The Challenge Bell continues in Quebec today, with the remaining first round matches and the start of the second round.
Number one seed Kirsten Flipkens fell in straight sets yesterday to Polona Hercog, while it was one winner from my two bets, with Kiki Mladenovic obliging after Eleni Daniilidou failed to take advantage of a break lead against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and was unable to grab a set there.
There are six matches on the card for Tuesday and they all look they should be competitive affairs, with the action starting at 5pm UK time.
Eugenie Bouchard vs Sofia Arvidsson
The darling of Canadian women’s tennis has been given an extra day by the tournament officials to recover from a thigh issue and plays her first round match here at just after midnight UK time tonight.
Bouchard takes on indoor specialist Arvidsson, who has had a poor year, but she shouldn’t be written off in these conditions, which tend to suit her game. The Swede has dropped out of the top 100 after winning just five tour level matches all season and she will be looking to the remaining indoor events to pick up some much needed ranking points.
Her record indoors was excellent in 2012, but she has won just one match from her two tournaments in such conditions in 2013. I expect Bouchard to win this, but she looks short at 1.34 and I like the over 20.5 games here at 1.96
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs Marina Erakovic
This second round match is a repeat of the final here in 2011, which the Czech player won in three sets, but I would fancy the Kiwi to gain some revenge tonight. Erakovic fell away badly in that match, winning just one more game after taking a one set lead and she’ll be anxious to erase the memory of that collapse.
This clash is a late one for European punters, with the match starting at around 2am UK time, but the 1.62 about Erakovic looks fair, with her form indoors being very good – she’s unbeaten indoors this year and has lost only one of her last 11 matches indoors.
She had to fight to see off the dangerous Mallory Burdette in round one here this week, but that match will have her right for today and at a tournament she enjoys playing at I like her chances tonight. Erakovic will be aiming to dictate the play with her big serve and forehand and it should all be too much for the limited Zahlavova Strycova.
Other interesting clashes tonight include those involving the US Open doubles champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who may well be tired after that New York run. Both have tight-looking matches tonight and I would perhaps prefer to be on Hradecka, whose big game suits conditions here at odds-against versus Petra Martic.
Back over 20.5 games in Arvidsson vs Bouchard at 1.96
Back Erakovic to beat Zahlavova Strycova at 1.62
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