Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Bastaad, Bad Gastein day 3: Unknowns galore

Bastaad schedule:

Klara Zakopalova vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja
Rebecca Peterson vs. Simona Halep
Johanna Larsson vs. Nina Bratchikova
Teliana Pereira vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Virginie Razzano vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

Bad Gastein schedule:

Karin Knapp vs. Alexandra Cadantu
Jasmina Tinjic vs. Yvonne Meusburger
Mona Barthel vs. Lisa-Maria Moser
Andrea Hlavackova vs. Viktorija Golubic

Match focus:

Klara Zakopalova vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja

Arantxa Parra Santonja is still playing? It is shocking to see her in the main draw after disappearing for the past 2 years. Parra used to be a top 50 player 10 years ago and it's good to see her continuing despite her drop in form. However, it is almost certain that she makes her exit against an equally experienced but on form opponent. Klara is playing her best tennis despite her age and will almost definitely take out the Spaniard.

Pick: Zakopalova in 2 sets

Virginie Razzano vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

The other matches all features unknown players so it's impossible to predict. Dulgheru used to be in the top 30 but was derailed by a serious knee injury. She makes her comeback on her favourite surface and if she plays to her maximum capability, she can cause an upset. Let's not forget she owns 2 premier clay court titles, both coming from Warsaw. The main thing for her is to remain healthy enough to complete the match.

Pick: Dulgheru in 3 sets

Karin Knapp vs. Alexandra Cadantu

Cadantu is coming off a good week in Budapest and will be looking forward to bringing her form here to Bad Gastein. However, Karin is also playing well and this will be an interesting match. Karin will possess the advantage with bigger shots, but the clay nullifies the power and Alexandra and grind her way to victory. Still, I believe fortune favours the brave and I'm going to pick the Italian for the win.

Pick: Knapp in 2 tight sets

Sure win bets: Simona Halep, Lourdes Domingues Lino, Mona Barthel
Upset alert: Virginie Razzano

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