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Monday Tennis Best Bet: WTA Australian Open, Petra Martic vs Viktorija Golubic

Monday Tennis Best Bet: WTA Australian Open, Petra Martic vs Viktorija Golubic
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Petra Martic vs Viktorija Golubic Best Bet: Monday, January 16th

A lovely, dominant win from Belinda Bencic ends our week of women’s selections successfully. We’ll look to keep it going as the Australian Open gets underway with a plethora of matches in the opening week.

For our first selection of the week, it’s the match between Petra Martic and Viktorija Golubic that piques my interest.

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January 17th, 3:30 (UK Time)

It’s been a few years since Martic made at least the third round at every grand slam event, but her game is still there.

Equipped with a strong first serve, the ability to hit through on her forehand wing, as well as the ability to play with topspin, it’s no surprise she managed to reach the top-15 in the women’s rankings at one point.

She has surface versatility and can adapt her game really well to the courts she’s playing on.

Golubic should also feel comfortable on the Australian hard courts. With a flat-hitting style and a penchant for taking the ball early on the backhand wing, lower-bouncing quick courts suit her game well.

The primary issue for me comes in the unforced error count. It can balloon in matches because of the flat nature of her shots (those don’t clear the net by as much, so they’re more prone to hitting the net). When going up against someone with a strong first serve and the ability to finish points quickly when it’s clicking, donating points via unforced errors can be a recipe for disaster.

Petra Martic vs Viktorija Golubic Best Bet

There may be a few reasons for the Swiss to like her chances in this one, but without major power, she commits a few too many errors for my liking, and Martic’s advantage in finding free or cheap points with her first serve on quicker courts have me liking her to win this one.

This is by no means a play for bigger stakes, but I do think there is value at the odds on offer to back the Croatian as a slight favourite.

  • Selection: Martic to win
  • Best Odds: 1.77 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes: 2/10

Odds as at 10:30 pm on January 13th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

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