Thursday, 18 January 2018

WTA AUSTRALIAN OPEN

KONTAVEIT
WTA AUSTRALIAN OPEN 

KONTAVEIT TO BEAT OSTAPENKO @ 6-5
Kontaveit leads the head to head 1-0, both these players hit the ball fearsomely hard. Ostapenko is most happy on clay as her reads show but Kontaveit has a win loss record on hard courts of 83-49 compared to Ostapenko’s 49-38 and that swings it for me. 


SHARAPOVA TO BEAT KERBER @ 5-4
Sharapova leads the head to head 5-4 and has not lost a set on outdoor hard courts in their two meetings. Kerber has looked back to her best having won Sydney and got to this stage but certainly Sharpova is a different class of opponent with her aggressive return bound to put Kerber’s serve under pressure and that is where I think this match lies. Kerber’s weak second serve will get pounded by Sharapova and might cause her to cut back her first serve a bit to get a higher percentage in and that will play right into Sharapova’s hands. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Oz Open - Thursday's Bets

WTA Tennis
VONDROUSOVA TO BEAT GARCIA @ 5-2

Vondrousova is a highly talented young player who caused a bit of a stir last year, she has a good serve and being a lefty it can cause more problems, she has aggressive groundstrokes and good variety playing so well on clay. She made the step up to the main tour and played very well. Garcia is solid but does rely heavily on serve and her opponent has a good return so this will negate some of Garcia’s main weapon. Vondrousova looks a good value outsider here to cause an upset. 


BARONI TO BEAT SASNOVICH @ 6-5

Baroni leads the head to head 2-0, Baroni plays all out attack and as always can win or lose to anyone but her all out attack causes Sasnovich problems as she has no answer for it and as per usual it will be down to the unforced errors from Baroni, keep them low and she wins simple. 


BODGAN TO BEAT PUTINTSEVA @ 11-10

Bogdan has the better serve, Putintseva is very combative but lacks the power and weapons to trouble players and relies on them making errors, Bogdan high on confidence and playing well is likely to prove too strong here. 


DAVIS TO BEAT PETKOVIC @ 11-8

Davis leads the head to head 2-0. Both had excellent first round wins especially Petkovic knocking out Kvitova, the danger is the come down from such an emotional victory and Davis has the consistency to cause Petkovic issues and has been shown by their previous meetings. Davis does not put a lot of pace on the ball and it means Petkovic has to generate her own pack which can lead to a lot of unforced errors from the German.

Monday, 15 January 2018

WTA AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 2/3

KALINSKAYA TO BEAT GIORGI @ 3-1

Giorgi very inconsistent as she is so attacking and I am happy to oppose her at odds on against a confident young opponent with no fear as if she has a day slightly below her best she has no plan B and her unforced error count could be so high. 


DAVIS TO BEAT CEPELOVA @ 5-4

Davis is similar to Gibbs in that she is a safe, consistent player and against Cepelova who is far happier on clay her consistently should prove too strong. 


VIKHLYANTSEVA TO BEAT TSURENKO @ 7-4


MERTENS TO BEAT GAVRILOVA @  EVENS

Mertens leads the head to head 2-1. Mertens has won her last 8 matches and a wonderful win loss record on 124-48 she had a great  last 2 years and has carried that on at the start of this season.  


GIBBS TO BEAT BERTENS @ 12-5

Head to head is tied 1-1, Bertens can struggle on hard courts as she is far happier on clay, Gibbs is a very consistent if unspectacular player and she can struggle about real power players but Bertens does not have the power to be able to dismantle her and I think Gibbs consistency will win through here. 


FLIPKENS TO BEAT RYBRIAKOVA @ 6-4

Rybriakova leads the head to head 4-3, this should be an intriguing match as both players are happy at the net, play with great variation but I have to favour Flipkens here as the head to head shows how equal they are so to be getting 6-4 is great value and it is not on grass which is Rybriakova’s favoured surface. 

MARTIC TO BEAT BEGU @ 11-10

Martic leads the head to head 1-0. Martic has a brilliant slice backhand and this can cause her opponents problems as the balls keeps very low. Both players more at home on clay but both decent on serve but Martic has the better all round game 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

WTA AUSTRALIAN OPEN

WTA AUSTRALIAN OPEN 

First grand slam of the season gets underway Sunday and my first round bets are below.

STOSUR TO BEAT PUIG @ 11-10
Stosur Leads the head to head 4-1 and while she has historically underperformed in her home country, now the pressure is off and she is no longer talked about as a serious contender then she should be able to relax and always with Sam it is about her big serve and getting her forehand working. Puig is horrendously erratic and cannot be considered at odds on. 

CIBULKOVA TO BEAT KANEPI @ 11-10
Kanepi leads the head to head 3-1, Both have started the season well and should arrive here in perfect condition, Cibulkova hits the ball flat and hard and very attacking and I suspect this will cause Kanepi problems as her movement can be exposed at times. They have not played for 5 years and Cibulkova is a very different player now and she has played well here in the past and it is a venue she is very comfortable at. 

