Analysis for Hantuchova-Craybas (WTA Tokyo)

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Time 27th Sep 2009
Event Hantuchova-Craybas (WTA Tokyo)
Tip 2
Office Pinnacle
Units 1
Odds 5.210
Result 2:0
Outcome -1.000

Head-to-head record 4:0

American veteran Jill Craybas will play Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of Tokyo Open. Craybas, who may be a veteran on the tour nowadays, is said to be playing the very solid tennis at present. Last week, she destroyed her countrywoman Granville in the first round to be eliminated by Kudryavtseva in the second. In Tokyo, she was really impressive in qualifiers demolishing both Morigami and Oudin losing just 8 games in 2 matches. Especially the second match against US prodigy was breathtaking and if she keeps here nerves, she won´t be easy nut to crack. Craybas has won one WTA title here in Tokyo but she is best known for her 2005 defeat of Serena Williams in the 3rd round of Wimbledon. Despite her small size, she has a relatively powerful serve. Her footwork, balance, and court coverage are very good and she prefers hard courts and usually plays her best tennis on this surface. She will play Slovak Daniela Hantuchova who is having not a bad season. Hantuchova's game is built around natural timing. She is able to produce "effortless" power from her flowing groundstrokes and possesses a superb down-the-line forehand and backhand. She possesses a heavy serve and has a particularly effective "kick" second serve. Her favourite and most effective construction of a winning point is her flat serve out wide on the Ad-court, followed by a backhand winner down the line. Her volleys are very well-produced and often have the deftest of touch. Due to these attributes she is known as an "All-arounder". A weakness of Hantuchova since she emerged from the juniors was her lack of explosive movement around the court. In recent years, however, this aspect of her tennis has been vastly improved. However, she is too inconsistent for us and her last results weren´t convincing enough. She was eliminated by Date Krumm last week and we believe that experienced Yankee with qualifying matches under the belt will be able to keep the match close. Odds above 4.5 are worth trying for us.

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