WTA Miami Betting: Say no to Na against Bertens


On a rain affected Wednesday in Key Biscayne, it was one winner from my two best bets at the 2013 Sony Open.

With no TV footage or even streams to watch the early stages of the tournament, it's tough to evaluate the first round matches, but Jie Zheng took advantage of opponent Slava Shvedova's 12 double faults to record a straight sets win, while Monica Niculescu lost out to Jamie Hampton in what was a good win for the American.

Thursday sees some of the big guns make their first appearances in Miami this year, with Serena Williams and defending champion Aga Radwanska making their debuts in the second round today.

Radwanska is a 1.05 shot against Su-Wei Hsieh, while Williams, who hasn't won this tournament since 2008, takes on Flavia Pennetta.

But one big name who could struggle today is Na Li, who is making her return to the tour after a couple of months off with an ankle injury and surely the 5.5 game start given to her opponent Kiki Bertens is worth taking at 1.73 on the handicap.

Na Li has lost in the first round here in two of her last three visits to Miami and it won't be easy coming straight back in and dominating a top-50 player to the tune of six games, after a nine week absence from the tour with an ankle injury.

Several other well known names have tough matches today, including Julia Goerges, who shouldn't be 1.34 against anyone at the moment and Dominika Cibulkova, who also looks very short in price against Kiki Mladenovic.

Cibulkova has won just two matches since getting a 6-0, 6-0 pasting from Radwanska in the Sydney final in early January and she has a poor record in these Premier mandatory events too, with not a single quarter final reached on an outdoor hard court since back in 2008. In 29 such events in that time she's been past the third round just twice.

It's worth taking a chance on Mladenovic, who's been in decent form this season and has a win under her belt here already, to continue the misery at 2.70.

Best Bets:

Back Bertens +5.5 games to beat Na Li at 1.73 

Back Mladenovic to beat Cibulkova at 2.70

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