Top Plays For WTA Australian Open Day 3

Ashleigh Barty

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:37 PM GMT

Join us and find out our top betting selections for the WTA Australian Open Day 3. We'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks.

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Ashleigh Barty couldn’t ask for a better return to competition with the 20 years old Australian achieving her first career victory in Melbourne. As you might remember, Barty was one of our top plays for the Australian Open Day 1 with the world no.223 defeating Annika Beck by 6 – 4 7 – 5. Looking now to Ashleigh’s numbers throughout the match, the highlight clearly goes to her aggressive game style. Despite facing an extraordinary defender, Barty ended the match with an average of 1.5 winners per game.

Shelby Rogers featured the biggest surprise on this Australian Open so far with a 6 – 3 6 – 1 victory over the 4th seed – Simona Halep. Even though Simona couldn’t compete at her best due to some physical problems, Rogers played at a superb level. With 26 winners and only 22 unforced errors, this was without any doubts the biggest win on Shelby’s career. After an extraordinary run last year in Paris with Rogers reaching the French Open quarter-finals, the American is looking for another great week on a major event.

These two players will face each other for the first time in their careers with both looking for an unprecedented appearance in the Australian Open 3rd round. Barty showed a tremendous attitude on the first round against a tough opponent and with the home support, it will be very hard for anyone to beat her. With this in mind, our recommendation is for you to add once again Ashleigh Barty to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this 2nd round match.

Free Tennis Pick: Ashleigh Barty ML (+120)
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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Alison Riske vs. Shuai Zhang (20)

Playing in Melbourne is always a special occasion, not only for the Australian but also for all the Asian players. Also known as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific, the Australian Open always counts with a significant number of Asian fans. After reaching the quarter-finals last year, Shuai Zhang is looking for another successful run. The conditions in Melbourne clearly suit Zhang’s game style with the Chinese starting her campaign in the 2017 edition with an easy 6 – 0 6 – 3 victory against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

After two consecutive defeats in the opening round, Alison Riske returns to the Australian Open 2nd round with a 7 – 5 6 – 3 victory over her fellow countrywoman, Madison Brengle. It has been a very good start of year for Alison with the American reaching the WTA Shenzhen final two weeks ago. Even though Riske can play at a very good level on Hard Court, the slower game conditions in Melbourne are far from ideal for her aggressive baseline game and counter punching skills. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see Riske winning only 37.50% of the matches played throughout her career on this event’s main draw.

Looking now to their previous meetings, both players won two matches so far. However, Zhang won the two encounters that took place on Hard Court.

While Riske prefers to play on faster surfaces, the game conditions in Melbourne clearly suit Zhang’s game style. The Chinese is always a fearful opponent on this event with a very strong support from the crowd. With this in mind, the value is clearly on Zhang’s betting odds, which makes Shuai the best play for this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Shuai Zhang ML (-114)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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