WOMEN'S TENNIS BETTING: RISING STAR TORRO-FLOR TO BEAT HANTUCHOVA


Rain affected proceedings in Brussels and Strasbourg on Monday, leading to a rehashed schedule - with many matches being forced indoors.

My bet on Lauren Davis was held over due to rain in Strasbourg and despite a 3-0 lead and a point for 4-1, Arantxa Rus failed to see out the second set of her clash with Olga Govortsova, meaning my second bet failed to find the mark.

Match of the day in Brussels on Tuesday has to be the classic clash of big versus small when the six foot Kaia Kanepi takes on the pint-sized Dominika Cibulkova at around 7.30pm (UK time).

This pair have met on three previous occasions, with Kanepi leading Cibulkova 2-1, but she did win their most recent meeting indoors in Russia in 2011.

Cibulkova will have been taken aback by the thrashing she received at the hands of Serena Williams in Rome, having pushed the American in Miami and her confidence will have been hit by winning just one game against an admittedly top form Serena.

There should be plenty of crowd-pleasing winners and a fair few shockers in this match and Kanepi, having reached the last four here last year should edge it, but 1.53 is a touch short.

But there are a few other matches that appeal for bigger value, and they include Sofia Arvidsson at around 2.90 against Shuai Peng, Mathilde Johansson against Alize Cornet and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor against Daniela Hantuchova.

All three represent value to me and it’s certainly worth siding with Arvidsson, who should enjoy returning to Brussels after

reaching the semi finals last year.

Her very patchy form so far in 2013 sees her at a bigger price than the 2.25 she was 12 months ago when beating Peng in the first round here in Brussels. Sofia was a straight sets winner that day and the 1.72 about her winning a set against the same opposition today appeals.

Peng has had a lot of problems with her right shoulder for a while now and she’s also had a very up and down year, probably because of that very issue.

Hantuchova is wildly unpredictable these days, as recent wins over Petra Kvitova and Maria Kirilenko combined with recent losses to Olga Puchkova and Marina Erakovic illustrate.

Torro-Flor is an up-and-coming talent and I think she has at least a 50/50 chance of winning this match when it kicks off at 4pm (UK time) in Strasbourg and therefore the 2.25 about her seems like decent value to me.

Best Bets

Back Arvidsson +1.5 sets to beat Peng at 1.72

Back Torro-Flor to beat Hantuchova at 2.25