Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Toronto day 2: Comeback queens



Match focus:

Eugenie Bouchard vs. Alisa Kleybanova

This will be a tough one for the crowd to watch. They really have to cheer for both players, Eugenie being the homegrown talent, and Alisa for being a cancer survivor. Kleybanova has been unfortunate with her diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the height of her career. Who knows what might have happened if she stayed healthy for the past 2 years. Anyway, it will be tough for the Russian to compete against someone who's been playing tour events regularly. If Alisa completes this match without retiring or getting injured, it will be a triumph in itself.

Pick: Bouchard in 2 sets

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Lauren Davis

Actually, Svetlana lost to Lauren in her final round of qualifying, so she only made it in as a lucky loser. She will have to thank Azarenka for this rematch, as she attempts to right the ship at this tournament. Kuznetsova's comeback got derailed at the French Open with her injury and it might be difficult for her to get into the groove immediately. However, now that she has played Davis once, she will get a second chance to do what is needed to beat the young American. Kuznetsova has the game to demolish Davis, she just needs her head to execute it.

Pick: Kuznetsova in 2 tight sets

Venus Williams vs. Kirsten Flipkens

Venus Williams makes her long awaited comeback here in Toronto, as she faces the recent Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens. Venus had sort of a warm up doubles match yesterday, so she should be healthy enough for this match. Flipkens will be quietly confident as Venus is no longer the player she once was. If Flipkens mixes it up well, she can win this match easily. As for Venus, it's the same with Alisa, a completed match is a win for the American, win lose or draw.

Pick: Flipkens in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Jelena Jankovic, Ekaterina Makarova, Agnieszka Radwanska
Upset alert: Angelique Kerber, Maria Kirilenko, Carla Suarez Navarro

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