Wimbledon – Thursday day 4

Sara Errani – Kateryna Bondarenko 1
Errani leads 2-1 in the h2h meetings and has a 3rd round from last year at Wimbledon to defend. Bondarenko has never in her previous 6 attempts gone further than the 2nd round here at Wimbledon. There’s almost a 100 places between them in the rankings, and Errani should make that count here.

Melinda Czink – Anastasia Yakomiva 2
Czink beat Stosur in the 1st round which was a total shocker. Her record on grass is so poor that I tend to believe that it was a total meltdown from Stosur rather than any real strength from Czink that was the reason. Neither of these 2 have been further than the 1st round before, but Yakikoma lies 162 places better in the rankings. That should also count for something.

Lucie Safarova – Klara Zakopalova 2
It simply beats me why Safarova has achieved such a status as favourite. Only 3 places separate these 2 in the rankings, and in 5 previous visits to Wimbledon, only once before has Safarova gone beyond the first round, so her falling at this stage is not something extraordinary. They have met 4 times befire, with Zakopalova winning 3, among them their latest meeting in straight sets back in February. They have also played once on grass before with Zakopalova winning, and she has a 4th round from last year to defend.

Igor Andreev – Bernard Tomic 2
Tomic has gone through the qualies to be here, and has only dropped 1 set in 4 matches. He totally dismissed Nikolay Davydenko in the 1st round, and looks too well off for a player so erratic as Andreev.

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