Thursday, 24 November 2011
Strong Is Beautiful: Vera Zvonareva
World number 7 Vera Zvonareva of Russia is another great character on the WTA tour. Famous for her racquet smashing tantrums and head-under-the-towel moments, she has only over the past year or so started to calm down. She's a great example of how learning to control your emotions can reap rewards, as she is now one of the best players in the world and regular challenger in all major tournaments.
Roger Federer is a laughable 1.11 to beat Mardy Fish today. He'll almost certainly win but I cannot believe people are out there backing anyone in this tournament to win at that price. He was sensational against Nadal but he has qualified now and so will surely be more likely to take his foot off the gas and save energy for the semi final. Fish has nothing to play for but pride unfortunately, though that may be enough to make him play more freely and give this one a real go. You just never know in tennis!
Tsonga v Nadal should be a cracker, with the winner going through and loser going out. I fancy a 3 setter here but it's definitely a game that needs to be assessed in-play. Odds seem about right, I would make Tsonga slight fave.
If you've not yet seen my interviews with The Geek, TradeShark and Mark Iverson, take a look around, well worth a peek.