Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bucharest, Bad Gastein QF: Another deep run for Giorgi

Bucharest schedule of play:

Bad Gastein schedule of play:

Match focus:

Petra Cetkovska vs. Roberta Vinci

Vinci fought off an in form Silvia Soler Espinosa in 3 sets, announcing that she's almost back to her normal form. When Vinci is playing well, she is clearly the favourite with her all court game. Nevertheless, Cetkovska cannot be underestimated as she possess a nice all court game as well. It all boils down to whether her mind allows her to play the correct shots. I believe Roberta will be the favourite to win given she has 2 solid wins over clay courters. Petra's game is more suited for faster surfaces, so it'll be tough for her to win short points.

Pick: Vinci in 2 sets

Monica Niculescu vs. Polona Hercog

Playing in her home country clearly has inspired Monica Niculescu to play some of her best tennis. She has been slumping this year, and to reach the quarter-finals here is an achievement in itself. Polona thrives on the red clay though, so she will be eager to silence the Romanian fans. Given how much junk balls Niculescu is able to generate, Polona must not be frustrated by those weird balls. The Slovenian can instead create some wicked junk herself with her funky backhand slice. Polona has the more mature clay game, and I think she is the favourite here.

Pick: Hercog in 3 sets

Camila Giorgi vs. Shelby Rogers

Not too sure what happened to Carla, but we were robbed of an intriguing match up between Navarro and Giorgi. Instead, Shelby Rogers takes her place in her first main draw quarter-final appearance. To be honest, I have never seen Shelby play before, but judging by her appearance, I'm sure she's not a retriever. Giorgi must be happy that she's not facing Carla, and she will be anxious to take advantage of Shelby's movement limitations. Looks like we have another deep run for the cute Italian.

Pick: Giorgi in 2 sets

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