Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Guangzhou, Seoul day 3: Will a Chinese win Guangzhou?

Guangzhou schedule:

Seoul schedule:

Match focus:

Zheng Jie vs. Timea Babos

With 4 Chinese in the second round, there might be some hope of a Chinese finally winning Guangzhou after Li Na in 2004. Zheng is the most experienced Chinese of all and she and Peng Shuai are China's best hopes of clinching the title. She faces the big serving Timea Babos, who played well to beat Lepchenko. Zheng loves big servers, that's why she managed to beat Venus Williams and push Serena to the edge. Babos has a huge serve too, and Zheng will redirect the power into laser like returns. With her less than impressive movement, Babos is at a disadvantage.

Pick: Zheng in 2 sets

Galina Voskoboeva vs. Monica Puig

Puig showed her fighting capabilities in her first round, and will need to be ready against the big hitter, Voskoboeva. Galina has a big serve and can dictate points from the first ball. Puig will have to be patient and draw the errors from Galina. If Puig gets drawn into a big hitting contest against Voskoboeva, she might come out as the loser.

Pick: Puig in 3 sets

Julia Goerges vs. Irina-Camelia Begu

Two of the biggest slumpers of the year finally win a match here. This will be a contest of who sucks less definitely. Julia Goerges has the more imposing game, so I expect her to win this. But know the German, she will prove me wrong once again by losing meekly to Irina-Camelia. Perhaps Julia needs a new coach, or just a holiday. She has the game, but not the brain to play tennis.

Pick: Goerges in 2 tight sets

Sure win bets: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Peng Shuai, Laura Robson
Upset alert: Lara Arruabarrena, Yvonne Meusburger

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