The Toray Pan Pacific Open continues it’s first round of matches in Tokyo on Tuesday, with eight matches scheduled in this Premier level event today.
The likes of Victoria Azarenka, Sabine Lisicki, Domi Cibulkova and Sara Errani are all in action on Tuesday after my wagers went one from two on Monday.
Elina Svitolina landed a nice odds-against success for us over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in straight sets, but a poor performance on serve cost Nastia Pavlyuchenkova any real chance against Garbiñe Muguruza.
The Russian served for set two, but 46% of first serves into the box and six double faults in 11 service games isn’t going to achieve the required result and Pavs was a 6-3, 7-6 loser on the day.
We start at around 03:00 UK time on Tuesday, with what could be a tough match for the out of form Cibulkova against Kirsten Flipkens and what should be a little more comfortable for Coco Vandeweghe over Alla Kudryavtseva.
Then at around 05:00 there looks to be an opportunity for Dani Hantuchova at a decent price.
Daniela Hantuchova vs Jarmila Gajdosova
We’re almost certainly seeing the last knockings of a very good career being played out by Hantuchova at the moment and she’s not the player she was, but the former world number five has a good chance of progressing here.
The Slovak’s ranking has dropped outside the top-50 now, but she has enough quality tennis in her to see off what should be a fatigued Gajdosova, who has played nine matches in the last 10 days in very tough conditions.
Gajdosova did very well in the brutal heat and humidity of Hong Kong last week when reaching the quarter finals as a qualifier, where she was beaten by Alison van Uytvanck, who had defeated Hantuchova in the previous round.
But six matches in those conditions followed by another three to qualify here may well see the Aussie below par today and Hantuchova looks at a price to take advantage at around 1.82.
Elsewhere, was tempted to side with home favourite Kimiko Date-Krumm to take a set from Azarenka, but it’s a bit of guesswork as to how fit she is after the veteran retired with a shoulder problem against Fran Schiavone in Hong Kong last week.
It could be the case that she was saving herself to be fit for this tournament at home in Japan, but she’d need to be close to 100% to take advantage of the continuing tennis rehabilitation of Azarenka here.
Trusting the injury prone Lisicki at a price of 1.30 the week after she won a title in the humidity of Hong Kong last week could prove a costly strategy against Casey Dellaqua in their 08:00 UK time clash today, so I’ll be avoiding that one.
Karumi Nara has never won a main draw match here in Tokyo and she doesn’t have a very good record at home in Japan at all, so I don’t really fancy her at around 2.28 against Carla Suarez Navarro, but the Spaniard has never won a main draw match here either.
Something’s got to give in that one, but it looks another to avoid, while Lauren Davis should get too many balls back for Daria Gavrilova to deal with.
Sara Errani has a 3-4 record here and she’ll probably be too solid for Marina Erakovic, but conditions shouldn’t be to her liking and the 1.37 hardly appeals on the Italian.
Back Hantuchova to beat Gajdosova at 1.82