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Siniakova, Katerina v Sevastova, Anastasija

TENNIS Bastad Sweden Women-17

2017-07-28 10:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-07-27 11:31:05)

Sevastova 1.47 v Siniakova Friday 10am Bastad clay

Anastaija Sevastova is from Latvia , aged 27 and at her highest ranked of 17 .Clay is easily her best surface and she played in this event for the first time last year , losing in the round of 16 . She is having a good year , making the semi in Dubai in February on hardcourts .Then in May , another semi in Madrid , this time on her favoured clay . In June she showed she is not just a claycourt specialist when winning the Mallorca tournament on grass .More recently she had a surprising loss to Bogdan in Bucharest in the 1/4 final but has won her 2 opening matches of this current tournament , easily .

Katerina Siniakova is a Czech player , aged 21 and ranked 56 in the world . She has been ranked as high as 36 and clay is her best surface . She was in the final of this event , last year , after qualifying , losing to clay court specialist Siegemund . This year started very well for her when she won in Shenzhen , beating Halep and Konta on her way to the final in which she won against Riske .The rest of the year has been a bit of an anti-climax as she has not won more than 2 matches in any tournament .

They have only played once head to head , last year in an ITF in Tmava , which Siniakova won but not too significant .

Value for Sevastova .


Lewis, Adrian v Norris, Alan

DARTS World Matchplay-17

2017-07-28 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-07-28 14:41:45)

Alan Norris vs. Adrian Lewis

These two have met just three times with Lewis winning all three. However it’s been over a year since their last match, a Players Championship qualifier, which saw a 6-5 win for Lewis. On their only big stage match it was easier for Lewis, winning 10-3 in the Players Championship finals in 2015.

It is hard to get a firm grip on Lewis’ form at the moment. He was off for a month, underwent back surgery and he wasn’t able to do much practice during his recuperation. He looked a bit rusty in his first round win over Steve Beaton but certainly not miles away from being good. He was better when beating in the in-form Rob Cross and he seems to be fully recovered.

Norris came into this tournament not in great form but he has played solid darts, checking out at 43% and 44% with averages of 91 and 99. That’s good enough to give Lewis a game and while Lewis is the better, classier player, we haven’t really seen enough of him recently to be sure of his form.

Lewis is the 4/9 favourite which is short for a player who lacks match fitness. Norris, the 11/5 outsider, has his chance but with his losing record against Lewis and with less experience on the big stages and long matches, Lewis must be expected to win. Is Lewis value? Not at that price. No bet.

-JamesPunt


van Gerwen, Michael v Taylor, Phil

DARTS World Matchplay-17

2017-07-28 20:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-07-28 14:40:55)

Michael Van Gerwen vs. Phil Taylor

Like Lewis, we haven’t seen a lot of Taylor this year as he winds down his schedule ahead of his retirement. However he has played well in his two matches so far and vs. Barney he averaged 102 and checked out at 50%. That is good enough to at least test Van Gerwen who hasn’t really been put under any pressure whatsoever so far. MVG has even said that his first two matches were too easy and it was clear he wasn’t even out of 2nd gear in either.

Taylor is still one of the players that Van Gerwen can get a bit nervous against. Taylor hates to lose but especially to the man that has taken his crown as the best in the world, so he will be trying extra hard. Add to this the fact that this World Matchplay tournament has been won fifteen times by Taylor and you can see that The Power will be fully motivated, retirement or not. Yes his darts aren’t as good as they were at his peak, but he can still find the kind of form required to beat MVG.

Most recently they faced each other in the Shanghai Masters when Taylor raced off to 6-2 lead and looked have the match won but MVG came back to win 8-7. That sort of sums up why Taylor wants to retire. He just wouldn’t have let a lead like that slip even just a couple of years ago. It may also set the tone for tonight’s game. MVG might not have quite as much fear of Taylor now that he came back to win that match. He knows Taylor is much like an old Lion, proud but no longer able to keep the young studs from his pride.

That said in the last 12 months these two have played five times with MVG edging it 3-2. Had he won in Shanghai it would have been 3-2 to Taylor, so it is fair to say that we should have a game on our hands tonight. The problem for Taylor is that MVG just doesn’t do losing very often. He is on a run of 10 wins in a row and has lost just once in his last 26.

Taylor needs to get under MVG’s skin quickly, get the crowd behind him and put some pressure on. If Van Gerwen gets a good start it’s unlikely he is going to let Taylor back in and as we saw in Shanghai, Taylor still wasn’t able to kill off his rival despite a big lead.

This is Taylor’s last World Matchplay; a tournament he believes is his by divine right. He wants to sign one more board, who knows maybe two. I can’t see him winning the tournament but I expect a big effort from Taylor, a big effort to remind the world about just how good he was, and can still be. If I had to pick two players who MVG wouldn’t want to play if his life depended on it, they would be Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor.

Taylor is the outsider here, everybody is vs. MVG, but given how close their H2H’s have been this year, his odds of 4/1 are too big. Yes MVG should win, probably will win, but 4/1 is being disrespectful to the old boy.

1 point Phil Taylor to win at 23/5 with Marathonbet

-JamesPunt