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
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
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
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
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
Sybille Bammer should have too much for qualifier Eleni
Daniilidouin Linz today