Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Eastbourne, Dan Bosch day 3: Unpredictable girls

Eastbourne schedule of play:


Dan Bosch schedule of play:


Match focus:

Sloane Stephens vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline is back in her winning ways with a good win over Samantha Stosur. Granted that Stosur's game is not suited for grass, any win for Caroline is a confidence booster. She meets the underachiever, Sloane Stephens. The American is a mystery in non-grand slam events, losing to players she should be owning. However, playing Caroline can be considered a big match, so I think Sloane will raise her level here. Even though Caroline lacks the match play, I think her game suits well against Sloane, and will prevail here.

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 tight sets

Varvara Lepchenko vs. Petra Kvitova

Kvitova is as always unpredictable. Scrapping through her first match against her pigeon, Lucie Safarova, she faces another lefty who can hit a mean ball. It seems that Petra is just content with being a top 10 player, with no real Grand Slam aspirations. Pity as she had the game to win multiple slams. We all know that Petra needs a new coach, a new approach to the game, but she is too stubborn to change. Oh well, watch Petra struggle her way to another win here.

Pick: Kvitova in 3 sets

Michaella Krajicek vs. Yaroslava Shvedova

Michaella Krajicek was once hailed as a future star of WTA until injuries and personal problems took a toll on her. Now at the age of 25, she's beginning to climb back into the top 100. On grass, her serve is a weapon. However, her lack of mobility is a problem and Yaroslava will be eager to exploit that. Shvedova seemed to have overcome her demons with an impressive win over Cibulkova. If she wins this match, it will signal a return to form for the Kazakh. Let's see how she handles the pressure of playing a hometown favourite.

Pick: Krajicek in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Camila Giorgi, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep
Upset alert: Elena Vesnina, Kirsten Flipkens, Vania King

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