KONTAVEIT TO BEAT KRUNIC @ EVENS
Krunic leads the head to head 1-0. Kontaveit hits the ball incredibly hard and I feel will have too much power for Krunic who is steady if unspectacular but to put it simply she will rely on mistakes from Kontaveit who if she can keep her errors low should be able to hit through Krunic.

SAKKARI TO BEAT SINIAKOVA @ 2-1
Sakkari leads the head to head 1-0. Siniakova has been playing well but she can let her head get down if things don’t go her way and Sakkari is a very consistent and steady player who will put lots of balls back into play and this will cause Siniakova severe problems as she can lack consistency.

KENIN TO BEAT GOERGES @ 5-1
Goerges has improved her consistency but is still capable of throwing a dodgy performance in now and then and Kenin’s record on hard court of 60 wins to 33 losses is impressive and I am more than happy to take a chance of an upset at value odds. 

BOGDAN TO BEAT MLADENOVIC @ 11-10
Mladenovic has not won a game so far this season and her confidence looks very low, Bogdan is a player that does a lot of things well without being outstanding but her consistency should prove too much for an out of form Mladenovic. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

WTA HOBART

VEKIC TO BEAT WATSON @ EVENS

Head to head record is tied 1-1, Vekic is the stronger player on hard courts as her win loss record of 133-78 against Watson’s 124-103. Vekic has a better serve and is the more aggressive player and that will be the key, her serve is far stronger and Watson will struggle to break. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

WTA SYDNEY 2018

WTA SYDNEY

2018 Sydney International - 5th - 13th January 

Played on outside hard courts in Sydney, New South Wales. The 2017 Championship was won by Johanna Konta from Great Britain. For the latest betting from Sun Bets click here.

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SAFAROVA TO BEAT KERBER @ 9-5

Lucie Safarova
Safarova leads the head to head 2-1, Kerber looked in decent nick in the Hopman Cup but that really is an exhibition event so we cannot tell a lot from it, Both similar type players with booming forehands but I give the edge to Safarova as she has the better serve and will be able to attack Kerber’s especially her second serve which is very weak.



Player Profile:

Lucie Safarova is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. Now residing in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She turned professional in 2002. This left-handed player is coached by Rob Steckley. She is an accomplished player with a highest ranking of 5 in 2015. Prize money over $11,000,000. 

Angelique Kerber is a German professional tennis player, turned pro in 2003. She resides in Poland. This former world no 1. The oldest player to achieve this status in 2016. This left-handed player has an aggressive style. She has won 10 singles titles with two major titles taking the Australian and US Open in 2016. She has achieved prize money over US$20,000,000.    


CIBULKOVA TO BEAT SEVASTOVA @ 5-4

Sevastova leads the head to head 1-0 and she played decently last week I just feel Cibulkova with her hard flat hitting will prove too powerful for Sevastova tonight.

Player profile:

Dominika Cibulkova turned professional in 2004. She resides in her home country of Bratislava, Slovakia. This right-handed player. A highest ranking of 59 in 2012. She has achieved prize money over US $11,000,0000.    

STRYCOVA TO BEAT KASATKINA @ EVENS

Head to head is tied 1-1, I favour Strycova here as she played ok last week in Auckland where she reached the QF whereas Kasatkina looked woefully short of court time in her straight-sets defeat to Kanepi and I think this year could be a struggle for the young Russian as her opponents work out her game and she loses the surprise factor. 

Player profile: 

Barbora Strycova is a Czech player who turned pro in 2003. She resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This right-handed player has a highest ranking of no 16 in 2017. Prize money over US $6,000,000.  

RADWANSKA TO BEAT KONTA @ EVENS

Radwanska leads the head to head 2-1 and all on outdoor hard courts, She may not be operating quite at her peak Radwanska but on her day she is still a match for most players, he has always struggled against the power players who can hit through her but her variation and still tends to take care of the lesser players. Konta has a poor end to last season and despite making huge strides over the last two seasons I have to oppose her here purely based on her retirement and the fact that Radwanska has the skill to be able to have Konta running around so will test that hip out. 

Player profile: 

Agnieszka Radwanska is a professional tennis player from Poland, Krakow. She turned pro in 2005. This right-handed player was formerly coached by Martina Navratilova. Highest ranking no 2 in 2012.

Johanna Konta resides in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom. However, she was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She turned pro in 2008. This right-handed player is coached by Michael Joyce. She has achieved prize money of more than $5,000,000.    

