Bencic vs. Ostapenko
Belinda Bencic exceeded all expectations last season with an incredible 90.32% winning record after a five-month absence. The 20-year-old had to save match point in a marathon battle against Timea Babos on her opening match in Indian Wells. Adding to this, Bencic recovered from a set down to book a place in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open for the 4th time in her career. Taking a look now at Belinda's numbers on the previous round, the highlight definitely goes to her return to serve with Bencic winning 45.45% of the points on Babos' serve.
The 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko continues her quest for first title of the season. Ostapenko shocked the tennis world last year by becoming the first unseeded woman to win in Roland Garros since 1933. Despite her undeniable quality, the Latvian only won 33.33% of the matches played on the WTA Tour this season. On the other hand, Ostapenko failed to win a single set in all her last three official encounters on the WTA Tour.
The bookmakers are well aware of Jelena's poor performances this season with Bencic as the slight favourite to win this match at 81/100 at Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers 11/10 for Ostapenko's victory. Even though it's never easy to bet against such a dangerous player as Ostapenko, the value is definitely on the Swiss player's side. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Bencic's moneyline at 81/100 at Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this match.
Best Play: Belinda Bencic ML at 81/100 at Pinnacle
Konta vs. Vondrousova
Marketa Vondrousova became the youngest winner of a WTA title in almost two years after her victory in the 2017 Biel Ladies Open at the age of 17. Despite her undeniable talent, the Czech teenager continues her quest for first win over a top 10 opponent. Taking a look now at Marketa's campaign in Indian Wells, the world No.54 couldn't have asked for a better debut in the California desert after a 6 - 2 6 - 2 win over Madison Brengle.
Playing in the U.S. brings great memories to Johanna Konta. In addition to her impressive 66.36% winning record in North-America, the 26-year-old won the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open in 2017. Nevertheless, the British No.1 has been far from impressive in 2018 with a poor 6 – 5 record so far this season. Adding to this, Konta only won 55.56% of the matches played throughout her career in Indian Wells.
Taking a look now at the odds for this contest, the bookmakers expect a close encounter with Konta available at 13/20 at 5Dimes while Pinnacle offers 69/50 for Vondrousova’s victory. Despite Johanna’s higher experience at this level, it’s impossible to ignore Marketa’s brilliant performance in the opening round. Having said that, our advice is for you to add the Over 21 at 9/10 at BetOnline.
Best Play: Over 21 at 9/10 at BetOnline