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Miami Masters Betting Tips: Kukushkin and Querrey the Value Picks in Round Two

The Miami Masters is just starting to crank into gear, with all of the top seeds in both the mens and womens draws making their bow today or tomorrow.

That’s great news for punters, as these early round ties usually throw up some great profit-making opportunities. Here are some betting tips to get you started.


WTA Tour Betting Tips: Vinci Departs in Kuala Lumpur But Wozniacki On Course in Mexico

We’re approaching the weekend, so now is as good a time as any to revisit this week’s WTA Tour events and see if we can unearth some fantastic betting tips for our readers. Also, we’ll take a quick look at the Davis Cup clash between Australia and the USA.

WTA Monterrey

It’s been as expected in Monterrey thus far, with bookies favourite and second seed Caroline Wozniacki breezing past Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-2, and now the Dane will be looking to join her fellow competitors in the quarter-finals. She must overcome an emerging talent in Mirjana Lucic-Baroni first however.

The top seed, Sara Errani, dropped a set in her opener against Magdalena Rybarikova, and will need to improve against the handy Annett Kontaveit in their last 16 encounter. Errani’s price has lengthened to 7.50 with the bookmakers, and that is reflective of her struggles in getting to grips with Rybarikova.

The bookies have caught on to the value in backing Caroline Garcia however, and the Frenchwoman’s price has dropped to 5.50 to win this competition. She sailed past Petra Martic in the last 32 in straight sets and now meets Julia Glushko for a place in the quarter finals.

Two Brits have already sealed their places in the last eight. The number four seed Johanna Konta – fresh from her semi-final appearance at the Australian Open – defeated Mariana Duque-Marino in straight sets in her opener before requiring two tie-breaks to overcome the challenge of Yanina Wickmayer. Konta looks in fine form at the moment, and if she can see of Kirsten Flipkens (a player against whom she holds a 2-0 head-to-head lead) then she will be in great shape heading into the weekend. A small stakes wager at 6.00 is not a bad investment.

Heather Watson, meanwhile, has booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a tightly-fought opener against the talented Misaki Doi, before enjoying a rather more comfortable victory over Polona Hercog 6-2 6-3 in the last 16.  

The best bet at this stage of the tournament appears to be in supporting Christina McHale against Nicole Gibbs at 1.71. McHale has won all three of their previous meetings, and reached the semi-finals in Acapulco last week. She is available from 1.78 with the bookies, and as such she is at the heart of the Bet Advisor betting tips for today.

WTA Kuala Lumpur

It’s been a veritable graveyard here for the seeds, with five of the eight departing the tournament and we’re only at the quarter-final stage! These lesser WTA events are ripe for shock results, and that trend has certainly continued here in Kuala Lumpur so far this week.

The biggest surprise is the top seed Roberta Vinci’s exit. The Italian was dispatched in three sets by the unheralded Kai-Chen Chang, for whom this was one of the biggest results of her career. Chang will now play Cagla Buyukakcay in the last 16.

The second seed, Elina Svitolina, is safely into the last 16 with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Miyu Kato, while the third seed Sabine Lisicki has bludgeoned her way into the last eight with a couple of hard hitting wins.

Elsewhere, Annika Beck, Nao Hibino, Saisai Zheng and Su-Wei Hsieh have all been unceremoniously dumped from the competition by unseeded players. But there’s has been an upturn in form from Eugenie Bouchard, who has defeated her two opponents thus far for the loss of just seven games. If her confidence continues to build then she could very well be the dark horse here – add her to your betting tips for some outside value.

Davis Cup

It’s worth mentioning that the Davis Cup kicks off again tonight, with the first match taking place between Australia and the USA. We will cover the tournament in more depth tomorrow, but for now take a look at the Americans – represented by John Isner and Jack Sock – to overcome the Aussie pair of Sam Groth and Bernard Tomic at 1.67.

