Wednesday Tennis Best Bet: WTA Tallinn, Barbora Krejcikova vs Marta Kostyuk
Barbora Krejcikova vs Marta Kostyuk Best Bet: Wednesday, September 28th
This week sees the WTA Tour in a pair of European cities, but playing in very different conditions. The 250-level event in Tallinn is being played on quicker indoor hard courts, while the event in Parma, Italy is taking place on clay.
For Wednesday’s women’s selection, we’ll be focusing on the event in the Estonian capital and a match between Barbora Krejcikova and Marta Kostyuk.
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Barbora Krejcikova vs Marta Kostyuk Preview
September 28th, 17:30 UK Time
It’s been tough sledding since returning from injury for the ever-consistent Krejcikova, but her first-round win over a solid Ajla Tomljanovic who is coming off a great summer was certainly a reassuring result.
Next up, she’ll take on Kostyuk in a match that epitomises the term “stylistic contrast.” While Krejcikova will look to skillfully place the ball in the back corners of the court and paint as many lines as possible, the Ukrainian youngster is more about trying to hit the cover off the ball – for better or worse.
Where the former French Open champion likes to construct points and open up the court with her precise baseline groundstrokes, Kostyuk has one gear and when it’s not working, things can get ugly.
That’s the primary reason Kostyuk has had big problems getting deep into WTA main draws, yet is also still well entrenched inside the tour’s top-100. The lack of a “plan B” when the power game goes awry is still holding her back, and in this match, it could very well be her downfall.
With Krejcikova off an impressive win against a strong opponent and with the consistent game to wait out unforced errors from Kostyuk, she is in good position to send the 20-year-old out of the Tallinn draw.
Barbora Krejcikova vs Marta Kostyuk Best Bet
It’s not Krejcikova’s game that is in question here. It’s whether she’ll be able to hold up physically and play a complete match for long enough to advance. Considering her first-round performance, I’m leaning towards the answer being “yes.”
She also has the matchup advantages I listed above, and with so much power coming off Kostyuk’s racquet, she’ll be able to counterpunch effectively, along with working the ball around the court with precision as well.
I don’t have her as an overwhelming favourite in this one, but I do have her closer to 1.75 than the 1.90 on offer, so getting her at a price that is near even odds is enough for me to get involved.
- Selection: Krejcikova to win
- Best Odds: 1.91 (William Hill)
- Stakes: 2/10
Odds as at 09:30 am on September 28th, 2022. Odds may now differ.