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Thursday, 24 January, 2019

In-form Jeremy Chardy can get the better of compatriot Mannarino

Vekic set for another battle

Jeremy Chardy in action at Surbiton
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WTA Den Bosch
BT Sport 1, 10am Thursday

Libema Open top-seed Adrian Mannarino struggled to produce his best on the clay this season and the switch to grass is unlikely to see him get the better of in-form compatriot Jeremy Chardy.

Mannarino won just one of his seven clay encounters, suffering a first-round exit at the French Open, and may be a few weeks away from hitting peak form.

Mannarino has enjoyed some of his finest moments on the grass but his confidence is low - he has suffered five straight defeats - and Chardy, despite being ranked much lower, is in form.

Chardy showed his wellbeing by landing a competitive Challenger event last week, where he defeated Denis Kudla, returning Brit Dan Evans and Aussie teenage sensation Alex De Minaur on his way to glory.

Chardy followed up with a first-round victory over seasoned Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Tuesday, serving nine aces, and can book his place at the last eight in Den Bosch by piling the misery on Mannarino.

Donna Vekic needed three sets to see off British youngster Gabriella Taylor in the first round of her Nature Valley Open defence and should expect another tough test from talented teenager Vera Lapko.

Vekic’s opening-round clash with Taylor featured 37 games and backing her second-round encounter with Lapko to require at least 22 makes plenty of appeal.

The 19-year-old Belarusian is capturing plenty of attention for her performances - she made the last four of Lugano’s Samsung Open in April - and was particularly impressive in dispatching Jana Fett in straight sets on Monday.

J Chardy

2pts 5-6 BoyleSports
Over 21.5 games in D Vekic v V Lapko
1pt 10-11 Ladbrokes

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