Top Plays For WTA Australian Open Day 8

Tennis player Karolina Pliskova

Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:03 PM GMT

Join us for our daily coverage of the WTA Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 8 and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks. 

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Ekaterina Makarova (30) vs. Johanna Konta (9)

After reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne last year, Johanna Konta is looking for another successful run in this event. It has been a great start of the season for Konta with the British winning the Apia International Sydney last week. Playing in Australia is always special for Johanna since she was born and raised in this country and always has a strong support from the crowd. Konta reaches this stage of the competition after a phenomenal performance against Caroline Wozniacki, dismissing the former world no.1 by 6 – 3 6 – 1.

Ekaterina Makarova’s love affair with Melbourne continued with the Russian booking a place in the 4th round for the seventh consecutive year. Despite entering the court with a 0 – 3 disadvantage on the h2h, Makarova featured a high-quality performance to claim her first career victory over Dominika Cibulkova. Famous for her outstanding return to serve and counter punching skills, Makarova won 46.39% of the points played on Cibulkova’s serve.

These two players will face each other for the 4th time in their careers with Konta winning all their previous encounters.

Even though Makarova is a terrific returner, it won’t be easy for her to break Konta in this match. The British won 96.30% of her service games throughout this event, not facing a single break point in her previous match against Wozniacki. With Johanna serving at such a high level, it’s impossible to go against her. Therefore, our suggestion is for you to add her spread to your betting picks as the best play for this match.

 

Free Tennis Pick: Johanna Konta -4.5 

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Karolina Pliskova (5) vs. Daria Gavrilova (22)

After starting her campaign in Melbourne with two impressive victories, Karolina Pliskova was on the brink of elimination in the previous round against Jelena Ostapenko. Besides losing the opening set, Pliskova also had to recover from a 2 – 5 disadvantage in the third set. With this victory, the 2016 US Open runner-up secured a place in the Australian Open 4th round for the first time in her career. Known for her remarkable serve, Pliskova ended the match against Ostapenko with 19 aces and 83.08% point won with her first serve.

Daria Gavrilova is the last Australian player remaining in the competition. Playing with the home support brings the best out of Gavrilova with the former junior world no.1 reaching this event's 4th round for the second consecutive year. Looking now to Daria’s campaign so far in Melbourne, the 22 years old reaches this stage of the competition after three tremendous battles – the last one against Timea Bacsinszky. After spending more than 9 hours in court, it won’t be easy for Gavrilova to present herself at 100% this Monday.

This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with Pliskova leading on the h2h by 2 – 0.

This is a very tough match-up for Gavrilova with the Australian unable to handle Karolina’s powerful game. Daria never won a set against this opponent with Pliskova losing only an average of 4.5 games per match on their previous encounters. With this in mind, the best approach is to take advantage of Pliskova’s betting odds by placing a bet on the Czech to cover her spread.

 

Free Tennis Pick: Karolina Pliskova -4.5

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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