Top Plays for WTA Australian Open Day 1

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:24 PM GMT

Join us and find out our top betting selections for the WTA Australian Open Day 1. We'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks.

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Ashleigh Barty (WC) vs. Annika Beck

The last months haven't been easy for Annika Beck. After winning only one of her last seven matches in 2016, Beck started this season with two more defeats. Annika featured a remarkable campaign last year on this event, which means that she has a significant amount of points to defend – 21.43% of her total ranking points. Even though Beck is a great competitor with a terrific baseline movement, it won't be easy for the German to present her best tennis on this event.

The former junior world no.1 and 2013 Australian Open doubles runner-up – Ashleigh Barty – returns to Melbourne after a two-year absence. Known for her incredible talent, Barty should break into the top 100 in the next months. The Australian played at an outstanding level in Brisbane earlier this month, losing only to Angelique Kerber in a three set battle. Despite Ashleigh's recent withdrawal from Hobart due to a sore shoulder, the 20 years old player should be at 100% for her debut in the Australian Open.

It might seem surprising to see Barty as the favorite since she's currently the world no.232 while Beck is ranked as world no.53. However, Ashleigh is making her comeback after a long absence and as we mentioned before, she should break into the top 100 in the next couple of months. The expectations around Barty are very high with this match scheduled for the Hisense Arena. With the home support and her undeniable quality, Barty should be too strong for Beck. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to add the Australian to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Ashleigh Barty ML (-164)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Coco Vandeweghe vs. Roberta Vinci (15)

Known as one of the trickiest players on the WTA Tour, Roberta Vinci is always a tough player to beat. Roberta's backhand slice is a great weapon to change the pace of the rallies; however, the high bouncing conditions in Melbourne are far from ideal for Vinci's game style. This is already Roberta's 12th career appearance on this event with the Italian never reaching the 4th round – something that she already did in all the other Majors.

Coco Vandeweghe started the year with a good campaign in the Hopman Cup, winning three of the four matches she played in Perth. Vandeweghe is always a dangerous player to face with a powerful serve and a strong forehand. On the other hand, the backhand is clearly her weakest shot but the American clearly improved that groundstrokes over the last year. After breaking the top 30 for the first time in 2016, Coco is looking to go a step further this year. Due to her loss in the first round last year against Madison Brengle, this is a great opportunity for Vandeweghe to win some points.

These two players know each other well with Vandeweghe winning two of their previous three meetings.

This should be a very interesting match with Vinci's tricky game style contrasting with Vandeweghe's firepower. Even though Roberta always plays at a very good level on Grand Slam events, Coco should be too strong for the Italian. As we mentioned before, the conditions in Melbourne are not the best for Vinci's game style and Coco should have plenty of time to dictate the points with her powerful forehand. With the match on Vandeweghe's racket, the value is clearly on the American betting odds to win this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Coco Vandeweghe ML (-110)
Best Line Available: at William Hill

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