Sock holds an enviable 3-0 head-to-head lead over the inconsistent Tomic, while in the battle of the big servers it is Isner who looks a better all round player than Groth; although expect a tie-break or two in that match. Australia’s cause has not been helped by the loss of Nick Kyrgios to illness.


ATP Tour Tennis: Nadal and Nishikori the Stars to Watch This Week

It was a strong week on the ATP Tour last time around, with Richard Gasquet capturing his third title in Montpellier, Roberto Batista-Agut overcoming Victor Troicki in the final in Sofia and Victor Estrella-Burgos successfully defended his Quito crown.

It’s onwards and upwards this week with indoor hard court events in Rotterdam and Memphis, and the usual South American clay jaunt at this time of year in Buenos Aires.

ATP Rotterdam

It is Gasquet himself who is the top seed here following his Montpellier heroics, where he dropped just a single set along the way. He faces Jeremy Chardy in the first round here – a player against whom he holds a 3-0 head-to-head record, and so the world number twelve looks good value at 6.00 to clinch a second successive title at the moment.

But very few players accomplish that feat (unless their name starts in Novak and ends in Djokovic), and this is a high quality field, so right now it is hard to make any betting tips with any certainty. Just take a look at Marin Cilic for example, who is the current bookmakers’ favourite at 5.00 and the number two seed. He was pushed all the way by Denis Istomin – a player he has beaten in six of seven meetings. There is a certain unpredictability about ATP Rotterdam.

Gilles Simon, at 7.00, is worth keeping an eye on tough. Despite flaking badly in Montpellier last week the Frenchman has happy memories of this event, having reached the last four here in 2015 – where he beat Chardy and Andy Murray along the way - before being dumped out by Tomas Berdych.

ATP Memphis

It’s all about Kei Nishikori in Memphis this week. The Japanese star has won this title two years in a row, and is unsurprisingly the top seed and bookmakers’ favourite as a result. Even for a player so dominant here in recent years, odds of 1.67 look too short to back.

The world number six’s biggest obstacle in his half of the draw is likely to be a substantial one: all 6ft 5in of Sam Querrey. The American has a good record in Memphis in recent years, and while he has never really achieved all he should in the game that huge serve makes him a tough proposition to overcome.

We need to look at the bottom half of the draw for any betting value, and having done so we’re happy to offer Steve Johnson at 9.00 each way as one of our betting tips for the week. His hardest battle on route to the final will surely come from Donald Young, a player who has only played three matches in 2016 – losing two of them, including being dumped out of the first round at the Australian Open. Johnson is playing quite well at the moment, so we can back him with some confidence on home soil.

ATP Buenos Aires

Perhaps the standout tour event of the week takes place on the clay in Argentina. Number one seed Rafa Nadal will be looking to successfully defend the ATP Buenos Aires title he won last year – a tournament in which he dropped just 19 games in his four matches played. He should reach the last four at least again with the minimum of fuss.

Again we go to the bottom half of the draw in our quest for a good value each way punt. World number eight David Ferrer is a former winner here in 2014, and with a 19-5 record on clay in 2015 he certainly cannot be taken lightly. In the bottom half of the draw he looks the most likely to proceed, so an each way bet on him at 5.00 is the pick of today’s betting tips from Bet Advisor.


ATP Tour Season Starts With a Bang in Doha and Brisbane

The new season is just a matter of days old, but with the first Grand Slam event of the year – the Australian Open – just around the corner on January 18, many of the big guns have already made their seasonal bow at the first ATP Tour events of the year in Doha and Brisbane respectively.

With the Aussie Open just a fortnight away, the need to find form is as important as ever. So who are today’s betting tips that look the most likely to come in?


Wawrinka the Outside Value for the ATP World Tour Finals

The draw for the ATP World Tour Finals has been made and sees the two leading players in the world this year, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, paired together.

The tournament, which is being held at London’s O2 Arena and will continue to be until 2018 after the ATP extended the contract, is contested by the eight best players on the tour this year.

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