The grass court event in Hertogenbosch is always a good chance for some of the less-fancied players to do well and it seems that this year’s edition of the tournament is indeed no different in that regard.
Match: Tsvetana Pironkova vs Carla Suarez-Navarro
Selection: Tsvetana Pironkova
Best Odds: 2.04 @ Pinnacle
In fact, a closer look at the draw reveals that some of the biggest favourites are already out of the tournament, with Roberta Vinci losing against Simona Halep and Daniela Hantuchova retiring from her very first match.
So who could capitalize on such developments? Well, Tsvetana Pironkova is one of the players that always tend to do really well during the few weeks of the grass court swing and she has already beaten two tough opponents, Kristina Mladenovic and Irina Begu, in straight sets here, so she could be a good candidate for doing really well this week.
She will be up against Carla Suarez-Navarro on Thursday and that might look like a very close match-up at first glance, but there are good reasons for thinking that the Bulgarian should have the edge due to the surface, which should suit her much more than it should suit the world’s number nineteen.
Suarez-Navarro is not a total clay court specialist and she can play reasonable well on hard courts, but her playing style isn’t really suited to grass and Pironkova should be able to punish all the slower balls with her crushing shots. With that said, it is hard to understand why the bookies don’t have her as the favourite in this match – and punters that believe that the surface plays a major role in tennis match-ups should therefore find plenty of value in backing her to make it through to the next round in Hertogenbosch.