Monday, 24 June 2013

Wimbledon day 2: British hopes to be dashed?

Schedule of play:

Match focus:

Maria Kirilenko vs. Laura Robson

As the British number 1, Laura is carrying the hopes of the whole nation in Wimbledon. Sadly, she's drawn against Kirilenko, whose steady game is the perfect nemesis for Robson. Losing twice to Wozniacki indicates that Laura doesn't have the patience nor the discipline to go for well time winners. This flaw will be exposed ruthlessly by the Russian. Maria will play her unimpressive but consistent game to draw the wild errors from the Brit. Looks like another disappointment for the young lass.

Pick: Kirilenko in 2 sets

Heather Watson vs. Madison Keys

Heather Watson is the reverse of Laura. She plays her simple yet conservative game and waits for the correct ball to strike. She will face an equivalent of Robson, an undisciplined ball basher. Keys has the raw power and clean ball striking, but not the right tactics and footwork. Watson will wear the American out and cause her to hit unnecessary errors. Seems like not all British hopes will be dashed.

Pick: Watson in 2 tight sets

Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Angelique Kerber

Last year's semi-finalist, Angelique Kerber faces a tough test in her opening round. Bethanie is coming off a strong showing in Paris and she has beaten Kerber before twice. The American's ultra-aggressive game is suited for the grass and besides, she'll be wearing Google Glass! No idea how it is going to affect Bethanie but she might be distracted by it. Who knows? Anyway, things will be tough for the German. She needs to keep calm and grind every single ball. Once Mattek-Sands start missing, she will stand a chance.

Pick: Kerber in 3 tough sets

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

If you look at Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's results in the mandatory/premier events, you'll be shocked at how she managed to be seeded. Following the trend, she should be exiting this event early as well. Pironkova loves the grass and against someone as shaky as Pavlyuchenkova, she is primed for the upset. Sadly, Pironkova doesn't play well on any other surface, or else she can be seeded and avoid meeting the seeds early.

Pick: Pironkova in 2 tight sets

Klara Zakopalova vs. Daniela Hantuchova

Despite having a stellar start to the season, Klara Zakopalova fell off the radar and faded into obscurity. She has been playing uninspired tennis for the past few months and will likely fall victim to resurgent Daniela Hantuchova. Granted, Daniela retired from Eastbourne with an injury, but it is just due to the massive amount of matches played in Birmingham. I'm sure the Slovak is well rested and ready to go today.

Pick: Hantuchova in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams, Kaia Kanepi, Zheng Jie, Simona Halep
Upset alert: Klara Zakopalova, Madison Keys, Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Tamira Paszek

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