WTA Birmingham Betting: Pironkova to find her feet on grass


It was one winner from my two WTA wagers on Tuesday on the grass in Birmingham.

Casey Dellaqua found Dani Hantuchova on one of her increasingly rare good days and wasn’t able to do much about it, but Madison Keys turned
things around late in the day when the youngster scored a great comeback win against Jamie Hampton.

Wednesday at the Aegon Classic features a full programme of 12 matches to choose from and quite a few interest me today from a betting viewpoint.

Starting with the 11am matches and Tsvetana Pironkova has to have a very good chance when she takes on Sorana Cirstea for their second career meeting.

The first was on clay back in 2011, which Pironkova won and she can make it two from two on her favourite surface against the wildly inconsistent Romanian who has lost in the first round in four of her last five grass court events.

Pironkova only seems to come alive on grass these days and her overall form this season has been shocking. But true to type she wasted no time reversing a run of 10 losses from 11 matches as soon as she set foot back on the green stuff by beating Lauren Davis two and one here in her opening match.

The Bulgarian is around 1.68 for this, and that will be my first wager today, closely followed by another of the early starts - Andrea Hlavackova versus Bojana Jovanovski.

The Czech player seems a tad overpriced in this one at around 2.55 against an opponent who has never been past the second round of any grass court event, so Hlavackova to win a set here at 1.60 looks highly likely.

In the late afternoon match, Kirsten Flipkens could well be vulnerable to young Croatian prospect Ajla Tomljanovic, given that Flipkens pulled out of her Bundesliga match with what was reported as a serious knee injury. Infact, it’s a bit of a surprise to see her here at all.

Tomljanovic defeated 2012 champion Melanie Oudin with ease in round one and, after coming back from glandular fever last year, she is getting better all the time and pushed Flipkens when they met on hard in Miami a few months ago.

With a good match win on the grass under her belt and facing an opponent who will be tentative on a slippery surface, it’s worth backing the Croatian today at around 2.10.

Other outsiders with chances today include Marina Erakovic, who is a tough opening round opponent for Ekaterina Makarova, but the price on the Kiwi is a touch short for me.

As far as the Brits are concerned, Laura Robson has drifted alarmingly from around 1.55 to 1.86 in her match against Hantuchova, while Heather Watson should defeat Alla Kudryavtseva and Johanna Konta has a good chance too at odds-against against the suspect movement of Kiki Mladenovic.

Best Bets
Back Pironokova to beat Cirstea at 1.68
Back Hlavackova +1.5 sets to beat Jovanovski at 1.60
Back Tomljanovic to beat Flipkens at 2.08