It would probably be fair to say that Jamie Hampton wasn’t expected to do so well this week after not producing her best in Birmingham, but she has managed to get into the finals and it seems that Elena Vesnina will be in for a big challenge on Saturday.
Match: Jamie Hampton vs Elena Vesnina
Selection: Jamie Hampton
Best Odds: 2.38 @ Pinnacle
The talented American has surprised virtually everyone by beating Agnieszka Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, and Caroline Wozniacki, but those results are even more impressive due to the fact that she has had to come back from being a set down against both Safarova and Wozniacki, which is something that the vast majority of players on the tour simply wouldn’t be able to accomplish.
However, she is here and it seems that she might even find her way to the title on Saturday. Of course, Elena Vesnina has also produced some brilliant performances on her way to this stage of the event, beating Ana Ivanovic and Na Li in the process, but it is also true that she always seems to struggle in these big matches and that might be a big obstacle for her this time around as well.
On the other hand, Jamie Hampton seems to be playing with plenty of belief, never giving up and always trying to do her best. That attitude should serve her well in this particular match-up, as the Russian tends to have a few bad games here and there. In the current form, Jamie Hampton looks set to take advantage of those chances – and seeing the odds for her victory being so high just seems a bit wrong really, as she has arguable been the best player of this event so far.