Results:

19 Selections 
9 Winners
3.34 LSP

Thursday, 4 January 2018

WTA BRISBANE

WTA BRISBANE

SVITOLINA TO BEAT PLISKOVA @ 6-5

Pliskova leads the head to head 5-2 on outdoor hard courts she leads 2-1. Svitolina has improved hugely over the last two years and has looked impressive here so far this week. Pliskova is a powerhouse of a player but her movement can be exposed and Svitolina is such a good and aggressive returner then I am hoping that Pliskova’s serve will be negated somewhat and Svitolina can get on the front foot and be the aggressor early in the rallies and this is when Pliskova is vulnerable. 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WTA BRISBANE

SASNOVICH TO BEAT CORNET @ 7-4
WTA BRISBANE

SASNOVICH TO BEAT CORNET @ 7-4

Sasnovich won their only meeting in three sets last year at Miami, she has been very impressive this week in defeating Mladenovic and Kontaveit and Cornet is far too flaky to be taking at odds on against a confident talented opponent who is at home on hard courts


KRUNIC TO BEAT SEVASTOVA @ 13-8

Krunic leads the head to head 3-2 but on hard courts, it is 2-0 one indoor and one outdoor and that is a striking stat as well as the fact they were both straight-set victories and not particularly close sets either makes me favour the Serbian here


WTA SHENZEN

BEGU TO BEAT BABOS @ 13-10 + OVER 26.5 GAMES @ 5-2

Begu leads the head to head 2-1 and won their only meeting on outdoor in hard courts in three sets, an average number of games in their three meeting has been over 27 with two of the three covering this spread. Both have good serves but Begs has the greater variation in her game and I think this makes the difference 


PLISKOVA TO BEAT SINIAKOVA @ 11-10

Siniakova leads the head to head 3-2, on outdoor hard courts it is Pliskova that has won their only meeting in straight sets. Pliskova has been the more impressive so far in her straight-sets wins over both Ostapenko and Bogdan and Siniakova will find her excellent serve very hard to break and that is the reason I am siding with Pliskova here as I believe the odds are wrong and she should be odds on


WTA AUCKLAND 

HERCOG V GOERGES OVER 20.5 GAMES @ EVENS

Goerges leads the head to head 4-2 both have excellent serves and quite weak return games, Herzog can be particularly vulnerable at the pressure points of matches. Over 20.5 games have been covered in 5 of their 6 meetings.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

WTA AUCKLAND

WTA Auckland 2018
WTA AUCKLAND

Larsson V Strycova Over 21.5 Games @ 11-10 

Strycova leads the head to head 4-3 and on outdoor hard courts, it is tied at 1-1. Average games over the two matches on outdoor hard courts are 27.5 with one three-set match that Strycova won last year on a third set tie-break and Larsson won the year before over two tight sets. Too hard to pick a winner here but neither player has the game totally dominate so I expect a close three-set match and cover the overs. 

CEPEDE ROYG TO BEAT VICKERY @ 13-8 

I see no reason to oppose Royg who won last night in straight sets. Vickery has been playing well but this will be her hardest match so far and I don’t believe she will cope with the consistency of Royg. 

KENIN TO BEAT LEPCHENKO @ 7-4 

Kenin has an impressive record on outdoor hard courts 59-32 and was impressive in beating Jana Fett in her last match. Lepchenko beat a woeful Mona Barthel in her match but is terribly inconsistent and Kenin has the be the value here. 

KUZMOVA + 4.5 GAMES TO BEAT GOERGES @ 6-5 

Kuzmova’s record on outdoor hard courts 100 wins to just 27 losses albeit on the lesser ITF circuit but compared to Goerges 143-128 record it stands up quite well. Goerges beat Puig in her last match in three sets but it was close up until the latter part of the third set and Puig had her chances but was unable to take them and against an inform opponent here the handicap is too large.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

WTA BRISBANE

WTA Aukland
Watson to beat Kanepi 6-5 
Konta to beat Keys 11-10

WTA AUCKLAND 

Nara to beat Larsson 11-10 Nara leads the head to head 1-0 and has the better record on outdoor hard courts, Larsson tends to perform well at the end of the season on indoor courts as well as during the clay part of the season. 

Puig to beat Goerges 2-1 
Puig V Goerges Over 22.5 Games 11-10 
Puig V Goerges To Feature A Tie Break In Match 5-2 

Puig leads the head to head 4-0 although only one of those has been on hardcourts. Both hit the ball fearsomely hard but both all also all out attack and are capable of being anyone but also losing to anyone as their game is basically all out. Looking at their previous meetings there has been 9 sets played and a tiebreak in 3 of those and 5 others finished either 7-5 or 6-4 so the matches do tend to be tight as they both have a decent serve and it shows.

Hercog to beat Van Uytvanck 6-4 

Hercog leads the head to head 2-0 both are more at home on clay but I am siding with the Slovenian here due to the head to head record

Cepede Royg to beat Arrubarrena 11-10 

Royg leads the head to head 1-0 and is far more comfortable on hard court, the fact she won their only meeting on Arrubarrena's favourite clay surface spells bad news, Royg has more power, better serve and more aggressive return game and I expect her to come through in straight sets. 

WTA SHENZEN

Bogdan to beat Giorgi 6-4 

Bogdan is more consistent than Giorgi who can be unplayable sometimes but is far too inconsistent to be considered at odds on against an improving opponent who I expect to climb the rankings this season as she is a solid if an unspectacular player with no real glaring weaknesses.