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Tuesday Tennis Best Bet: WTA Australian Open, Caty McNally vs Kateryna Baindl

Tuesday Tennis Best Bet: WTA Australian Open, Caty McNally vs Kateryna Baindl
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Caty McNally vs Kateryna Baindl Best Bet: Tuesday, January 17th

The whirlwind that is the opening round of a grand slam event has come to a close, with 128 singles matches between the men’s and women’s draws being played over the course of just two days.

We’re onto the second round, where there is still plenty to choose from for our Tuesday selection (Wednesday matches locally in Melbourne). For our first selection from the women’s second round, we’ll preview the match between Caty McNally and Kateryna Baindl.

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Caty McNally vs Kateryna Baindl Preview

January 18th, TBD (UK Time)

What an opportunity this week has turned into for McNally. After being slated to take on an in-form Paula Badosa initially, she was given a clay-court specialist as a lucky loser who doesn’t really possess any weapons.

Now she takes on the Ukrainian and is favoured to reach the third round in Melbourne, and I really like her chances to do just that.

The 21-year-old had a tough time in 2022, only really finding success during the grass season in the first nine months, before closing strong during the indoor hard court swing. The common theme between those two parts of the calendar? Quicker courts.

McNally has a strong game, with decent power and the ability to dictate rallies with her forehand and we’ve seen a rather large disparity in her results depending on court speed for quite some time.

With decent variety thanks to her doubles prowess, McNally has plenty of tools at her disposal to deal with another tough, consistent opponent in Baindl.

I’m pretty impressed with how well the veteran has managed to accumulate wins, making life tough on opponents by making them play a lot of balls point-in, point-out and counterpunching the pace thrown at her, but for my money, she should be a longer underdog in this one considering the matchup and the conditions.

Caty McNally vs Kateryna Baindl Best Bet

As solid as Baindl is, and as much as she’s surprised me in certain spots, she lacks any kind of major weapon to hurt the young American in this matchup, and her success typically comes against a lower-calibre of player thanks to that as well.

McNally has always been at her best in quicker conditions and once she found her rhythm against another player whose game is predicated on consistent play, she cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 victory in the opening round.

Baindl is far more competent on hard courts than Laura Pigossi (McNally’s first-round opponent), but to have McNally go from the 1.17 range in odds to over 1.60 is a little much. She’s the better player, with the game more likely to dictate and a surface edge on quicker Australian hard courts.

  • Selection: McNally to win
  • Best Odds: 1.60 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes: 4/10
  • Bonus: McNally -3 games at 1.93 odds with Pinnacle using 2/10 stakes.

Odds as at 10:45 pm on January 13th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

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