The WTA Tour moves on from Dubai to Acapulco and Florianopolis in a fairly low-key week nine ahead of Indian Wells next week.
The International level event in Acapulco is the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, which is now played on outdoor hard, rather than the clay that has been traditional here and this is to make it as similar as possible to Indian Wells.
So, the playing conditions will be on the slow side for hard courts, while over in Florianopolis the International level Brazil Tennis Cup is also played on a slow outdoor hard court, where the defending champion is Monica Niculescu.
There are eight first round matches on the card for Monday in Brazil, where play starts at around 13.30 UK time.
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 1.73 vs Dinah Pfizenmaier 2.04 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 17.35
This 17.35 UK time encounter will surely be a case of the aggressor, who goes for her shots and either hits or misses, against a measured, consistent, more defensive-minded opponent.
It’s also a case of youth versus experience, as the 22-year-old German Pfizenmaier faces an opponent five years older, who should enjoy the slow conditions here in Florianopolis.
Both have been in Brazil for a while, so should be accustomed to the heat a little by now and both were beaten in the second round on clay in Rio last week, so they’re both coming straight from the red dirt to outdoor hard here.
It could well take some time for the pair to get used to the switch in surface and I would expect a match where the aggressive Pfizenmaier has her moments, but ultimately runs out of patience against the more level-headed Austrian.
Several wagers appeal here, including the over 21.5 total games at 1.85, the minus 1.5 game handicap on Mayr-Achleitner at 1.82 and the 2-1 Mayr-Achleitner win at 4.0.
Elsewhere, Garbine Muguruza is in action for the first time since losing to Kimiko Date-Krumm in Pattaya and she faces Vania King, who can be decent on her day, and might well push the Spaniard a little closer than the odds suggest in that match.
I would expect defending champion Niculescu to outfox Karolina Anna Schmiedlova and tournament favourite Carla Suarez Navarro to get past Timea Babos, while the only underdog that appeals today is Silvia Soler-Espinosa against the struggling Slava Shvedova.
Back over 21.5 games in Pfizenmaier/Mayr-Achleitner at 1.85