WTA Tennis Betting: McHale To Sneak At Least a Set Off Stosur

There are another 12 matches to concentrate on at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday after a great day’s WTA betting on Tuesday.

Johanna Konta and Monica Puig both won convincingly in their opening round matches, although the latter had to go to the full three sets against Stefanie Voegele after dropping the opener on a tie break.

There were no such problems for Konta though against Karumi Nara and both she and Puig landed our handicap wagers with a fair bit to spare.

In action on Wednesday are the likes of Lucie Safarova, Sam Stosur, Sloane Stephens and Camila Giorgi and we start at 11:00 in Edgbaston.

Christina McHale vs Samantha Stosur

This could be a tough one for Stosur, whose decent showing during the clay swing has perhaps made the Aussie a little short today on a surface she’s generally struggled to adapt to.

In Stosur’s last six tournaments on grass she’s lost as a very heavy favourite four times at prices such as 1.03, 1.05, 1.1, and 1.06 and she was also a beaten 1.54 favourite in one of the others.

Her usual schedule is to play Eastbourne then Wimbledon and she hasn’t played here since 2008, so maybe she’s realised that she isn’t magically going to improve on the green stuff without playing tournaments so here she is and McHale will surely give Sam a tough workout today.

Stosur has beaten McHale twice in the past, but the American managed to take a set on clay in their last meeting and this first match on grass may well see the steady game of the American expose any faults in the Stosur armoury.

The over 20.5 total games and the +1.5 sets on McHale appeal in this one at 1.75 and 1.81 respectively.

Elsewhere on what looks quite a tricky day’s WTA betting Alison Riske should complete the Kichenok double by beating Nadiya after defeating twin sister Lyudmyla in round one, while I’m tempted by the underdog status of Magdalena Rybarikova against Petra Cetkovska.

Both of those two will probably be annoyed that, as very decent grass court exponents, they’ve drawn each other early on here, but Rybarikova has a great record here, winning the title back in 2009 and making the semis last year.

Petra having one match under her belt is probably why she’s favourite, but if Magda fancies it she could be a decent choice at odds-against today.

Other outsiders in with chances today include Kirsten Flipkens, who faces Camila Giorgi in another clash of two decent grass court players, and Konta isn’t out of the picture against Alexandra Wozniack, who survived match points to beat Heather Watson yesterday.

I’d want a slightly bigger price on Konta, but she could easily win that match, while Casey Dellaqua is in good form and may be a good choice against Varvara Lepchenko, who doesn’t have much of a record on the green stuff.

The minus 2.5 games on the Aussie looks appealing there at around the 1.78 mark.

Best Bet

Back McHale +1.5 sets to beat Stosur at 1.81

Bet on all of today's WTA matches here.