ATP & WTA Miami Day 3: Top Plays for Thursday

João Mourato

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 5:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016 5:59 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP & WTA Miami event. Find out our top plays on both competitions for Day 3 and why you should place these bets. 

Darya Kasatkina vs. Simona Halep (5)
As we mentioned in our tournament analysis, the 2015 WTA Miami semifinalist Simona Halep, returned to her best level in Indian Wells. Simona loves to compete on Hard Courts, especially the ones in North-America. If we look at Halep’s record on the four premier events played on North-America – Indian Wells, Miami, Cincinnati and Canada – the Romanian won 21 of the last 25 matches she played on this competitions. Simona said she’s ready for this event and very happy to be healthy after struggling with several physical issues in the first months of the year.

Darya Kasatkina is having a phenomenal start of 2016, reaching her best career ranking this week as world no.36. The Russian made an outstanding run in Indian Wells, reaching the semifinals and losing only against Karolina Pliskova. Darya is a terrific shot maker, with the forehand as her best groundstrokes. Despite clay being her favorite surface, with the Junior French Open title in 2014 as one of her best victories, the Russian can adjust very well to every surface with an excellent baseline movement.

This will be the first contest between these two players, with Kasatkina defeating for the third time a top-10 player.

A high quality match is expected between two excellent players with remarkable groundstrokes. Kasatkina is a very promising player and has the potential to make it into top 10, yet Halep is playing close to her best level and as we mentioned, she feels extremely comfortable on this courts. Darya’s biggest problem is to keep a consistent level throughout the match and that should be fatal against such an experienced and high quality player like Halep. Having said that, we suggest taking advantage of Simona’s tennis odds by placing a bet on the Romanian spread for this match. 

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Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -4.5 (-114)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Borna Coric vs. Denis Istomin
It has been a terrible year for Denis Istomin so far, with the Uzbek losing all the seven matches he played on ATP events this season. After losing in Indian Wells first round against Denis Kudla, Istomin decided to play the Irving Challenger where he achieved his first victory in 2016 against John-Patrick Smith, but lost in the following round to Lukas Rosol. Despite being able to hit some outstanding shots, especially with the backhand, Istomin is struggling to play with confidence due to his lack of victories.

Borna Coric is a tremendous competitor and although his young age, he has already been ranked as world no.33 last year. Borna’s competitive mindset and baseline consistency are his main strengths, with the Croatian always believing in himself and never giving anything for free to his opponents. Coric had a solid performance in Indian Wells, reaching the third round where he lost to the 6th seed Tomas Berdych. This will be Borna’s second career appearance on Miami, with the Croatian reaching the second round last year.

This will be the second career meeting between this pair, with Coric winning the previous one last year at Marseille by 6 – 4 7 – 5.

We should witness some great baseline rallies on this match, but it will be very hard for Istomin to overcome Coric’s baseline consistency on this match. The courts in Miami are also quite slow, which benefits Borna’s defensive skills. With this in mind, we believe Coric should get the job done and for that reason, we advise you to add his spread to your tennis picks.

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Free Tennis Pick: Borna Coric -3.5 (-108)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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