The solid start to the week’s WTA betting continued on Tuesday, with a comfortable winner coming via the racquet of Galina Voskoboeva in Oeiras.
Voskoboeva was a straight sets winner over Sofia Arvidsson on a day where the number one seed Marion Bartoli fell at the first hurdle to Shuai Peng in what I indicated could be a tricky match for Bartoli.
Wednesday’s play in Oeiras begins at 10.50am with eight matches on the schedule for today, the first of which is Sorana Cirstea taking on Kaia Kanepi in what should be an entertaining clash.
Much will depend, of course, on which Cirstea turns up today – the one that lost 6-3, 6-1 to Chanelle Scheepers last week or the one that played so well at times against Anabel Medina Garrigues in a match that I suggested backing the overs in yesterday.
Their last three meetings have been tight, with each going the distance and I fancy the over 21.5 total games at 1.98 in this. There’s no value on Kanepi at 1.58 in what’s still the early stages of her comeback from injury.
Peng vs Romina Oprandi looks like more or less a 50/50 match and I would expect Sveta Kuznetsova to have too much for Voskoboeva, with the 2-0 on Sveta at 1.83 holding some appeal.
Monica Niculescu could be vulnerable today as 1.65 favourite against Elena Vesnina, with her win over Tamira Paszek in the first round here being only her second victory in her last nine clay court matches.
Monica Puig could be in with a puncher’s chance against Fran Schiavone, who may well be feeling the effects of fatigue after a long, title winning run last week in Marrakech and a three setter yesterday.
Puig had a very good win over Julia Goerges yesterday and has a chance of another good win today, but in her first meeting with the Italian it could just as easily be a tough learning experience for the 19-year-old.
If Schiavone is less than fully fit the 2.95 on Puig could look quite big, but that match is probably one to watch.
Best Bet: Back over 21.5 games in Cirstea v Kanepi at 1.98
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