WTA Linz Betting: Stephens and Petkovic will go long

The Generali Ladies Linz continues in Austria on Thursday, with more second round matches taking place today at the TipsArena.

I said yesterday that Kirsten Flipkens’ price was too big at 1.9 and the Belgian ended up as the underdog in her match with Camila Giorgi, which made it even more of a profitable wager when Flipper ran out an easy straight sets winner. Unfortunately, Melanie Klaffner ran out of ideas having lost the opening set tie break to Alexandra Cadantu and went out in straight sets to the Romanian.

There are five matches on the card today starting at around 1pm UK time with number seven seed Dominika Cibulkova at short odds against Polish qualifier Katarzyna Piter. I’m not sure I’d be taking the 1.13 on Domi in this encounter against the motivated Piter at this stage of the season.

Next up is Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, who stunned Sorana Cirstea in the opening round, facing lucky loser Maryna Zanevska, who replaced Petra Kvitova in the draw here. I would expect the Austrian to kick on from that win over Cirstea, which was achieved from a set down, in her home event, but 1.53 doesn’t appeal massively.

Sloane Stephens vs Andrea Petkovic

This looks the match of the day in Linz and it should take place at around 5pm UK time today. It’s a repeat of a match that I was courtside for at Wimbledon this year that Stephens edged 8-6 in the final set. 

That was a high quality encounter and Petkovic was a little unlucky to finish on the losing side that day on a surface that isn’t her best. What was apparent that day from the sidelines was that the Stephens serve was a fair bit quicker than that of Petkovic, whose delivery tends to be rather weak for a woman of her athletic build. Sloane has a clear advantage in that department. 

The American does tend to go missing for periods in matches, which is always a worry if you’ve backed her. She is very inexperienced playing indoors, with this match today being only her sixth as a professional in these conditions and third at tour level. 

Stephens admitted to being jet-lagged ahead of her first round match, as she didn’t arrive in Austria until late, which isn’t a great sign of commitment to this tournament. But she did play well against an out of sorts Magda Rybarikova, while Petkovic beat another defensive type in Yvonne Meusberger. T

his one has all the makings of a three setter, with both players likely to have ups and downs during the match, so the solid wager has to be the over 21.5 total games at 1.75, although the Stephens 2-1 win also appeals at 4.30.

Best Bet

Back over 21.5 total games in Stephens/Petkovic at 1.75

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