I choose to go with one of my favorite players from 2014. Barbora. She really turned things around after Birmingham and Wimbledon last year and are now ranked 25 in the world, as her best ranking ever, she is looking forward to continue her form in 2015.
She is facing the 94 ranked RSA player Scheepers, who are going the opposite way, with a lot of 1R exists in 2014. She played decent on the clay courts as she made it to the final in Båstad and SF in Bogota and QF in Bad Gastein as best results, but all on the red dirt.
Even though their recent meetings are years ago, and not that actual, Barbora leads the h2h 3-1. And 2-1 in favor on hard courts for Barbora.
Barbara should have the better confidence here as Scheepers ended her 2014 with loosing 7 of 10 matches.
Barbora have 58% winning rate on HC last year with Scheepers only 39%.
Barbora are 9-1 in her last 10 matches against lower ranked players.
Scheepers are 1-9 in her last 10 matches against higher ranked players.
Barbora are 7-3 in her last 10 first round matches.
Scheepers are 2-8 in her 10 last first round matches.
Better player overall, better form and upcoming in 2014, and the statistics. I can’t see Scheepers doing to much harm in the long run in this match.
Given play for me!
Barbora in 2 or 3 sets.
Barbora – 1.54 @Pinnacle
Barbora wins 61 36 621