Local favourite Bammer should end Greek’s fun; TENNIS;Sports

Byline: Adrian Humphries

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7am THERE are some fascinating clashes in the women’s tournament in

Linz today, and it’s just as well that Eurosport commence live

coverage of the Generali Ladies at 1pm, writes Adrian

Humphries.

Serena Williams, originally seeded top for the indoor event, is

not there having cried off at the last minute, but ex-world No. 1

Ana Ivanovic has rediscovered the zest for tennis and the late

wild-card draftee is proving a worthy replacement for the

American.

Ivanovic is on collision course for a quarter-final clash with

Wimbledon semi-finalist Petra Kvitova, but there are some

intriguing clashes in the lower half of the draw as well.

Austrian wild-card Sybille Bammer takes on once-useful Eleni

Daniilidou and Bammer is 8-13 to see off the Greek qualifier.

Daniilidou is 11-8 to prove her 6-2 6-4 first-round triumph over

Dominika Cibulkova was no fluke. But while that was a superb

result, she has flattered to deceive before and slight preference

is for the local girl, who will receive plenty of crowd

support.

Patty Schnyder’s meeting with Klara Zakopalova will also be

worth a look and the Czech, 6-4 to upset the seasoned Swiss, is

believing in herself at long last.

Richard Gasquet probably has a slightly better chance of

upsettingNovak Djokovic in the ATP Rolex Masters this morning than

his odds of 7-2 suggest, but the Frenchman is going to have to work

seriously hard to deny the in-form Serb.

Djokovic leads Gasquet 3-1 in career meetings, but the outsider

stunned the world No. 2 6-4 6-2 in the 2007 Masters Cup in

Shanghai.

Elsewhere, Andy Murray faces a much tougher task against 9-2

Jeremy Chardy than bookmakers believe.

Recommendations R Gasquet 1pt 7-2 Bet365 S Bammer 2pts 8-13

general K Zakopalova 1pt 6-4 general

CAPTION(S):

Sybille Bammer should have too much for qualifier Eleni

Daniilidouin Linz today