The Generali Ladies Linz continues on Wednesday with the completion of the first round and the start of the second round in Austria.
My wagers on Tuesday began well when Camila Giorgi eased past an out of sorts Julia Goerges in straight sets without facing a break point, but unfortunately even jet lag couldn’t prevent Sloane Stephens from winning 2-0 against a disappointing Magdalena Rybarikova.
Wednesday’s schedule sees three first round matches and three second round matches on the card and play gets underway at 11am UK time at the TipsArena.
Kirsten Flipkens vs Camila Giorgi (BET and watch this LIVE from 13.05 UK time)
After siding with the Italian Giorgi in her match with Goerges I’m going against her today when she takes on Belgian Flipkens at around 1pm UK time.
In what will be the first meeting between these two players I like the solid game of Flipper over the much more flashy attacking approach of Giorgi in a match that could well go long.
Flipkens is very solid as a favourite and has won 11 of her last 12 in such matches and 36 of her last 45 going back to the start of the 2012 season. Flipkens’ price is on the slide though and she may not start this match as favourite, but that simply means the likelihood of more profit.
Giorgi’s price looks short, and is presumably based on the very good form she’s shown here this week and her promising run at the US Open, but she hasn’t beaten much here this week and the price on Flipkens looks a touch of value to me.
The Belgian is a much better defender than someone like Goerges and these medium-paced Linz courts offer a decent balance between defence and attack, which should lead to Giorgi having to make one ball too many.
Alexandra Cadantu vs Melanie Klaffner (BET and watch this LIVE from 14.05 UK time)
This first round match begins at around 3pm UK time today and features Cadantu, who has a really poor record in these indoor hard conditions. The Romanian is looking to make it past the first round indoors for the first time since 2011.
She has only ever won one main draw match at any indoor hard court event at any level and that was against Anastasia Yakimova in Luxembourg two years ago.
She has a chance today against world number 184 Klaffner, but I wouldn’t be backing her at odds-on against the local player. The 23-year-old Klaffner gets a wild card here for the first time since 2008 and she’ll be determined to make the most of it.
She has at least played a lot more indoor hard court tennis than her opponent and won a low level event in Thailand in her last appearance in these conditions. Her record against top-100 ranked opponents, such as Cadantu is poor, as you would expect with her ranking and she has just three wins and 23 losses in such matches.
She won’t get a better opportunity to improve that record than today though and the local player should be used to the conditions making her worth a bet at 2.25.
Back Flipkens to beat Giorgi at 2.00
Back Klaffner to beat Cadantu at 2.25