It was a bad day for the Brits at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday. Laura Robson and Heather Watson were both beaten in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open and Watson in particular had what she described as: “a really bad day at the office.”
As usual at Indian Wells the players have described the playing conditions as very slow and high bouncing, which gives the red dirt exponents more of a chance than they normally would have on American hard courts. This brings Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino into the reckoning against the out of form Varvara Lepchenko at a tempting price of 2.60.
Lepchenko has lost seven of her last eight matches on the WTA Tour, with her only success this season coming in Fed Cup. She has the losing habit right now, while Arruabarrena-Vecino has been winning – although admittedly at a lower level. The Spaniard has had one win here already and the 20-year-old is value in these sort of conditions against an out-of-sorts opponent.
For an accumulator bet today, I like Roberta Vinci, Klara Zakopalova and Carla Suarez Navarro in a treble that pays around 2.23.
Vinci is in excellent form at the moment and should dismantle the game of the Kazakh left-hander Ksenia Pervak at a venue where the Italian reached the fourth round last year.
Zakopalova takes on Shahar Peer, who has fallen from grace markedly in the last year or so. Peer was a surprise winner over a potentially fatigued Marina Erakovic in round one here, but Zakopalova takes a 3-0 head-to-head record over the Israeli into this clash. Zakopalova reached the fourth round here last year and should be much too good today.
Finally, Suarez Navarro plays Silvia Soler-Espinosa for the second time in a matter of days having beaten her for the fifth straight time in Acapulco last week. She’s 10-0 in sets against her fellow Spaniard.
Back Arruabarrena-Vecino to beat Lepchenko at 2.60
Back Zakopalova, Vinci and Suarez Navarro in a treble at 2.23