Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Eastbourne and Dan Bosch: Can Krajicek upset again?

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Eastbourne schedule:


Match focus:

Michaella Krajicek vs. Kirsten Flipkens

Michaella Krajicek made a winning return to the WTA tour by upsetting Silvia Soler-Espinosa. However, Silvia is primarily a clay courter, so her loss is hardly unexpected. Michaella will face a tougher test against the 4th seed, Kirsten Flipkens. Flipken's has a good game for grass and she started her revival here last year in this event as well. Will it happen for Krajicek this year? I believe Flipkens passed a very tough test in taking out Schiavone, so she should be able to take this one as well. As long as she doesn't let the partisan crowd get to her.

Pick: Flipkens in 3 sets

Laura Robson vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Laura crumbled against Caroline in Roland Garros despite going in the tournament with good form. Let's see if she can make things right in her home country. Anyone who watched Caroline's match against Tamira will see that she has yet to improve. Basically, Tamira was way off and it didn't take a lot of retrieving for Paszek to hit the ball out. Caroline is still way too passive and giving too many short balls for her opponent to attack. Laura should be a tougher test with her huge serve and big forehand. If she keeps her errors low and not get riled up by the short balls, she should be the victor.

Pick: Robson in 2 tight sets

Marion Bartoli vs. Li Na

With Bartoli's ranking slipping, we are treated to an early round clash between these 2 very capable grass court players. Both are not in great form now, so it will be an even match-up. Both players will be looking forward to getting the first strike, so expect a lot of short points. With Li's early exits in the last couple of years in Wimbledon, I think Marion is the slight favourite here. Let's see if Li can overturn the tide and get a good win here.

Pick: Bartoli in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Maria Kirilenko, Petra Kvitova, Stefanie Voegele
Upset alert: Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Dominika Cibulkova

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