It was an excellent day of WTA betting at the New Haven Open at Yale on Tuesday, with all of my recommendations proving profitable.
Elena Vesnina didn’t need the 1.5 set start in a straight sets win over number two seed Angelique Kerber, before Klara Zakopalova was also a comfortable winner against Monica Puig. Those who also followed my advice in the Sabine Lisicki vs Nastia Pavlyuchenkova match would also have been in profit, as the Russian also won in two.
There are five matches on the schedule for Wednesday, beginning at 5pm UK time with what looks a good chance for Simona Halep to progress.
Simona Halep vs Carla Suarez Navarro
Halep has been in fine form this season, mainly on clay, but she certainly is able to transfer her skills to a hard court with more success than today’s opponent.
Simona began impressively here this week with a thumping win over Dani Hantuchova and I’m expecting a relatively comfortable win for Halep again today in her eighth meeting with Suarez Navarro of a career series that the Spaniard currently leads 4-3.
Three of those wins for Suarez Navarro have come on clay though and her hard court form isn’t anything to write home about; she very rarely passes the opening couple of rounds of hard court events.
She had a good win over Roberta Vinci in round one here, but she rarely backs these victories up on hard and Halep is the sort of player who tends to win quickly, which leads me to the minus 2.5 game handicap on Halep at 1.65 here. I’m also tempted by the 2-0 at 2.05.
Sara Errani vs Ekaterina Makarova
This match is set to take place at 6pm UK time and it looks to me like a pretty good match-up for the Italian, who prefers to play matches than practice.
Errani reached the semi finals here last year and she’s not really one to tank matches ahead of a Slam like many others I could mention. Makarova’s only hope here is that she is dialled in from the first game and is able to find the lines or close to them with regularity.
It’s a simple tactic to try and keep Errani on the move and finish her off with a fiercely hit winner, but only the best can do that and Makarova isn’t one of the best. She does get down on herself when things aren’t going well and Errani loves to see that from the other side of the net.
The world number five beat today’s opponent pretty comfortably on quick clay at altitude in Madrid earlier this year and Makarova showed nothing in a scratchy win over a returning Aleksandra Wozniack in round one to suggest she’s up to this today. The minus 3.5 games about Errani at 1.77 on the handicap looks the call here.
Back Halep -2.5 games to beat Suarez Navarro at 1.65
Back Errani -3.5 games to beat Makarova at 1.77