Keys
Sorana Cirstea vs. Lucie Safarova
Jelena Jankovic vs. Eugenie Bouchard


Monica Niculescu vs. Timea Babos
Angelique Kerber vs. Ayumi Morita
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Lauren Davis
Maria Kirilenko vs. Urszula Radwanska

Match focus:

Jelena Jankovic vs. Eugenie Bouchard

Benefitting from Stosur's withdrawal, Eugenie faces a resurgent Jelena Jankovic. The Serb is still struggling in her matches, but at least she's emerging as the winner in her matches now. It seems like the breakthrough in Miami has given her fire and she's getting back her defensive game. Eugenie needs to be patient as Jelena can defend extremely well and on this clay, she will have the advantage in long rallies. If the Canadian can hit big and end the points quickly, she should have a chance. However, I believe experience will come through in the end.

Pick: Jankovic in 2 sets

Angelique Kerber vs. Ayumi Morita

Angelique Kerber is just plain unconvincing in her first 2 wins here in Monterrey. A player of hr calibre shouldn't be losing sets to players like Kudryavtseva. Which is why her real test should come in the form of Ayumi Morita. The diminutive Japanese is having a great year and should push Kerber to the limits. If the German doesn't step up, an upset will be very likely.

Pick: Morita in 3 sets

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Lauren Davis

Is Anastasia back on track? You just never know with this unpredictable Russian. Davis' grinding game will test whether Pavlyuchenkova is back in form. When she's playing well, the Russian can move her opponents around beautifully. Lauren's limited game will not stand the test. However, the possibility that Anastasia hits the error first is just as high. It will be close, but it seems like Pavlyuchenkova has regressed from her impressive Brisbane form sadly.

Pick: Davis in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Caroline Wozniacki, Monica Niculescu, Jelena Jankovic
Upset alert: Angelique Kerber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

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