Australian Open Women's Tennis Betting: Wozniacki vs Kuznetsova to go the distance

Injury put paid to my women’s double last night in Melbourne as Angelique Kerber’s back problem cost us. The German was unable to do anything on serve and against a decent opponent in Ekaterina Makarova she wasn’t likely to get away with it. Aga Radwanska’s match with Ana Ivanovic went the way I predicted, but there’s not much that can be done about injuries, sadly.

Today’s line-up sees Serena Williams and Vika Azarenka face eminently beatable opponents, but I have to side with the underdog in the Caro Wozniacki vs Sveta Kuznetsova match – at least in part.

As is often the case in a Wozniacki match the result is on the racquet of her opponent; in form, Sveta can hit the Dane off the court, but can you trust her to do so? I'm not sure that I would.

Wozniacki was crushed by Sabine Lisicki until the German managed one of the most spectacular implosions seen for a while, and she was also bullied by Lesya Tsurenko before she too failed at the vital moments.

I expect a match of ups and downs from Kuznetsova and the usual solid counter punching from Wozniacki. Four of their last six matches have gone the distance, which I think is the safest play tonight.

They met in Sydney almost a fortnight ago and Sveta was her usual self, winning the first set, getting thumped in the second before switching on again to take the decider 6-2. That’s the sort of match we’re likely to see again, so the over 21.5 games is the most appealing bet at a price of around 1.85

Best bet: Back over 21.5 games in Wozniacki vs Kuznetsova at 1.85