Tuesday, 18 June 2013
WTA Eastbourne (II)
Elena Baltacha is in a rich vein of form having won an ITF event in Nottingham last week without dropping a set and reaching the second round in Eastbourne after a straight sets win over Kristyna Pliskova. However, her progress this week is likely to be halted by the newest member to the WTA's top ten - Maria Kirilenko.
The Russian has really been getting the best out of her game over the past year or so and it's no surprise that she eventually broke in to the top ten. It's going to be difficult for Baltacha to break Kirilenko down, certainly not without having to take greater risks herself that will likely result in more errors on her part. This will be the first time the pair have met on grass with Kirilenko having beaten Baltacha on clay last year and on hard court as far back as 2004. Both times she won without the loss of a set and the Overrule will back her to do just that tomorrow.
Three points on Kirilenko to win in straight sets at 8/11.
3* Maria Kirilenko beat Elena Baltacha 2-0 at 8/11 (Bet 365)