Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Beijing day 5: Impressive Li faces tough Lisicki

Scheduloe of play:

Polona Hercog vs. Ana Ivanovic
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Madison Keys
Sabine Lisicki vs. Li Na
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Andrea Petkovic
Sara Errani vs. Petra Kvitova
Jelena Jankovic vs. Galine Voskoboeva

Match focus:

Sabine Lisicki vs. Li Na

With two bagels in 2 matches, Li Na is in imperious form here in her home country. She will face a tough test against Lisicki, who dismissed Venus Williams with much ease. Lisicki leads their heads to heads 2-1, but Li is merciless in her dismantling of Jovanovski. The Chinese crowd will be very much behind Li and will bolster her confidence. The only thing Li needs to take note is that she should not let the over-zealous crowd get to her. If she gets annoyed, her chances of winning will decrease.

Pick: Li in 2 tight sets

Sara Errani vs. Petra Kvitova

One player is low on confidence, while the other has just won a Premier title. It's not rocket science to see who's the favourite here. Sara only got here because of her draw, drawing lowly ranked players like Doi etc. Against the big hitting Petra, her chances are slim. The match will lie entirely on Kvitova's racket. However, knowing Petra, she will need 3 sets to beat her opponents as she's not Kvitova without a bit of drama.

Pick: Kvitova in 3 sets

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Andrea Petkovic

2 former top 10 players on a comeback trail will meet to see who's more worthy to get back to the top. Petkovic shocked Azarenka in her match, but it was due to Victoria's ridiculous amount of errors. The world number 2 just had an off day and while Petkovic didn't play that well either, she won the important points. Against Kuznetsova, Andrea will not be receiving those gifts. Svetlana is developing a habit of reaching the last 8 of her events (not progressing further though), so Petkovic will mostly be her next victim.

Pick: Kuznetsova in 2 tight sets

Sure win bets: Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic
Upset alert: Sara Errani, Agnieszka Radwanska

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