Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quebec City, Tashkent day 4: Pesky and resilient Lauren

Quebec City schedule:

Tashkent schedule:

Match focus:

Lauren Davis vs. Andrea Hlavackova

Lauren Davis seems to be a feisty competitor, shaking off her double bagel embarrassment in double quick time. She will face another brainless ball basher, Andrea Hlavackova. Unlike Hrdecka, Hlavackova carried her doubles confidence into her singles play as well. She is also one of the rare players who won both doubles and mixed doubles of a grand slam. As a singles player, her results are sadly mediocre. Against someone who's a resilient scrappy player, Andrea might just self implode.

Pick: Davis in 2 sets

Petra Martic vs. Kristina Mladenovic

The unpredictable Martic strikes again, taking out US Open doubles champion Lucie Hrdecka. Against Mladenovic, she is clearly not the favourite but let's see if she can surprise again. With a huge serve, Mladenovic should be able to take advantage of quick points. However, she might be bothered by Petra's variety and low balls to her forehand. This will be a test for Kristina, to see if she has it in her to consistent beat the players she's supposed to beat. She wouldn't want to end up like her opponent, posting irregular results throughout her career.

Pick: Mladenovic in 3 sets

Alexandra Cadantu vs. Olga Govortsova

Govortsova's game is a hard one to tame. She has huge groundstrokes but tends to go for too much. If she can get a decent coach, she has the game to be a consistent top 30 player. However, it's a bit too late in her career to post any remarkable results. Against a claycourter like Cadantu, Olga should be able to hit her off the court. Cadantu's game just isn't enough on any other surface other than clay.

Pick: Govortsova in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Mandy Minella, Eugenie Bouchard, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Upset alert: Alexandra Cadantu, Lucie Safarova

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