The second round of the Connecticut Open completes on Wednesday, with more big names in action at Yale University today.
I said yesterday that if you fancied a big priced punt Alison Riske would be a decent option and I should have taken my own advice, as the American stormed to victory over Flavia Pennetta, who later claimed illness as a mitigating factor in her loss.
There was more good news in the night match when Petra Kvitova eased to victory in only 49 minutes over Kate Makarova to land a good value winner there.
The Czech won 12 of the last 13 games in the match to romp to victory and faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the quarter finals tomorrow.
We start at 18:00 UK time on Wednesday, with a hot and fairly humid day in prospect and no chance of rain according to the forecast.
Shuai Peng vs Garbiñe Muguruza
I talked up Peng’s chances of beating Elina Svitolina the other day and the Chinese player landed the win over the Ukrainian in straight sets – her fourth such victory of the tournament this week.
Muguruza managed to find enough of her best level to get past Sara Errani in round one in the end, but it became a bit of a battle when perhaps it ought not to have been, which is what you tend to get with Errani.
The Spaniard has been very up and down of late and if she doesn’t serve well the efficient return game of Peng can definitely cause Muguruza problems here.
Errani scored very well on the Muguruza serve, but as ever with the Italian she can’t defend her own on quick courts a lot of the time, however Peng’s good return game should give her a chance here as the underdog.
The Chinese player is in a confident mood at the moment after winning the tournament in Nanchang and reaching the doubles semis in Montreal and now after four 2-0 wins in New Haven she shouldn’t be counted out of a fifth.
Muguruza looks a little short here for me and Peng at 2.25 looks the bet.
Andrea Petkovic vs Kirsten Flipkens
Petko is in a good place at the moment and she seems to be really enjoying her tennis just now, which is showing in her results this summer.
The German made the semis in the French Open before winning Bad Gastein on the clay and going on to lose only to Serena Williams in the last four in Stanford.
She suffered an illness after that, which allowed a nice winner for us last week in Cincy in the form of Sloane Stephens there, but now fully recovered she’s back on track and was a worthy winner over Domi Cibulkova first up here.
Flipper struggles on the quicker hard courts and she’s only once made a Premier level quarter final on hard courts, which was on the much slower Miami courts last year and her variety and slices don’t really cut it here.
She also has a poor record against top-20 opponents, with a 7-35 career mark and I would expect Petkovic, who has beaten Flipper the last three times they’ve met, to emerge with the win here.
If Petko starts well the minus 1.5 sets at 1.92 looks the one to be on in this 22:00 UK time start.
Before all of that Wozniacki faces the dangerous Camila Giorgi, who has taken a set from the Dane in both of their prior clashes and I wouldn’t be putting too much faith on any of the favourites at short prices this close to a major.
Simona Halep proved that last night by losing to Magda Rybarikova as a 1.14 shot and Giorgi certainly has the arsenal at her disposal to punish Wozniacki should she have her mind set on New York.
The final match of the day at around midnight UK time is a very tough one to call between Genie Bouchard and Sam Stosur.
This third career clash between the pair is set to a backdrop of Bouchard complaining about her fitness, with apparent issues regarding her knees and her left thigh.
The Canadian says she hasn’t trained too much since Wimbledon and with Stosur being highly inconsistent and unreliable it looks one to avoid so close to a grand slam.
Back Peng to beat Muguruza at 2.25
Back Petkovic –1.5 sets to beat Flipkens at 1.92