WTA Charleston - Cornet vs. Bertens
Alize Cornet continues to impress in Charleston. Despite slow start, the 28-year-old recovered from a set down to defeat top-seed Caroline Garcia in the previous round. Regardless of this Friday’s outcome, Cornet already secured her return to the top 35 next week for the first time since January 2017. On the other hand, playing at the Family Circle Tennis Center brings the best out of Alize with an outstanding 77.78% winning record throughout her career on this event.
Kiki Bertens was one of the players who dominated the clay season in 2017. Known as one of the best clay court players in the game, the 2016 French Open semi-finalist won 81.25% of the matches played on this surface over the last 12 months. Adding to this, Bertens is yet to drop a set in the 2018 Volvo Car Open. Looking now at Kiki’s campaign on this event, the former world No.18 reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 2 6 – 4 win over Fanny Stollar.
These two players will face each other for the fifth time in their careers with Cornet winning three of their previous four official encounters.
The bookmakers expect a close contest with Bertens as the slight favourite at 67/100 at 5Dimes while Cornet is available at 143/100 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle. Despite Alize’s lead on the h2h, it’s impossible to go against Bertens on this surface. In addition, the Dutch only lost 18.97% of the matches played throughout her career on red dirt when priced as favourite. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Kiki’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best betting approach for this match.
Best Play: Kiki Bertens ML at 67/100 at 5Dimes
WTA Monterrey – Muguruza vs. Tomljanovic
Garbine Muguruza continued her dominate run in Monterrey. The two-time Grand Slam champion needed only an hour and 23 minutes to dismiss Alison Riske and move into the Monterrey Open quarter-finals for the first time in her career. Despite Alison’s undeniable quality, the American couldn’t find the answer to Garbine’s aggressive playing style with the Spaniard ending the match with 24 winners and only 8 unforced errors.
Alja Tomljanovic got off to a winning start in Monterrey with back-to-back wins on a WTA Tour event for the first time in 12 months. Despite long absence, the 24-year-old is enjoying great success in recent weeks with an outstanding 71.43% winning record since the Australian Open. Looking now at Tomljanovic’s draw on this event, the former world No.47 reaches this stage of the competition after a three-set victory against Anna Blinkova.
This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Tomljanovic emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the Miami Open in 2014.
This should be a very interesting match between two of the most powerful players on the WTA Tour. Even though we agree with Garbine’s favouritism, it’s hard to find any value on her current price at 1/5 at William Hill. For that reason, our advice is for you to place a bet on the Over 19.5 at 97/100 at Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this contest.
Best Play: Over 19.5 at 97/100 at Pinnacle