Re: QF -Palermo..The grass is always greener Goat Pironkova VS US Open Goat Pennetta
Pennetta is really struggling this season especially on clay (she entered with a 2-3 2011 record on clay). Losing to Parra Santonja in two, Mattek-Sands, Lepchenko and last week to Strycova.
Pironkova comes in red hot from Wimbledon taking the most games from eventual champion Petra Kvitova( one of the only two players to take her to three sets). At the same time Pironkova is 2-7 on clay this season, its very much her worst surface(her serve is not as effective on this surface).
Pennetta won their only other meeting in Rome on clay in 2009(different story back than) but that went to three tough sets.
I still go for Pironkova in two tough sets, since Pennetta just played a 3 hour long match in which she basically gave one of her worst performances. Pironkova comes in with a lot of confidence and we know what happens when she makes it past the 2nd round.
Pironkova 6-4 7-5