Irina-Camelia Begu v Nao Hibino
The third Quarter Final in Florianopolis on Wednesday will be played between Irina-Camelia Begu and Nao Hibino and I do think the former is perhaps not rated as strongly as I thought she would be.
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It is Begu who has had the tougher run through the weak draw having dropped the first set she played in Brazil, but she has bounced back by winning her next four sets comprehensively. There have been plenty of early losses on the hard courts for an inconsistent player like Begu, but the difference has been clear once she gets a couple of wins in an event under her belt as she uses the momentum very well.
Begu could not have asked for a better Quarter Final against an opponent who has struggled at this level through the season. Take away the two wins Hibino has had earlier this week and she would be 5-9 on the hard courts this season while her defeats tend to be one sided and that is a concern for the young Japanese player.
Looking back through her hard court losses, Hibino would have come within this number once in her last twenty-two hard court defeats. Hibino’s serve is vulnerable and Begu should have the edge off the ground which is likely to lead to a 63, 64 kind of win for the higher Ranked player and a move through to the Semi Final.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Irina-Camelia Begu -3.5 Games @ 2.13 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
Prices correct at time of writing.