It was back to the payout queue on Wednesday, as Svetlana Kuznetsova recorded a straight sets victory over Marion Bartoli in Doha.
The Russian had her backers concerned at 0-3 down in the opening set, but she dominated proceedings after that and was a comfortable and impressive winner in the end.
Sveta continues her tournament today against Sam Stosur and she should win that one, but she’s a little short for my liking at around 1.45.
Mona Barthel also has an outstanding chance of taking down Caro Wozniacki, but again there’s not a great deal of value there at around 1.67. The German has been perhaps overrated for dismissing a half-fit Angelique Kerber and I’d want closer to evens on that one.
But I think it’s worth taking on Petra Kvitova at every reasonable opportunity at the moment and 1.60 about her opponent today taking a set is well worth taking.
Nadezda Petrova has always been wildly inconsistent in her results, which can be summed up by her winning Tokyo and Sofia at the end of last season, beating the likes of Sara Errani, Sam Stosur, Aga Radwanska, Maria Kirilenko and Wozniacki, before losing 6-2, 6-0 to Kimiko Date-Krumm in Melbourne at the start of 2013.
Yet Kvitova is really struggling at the moment and has played some horrible matches so far in 2013. She’s all over the place on serve and even a return to her favoured indoor hard conditions did little to improve either her form or confidence.
She’s only won one match on tour this season in straight sets and that was the very first one against Carla Suarez Navarro. Her opening match here in Doha was claimed by an injury to her opponent Ekaterina Makarova.
Kvitova doesn’t usually play this swing of the tour and she’s on debut here in Doha this year. It could be a short one if Petrova is on one of her good days.
The Russian has won seven of her last 11 matches against left handers and she didn’t play Fed Cup, so she’ll have a fitness advantage over Kvitova, who did. We’ve already seen plenty of retirements from Fed Cup players this week.
At 2.20 to win and 1.60 to take a set, I’ll be on Petrova today.
Best Bet: Back Petrova +1.5 sets to beat Kvitova at 1.60
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