Day two of the 2013 Rogers Cup is another busy one, with 15 matches scheduled for Tuesday in Toronto.
We begin at 4pm UK time with, bizarrely, the same match as yesterday, where Svetlana Kuznetsova takes on Lauren Davis. The pair met yesterday in qualies when Davis won in three, but Sveta is back in as a lucky loser and thanks to a quirk of fate she faces the same player again today.
All very odd and even odder is the fact that despite losing yesterday, the Russian is favourite at 1.35. It is probably the case that Sveta knew she would take the lucky loser spot, but she won the first set yesterday, which makes it all the stranger. Davis +1.5 sets at 1.87 is an option here.
At 6pm I like the chances of Domi Cibulkova to take down Angelique Kerber at around 1.88. The Slovak has won all three of her previous meetings with the left-handed German number eight seed and she’s in good form having just landed the title in Stanford. Domi plays well on these hard courts and for me Kerber is not the force she was last season.
Of the other early matches, Alize Cornet had a tough time with scheduling and transportation last week and I’m not at all convinced that she’ll fancy it today against Elena Vesnina. The Russian hasn’t played since Wimbledon though and these factors make this one a bit of a toss-up.
Venus Williams is back this evening and she claims to be fit and able to serve, which was not the case in her last few outings due to a back problem. Opponent Kirsten Flipkens also has big problems with her knee and hit her first balls for a while in doubles here last night. If you believe Venus then she might be a decent price here at 1.78.
The only other match where I can see some value is in the 8pm match between Sharon Fichman and Stephanie Dubois. These two Canadians have been given wild cards this week and Fichman may well struggle after a tough week in Vancouver last week where she had to play three matches in a day and then come back and play the final on Sunday, where she lost to Brit Johanna Konta.
Dubois will be the better prepared for this and has beaten Fichman three times from four meetings, so the 2.06 looks a decent price in this one.
Back Cibulkova to beat Kerber at 1.88
Back Dubois to beat Fichman at 2.06