Marion Bartoli – Lucie Safarova
Safarova has had to really fine wins in her first matches, but how much power has she got left after also having to fight out some gruelling tie breakers in both matches?
At some point it will drain her, and Bartoli might not be the right opponent at the right time. Bartoli has won her 2 matches very convincingly by 6-3 6-3 and 6-2 6-0, and on top of that she leads Safarova by 4-1 in their h2h.
She’s beaten Safarova on 3 differents surfaces; seems she has a good read on the Czech.
Paula Ormaechea – Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
Moving on to Bogota where Ormaechea in on a fine run of 8 wins on the trot and who am I to oppose this today?
They have met once before, on clay court in Madrid last year, Arruabarrena-Vecino home soil, with Ormaechea winning in straight sets. Now she’s back in South America; that should decrease her chances of making it 2-0.
Milos Raonic – Kevin Anderson
Only 3 places separate these 2 in the rankings but that’s only because Raonic lost most of last year due to an injury. Before he went down, he took his maiden ATP-title here in San José and he’s looked in fine shape to have a shot at the title again.
In my opinion he’s a better player than Anderson, but it could also turn into a serving battle, and Raonic is usually cool as a cucumber when it goes down the wire.