One of my picks to do well in Russia, Kristina Mladenovic, was beaten in 3 sets by Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday. Ostapenko and Mladenovic had been inconsistent but I thought the French girl would have an advantage on these courts.
Azarenka is safely through after a comfortable victory against the Russian Gasparyan. Azarenka will now face the Australian Open beaten finalist, Perta Kvitova, in the next round. Kvitova is favourite but I wonder if it will come a bit early for her after the exertions of the last fortnight.
It was a good day for trading and betting:
Betting: +5 from 2 bets
Trading: +6.5 from 1 bet
Goldmine: +3 from 1 bet.