Thursday, 20 June 2013

Eastbourne and Dan Bosch: Caroline the clear favourite now

Eastbourne SF:

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Jamie Hampton

Caroline has passed her previous rounds with flying colours, so it seems that she's back on track and the clear favourite to win here. Obviously, using a new racket gave her the much needed pop in her shots and gave her new confidence. Rumors are that she's reverting back to Babolat after her stint with Yonex. Anyway, she is the favourite in this match as Jamie has already played qualifying and had a huge tussle with Safarova in the quarter-finals. Surely Jamie will be exhausted. She will be happy with her showing here and hopefully bring the form to Wimbledon.

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets

Yanina Wickmayer vs. Elena Vesnina

Devoid of any form, Yanina surprises many, maybe even herself, by reaching the semi-finals here. The Belgian has had a horrid year as she struggled to win consecutive matches throughout. She will face Vesnina, who kept her nerves and took out the 2nd seed, Li Na in easy fashion. On grass, Yanina has an advantage with a bigger serve and groundstrokes. However, she needs to strike a balance as Vesnina is a steady player who will not be afriad to attack. I believe the Russian is high on confidence after clinching the doubles title in Paris and will carry it over to here and Wimbledon.

Pick: Vesnina in 3 sets

Dan Bosch SF:

Simona Halep vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Up until now, Simona Halep has always been unfortunately tagged as the girl who reduced her "assets" to play better tennis. Now, she's letting her tennis speak as she clinched her first title last week and is cruising to another one, on grass as well. Her smooth transition from clay to grass is bouyed by her boost in confidence and it will be interesting to see if Carla can stop this. Both are not particularly well known for their grass court prowess, but Carla has a more explosive game. If one has to pick a favourite, it would have to be the Spaniard.

Pick: Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

Garbine Muguruza vs. Kirsten Flipkens

Garbine Muguruza is playing amazingly well for someone who has an ankle injury. She is taking time off after Wimbledon to have surgery to fix her ankle. I guess her serve helped her by winning a lot of cheap points and on grass, it's more difficult to break serves. Kirsten did well to take out last year's finalist, Urszula Radwanska and will be the firm favourite here. If she doesn't let the expectations get to her, I expect her to cruise through this.

Pick: Flipkens in 2 sets

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