Tuesday at the Bank of the West Classic continues with its first round matches in Stanford, with seven on the schedule for tonight.
Last night’s wager on Mallory Burdette was unfortunate, as the Stanford alumni was a break ahead in both sets and somehow contrived to lose both of them in a poor loss to veteran Fran Schiavone.
Hopefully I put a few off backing Julia Goerges, who, as I said yesterday has a shocking record as favourite and lost at around 1.48 again – this time to Olga Govortsova.
Tuesday’s matches feature some intriguing clashes of style, not least the match between Coco Vandewehge and Monica Niculsecu, which will be on court at around 8pm UK time tonight.
Vandeweghe reached the final here last year as a lucky loser and her big serving, big hitting game could be too much for the master of junk Niculescu, who has much the better record overall on hard courts and is considerably more consistent.
If Vandeweghe hits her spots she wins, but if she doesn’t then the 2.06 on the Romanian might start to look very big quite quickly. The court is made for Vandeweghe, but do you trust her to produce?
I prefer siding with Dani Hantuchova at around 1.58 in the match following Vandeweghe/Niculsecu at around 10pm UK time when Dani takes on the frustrating Yanina Wickmayer for the sixth time in their careers.
Hantuchova has won all five of their previous meetings over the last five years and dropped just the one set in those matches. They haven’t met since 2010, since which Wickmayer has worked her way through most of the coaches on the tour and has just appointed another one. Whether the current one can cure her main problem is questionable, as it lies between the ears.
Dani has done well here before, reaching the semi finals and quarter finals with regularity and after gaining a wild card here she professed to Stanford being one of her favourite tournaments on the tour (they all say that, though) and I expect her to have too much for the errant Wicky tonight. The -2.5 game handicap at 1.78 appeals here.
Sam Stosur has had some good results here over the years, including beating Serena Williams, and she should be too good for Govortsova today, but she doesn’t represent huge value at 1.18.
Urszula Radwanska versus Christina McHale looks like a 50/50 call to me, but I do like Marina Erakovic on these fast courts against Vera Dushevina. The latter hasn’t won a single match at tour level since last year’s US Open and she’s lost 12 of her last 13 tour level matches. This is the first time since Monterrey that she’s qualified for the main draw of a tour level event and Erakovic should be too much for her today.
The Kiwi defeated the Russian on indoor hard in Memphis last year and I can’t see past the same result when they meet tonight at around 8pm UK time.
Back Hantuchova -2.5 games to beat Wickmayer at 1.78
Back Erakovic to beat Dushevina at 1.50