The Fed Cup action returns this Saturday with the semifinals taking place. Join us while we analyze the highest value tennis picks for this weekend and why you should place these bets.
Belarus hosts Switzerland in Minsk with Indoor Hard Court as the chosen surface for this tie.
- Switzerland presents their best team for this tie with Timea Bacsinszky, Viktorija Golubic, Belinda Bencic and Martina Hingis.
- Due to the absence of their best player – Victoria Azarenka – Belarus counts with the same team that defeated Netherlands in the quarterfinals: Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Olga Govortsova and Vera Lapko.
The 1998 Fed Cup runner-ups – Switzerland – are just one win away from returning to the decisive tie. On the other hand, Belarus makes their debut on the semifinals after a surprising victory over Netherlands in the previous round.
After reaching the WTA Biel semifinals, Aliaksandra Sasnovich hopes to extend her good form to this tie. Known for her powerful game style, Sasnovich presents an outstanding 71.74% winning record on Indoor Hard Court. Adding to this, Aliaksandra won 85.71% of the matches played on the Fed Cup since 2016.
Besides Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka should play the other two singles matches. Even though the 18 years old is going through the best moment in his career, it won’t be easy for such a young player to perform at her best on a decisive tie like this one.
Looking now at the Swiss team for this tie, Timea Bacsinszky is the key player. The world no.22 proved decisive in the previous round against France after winning the two singles and the doubles match with Martina Hingis. Due to Belinda Bencic’s poor results in recent months, Viktorija Golubic should play the other two singles matches. Playing on Indoor Hard Court brings the best out of Golubic with the Swiss winning 66.67% of the matches played throughout her career on this surface.
Although we agree with Switzerland favoritism for this tie, it’s hard to find value on their current price at -222 at Pinnacle. Sasnovich and Sabalenka are both in great form while Bacsinszky makes her first singles match this Saturday after more than one month away from competition due to injury. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a small bet on Belarus’ betting odds to reach the final at +200 at BetVictor.
United States vs. Czech Republic
Czech Republic travels to Florida for this Fed Cup tie that will be played on Clay.
- With their four best players unavailable for this tie, Czech Republic presents a surprising team with Katerina Siniakova, Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and Marketa Vondrousova.
- Due to Alison Riske’s poor record on clay, Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel decided to replace her for Lauren Davis. Besides Davis, Coco Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are once again the main choices on the American team.
It’s surprising to see the Americans choosing clay as the surface for this tie. Even though the Czechs also prefer to compete on faster surfaces, the slower game conditions on clay are far from ideal for the American players.
Taking a look at the prices available for this tie, the sportsbooks consider the United States the main favorite to win at -227 at Bet365 while Pinnacle offers +177 for Czech Republic to secure a place in the final.
Coco Vandeweghe is the highest ranked player on the American team and although her brilliant campaign in Melbourne, the world no.24 lost all the following three matches on the WTA Tour. Adding to this, Vandeweghe’s career record on clay is far from impressive with 27 wins and 33 defeats. On the other hand, Katerina Siniakova presents an outstanding 67.01% winning record on this surface with the Czech playing already two events on clay before this semifinals.
With this in mind, our recommendation is for you to go once again with the underdog by adding Czech Republic to your betting picks to feature a surprise on this tie.