Martic vs. Kuznetsova
The 2014 runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova hopes to rediscover top form in Madrid after a six-month absence due to a wrist injury sustained at the US Open last year. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour, the 2009 French Open champion holds an outstanding 69.86% winning record throughout her career on red dirt. Adding to this, the 32-year-old reached her first quarter-final since August at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup two weeks ago.
Petra Martic will make her first appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open since 2012. Playing on a big stage brings the best out of Petra with the 27-year-old winning 78.95% of the matches played in Grand Slam events over the last 12 months. Nevertheless, Martic was far from perfect on her clay debut with a disappointing defeat in the opening round of the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat against Kirsten Flipkens.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, the bookmakers expect a close encounter with Martic available at 83/100 at 5Dimes while Pinnacle offers 107/100 for Svetlana’s victory. Despite Kuznetsova’s long absence, the Russian is one of the greatest competitors in the game. On the other hand, the court conditions in Madrid should benefit Svetlana’s style on this match. For that reason, our advice is for you to add Kuznetsova’s moneyline to your betting picks at 107/100 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle as the most valuable line for this first round match in Madrid.
Best Play: Svetlana Kuznetsova ML at 107/100 at Pinnacle