Top Plays For WTA Australian Open Day 6

Barbora Strycova

Joao Mourato

Friday, January 20, 2017 2:19 PM GMT

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[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/21SsApPay5Y", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Dominika Cibulkova (6) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (30)

As we mentioned in a previous analysis, playing in Melbourne clearly brings the best out of Ekaterina Makarova. After her victory against Sara Errani in the 2nd round, Ekaterina improved her winning record on this event to 75.68%. Despite Errani’s retirement in the 2nd set, the Italian played at a very competitive level throughout the whole match but couldn’t find an answer to Ekaterina’s firepower. Looking now to Makarova’s numbers, the Russian ended the match with an impressive average of 2.15 winners per game

After winning the WTA Singapore Finals in 2016, Dominika Cibulkova’s main goal for this season is to win her first Grand Slam title. The Slovakian holds great memories from this event due to her appearance in the 2014 final. Known for her extremely offensive game style and high intensity in every point, Cibulkova can create problems to anyone in a good day. However, it’s not easy for the Slovakian to maintain a consistent level. Dominika reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 4 7 – 6 victory against Su-Wei Hsieh, in a game where the world no.6 was far from impressive.

This will be the 4th career meeting between these two players with Cibulkova leading on the h2h by 3 – 0.

Despite Dominika’s edge, Makarova is never an easy opponent – especially on this event. Besides this, two of their previous three meetings went to distance with a third set required to find the winner. With this in mind, we expect a much closer match than the odds suggest, which makes Makarova’s set handicap the best play to add to our betting picks.

Free Tennis Pick: Ekaterina Makarova +1.5 Set Handicap (-152)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Barbora Strycova (16) vs. Caroline Garcia (21)

As you might remember, Barbora Strycova was one of our top plays in the WTA Australian Open Day 4, with the Czech featuring a high quality performance against Andrea Petkovic. Strycova is going through the best moment in her career with outstanding numbers on pressure points against Petkovic. Besides converting 75.00% of the break point chances on Andrea’s serve, Barbora also saved 84.62% of the break points she faced throughout the match.  

After ending 2016 inside the top 25 for the first time in her career, Caroline Garcia is looking for another successful season. Known for her extremely powerful game style, Garcia is always a dangerous player. Despite losing the opening set on the previous round against Oceane Dodin, Caroline featured a great comeback against a tough opponent. Looking now to Garcia’s numbers on that match, the highlight clearly goes to her attacking game with the French ending the match with 43 winners / 30 unforced errors and 85.71% points won at the net.

This is always a very interesting match-up with Caroline’s firepower contrasting with Strycova’s tricky game style. Despite Barbora’s 5 – 1 lead on the h2h, Garcia is always an extremely dangerous and can never be underestimated. Although we agree with Strycova’s favoritism, her odds are way too short. The French should create many problems with her powerful game and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this match going to distance. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of the Over betting odds with a line that can easily be covered in just two sets.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 20 (-130)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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