WTA Australian Open - Best Plays For Quarterfinals Day 1

Tennis player Garbine Muguruza

Monday, January 23, 2017 4:47 PM GMT

Expert capper Joao is ready for his top betting selection for the WTA Australian Open Day 9. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

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Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza (7)

After defeating Eugenie Bouchard in the 3rd round, Coco Vandeweghe surprised the world no.1 – Angelique Kerber – with a 6 – 2 6 – 3 victory. The American is for the second time in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event after reaching this stage two years ago in Wimbledon. Known for her powerful game, Vandeweghe ended the match against Kerber with very good numbers – 30 winners / 20 unforced errors and 88.89% service games won. Despite Coco's solid performance, it's important to mention that Kerber was far from her best level.

Despite some concerns about Garbine Mugurza's physical condition due to an ongoing leg injury, the Spaniard performed at a very high level in the previous round against Sorana Cirstea. Playing on Grand Slam events clearly brings the best out of Garbine with the 2016 French Open champion holding a terrific 42 – 17 career record on majors. Looking now at Muguruza's numbers on the previous round against Cirstea, the highlight goes to her serve with the Spaniard saving all the three break points she faced.

These two players know each other well with Vandeweghe winning two of their previous three meetings. Despite Coco's lead on the h2h, Muguruza won their last encounter a few months ago in Cincinnati by 7 – 6 6 – 2.

This should be a very interesting contest between two players famous for their firepower. Even though Coco has been at a very good level, it won't be easy for her to deal with Muguruza's aggressive game. The Spaniard can hit the ball extremely early and won't give much time for Vandeweghe to load those massive groundstrokes. Besides this, the experience is also on Garbine's side. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Muguruza to your betting picks to make it into the semi-finals.

Free Tennis Pick: Garbine Muguruza -155

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Venus Williams (13) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

After reaching the quarter-finals in all the other Grand Slam events – Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova secured a place in the 2nd week in Melbourne for the first time in her career. Looking now to Pavlyuchenkova's campaign on this event, the Russian reaches this stage of the competition after a solid 6 – 3 6 – 3 victory over her fellow countrywoman – Svetlana Kuznetsova. After failing to reach the semi-finals in all her previous three appearances at this stage of a major, Anastasia is trying to go a step further this time.

Regardless of her age, Venus Williams is always a huge competitor and a fearful opponent on the big stages. Venus is for the 37th time in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event – the 9th in Melbourne. Despite not playing her best tennis in the opening match against Kateryna Kozlova, Williams clearly improved her level in the following rounds. Mona Barthel was Venus' latest victim with the 2003 Australian Open runner-up defeating the German qualifier by 6 – 3 7 – 5.

This will be the 6th career meeting between these two players with Venus leading on the h2h by 3 – 2.

There isn't much separating these two players, which makes this an extremely difficult match to predict. Both have been playing at great level with Pavlyuchenkova looking for an unprecedented appearance in the semi-finals of a major. Even though Anastasia has been at a very good level, it won't be easy for her to perform at her best on such an important match. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Venus' betting odds in a match where the American's higher experience should be decisive for her success.

Free Tennis Pick: Venus Williams -108

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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