Monday, 6 January 2014

Sydney, Hobart day 3: Wozniacki in trouble

Sydney schedule:

Hobart schedule:

Match focus:

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Lucie Safarova

Against a less than 100% Goerges, Wozniacki barely crept through her first round. I expect a beatdown from Safarova if she continues her dire form. Lucie has beaten the Dane before, so it wouldn't be a surprise if she repeats again. I am sure there's more to life than tennis, but if the player is more interested in her off court endeavors, maybe she should concentrate on that instead of tennis.

Pick: Safarova in 2 sets

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

For anyone to beat Radwanska, you have to take risks as you cannot possibly be more consistent than the Pole. That is why Bethanie Mattek-Sands actually stands a chance against the number 1 seed. The American's ultra aggressive game will cause trouble for the crafty Pole, but if the scoreline gets tight, Agnieszka superior ice-queen stability will win her the match.

Pick: Radwanska in 2 tight sets

Monica Puig vs. Elena Vesnina

Defending champion Vesnina will face the young and talented Monica Puig in her opening match. This will be a gauge of how Puig will perform for the rest of the year to be honest. Last year, Monica showed that she had the game, but lacked the killer instinct to close out matches. And it was apparently in her matches, with 3 set losses and weird unexplained dips in form. If Monica has improved her mental game, she will be able to best Vesnina and maybe cement her place in the top 20 this year. If not, she's going to be a relatively well ranked player who can spring an upset or two, but never good enough for the big leagues.

Pick: Vesnina in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Madison Keys, Sara Errani, Bojana Jovanovski
Upset alert: Caroline Wozniacki, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alison Riske

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