Julia Cohen – Edina Gallovits
We’re starting at a WTA-event in Bogota, where I’m hoping Gallovits will prove to be worth a stake.
It’s the 4th time Cohen tries her luck here, and the first time that she’s gone beyond the qualies, whereas Gallovits has a semifinal to her credit here back in 2009.
These 2 have met once, in 2010, where Gallovits hammered Cohen by 6-0 6-2. That’s a huge deficit to turn into a win in their 2nd meeting.
Gilles Muller – Tim Smyczek
When Muller gets his serve going he’s pretty dangerous, but if he doesn’t, he’s a very mediocre player indeed. He comes here with 5 defeats in a row and 8 of his last 9 matches have been lost.
In this state he can lose to anybody, including Smyczek who reached the quarterfinals here last year. It’s worth a shot when Muller’s in this shape.
Mikhail Youzhny – Igor Kunitsyn
Kunitsyn comes here with 7 defeats from his last 8 matches, whereas Youzhby has just won the tournament in Montpellier.
He likes it here in Rotterdam with a quarterfinal last year, the final in 2010, the quarters in 2009 and the final in 2007.
Donald Young – Michael Russell
Young has never surpassed the 2nd round here in San José, while Russell reached the quarterfinal in 2010 and he has good enough record against Young to take a chance here.
They have played each other 6 times, with 3 wins each, and they’ve shared the spoils quite decently with following results; Russell, Young, Russell, Young, Russell and Young.
It seems to be Russell’s turn!