The action continues in Madrid with the Mutua Madrid Open 3rd round taking place this Wednesday on the women’s side. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixtures below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmaker.
WTA Madrid – Stosur vs. Halep
After Maria Sharapova’s surprising defeat against Eugenie Bouchard in the previous round, the defending champion – Simona Halep – is now the undeniable favourite to lift the trophy in Madrid. Known as one of the best clay- court players on the WTA, Halep holds a phenomenal 70.17% career record on this surface. After starting her campaign in Madrid with a straightforward victory over Kristyna Pliskova, Simona featured an outstanding comeback against Roberta Vinci from 2 – 5 down in the 3rd set.
Regardless of this Wednesday’s result, Samantha Stosur already secured her return to the top 25 next week. Famous for her heavy topspin and kick serve, the high bouncing conditions in Madrid suits the Australian’s game style with a terrific 70.37% winning record on this event. Besides not losing a single set of this competition so far, Stosur won 94.44% of her service games in Madrid.
These two players know each other very well with Halep leading on the h2h by 5 – 4. However, Stosur only won one of their last six encounters.
Despite Halep’s recent success against this opponent, it’s hard to find any value on the Romanian’s current odds at 29/100 at Coral. On the other hand, Pinnacle offers a very interesting price for Stosur’s victory at 301/100. Besides the value on the Australian’s moneyline, the Over 20.5 at 91/100 at William Hill is also an interesting approach for this contest.
ATP Madrid – Nishikori vs. Schwartzman
Playing in Madrid brings great memories to Kei Nishikori with the 2014 runner-up presenting an outstanding 14 – 5 career record at this event. Known as an injury prone player, Nishikori’s body betrayed him once more with the Japanese withdrawing from the Barcelona Open, two weeks ago, due to a wrist injury. Even though it’s unlikely to see Nishikori at 100% on his debut this Wednesday, the world no.8 is always a fearful opponent. Adding to this, Kei won 80.00% of the matches throughout his career on this event when priced as a favourite.
Diego Schwartzman continues his brilliant run in recent weeks. After reaching the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-finals, Schwartzman reached the semi-finals in Istanbul last week. Looking now at Diego’s campaign in Madrid, the Argentinean couldn’t ask for a better debut on this event with an impressive 6 – 1 6 – 3 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round.
This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Nishikori leading on the h2h by 1 – 0 after his triumph earlier this season in Buenos Aires by 5 – 7 6 – 2 6 – 2.
Taking a look now at the odds for this match, Pinnacle offers 14/25 for Nishikori’s victory while Schwartzman is available at 81/50 at Coral. Despite Kei’s recent physical problems, it’s impossible to run away from the tremendous value on the Japanese side. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Nishikori’s moneyline to your betting picks.