Players transferring from Toronto to Cincinnati will certainly feel the heat this week, as the conditions present this week should be radically different to the conditions present last week – and it is almost impossibly to guess who is going to benefit the most from such a major change.
Match: Jana Cepelova vs Venus Williams
Selection: Jana Cepelova
Best Odds: 3.17 @ Pinnacle
There might be a good case for saying that Venus Williams will be able to take some comfort from the fact that she will now be back on her home soil, but her first match of the week could nevertheless turn out to be a very tricky affair, as she is going to face one of the more talented players on the tour in Jana Cepelova.
The young Slovak was unable to get past the first round in Toronto, but one simply cannot blame her for losing against her compatriot, Dominika Cibulkova, who was playing excellent tennis back then. However, the good news for her is that she was able to stay with the world’s number nineteen for the better part of the match – and, by the looks of things, she is indeed enjoying being out there at the moment, as she has been able to get through the qualifying stages by beating Irina Begu and Alison Riske.
That means that she should also know the Cincinnati conditions reasonably well, which is something that could play a pretty big role in her today’s match, as Venus Williams might turn up a bit undercooked after not having played many matches over the last few weeks. Moreover, she has not been able to perform well in her most recent matches and, unfortunately, her top tennis just already seems to be a thing of the past. She might get past Cepelova, of course, but shrewd punters should look to go against her at such a price.