After a victory for each country, everything will be decided this Sunday. Join us while we analyze the decisive matches on Fed Cup final and the highest value bets.
Saturday ended with a victory for each side, as we predicted in our Saturday analysis. Petra Kvitova came back from a set down to overcome Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova while Maria Sharapova dismissed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets.
Everything will be decided this Sunday, so let’s take a closer look on tomorrow matches.
Petra Kvitova vs. Maria Sharapova
Despite firing only 2 aces and 10 double faults, Sharapova was quite solid on her service games, winning 80% of games on serve against Pliskova. The Russian played at a very aggressive level, ending the match with 28 winners, 25 unforced errors and winning 8/8 points at the net.
After a very slow start, Kvitova showed a tremendous determination to turn her match against Pavlyuchenkova. The Czech didn't face a single break point after that first set, winning 73.68% points on serve and breaking her opponent five times.
They played recently at Singapore with Kvitova emerging victorious by 6-3 7-6. Sharapova had several chances on that match and she will be looking for revenge on this contest. The court is very fast and suits Petra's powerful tennis; however, the Russian is much more consistent from the baseline.
Is hard to find value on these odds, but Maria's tennis odds at -120 on Pinnacle is clearly the most interesting bet on this match.
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Pavlyuchenkova is a very dangerous player, but also extremely inconsistent and she showed that once again in her match against Kvitova. The Russian lost by 6 – 2 1 – 6 1 – 6, completely collapsing after that first set. Anastasia struggled with her serve, placing only 45% of first serve in and giving too many chances to her opponent on her second serve.
It wasn’t a bad performance from Pliskova, but Sharapova was too strong from the baseline for Karolina. The Czech struggled against Maria’s firepower, ending the match with 11 winners and 13 unforced errors.
They played earlier this year at Dubai with Pliskova claiming the victory by 6 – 2 6 – 4. The Czech can play at a much more consistent level and that might be very important in such an important match like this, but Pavlyuchenkova can make much more damage with her groundstrokes.
It will be a very emotional match for both players and it will be very hard for them to keep a consistent level. With this in mind, the best bet for this match is clearly the Over 22 at -108 on Pinnacle and we suggest to add them to your tennis picks.
If there is a tie after the 4th match, the doubles contest will decide the Fed Cup champion. There aren’t much doubts about the Russian team with Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova teaming up, however is hard to predict who will play for Czech Republic. Lucie Safarova and Pliskova might be Petr Pala’s choices and they are both good doubles players, but the Russian are much more used to play together (they were the 4th best team in 2005) and that might be determinant for their victory.