It could be a tricky afternoon for Bojana Jovanovski, who meets Andrea Petkovic in the French capital today, writes Unibet columnist Sean Calvert...
The first round continues in Paris and Pattaya City on Tuesday in our two WTA Tour events this week.
I said yesterday that Bethanie Mattek-Sands was too short at 1.35 against Karolina Pliskova and so it proved, as the Czech powered past the American seventh seed in straight sets.
That was a great result for those who backed Pliskova outright or +1.5 sets on the handicap, but not for others who, like me, chose the overs out of the three possible bets.
I also mentioned on Monday that it would take time for Nastia Pavlyuchenkova to get her game together after switching from the heat of Melbourne to Paris indoors and that was also the case, as she made a shocking start against Fran Schiavone.
As in the Pliskova match, those who chose the second of my two considered bets – this time a 2-1 win for Pavs at 3.50 – would have collected, as the Russian came back strongly against a physically struggling Schiavone.
There are six more first round matches on the schedule at the Open GDF Suez in Paris on Tuesday, while the earlier start (UK time) in Pattaya City sees 10 opening round clashes on their card for today.
Andrea Petkovic vs Bojana Jovanovski – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 13.00 GMT
This fourth meeting between the German and the Serb will take place at around 2pm UK time on Tuesday at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.
It should be a match-up that Petkovic likes, as she will get pretty much the same ball coming at her from start to finish from Jovanovski, who loves nothing more than bashing the hell out of the ball from the baseline.
Jovanovski did it so effectively against Petkovic in their last meeting at the US Open last season that she won comfortably in straight sets, but things haven’t been going well for Bojana of late, with injury hampering her progress this year.
A wrist problem doesn’t seem to have completely gone away and she played with bandages on that wrist and her arm during a defeat to Yvonne Meusburger in Melbourne and she hasn’t appeared to be fully fit this season yet.
Petkovic has played here a couple of times before and made the last eight each time and she can be effective on indoor hard, while her opponent today is making her tournament debut and has played just nine matches on the tour indoors in her career.
This one will probably be decided by the winners to unforced errors ratio of Jovanovski and unless she’s on one of her occasional great days I think the 1.50 about Petkovic is a pretty decent bet.
Elsewhere in Paris early starters might well look to decent indoor performer Marina Erakovic at a tasty-looking 2.70 in her 10am UK time start against Dani Hantuchova, which looks the pick of the early value at the Open GDF Suez.
Karolina Anna Schmiedlova vs Sorana Cirstea – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 13.05 GMT
Over in Pattaya at around 1.30pm UK time Schmiedlova stands a decent chance as underdog against the woefully out of form Cirstea, who is on a six match losing streak going back to Week 39 of last season.
The hit and miss Romanian has been awful since a great performance in Toronto in Week 32 of 2013, where she made the final taking down Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Li Na on the way before losing to Serena Williams.
Since then she’s won just three matches and she’s lost six times at 1.46 or shorter in the betting and she bombed out again in Melbourne against Erakovic as a 1.43 shot.
Schmiedlova doesn’t possess the same weight of shot as Cirstea, but she is far more solid and that’s all that opponents have had to be against the struggling Romanian lately and if Cirstea doesn’t get her act together the 2.0 about Schmiedlova looks good to me.
Back Petkovic at 1.50 to beat Jovanovski
Back Schmiedlova at 2.00 to beat Cirstea