Tweener previews the 3rd round of mens and ladies singles in the Australian Open and he has a first set tie break bet and likes Elizaveta Kulichkova and Margarita Gasparyan to win their matches.
Pierre Hugues Hebert v Jo Wilfried Tsonga
1 point win - 1st set tie break at 11/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral
- Main reason for this bet is because we have two very good servers and not such good returners. I can see a tight first set which results in a tie break.
- They have never played each other before, but both of these served 14 aces in their previous matches and won 82% and 94% from their first delivery. In their first round, both played 4 setters, Herbert served 17 aces and won 76% from 1st delivery, Tsonga 13 aces and 76% from 1st delivery. Both their opponent from the first rounds, Andujar and Baghdatis are better returners than these two.
- Obviously, a bet of this nature, a slow start would be costly.
Carla Suarez Navarro v Elizaveta Kulichkova
2 points Kulichkova to beat Navarro at 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Boylesports
- Form is the primary reason for this bet. Kulichkova is an attacking baseline player and she should be able to overpower Suarez Navarro given the form she is in.
- She beat Petkovic in the 1st round and handled the tricky style of Niculescu in her last round. Navarro will throw a lot of slices to Kulichkova which should be dealt with.
- Meanwhile, S Navarro has struggled to far this tournament; she has been far from impressive in her 2 matches to date, she has struggled for form and seemed to struggle to open the court up compare to her peak level.
- There is no h2h to speak of, but if Kulichkova played like she did in her previous matches, she should have every chance to win this match since Suarez Navarro will struggle to deal with the attacking game that comes her way.
- The Downside would be if Suzare Navarro plays her peak form, or Kulichkova has one of those non going days which attacking players can have.
Margarita Gasparyan and Yulita Putintseva
2 points win Gasparayan at 8/11 with Boylesports. 4/6 with BetVictor, Bet365, Ladbrokes
- Gasparayan is a name to watch out for and she should have no problem dispatching Putintseva. This match up is all about Gasparayan; she has more weapons and bigger firepower off both wings, whereas Putintseva is a runner who gets lots of balls back.
- Commentators will talk about the one handed backhand from Gasparayan, but none of them are ugly??? When the aggressive player is on form, they normally win these match ups, and as we get towards latter stage of the tournament, this mantra will get stronger.
- Gasparayan has already beaten Errani in the 1st round, who is a better version of Putintseva. I expect Gasparayan to have too game for the Putintseva. They have played once before, Gasparayan won 2 and 3. Only way I can see Putintseva win is, she gets between Gasparyan's head and annoys her.