The first round completes and the second begins in Russia and Luxembourg in our two tournaments in week 42 of the WTA Tour.
There was one winner from my two bets on Tuesday as Karolina Pliskova overcame an injury of some description and the battling presence of Lourdes Dominguez Lino, covering the game handicap in the process. Unfortunately, Slava Shvedova was never competitive in her match with Elena Vesnina in Moscow in a woeful performance.
There are 10 matches in total across the two venues today, with play starting in Moscow at 8am UK time and in Luxembourg at 10am.
Bojana Jovanovski vs Su Wei-Hsieh (BET and WATCH LIVE on Unibet TV from 12.05 BST)
In the fairly lively conditions of the CK Sports Center Kockelscheuer I would expect the big hitting style of Jovanovski to come out on top against the strange double-handed technique employed by Hsieh. This match kicks off at around 12pm UK time and it’s a tough turnaround for the player from Chinese Taipei.
Hsieh has been struggling with her fitness anyway and edged past Kristina Kucova in the last round after being utterly friendless in the market beforehand.
That match took almost two-and-a-quarter hours to complete yesterday, while Bojana had a day off after playing her last match on Monday in which she took down Fran Schiavone in straight sets.
In this first meeting between these two I would expect the aggressive play of Jovanovski to ensure that she really attacks the weak serves of today’s opponent and the Serb should have few problems in wrapping this one up in these conditions fairly quickly.
The 2-0 Jovanovski looks the call here at around 1.65.
Andrea Petkovic vs Eugenie Bouchard (BET and WATCH LIVE on Unibet TV from 13.05 BST)
This looks the match of the day in Luxembourg City and its outcome largely depends upon the fitness of the Canadian after a gruelling spell on the tour in which Bouchard has played 17 matches since the US Open and made the final in Osaka last week, losing to Sam Stosur.
It’s been a fine campaign for Genie and if she can squeeze a little bit more out of herself then she could well be seeded for the Australian Open in January, which one presumes is the reason for playing here. She began the year at number 147, so it would be some achievement to grab a seeded spot in Melbourne.
Her form isn’t really in question, but her level of fatigue must be a negative and a first round match against Petkovic is a little rough, but she has been given a Wednesday start, so she’s had at least a couple of days to acclimatise and practice.
Petkovic is very up and down and it’s tough to predict what sort of performance we’re likely to see from her on any given day, but she made the semi finals here last year and she is probably the right favourite based on Bouchard’s crazy schedule, but I don’t like her at 1.68.
Bouchard is sure to make a fight of this for as long as she can and the over 20.5 total games at 1.62 makes more sense to me than trusting Petkovic to get the job done.
Back Jovanovski to beat Hsieh 2-0 at 1.65
Back over 20.5 games in Petkovic vs Bouchard at 1.62