The third round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open takes place on Wednesday in Tokyo, with British Eurosport’s coverage beginning at 9am UK time.
Agnieszka Radwanska finds herself as the highest seed in the tournament after Victoria Azarenka’s sickness-related exit on Tuesday at the hands of Venus Williams and the Pole takes on Domi Cibulkova, while Ana Ivanovic faces Angelique Kerber.
Dominika Cibulkova vs Agnieszka Radwanska
The number two sees looked out of sorts against Aleksandra Wozniak on Tuesday and was fortunate to take the opening set of that match. The Pole’s game is built on her athleticism, range of shots and being tough to hit through, but in these quick conditions and a tough week last week she looks very beatable by an opponent with power.
Cibulkova certainly comes into that category and after a torrid time in three of her four tournaments following a title win in Stanford in which she defeated Aga in the final, Domi comes here fresh. Beaten in round one in Cincy, New Haven and New York the Slovakian probably needed a few weeks off and she’s been decent without being tested in two straight set wins here so far.
The Cibulkova +1.5 sets at 2.05 looks good here, as does the outright win at 3.85 for the braver punter, as after a tiring week in heat in Seoul last week Aga looks there for the taking here.
Angelique Kerber vs Ana Ivanovic
This will be the fourth meeting between these two in their careers thus far and the Serbian has dominated proceedings winning all three matches and losing just a single set in the process. I don’t see things being quite as easy today though, as this will be their first meeting on outdoor hard, with their recent clashes taking place on clay.
Both players took breaks after the US Open and are playing their first event of the Asian swing this week, but since the Pan Pacific Open switched from carpet to hard in 2008 Ivanovic has struggled and not been past this third round stage. Indeed, in her last seven tournaments in Asia Ivanovic has made just one quarter final, which was Dubai in February 2012 and perhaps the conditions in this part of the world aren’t her favourite these days.
Kerber has won 10 of her last 13 matches in Japan meanwhile and was beaten in the semis here last year by Radwanska. Her form hasn’t been as good this year as last, but she should make this close and it has the look of a bit of a tussle about it to me. The over 21.5 games at 1.88 looks the best option here.
Back Cibulkova +1.5 sets to beat Radwanska at 2.05
Back over 21.5 games in Kerber/Ivanovic at 1.88
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