Krunic vs. Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka confirmed her attendance at the Mutua Madrid Open. The former world No.1 will make her first clay-court appearance since the 2016 French Open. Playing in Madrid brings great memories to Azarenka with the 28-year-old reaching the final on two different occasions. Adding to this, the two-time Grand Slam champion left a good impression on her recent campaign at the Miami Open with an impressive run to the semi-finals in Crandon Park.
Aleksandra Krunic has failed to qualify for the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem final after losing 5 – 7 2 – 6 to Alja Tomljanovic. Nevertheless, the Serbian’s top-ranked female player will break back into the Top-45 when the new WTA rankings come out next Monday after her successful campaign in Rabat. The 25-year-old will return to WTA Tour action this Sunday in Madrid, less than 48 hours after her defeat in the WTA Rabat semi-finals.
This will be the second career meeting between these two players with Azarenka emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the 2014 US Open.
Despite Krunic’s undeniable quality, it won’t be easy for the Serbian to adjust to the different conditions in the altitude of the Spanish capital. Moreover, the fast conditions in Madrid should benefit Azarenka’s playing style on this match. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see Vika as the favourite to win this match at 11/25 at William Hill while 5Dimes offers 7/4 for Krunic’s victory. Due to the low price on Azarenka’s moneyline, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on her -3.5 game handicap at 17/20 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle.
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