WTA Australian Open Day 8: Main Favorite Spread Betting Analysis

João Mourato

Saturday, January 23, 2016 4:52 PM GMT

Find out who are the top contenders to get in action on WTA Australian Open Day 8. Join us while we analyze their betting spread and provide the highest value tennis picks.

Victoria Azarenka (14) vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova reaches the Australian Open 4th round for the first time on her career, after a terrific performance against Garbine Muguruza. The Czech surprised the number 3 seed with a very intelligent performance, allowing only 21 winners / 32 unforced errors to the Spaniard. Barbora said that the key for her win was the good level on serve and the way she mixed her game, not giving many rhythm to Muguruza on baseline rallies.

Victoria Azarenka keeps her impressive journey in Melbourne, losing only 5 games so far in three matches. The Belarussian was just too strong for the 18 years old Naomi Osaka, dismissing the Japanese by 6 – 1 6 – 1. Azarenka’s baseline consistency has been outstanding, allowing only to her opponents, an average of 6.33 winners / 20.33 unforced errors per match.

These two players will face for the 5th time, with Azarenka leading 4 – 0 on h2h. All of those victories were achieved in straight sets, with Victoria defeating the Czech at the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015.

Despite playing at a remarkable level and leading 4 – 0 on h2h, is never easy to face Zahlavova Strycova. The Czech has been serving at great level and with nothing on this match, she’s even a more dangerous opponent. The spread for this match is at -7.0 (+104) on Pinnacle and it will very difficult for Azarenka to cover this line. If we look at their previous meetings, only once the Belarussian was able to cover this line, on their first meeting in 2009 when Barbora was out of top 100. The Czech should give a good fight on this match and for the first time on this event, Azarenka might not cover her spread.

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Angelique Kerber (7) vs. Annika Beck
With a very solid performance against Madison Brengle, Angelique Kerber booked a place into Australian Open’s 4th round for the third time on her career. The German is known for her defensive skills, but ended the match against Brengle with excellent numbers: 27 winners / 18 unforced errors. Angelique was also very strong on return, with 54% receiving points won and breaking her opponent 5 times.

Annika Beck is for the first time in the 4th round of a Grand Slam event, after reaching last year the 3rd round at the French Open. Annika is a fearful competitor, with her baseline consistency and defensive skills as her main qualities. Annika had a good draw to reach this stage of the competition, facing only one seeded player in the second round, Timea Bacsinszky. On the previous round Beck defeated another German, Laura Siegemund, in a match where Annika was just too solid for Siegemund.

This will be the first career meeting between these two players and it should be an extremely interesting contest. Both are terrific competitors with outstanding defensive skills and we should witness a tremendous baseline battle between the two. Angelique is the undeniable favorite for this match, however this might turn into an epic battle between two great competitors and for that reason, is hard to find value on Angelique’s spread tennis odds at -6.5 (-105) on Pinnacle. On the other hand, the Over 18.0 seems a valuable line and we suggest to add it to your tennis picks.