Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Beijing day 6: Petkovic defies the odds

Schedule of play:

Serena Williams vs. Maria Kirilenko
Sloane Stephens vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Roberta Vinci vs. Angelique Kerber
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Polona Hercog
Jelena Jankovic vs. Carla Suarez Navarro
Lucie Safarova vs. Andrea Petkovic

Match focus:

Lucie Safarova vs. Andrea Petkovic

Petkovic continues her march through the draw with a hard fought win over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Just last week, I have almost given up hope on her career revival with her dismal performances. However, there's something about Beijing that she really likes and she's posting good results again. Lucie is also in great form as she barely lost to Wozniacki last week.This should be a good fight and I believe Petkovic's run of form will continue.

Pick: Petkovic in 3 sets

Sloane Stephens vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Sloane Stephens is eyeing a spot in the Year-End championships and will be hungry for a win here. However, she won't get it easy with Wozniacki, who's almost back to her retrieving best. The Dane's steady game is the perfect poison for Sloane's up and down game.As evidenced in her previous round, the American is prone to concentration lapses, resulting in ugly lopsided scores. Against the ever consistent Dane, Sloane is going to suffer.

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets

Vinci leads the heads to heads here 2-1, but going by recent form, you will have to give the German the advantage. Vinci just lost a set to Zhang Shuai, who is ranked outside the top 50. Kerber on the other hand, just came here after reaching the Tokyo finals, playing impressive tennis en route to the finals. Vinci might take a set off, but the German should be poised to win this time.

Pick: Kerber in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska
Upset alert: Lucie Safarova, Jelena Jankovic

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