Bouncebackability was on show in all its glory in the early stages of the WTA and ATP Masters 1000 events this week in Canada.
First up was Canadian favourite Eugenie Bouchard whose recent form has suffered more low points than Andrew Castle’s commentary.
She was in stages totally unplayable against an in-form Cibulkova, saving 7/7 BP’s in sealing victory 6-0 6-2. Her coach repeatedly tells her she’s a champion when called to court and we’ll see if that’s the case in her upcoming QF match-up against Konta, herself being crowned champion of Stanford last week. With Serena (shoulder) and Muguruza (foot) withdrawing, both ladies will believe they can win the event. Trading at 40/1 pre-tournament, Genie’s currently available at *.** on JABet.com* to take out the Brit (for anyone brave enough to follow her mood swings).*to-be-inserted after today’s round 3 matches
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni’s wins over top-5 players include Simona Halep at Roland Garros ’15 and Monica Seles at Wimbledon back in the previous century. She very nearly made it London buses by knocking out the red-hot world #2 Angelique Kerber, eventually losing a tight 3-setter. Kerber withdrew from Båstad – possibly to focus on the bigger events – and the reliable German is our pick to lift the trophy at anything close to 6/1.
At Toronto’s Rogers Cup, the biggest story setting Twitter alight was Junior Wimbledon Champion Dennis Shapovalov upsetting Nick Kyrgios from a 1.08 start price. Nick has been pretty open about his current Pokémon GO addiction, but that doesn’t take away from Shapovalov’s all-out-attacking style, Sampras-like backhands, and age-defying composure when facing a love 30 scoreline in serving out the match.
The Canadian teenager said he’d asked for the night session because “he thought it would be fun”. The following match wasn’t so much of a jolly as Dimitrov coolly dispatched of him 6-3 6-4.
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But mock Ryan at your own peril, as he took down Big John Isner in what must be his best victory for half a decade. However, any (mild) laughter could be coming to an abrupt end, as he faces the ever-flashy Tomas Berdych in the next round.
After his early Wimbledon exit to Sam Querrey, Djokovic cited personal reasons as an issue (no comment on the Bollywood actress rumours) and he wasn’t exactly imperious in his straight-sets victory against Luxembourgian Gilles Müller. The Serbian was broken twice, once when serving for the match, but managed to turn around a 3-1 TB deficit in set 2.
Back to the local talent… this time Milos Raonic, who beat Challenger master Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-3 in the first round and is one of the few with a chance to stop the Serbian. Fresh off the back of his first Slam final at Wimbledon this year, the Canadian will believe he can beat anyone right now and at 9/1 he could be worth a friendly to do so in front of his home fans.