Brazil Tennis Cup Betting: Back Rybarikova to put more years on Date-Krumm


Following the drama of Dubai last week, the WTA Tour stars take a bit of a break ahead of Indian Wells and Miami, but there are still some International Events to get involved in.

The WTA Tour returns to Brazil for the first time in more than a decade for the hard court event in Florianapolis - the Brazil Tennis Cup, which features Venus Williams as its top draw.

The indefatigable Caroline Wozniacki heads the field in Kuala Lumpur for their hard court event, while Dubai finalist Sara Errani is the number one seed in the joint ATP/WTA clay court event in Acapulco.

But today's most tempting wager for me takes place in Florianapolis, where Magdalena Rybarikova takes on the ageless wonder that is Kimiko Date-Krumm on Court 2 at around 3pm UK time.

Rybarikova has been in decent touch lately and took down Kirsten Flipkens in Memphis on her way to the semi-finals, before losing a match that she was in control of against Sabine Lisicki.

The match against Flipkens was a long one and it probably didn't aid her cause against the power of Lisicki, but she'll be facing no such bombardment today from the evergreen 42-year-old Date-Krumm.

This pair have played each other on two previous occasions with Ryabrikova winning each time, most recently in Seoul at the end of last season when the Slovakian was a straight sets winner.

It's never easy trying to predict Date-Krumm, as she's a unique case on the tour and obviously her energy levels will vary from match to match, but other than her stunning win over Nadezda Petrova at the Australian Open she's done little of note lately.

Indeed, she lost 11 straight matches on the tour last season before dropping down a level and winning in Dubai at the end of 2012.

She was last seen out in Fed Cup where she faced two top-20 opponents and predictably was beaten in straight sets. I think it's worth siding with Rybarikova while she's in decent form and 1.80 is a reasonable price in my view.

Best Bet: Back Rybarikova to beat Date-Krumm at 1.80

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