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.
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.
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.