The Wuhan Open’s second round of matches is the order of the day on the WTA Tour on Tuesday, with 14 games to evaluate today in China.
Caroline Garcia did me proud on Monday, with a fine win over Aga Radwanska from a set behind to land my opening wager of the day, but I chose the wrong bet for my second.
Ana Ivanovic was the one who struggled with the quick turnaround rather than Karolina Pliskova, with the Serb retiring a game from defeat against Nastia Pavlyuchenkova, while Pliskova took down Sam Stosur.
Those on the set on to Sveta Kuznetsova would also have profited, as the Russian took the opener against compatriot Maria Sharapova, who again came away with a 2-1 win.
We start at 04:00 UK time on Tuesday and as is often the case I’m tempted to take 1.37 shot Sara Errani on in her match with Alison Riske in these conditions.
I’m not sure that Riske is quite up to it in terms of consistency though and instead I’m going to take a chance on another big-hitting American today.
CoCo Vandeweghe vs Jelena Jankovic
The quick conditions here in Wuhan give Vandeweghe a great chance of recording another victory over Jankovic in this 08:00 UK time start clash.
Vandeweghe has won her last two against JJ, with both wins coming on pacy outdoor hard courts and the most recent was a couple of months ago in Montreal.
The American eased through her opening round match against lucky loser Annika Beck in straight sets, as did Jankovic over Christina McHale, but the Serb did have a MTO in that match, which could be something or nothing with JJ.
If she’s not moving well (the MTO was for a back or hip issue) she’ll have a hard time against an opponent with as much power as Vandeweghe and the latter will be boosted by her win in Canada over Jankovic.
That particular victory was gained despite a tough turnaround following a late finish and Vandweghe will remember it well – as I’m sure will Jankovic – and 2.55 on CoCo is a fair enough price for a repeat in favourable conditions.
Jarmila Gajdosova vs Kirsten Flipkens
If we see a continuation on Tuesday of the Aussie’s recent form she could well overpower Flipkens in this 06:00 UK time start.
Gajdosova has been playing some fine tennis in the last few weeks and her straight sets win over Flavia Pennetta on Monday was perhaps the best of the lot.
She should have beaten Caroline Wozniacki the week before too, but how many times has that been said relating to a match that Woz managed to edge after being outplayed for large periods?
The Aussie served excellently against Pennetta, hitting 10 aces, and she didn’t face a break point from the world number 16 throughout the entire match.
Flipper did it the hard way in her first round with a laborious three set struggle over another Italian Fran Schiavone, who served for a straight sets win, but was eventually beaten 6-4 in the decider.
That win over Schiavone was Flipper’s first ever in China and she doesn’t have much of a record in Asia at all, with one quarter final in Seoul in 2010 being her best showing, which suggests a hint of a lack of commitment to this swing of the tour.
The pair haven’t met across the net since Wimbledon juniors back in 2003 at the semi final stage when Flipkens won 10-8 in the deciding set, but I think Gajdosova is a worthy favourite in these conditions.
Back Vandeweghe to beat Jankovic at 2.55
Back Gajdosova to beat Flipkens at 1.70