WTA Tennis Betting: Wickmayer To Steal a Set Off Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki has beaten Yanina Wickmayer every time they've met, but today's match in Doha may not be straightforward for the Dane, writes Unibet tennis columnist Sean Calvert...

Round two action at the Qatar Total Open 2014 is the order of the day on Wednesday, with 16 matches on the schedule at the International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

And it couldn’t be a more frustrating day for punters than was the case on Tuesday, where my wager on big outsider Alisa Kleybanova was foiled by a retirement from Domi Cibulkova in set one, before somehow Lucie Safarova took down Kirsten Flipkens in three.

Pretty much all of the Fed Cup players who arrived the latest won, which was an amazing effort and huge credit goes to Safarova, Klara Zakopalova and Karin Knapp to name but three who deserve a mention – Safarova and Zakopalova did it on one hour of sleep each.

All very good, but it hasn’t done much for my bank balance as we head into day three of this Premier 5 event and we may have a similar problem today, as that fatigue must become a factor at some stage.

On that basis it may prove a good idea to side with Shuai Peng against Safarova at 2.30, while Kleybanova’s fortune could well continue against a tired Stefanie Voegele at 2.53.


Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs Monica Niculescu - starts at 14.05 GMT

The American was one of the few to come through against a fatigued opponent yesterday after the new darling of the Tour Eugenie Bouchard slumped from 5-3 in set one and won only one more game in the match after travelling from Fed Cup duty in Canada.

That win appears to have made her rather shorter than I would expect at around 1.70 in this 2pm UK time clash with the awkward Romanian.

Niculescu had a simple win over the hopeless wild card Fatma Al Nabhani yesterday and though she’s another claiming fatigue her Fed Cup duty was light and centred mainly on doubles.

If she is fit her price of 2.10 looks value to me with her cagey style perfectly suited to frustrating the guileless ball bashing of Mattek-Sands as it did in their only previous career meeting.


Petra Cetkovska vs Shuai Zhang - starts at 14.35 GMT

The tall Czech’s flat hitting style should suit the conditions here in Doha very well and although its always a bit of a risk siding with a player to back up a big win I like the 1.85 about Petra here.

Cetkovska took down Sloane Stephens in the first round here and although the value of that win may not prove to be much, with Stephens in pretty dire form, it will give her confidence and when she is on song Petra can be a real handful.

Zhang came through against the seemingly always injured Maryna Zanevska, who again had medical attention in that match to record just her second win in six matches in 2014 and her level may well not be up to handling Cetkovska at the moment.


Caroline Wozniacki vs Yanina Wickmayer - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 14.35 GMT

The most tempting of all the outsiders today is Wickmayer, who, after a torrid time on tour lately, produced some superb tennis to defeat Andrea Petkovic in straight sets yesterday.

Wickmayer, who has recently changed coaches for the umpteenth time, has been struggling after injury, but if she repeats the form of yesterday she could easily take this match away from Wozniacki, who herself is not shy of dispensing with the services of numerous coaches.

The Dane has beaten the Belgian every time they’ve met, but not always comfortably and Wicky has a set in her at least if she backs up Monday’s performance.

Elsewhere I’m tempted with the 1.88 on Petra Kvitova against Venus Williams in their 2pm UK time clash. That could look like some great value if Kvitova is over her recent illness, while odds-on backers will look to Tsvetana Pironkova to overcome Annika Beck.


Best Bets

Back Niculescu to beat Mattek-Sands at 2.10

Back Cetkovska to beat Zhang at 1.85

Back Wickmayer +1.5 sets to beat Wozniacki at 2.10