Join us for our daily coverage of the Australian Open, tennis' first major of the y ear. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 3 (Tuesday in USA) and why you should place these two valuable bets, one on the men's side and one for the women.
Istomin caused one of the biggest upsets in tournament history with his victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2017 edition. Playing at the Australian Open brings great memories to Istomin. In addition that epic victory over the six-time champion, the 31-year-old holds an 75% winning record throughout his career when priced as favorite in Melbourne Park. Despite concerns regarding Istomin's physical condition after his recent retirement from the Brisbane International due to a left hip strain, the world No. 60 started his campaign with a solid win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Edmund claimed the best win of his career with a five-set victory over U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson. The 23-year-old overcame a right ankle injury to compete in the first Grand Slam event of the season. Adding to this, the world No. 49 came back from two sets to one down and a break down in the decisive set to defeat one of the biggest servers in the game. Edmund's heavy forehand proved decisive with 34 winners against only 8 with his backhand. Edmund also ended the match with an outstanding 1.70 winners/unforced errors ratio from the baseline.
It's not surprising to see Edmund as the favorite to win this match after his exceptional win over Anderson in the opening round. Nevertheless, Istomin can never be underestimated. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to add the 'over' to your betting picks in a match that should be much closer than the odds suggest.Free Tennis Pick: Over 37.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle
Belinda Bencic vs. Luksika Kumkhum (q)
Kumkhum's impressive run continues. Playing in Melbourne Park brings the best out of Kumkhum with a 70.59% winning record throughout her career at the Australian Open. The Thai qualifier reaches this stage of the competition after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Johanna Larsson and is now just one win away from returning to the Top 100 for the first time since 2014.
The unseeded Bencic registered a sensational win over two-time Australian Open finalist Venus Williams. The 20-year-old is going through one of the best moments in her career with a 89.47% winning record since her return to competition in September. Known for her baseline game, Bencic ended the match with 32 winners and only 12 unforced errors. On the other hand, the Swiss won 48.57% of the points played on the American’s serve.
This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with each of them winning one.
Despite the balance on the h2h, Kumkhum won the first match between them in 2013 when Bencic was still ranked outside the top 200. Moreover, the former junior world No.1 only lost two games in their most recent encounter at the Aegon International Eastbourne. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Bencic’s tennis betting odds by wagering on the Swiss to win this match in straight sets and extend her good results in 2018.Free Tennis Pick: Bencic -1.5 Set Handicap (-133)Best Line Offered: BetCRIS