Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Katowice day 4: Can Schiavone still spring an upset

Schedule of play:

Match focus:

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Francesca Schiavone

Schiavone might be struggling, but not to the extent of her compatriot, Roberta Vinci. As a former Grand Slam champion, does she have what it takes to topple Radwanska? If this match was played on clay, I wouldn't rule out an upset. But Katowice is played on hard courts (strangely), so the favourite will be Agnieszka. Schiavone will have flashes of brilliance as usual, but Radwanska will steadily wear her down.

Pick: Radwanska in 2 sets

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Yvonne Meusburger

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has a huge game, but her unforced errors let her down 90% of the time. Against a steady player like Meusburger, Mirjana will be at a disadvantage. However, playing on hard fast courts will suit Mirjana more, and the Croatian has been on a roll lately. An upset is possible here is possible.

Pick: Lucic-Baroni in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Alize Cornet, Magdalena Rybarikova

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