Pick of the Day - Tues 31st May
My first POD, let's hope it's a good one:
Karantancheva over Likhotseva
No disrespect to Likhovtseva, but I'm not going to read too much into her defeat of Dementieva at all because her results against Dementieva and Farina Elia just sum up what's so wrong with the women's game - quite simply, it's more a case of her opponents' nerves failing to hold out than her being brilliant. In all honesty, I just can't see Karatantcheva bottling this the way Dementieva did considering how she took the game to Venus Williams, Shinobu Asagoe and the resilient Emmanuelle Gagliardi in her previous rounds.
Furthermore, on a more statistical note, Likhovtseva has played 18 sets in all so far (inc. doubles), compared to Karantancheva's 10, so you have to think that the latter will be the fresher of the two.
Very straightforward and a massive value bet for me.