Monday, 1 April 2013

Charleston, Monterrey: Paszek, walking bye


Jamie Hampton vs. Olga Govortsova
Varvara Lepchenko vs. Christina McHale
Francesca Schiavone vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Andrea Petkovic vs. Taylor Townsend
Sorana Cirstea vs. Tatjana Malek
Anastasia Rodionova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Arantxa Rus vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
Melinda Czink vs. Mathilde Johansson
Mallory Burdette vs. Kristina Mladenovic
Grace Min vs. Tamira Pazsek
Garbine Muguruza vs. Jessica Pegula
Monica Puig vs. Andrea Hlavackova
Nastassja Burnett vs. Eugenie Bouchard
Chanelle Scheepers vs. Caroline Garcia
Mandy Minella vs. Camila Giorgi
Stefanie Voegele vs. Teliana Pereira


Maria Sanchez vs. Urszula Radwanska
Monica Niculesca vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
Timea Babos vs. Ana Sofia Sanchez
Yanina Wickmayer vs. Valeria Savinykh
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Nina Bratchikova
Galina Voskoboeva vs. Eleni Daniilidou

Match focus:

Varvara Lepchenko vs. Christina McHale

Varvara Lepchenko is having an indistinct year after her breakthrough 2012. Same goes to Christina McHale, who seemed to be heading up in 2011 and 2012. It will be a difficult task to predict the outcome for these players with  no form. However, Lepchenko leads the heads to heads 2-1 with a walkover for McHale. Christina did win their last meeting so the advantage should lie with the younger American. Lepchenko looks like she's having a sophomore slump and McHale might take adavantage of that and break out of her own slump.

Pick: McHale in 3 sets

Grace Min vs. Tamira Pazsek

Tamira Pazsek has only won 1 match this year and she barely scraped past Stefanie Voegele in Melbourne. It has come to the point where it doesn't matter who her opponent is anymore. Her slump is just unstoppable and Grace Min will be silly not to take advantage of this walking bye. Grace had a good juniors career but found it hard to translate it to the seniors tour, losing close matches. If she can hold her nerve here, she can kickstart her young career.

Pick: Min in 3 sets

Monica Niculesca vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

This won't be your typical hard-hitting WTA match for sure. Niculescu will attempt to out junk Kimiko Date-Krumm, but Kimiko has seen it all before. The Japanese is capable of hitting funky shots as well so it should be an interesting match. Monica has age on her side but Kimiko has the experience. I think Monica is having a dip in form after her ecstatic win in Florianopolis, so I'm going with the Japanese.

Pick: Date-Krumm in 3 tight sets

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