Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wimbledon - Second Round (II)

Annika Beck and Karolina Pliskova are both young players starting to make a name for themselves on the WTA Tour and both are overpriced for their second round encounters. Beck is a player I've loved watching ever since a former work colleague turned me onto her during the middle of last year. She has a fantastic attitude on court and has the potential to be one of the best defenders on the tour. Klara Zakopalova pulled off a good win against Daniela Hantuchova in the first round but Zakopalova isn't a player who is going to put Beck away easily and it's far closer to 50/50 than the prices suggest.

Pliskova produced one of the performances of the first round in a stunning display of clean tennis. 32 winners and 6 unforced errors tells you exactly what you need to know about just how well she played. Although Nadia Petrova wasn't physically at 100% there aren't many young players on tour who would have executed a well thought out game plan in the way she was able to. Against Petra Martic this is another case of a 50/50 match that will be decided on a few key points and we'll be backing Beck and Pliskova with three point selections.

3* Annika Beck beat Klara Zakopalova at 6/4 (Paddy Power)

3* Karolina Pliskova beat Petra Martic at 5/4 (Paddy Power)

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