Top Plays For WTA Australian Open Quarterfinals Day 2

Serena Williams

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:03 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 2 of the Quaterfinals and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

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Johanna Konta (9) vs. Serena Williams (2)

As we predicted in our WTA Australian Open Day 8 analysis, Ekaterina Makarova couldn't find an answer to Johanna Konta's powerful tennis. After claiming the Apia International Sydney without dropping a single set, Johanna also won all her matches in Melbourne in straight sets. Konta was close to perfection in the previous round against Makarova, ending the match with 21 winners and only 13 unforced errors. Taking a look now at Johanna's numbers throughout this event, the highlight clearly goes to her serve with the British winning 94.44% of her service games.

Serena Williams continues to pursue her 23rd Grand Slam trophy – the 7th in the Australian Open. After Angelique Kerber's elimination, the American is now the undeniable favorite to win the title. Adding to this, Serena will also return to the WTA ranking leadership if she leaves Melbourne as the winner. Despite her straight sets victory in the previous round against Barbora Strycova, Williams was far from impressive with 28 winners / 46 unforced errors. Besides this, the American couldn't serve at her best level, winning only 53.33% of the points played on her serve.

This is by far the toughest opponent that Serena will face on this event. Konta is going through the best moment on her career and she can create a lot of problems to the American. Even though we believe that Johanna can take a set, we wouldn't be surprised to see Serena winning in two close sets. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take a cautious approach by adding the over to your betting picks.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 21.5 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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Editor's Note: Totals Odds Not Widely Available At Press Time - Keep Checking SBRODDS for more updates

Karolina Pliskova (5) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Pointed as one of the most promising young players of her generation, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni failed to match the expectations throughout her career. The 1997 Australian Open junior champion returns to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event after her previous appearance in Wimbledon 18 years ago. Looking now to Lucic-Baroni's campaign in Melbourne, the 34 years old reaches this stage of the competition after a solid 6 – 4 6 – 2 triumph over Jennifer Brady. Known for her extremely aggressive game style, Mirjana ended the match with 35 winners and only 24 unforced errors.

Karolina Pliskova remains unbeaten in 2017. After winning the WTA Brisbane title, Karolina is already in the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time in her career. Despite Pliskova's straight sets victory in the previous round against Daria Gavrilova, the Czech was far from consistent from the baseline with only 6 winners and 24 unforced errors. However, Karolina's serve was once again one of the keys to her success with the world no.5 firing 12 aces throughout the match.

These two players know each other very well with Pliskova winning three of their previous five meetings – the last one two years ago in Wuhan with the Czech emerging victorious in the third set tie break.

Despite Karolina's improvements in recent months, Lucic-Baroni is far from an easy match-up for her. The Croatian can create many problems with her powerful groundstrokes and it won't be easy for Pliskova to stop Mirjana from the baseline. The pressure is all on the Czech's side, which will only help Lucic-Baroni to play her best tennis. Having said that, we recommend you to take advantage of Mirjana's betting odds by placing a bet on the Over.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 21 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Editor's Note: Totals Odds Not Widely Available At Press Time - Keep Checking SBRODDS for more updates