It was another trip to the payout queue on Tuesday night, as my WTA bet of the day was a comfortable winner.
Kirsten Flipkens routined Bojana Jovanovski for the loss of just five games in Hobart to progress to the quarter finals and bring about another profitable day for this column.
With the Australian Open just a matter of days away, this week’s tournaments are reaching the closing stages already and in Sydney it’s semi finals day, where I fancy Na Li to defeat Aga Radwanska in their last four clash.
The pair will meet for the ninth time in total at around 3.30am UK time on Thursday and on current form I fancy the Chinese player to continue her recent dominance over the Pole.
Na has won all four of the matches between the pair on hard courts and in the three that took place in 2012 she won easily in straight sets on each occasion.
But more of a reason to back Li is that conditions in Australia tend to suit her better than the all-court reactive game of Aga and the extreme heat counts against the Pole as well.
Both players have had fine starts to the season with tournaments wins in week one, but I suspect that conditions will have taken their toll on Radwanska rather more – especially given her recent complaints about the Sydney heat.
Radwanska is yet to better the quarter finals in Melbourne and I partly put that down to the length of the rallies in many of her matches in the heat, while Li’s more aggressive approach tends to aid her in getting things done faster.
Aga had a struggle against Roberta Vinci in the last round in which she won just five points more than her opponent, who took just one of eight break point chances and she’ll need to do better tonight to challenge the Chinese world number six.
Li tends to play her best at this time of the year, as her results at the Australian Open highlight and with conditions in her favour I’m happy to side with her at around 1.81
Best Bet: Back Na Li to beat Radwanska at 1.81