WTA Paris Open Betting: Back Vinci and Arvidsson on the double


Monday was certainly not the start to the week that was required, with both of my wagers going down on the opening day in Paris.

Twelve months ago there were just three winning underdogs from 14 matches in the Paris first round and one of those was a retirement, but I managed to find one yesterday when Christina McHale chose Paris to record her first win since last summer.

Tuesday's schedule in Paris has seeded players Julia Goerges and Roberta Vinci in action and the latter makes up one half of my double for today.

The Italian takes on Simona Halep, in a repeat of the first round match here last year that Vinci won in straight sets. The indoor hard-court hasn't been Halep's best surface over the years and that's putting it kindly.

The Romanian has never made it past the second-round, at tour level indoors. Although she did defeat Vinci on clay in Barcelona last year, it's hard to see her repeating that result on indoor hard.

Halep's form so far in 2013 has been very patchy, with two wins over lower ranked opposition and two heavy losses to Sloane Stephens. Dhe hasn't made it past round two of any tournament since before the last year's French Open.

Vinci has started 2013 in decent style, with some good performances in Sydney and a couple of wins in Melbourne, before losing a tight one to the in-form Elena Vesnina. She should have few problems with Halep today.

The second leg of the double concerns Sofia Arvidsson, who is very much at her best indoors. She takes a 3-0 head-to-head lead over Alize Cornet, in a repeat of their 2011 first-round match here.

Arvidsson posted a 13-3 record on indoor hard in 2012, with a win in Memphis and semi-final in Moscow highlighting a fine spell indoors.

Home hope Cornet on the other hand, has lost in round one here in Paris for the last three years. It's fair to say that she doesn't really enjoy her visits to the capital, as she has a poor record at Roland Garros too.

She posted a 3-5 record indoors in 2012 and was beaten in straight sets by Arvidsson in their meeting here two years ago.

Arvidsson began 2013 in great style by beating Sam Stosur in Brisbane, but she hasn't won a match since. A return to her favoured indoor courts will surely be a timely boost for the Swede.

The Vinci/Arvidsson double pays around 1.82.

Best Bet

Back Vinci and Arvidsson in a double at 1.82