WTA Linz kicked off yesterday in Austria and there are some exciting matches coming our way today. We preview some of those match ups:
Alize Cornet vs Alison Riske
Alize Cornet scraped through in two tight sets against Austrian wildcard Julia Grabher 7-6, 6-4 and was lucky not to lose the first set. The French star made the quarter finals in Linz on debut as an 18-year old but hasn’t equalled that record in the next four visits.
Alison Riske dispatched Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-1 in 69 minutes to seal her maiden main draw in Austria. She struggled to win first serve points, winning just 54% and will need to up those percentages against the experienced Cornet.
Riske has a perfect 5-0 record against Alize Cornet and a perfect 10-0 set record against the French player. Cornet hopes that her better consistency can get her past the American, but we have our doubts.
Back Riske to win @ 1.80
Alison Van Uytvanck vs Lesia Tsurenko
Alison Van Uytvanck was clinical in her last round win against tour-debutant Sinja Kraus, dropping just a single game to win 6-1, 6-0. She has cleared the last-16 stage in Linz just once in her last five attempts.
Lesia Tsurenko once again displayed her mettle to beat WTA #30 Ekaterina Alexandrova and lead the H2H 3-0 against the Russian. She has been playing some of her best tennis in the past few months, winning 15 of her last 19 matches on indoor hard courts and will hope to continue the winning run against the Belgian.
Tsurenko leads the H2H 2-0, but whether she makes it a perfect 3-0 will depend on her levels of fatigue considering she has played just under five hours to reach this stage.
Back Tsurenko to win a set @ 1.45
Blaz Rola vs Thai Son Kwiatkowski
Both players are in poor form and heavily need this win. Blaz Rola leads the H2H amongst the pair 2-1, but Thai Son Kwiatkowski picked up a morale boosting 7-6, 2-6, 7-5 win against the Slovenian less than a week ago
Back Kwiatkowski to win @ 1.72
Camilo Ugo Carabelli vs Luciano Darderi
The Italian Darderi is in good form, but Ugo Carabelli is the better player of the pair. The two met earlier this year and the Argentine took the tie comfortably 6-2, 6-4. We expect a similar result this time out.
Back Ugo Carabelli to win @ 1.5