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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Tennis Picks June 21st

This is going to be really short at the moment as I have a major headache this evening as sleep deprivation from watching game 4 between Miami and Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals and then getting up early to get down to the tennis has finally taken its toll on me.

I will be back before I start work to give you full reasons for my picks, but the short versions are below for now:

Lucie Safarova + 4.5 games v Marion Bartoli: I picked this match as a quick look at the history between the players shows that Marion Bartoli has dominated the win-loss record, but they have been some close contests, including a three setter here at Eastbourne last season.

I just felt Safarova has enough in her service games to push Bartoli, although you can never tell with the WTA Tour when too many lopsided sets can occur.

Tsvetana Pironkova - 2.5 games v Tamira Paszek: Tsvetana Pironkova clearly enjoys playing on grass courts as shown by her successes over the last two seasons. Tamira Paszek is no mug on the surface having reached the Wimbledon Quarter Final last season, but she hasn't shown the most consistency this season and may just struggled to get the win in this one.

Pironkova has also struggled for the most part this season, but usually comes alive for the three-four week period of grass action and also recorded a win over Paszek earlier this season.

Philipp Kohlschreiber - 1.5 games v Andreas Seppi: Andreas Seppi is the defending Champions here, but I do believe it is Philipp Kohlschreiber who is the better grass court player and may be looking to pick up the points from this tournament that he failed to do in Halle when he was the defending Champion but beaten in the Semi Final.

That added motivation may be enough for the German to see him through this contest, although the players are pretty well matched up as shown by the 3-3 head to head record.

However, I think Kohlschreiber has the more consistent serve and that could make all the difference on the faster surfaces.

Denis Istomin - 1.5 games v Ryan Harrison: Ryan Harrison has no real grass court pedigree to speak of just yet, but the American looks like has the game that should transfer well onto the surface. However, Denis Istomin has proven in the past to be more than capable of playing on the grass and he has done well here in the past with a Quarter Final and Semi Final appearance under his belt already.

It could be a three setter, but I think Istomin will eventually have too much and pull the victory and the cover.

MY PICKS: Lucie Safarova + 4.5 games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Tsvetana Pironkova - 2.5 games @ 1.92 Bet365 (2 Units)
Philipp Kohlschreiber - 1.5 games @ 1.90 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Denis Istomin - 1.5 games @ 2.00 Paddy Power (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 2-3, - 2 Units (10 Units Staked)

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