The championship matches in this week’s two WTA Tour events are all set for Saturday in Acapulco and Florianopolis.
Friday’s opening best bet was a comfortable winner, as Garbine Muguruza faced few problems in a routine straight sets win over Yaraslava Shvedova in Florianapolis. The straight sets win bet never looked in much doubt, as the powerful Spaniard eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win, although Garbi did struggle a bit to serve it out.
And it got even better as reward for a tough week’s WTA betting was found in my second best bet of the day when Christina McHale defeated Caroline Garcia by the predicted two sets to one for a nice 3.75 success.
Garbine Muguruza 1.55 vs Klara Zakopalova 2.40 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 14.05
The remarkable Czech player has made her way into another final in what’s been an exhausting run of matches and it could all end in tears (literally) again for Zakopalova, whose awful record in finals may well continue here.
Klara has played 16 matches since Melbourne in Paris, Seville, Doha, Rio and now here in Florianopolis and she’ll be feeling it and probably not looking forward to another final after losing her last six straight at tour level since her most recent title win way back in 2005.
One of those losses was to Muguruza, which came on a quicker hard court than this in Hobart earlier this year and she did it by overpowering the Czech, who faded badly in the second set of that match.
Indeed, I seem to recall the stern-faced Czech crying into her towel in that match and we could see something similar today as she faces an in-form Muguruza, who in comparison has played only a handful of matches since Melbourne.
Garbi will pounce on any short serves and second serves from Zakopalova, who emerged from a pretty poor match with Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets last night and it’s hard to see how a fatigued Klara can combat the power of the Spaniard.
The 1.55 seems like the sensible bet in this one and I’d be tempted by the 2-0 Muguruza at 2.25 here as well.
Dominika Cibulkova 1.28 vs Christina McHale 3.55
At half past midnight UK time the Slovak and American meet across the net for the third time in their careers, with Cibulkova holding a 2-0 series lead and vastly more experience at the sharp end of WTA Tour events.
Domi is into her 10th WTA Tour final and she’s looking for a fourth title whilst hoping to improve upon her current 3-6 record in finals.
In fairness to Domi she’s been underdog in most of her final appearances and her previous three have all been against the number four in the world at the time – once against Li Na in Melbourne and twice against Aga Radwanska.
She’s never faced an opponent ranked as lowly as McHale, who currently sits at number 70 and it’s a big occasion for the American, who has only ever played three finals, all of which have been at a lower level than the main tour.
It seems certain that the nerves will be flying around McHale’s body, as she looked very edgy and needed half a dozen match points to eventually see off Caroline Garcia last night.
Domi had a much easier passage than the late night two-and-three quarter hour battle that McHale had when her semi-final opponent retired after six games last night, and she will clearly be the fresher due to that and having not dropped a set so far this week.
The 2-0 to Cibulkova seems the likeliest outcome here at around 1.8.
Back Muguruza to beat Zakopalova at 1.55
Back Cibulkova to beat McHale 2-0 at 1.8