Australian Open Women's Tennis Betting: Back Young Pliskova To Progress Past Cirstea


My women’s pick on day two at the 2013 Australian Open was one that will live long in the memory.

The Sabine Lisicki vs Caro Wozniacki match went exactly the way that I predicted, with the German overpowering the Dane with ease, while at the same time flashing lots of unforced errors.

But at 3-0 up in the final set things were looking good until Sabine started to think and then couldn’t find the court, losing the next six games straight and with it the match. 

We have seen this from Lisicki before, but this was something quite spectacular and I’m still incredulous a day later – 57 unforced errors says it all and I’m not sure that Woz touched the ball in those last six games. She didn't need to.

Moving on to day three then and the obvious bet is to take on Sam Stosur against Jie Zheng, who the Aussie lost to very recently in Sydney, but I suspect that Sam will probably gain a bit of revenge for that tonight now that she's past the first round.

Britain’s Heather Watson is tempting at 2.33 against Ksenia Pervak, but the Guernsey girl is injured, which makes that match one to avoid.

Madison Keys will need to improve on her first round performance if she’s to justify a 1.37 quote against Tamira Paszek, who’s been working with Andy Murray’s fitness coach lately and who may present a challenge to the young American.

But I think the best value could lie with talented young Czech player Kristyna Pliskova, who takes on the erratic hitting of Sorana Cirstea on Court 19. 

The 20-year-old has impressed me in the times that I’ve seen her and she produced a solid display in round one here, which included zero unforced errors, to beat the admittedly limited Sacha Jones.

But this is more about Cirstea, who racks up as many errors as Lisicki on a bad day, of which there have been plenty lately. In the first round here she chalked up 17 in two sets and was lucky that her opponent Coco Vandeweghe coughed up twice as many in just 18 games.

Cirstea has been beaten as moderate to strong favourite four times in her last six tournaments by the likes of Pervak, Lauren Davis and Petra Martic and the consistent approach of Pliskova could easily do the same at a tempting 2.62

Best Bet: Back Pliskova to beat Cirstea at 2.62