The quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies Linz are all set after another winning day of WTA betting on Thursday.
Sloane Stephens and Andrea Petkovic played out the predicted three setter at the TipsArena in Linz, Austria. Those who went the braver route of the Stephens 2-1 win as well as of the overs bet would have had a bumper day, as the American did indeed record a deciding set victory.
Either way it was a good day and the last eight match-ups on Friday look worth a watch, as Ana Ivanovic, Stephens and Domi Cibulkova are all in action.
Kirsten Flipkens vs Carla Suarez Navarro
I’m slightly surprised that the Spaniard is favourite for this match in these conditions, given that she’s never been past the quarter-finals of any tournament played on indoor hard.
She has improved away from her beloved clay this season, but the court craft and know how of the Belgian in this sort of situation would make me side with her. 2.04 seems like a touch of value here.
The pair haven’t met on the tour for a number of years and never at this level of competition, but Suarez Navarro has had an easy ride through to this stage by facing an out of sorts Elina Svitolina and the usual brainless tennis from Kristyna Pliskova.
Flipkens landed a nice winner for this column the other day with a routine win over Camila Giorgi as underdog and she can do the same here.
Ana Ivanovic vs Dominika Cibulkova
This looks the match of the day in Linz and it should begin at around 5.30pm UK time. Ivanovic is apparently keen to do well here this week in front of her watching parents. She does have a very good record indoors and is a former winner of this tournament.
The Serb has won three of her last seven indoor events and reached at least the last eight in three of the others, so she functions well in these conditions.
Cibulkova has a decent record indoors too, having made the final in two of her last five indoor tournaments. She has always been competitive in her meetings with Ana, winning two of their three and losing 2-1 in the most recent, which was on fairly quick outdoor hard in Carlsbad this summer.
Domi wasn’t tested at all by an outclassed Katarzyna Piter in the previous round here and Ivanovic has had the tougher route through on paper against Fran Schiavone and Yanina Wickmayer.
The price on Ivanovic looks short to me at 1.50 and I’m tempted by the +3.5 games that Cibulkova receives on the handicap at 1.78. For a more expansive wager though, the 2-1 Ivanovic win at 3.95 looks worthy of consideration, as she probably just has the edge and 1.50 outright is too short in what should be a very competitive affair.
Back Flipkens to beat Suarez Navarro at 2.04
Back Ivanovic to beat Cibulkova 2-1 at 3.95
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