Timea Bacsinszky v Johanna Larsson
The First Round match in New Haven is between Timea Bacsinszky and Johanna Larsson and it is the Swiss player who has won all four of their previous matches. She is a big favourite to make it five in a row against Larsson who has entered the draw as a ‘Lucky Loser’, the second tournament in a row she has been fortunate to do that having lost in the qualifiers.
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The match up with Bacsinszky has been a difficult one for Larsson in the past, as she doesn’t get the free points off of serve as she can from other opponents. Bacsinszky is good enough defensively to make sure she gets plenty of balls back in play against Larsson and wait for the inevitable mistakes to be made.
The last two matches between the players have been on the clay courts, but the hard courts should be a surface that appeals to Larsson a little more. It might give her an opportunity to hit through the court and penetrate some of the Bacsinszky defences, but the closer Larsson has to hit to the lines will see mistakes come off her racket.
Larsson has shown she can be a competitive opponent on the hard courts in 2016, but this is a match up that will take a mental toll knowing how much she has struggled against Bacsinszky. I think the Swiss player will eventually pull away as the unforced errors come from the other side of the court a little more frequently and she can move through with a 6-4, 6-3 win.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Timea Bacsinszky – 4.5 Games @ 1.80 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
Prices correct at time of writing.