Linette/Swiatek (@3.75) vs Hsieh/Strycova (@1.22)
31-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Hsieh/Strycova will win

Linette/Swiatek – Hsieh/Strycova Match Prediction | 31-08-2019 11:00

The match of the day, without question, is British No.1 Johanna Kontas match against former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Have a look at our predictions as we dissect the best matches of Day 3! Second round matches begin on Day 3 at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, and there are plenty of top names on the schedule.

I think Hsieh won a few new fans in Birmingham today! I could feel the tension from her, even in the second set that she won, and she never looked convincing up at the net. Sabalenka chucked her racquet at the end and was clearly very frustrated. She was absolutely delightful at the end with her celebration and post-match interview. Hsieh played a good, solid match and shes one to watch on the grass.

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Strycova hopes to win back-to-back matches for the third time in her last nine tournaments. In the victory, Strycova won 71 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Strycova entered this tournament on a four-match losing streak and dropped the first set of her opening match, so its also been a struggle for the 33-year-old from the Czech Republic. Barbora Strycova is coming off a three sets win over Heather Watson that took 28 games to decide. Strycova has won four of his last six matches on grass court. Strycova got 62 percent of her first serves in play and saved six of her eight break points. Strycova won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 13 break points.

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Who will move on? Day 5 at the French Open wraps up the second round. Day 5Thursdayis full of great matches. Were here to predict that for you. As each player tries to move on to the Round of 32, the competition will only get more fierce. One features Amanda Anisimova vs Aryna Sabalenka, while the other headlines Naomi Osaka vs Victoria Azarenka.) Predicting this set of matches for you are myself (Yesh Ginsburg), Eric Han, and Brett Margolies. (We also have two other sets of predictions for you. This set of matches features Serena Williams.

Su-Wei Hsieh: results and record

Gone are the days of her regular injury troubles, which have really dictated the vast majority of her career. Martic has really been flying high this season. She then did the unthinkable and made a Major quarterfinal for the first time. She put together the best clay court run of her career, winning Istanbul, the first tour-level title of her career.

Later on, I stood and watched Maria Sakkari practising with her coach, Tom Hill. Maria was berating herself at times but seemed in good spirits. Interestingly, shes not in the singles or doubles draw in Birmingham. I really enjoyed watching them as they practised slices and drop shots with Hill reiterating that the punch slice can be a really effective shot on this surface. For fans of Daria Gavrilova, she was on the practice courts this morning with Iga Swiatek. Shes such a nice person and seems to have a very strong bond with Hill.

For example, there are times when Sharapova and Azarenka are pushed and genuinely exerting themselves, and their grunts sound COMPLETELY different than the fake ones they use to impose themselves on opponents. Yeah although there is a difference between natural grunting (which I do sometimes working out in the gym, without realising) and grunting which is put on for no actual reason.

12 thoughts on Mondays Set Points, Birmingham 2019: Hsieh d. Sabalenka, Swiatek saves MPs to reach main draw

Monday witnessed the conclusion of the final qualifying matches and the start of both the singles and doubles draws at the 2019 Nature Valley Classic. Hello from Birmingham! Read on for the highlights from Mondays action in Birmingham and its live! Its been a busy few months at work so im revelling in some time to chill out with live tennis! Im excited to be in Birmingham for the first time since 2013 and will be here until Wednesday. For more coverage from Birmingham, check out the MTB Twitter and Facebook pages.

Or is it a toss up. But, some of the girls are answering the call on the grass. Yes, thats why Im not exactly faulting Svitolina here. By the way, does anyone know which grass surface is closest to Wimbledon, Eastbourne or Birmingham.