The final of the 2014 Connecticut Open is the last WTA match ahead of New York and it’s all set for Saturday at Yale University in New Haven.
Petra Kvitova will be there to face Magdalena Rybarikova after two quick semi-finals yesterday downed my overs wager in the Kvitova/Sam Stosur clash.
We’re set to get a warm and humid day today in New Haven, with a chance of some rain around later in the afternoon, with an average wind speed of around 8mph and we start at 20:00 UK time (15:00 local).
Petra Kvitova vs Magdalena Rybarikova
Kvitova beat Stosur all to easily for my liking yesterday in what was another very impressive display from the Czech, who hasn’t dropped a set in New Haven this week so far.
She looks to be mirroring her title run here of 2012 when she won this tournament without losing a set and it’s hard to back against her today against Rybarikova.
The rangy Slovak came through against Camila Giorgi, who was once again too errant, with her all or nothing game producing the latter on this occasion.
The Italian was poor on serve again, with another seven double faults adding to her 19 against Garbi Muguruza, while Rybarikova was very good in that department, which was the cornerstone for her straight sets victory.
I said yesterday that was a really trappy match to bet in and few would have expected a comfortable win for Rybarikova, who again looked a little flat in terms of footwork.
As ever with Giorgi the key was to coax her into errors and on this occasion they came all to readily from her, but the way Kvitova is playing that tactic seems doomed to failure today.
Magda saved all 11 break points that she faced against Giorgi, which combined with the ones saved against Alison Riske equals 19 of her last 26 break points saved.
That sort of ratio isn’t going to continue and not against a Kvitova in this sort of form and mood and Rybarikova if she is feeling fatigued could well be put to the sword here.
The pair have met on five prior occasions, but none since 2011 when Rybarikova won on clay in Prague, but she did lose the other four.
They’re yet to meet at tour level and Rybarikova is looking for her second top-five scalp of the week after stunning Simona Halep earlier in the week and her record in finals is very good.
She’s won four of her five, but never faced a player ranked higher than 20 in them and Kvitova has an excellent 12-4 record in finals herself.
The 2-0 Kvitova win looks good here, as does the under 18.5 games at 2.22.
Back under 18.5 total games at 2.22