The semi-finals of the 2014 Connecticut Open are set for Friday on the grounds of Yale University in New Haven.
There’s just the one seeded player left in the tournament, which is former champ Petra Kvitova, while there is guaranteed to be one unseeded player in the final.
Thursday’s bet was very unfortunate, as the odds-against on Alison Riske narrowly failed, despite Riske winning 17 more points in the match and being ahead in pretty much all of the stats.
That one was untelevised, as many have been in New Haven this week, and it looks a very unlucky loss.
Elsewhere, Kvitova eased past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, while Sam Stosur and Camila Giorgi were three set winners over Garbiñe Muguruza and Kirsten Flipkens respectively.
It’s set to be a cloudy day in New Haven on Friday, with a bit of wind around, and we start at 18:00 UK time.
Magdalena Rybarikova vs Camila Giorgi
This first meeting between these two vastly differing styles of player should go the way of the Italian if yesterday’s matches were anything to go by – but they rarely are in WTA.
Rybarikova said of her display against Riske that she was tired and that she “kind of didn’t feel anything out there,” and that she was “lucky to come away with the win.”
So, a fairly substantial improvement is needed today, according to the player herself and with Giorgi at her most destructive at the moment the obvious choice in this one is the Italian.
She isn’t exactly lighting it up on serve at the moment though, as her match with Muguruza last night featured 15 breaks of serve in 30 games and she threw in 19 double faults for good measure.
It looks a really trappy one to bet in under those circumstances and more value is to be had in the midnight match.
Samantha Stosur vs Petra Kvitova
This one could well be worth staying up for and watching live on Unibet TV, with Kvitova looking to make a third straight final in New Haven.
And she has an opponent facing her across the net that she should be pretty comfortable with, having beaten Stosur in five of their six prior meetings and all four on hard courts.
Stosur’s big weapon of her lefty kick serve doesn’t fare so well against this tall, left-handed opponent, as it sits just fine for Petra’s forehand, and on a hard court it doesn’t get up as much anyway.
Kvitova clearly loves it here in New Haven and I would expect her to win this one at 1.42, but the value may lie in backing a long match, as she has been slow to start in both of her matches thus far and Sam has been playing well.
The Aussie toughed out a Flipkens comeback last night and when confident she’s dangerous and may well take a set tonight, making the over 21.5 games at 1.87 a worthy wager here.
Back over 21.5 games in Kvitova-Stosur at 1.87