WTA Tennis Betting: Right conditions to side with Flipkens over Pliskova in Linz


The indoor tennis action in Austria continues on Tuesday at the Generali Ladies Linz, with a packed schedule of matches and no little quality on the cards for today.

Players such as Ana Ivanovic, Andrea Petkovic, Camila Giorgi and Kaia Kanepi all play today, with 10 matches to look at from a betting perspective, starting from 10:00 UK time.

The week in Linz got off to a winning start when Stefanie Voegele came from behind to snatch the opening set of her clash with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova late on Monday night to land the +1.5 sets bet there.

Those that were braver and sided with Voegele to win the match would have been rewarded with a very nice priced winner there, as the Swiss ended up a straight sets winner on a day when all three underdogs prevailed in Linz.

Karolina Pliskova vs Kirsten Flipkens

The circumstances here make it worth taking a chance on the Belgian as betting underdog in this 11.30 UK time start.

Pliskova has been in great form over the last month or so and has found herself in the top-30 as a result, but she did expend a lot of energy in the Asian swing, with 14 matches played in a short space of time in tough conditions.

And this gritty surface here in Linz could make it very tough for her to hit winners against the wily, experienced Flipkens – especially if she’s feeling a little burned out.

Flipper has managed to get the better of Pliskova in two of their three career clashes and each of the two in 2014 and after only a handful of matches in Asia she should have more in the tank than the Czech.

The Belgian has a 5-2 record here in Linz, where the gritty surface helps her slice and there’s enough in this one to make the 2.50 a decent option.

Elsewhere, I’m tempted by the 1.76 on Klara Koukalova in the 12:00 UK time start with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova.

The latter was struggling with a hamstring problem in her win over a tearful (again) Tereza Smitcova yesterday and she did take a MTO for the issue.

It would appear that Koukie has a decent opportunity here to arrest the latest in a series of slumps that have blighted her career and she’s currently on a run of 1-7 in her last eight matches.

But this is easier than many of those losses and she could prove decent value at today’s price.

I’m not sure that Madison Brengle should be favourite in the 16:30 start against Irina Camelia Begu.

The American won a lower level event in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and has qualified here, but Begu beat her in Melbourne in January and Brengle’s record against players ranked between 53 and 100 in the world is a meagre 11-21 (34 percent win mark).

It certainly doesn’t make her a good favourite in my book and Mona Barthel looks a bit short too against lucky loser Kiki Bertens.

Best Bet
Back Flipkens to beat Pliskova at 2.50