Tuesday, 29 January 2013

WTA Pattaya

Maria Kirilenko lost in last year's Pattaya final but Makiri can go one better in 2013 in what is a tightly priced field. Rain has held over a few matches from yesterday's play, but Kirilenko was fortunate enough to complete her first round victory before rain halted play. Kirilenko, along with Sabine Lisicki and Elena Vesnina are priced up at the head of the field. Lisicki is also into the second round and Vesnina is on her way there leading Eleni Daniilidou by a set.

The original pre-tournament favourite, Ana Ivanovic, must still come through a deciding set with Ayumi Morita in which she trails 2-1. And has thus been eased out to 6/1 for the tournament. Daniela Hantuchova has been victorious in Pattaya for the past two years and will begin her tournament tomorrow against Olga Puchkova. 

Hantuchova has dropped to outside the world's top 50 and will be set for a further drop if she is unable to defend the title. Having been drawn in the top half along with Ivanovic and Lisicki it's very possible that she won't be able to do so. 

In the bottom half of the draw Kirilenko's main dangers appear to be Vesnina, Heather Watson and possibly her best friend forever and the apple of my eye - Sorana Cirstea. Kirilenko has never lost to Vesnina in three meetings and would be favoured in match-ups against Watson and Cirstea. 

The Overrule advises a two point selection on Makiri in the outright market and should she reach the final, we may look to revisit the situation and assess if we are in a position to hedge the selection if we wish to do so. 

2* Maria Kirilenko win Pattaya @ 9/2 (Coral)

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