WTA Charleston Betting: Wozniacki to struggle against Soler power


Tuesday in Charleston was not far from a carbon copy of Monday, as my pick was beaten from a set ahead.

This time the guilty party was Yaraslava Shvedova, who must be wondering where her next win is coming from after a really bad defeat to former doubles partner Vania King.

After taking the opener 6-4, Slava slumped to defeat losing 11 of the next 13 games before a mini revival made the deciding set look respectable.

There were no such problems for Sabine Lisicki, who double bagelled Anna Tatishvili on a strange old day that also saw Anna Ivanovic dish one out to Marta Sirotkina in Monterrey.

Sloane Stephens won just two games as a 1.3 favourite against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Mona Barthel was a straight sets loser at 1.13 against qualifier Jessica Pegula.

Carla Suarez Navarro also lost in straight sets at 1.33 and over in Monterrey number two seed Marion Bartoli lost at 1.29 to Coco Vandeweghe after winning the opener.

So, a very odd day all told and Wednesday offers some more intriguing match-ups, not least Laura Robson taking on her friend Eugenie Bouchard first up, but it could pay to take on a number of short priced favourites today.

Caroline Wozniacki has taken a wild card into Charleston, but she hasn't won two straight matches on clay since winning Brussels in 2011 and after coming through a real battle yesterday, her opponent Silvia Soler-Espinosa should make the Dane work.

Caro hasn't played here since winning it in 2011 and with the Spaniard very much attuned to conditions she should take the win with a 5.5 game start on the handicap.

Venus Williams could also endure a struggle against Monica Puig, who also looks worth a small interest at 3.70 given that Williams has been struggling with a back injury on top of her ongoing fatigue-based illness.

Puig can play and Venus has rarely been up to much on clay, so the Puerto Rican has a puncher's chance in this one.

I'm also less than convinced about Jelena Jankovic at 1.15 against Caroline Garcia or Sam Stosur at 1.3 against Marina Erakovic, while in Monterrey, Urszula Radwanska at 1.45 against Donna Vekic looks short.

So, there are plenty of big prices around today and any of the above underdogs are worth a bet, but 5.5 games looks too much of a handicap for Wozniacki to overcome and Soler-Espinosa at 1.73 looks good.

Best Bet: Back Soler-Espinosa +5.5 games to beat Wozniacki at 1.73

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