Sunday, 9 March 2014

Indian Wells day 5: Can Davis follow it up?

Schedule of play:

Match focus:

Varvara Lepchenko vs. Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis displayed her cool temperament in her dismissal of a disabled Azarenka. Can she do the same against a fully fit opponent like Varvara Lepchenko? This is their first meeting and both have had a turbulent season so far. Davis was impressive that she did not panic and rushing her shots when Azarenka had a mini-comeback. However, Lepchenko has the ability to play spectacular tennis when she has the time to hit her shots. Davis' forehand will be put to the test here as it's really a fluffy defensive shot. Lepchenko will pounce on that wing and hopefully take advantage of the open draw.

Pick: Lepchenko in 3 sets

Eugenie Bouchard vs. Sara Errani

This is the match where Bouchard needs to win to show that she deserves to be a top player. Against someone as stingy as Errani, Bouchard needs to come up with the goods and win the match, rather than Errani losing it. Sara's season so far is unimpressive, so Eugenie will have the advantage. If the Canadian loses this, maybe the success came too early and she's not ready for it.

Pick: Bouchard in 2 sets

Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Interestingly, Shvedova enjoys a leading head to head against Wozniacki, beating her in their only meeting last year in Madrid. Can the Kazakh repeat her win? Or is the steady Dane going to scrap by again? Wozniacki was pretty tidy in her win over Jovanovski, so she should be back to her retrieving never-give-up self. It will be difficult for the inconsistent Yaroslava to keep hitting her spots. For once, I will go with Caroline, as Shvedova is too volatile to complete the win.

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic
Upset alert:  Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Carla Suarez Navarro

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