Thursday Tennis Best Bet: WTA 125K Montevideo, Brenda Fruhvirtova vs Kateryna Baindl
Brenda Fruhvirtova vs Kateryna Baindl Best Bet: Thursday, November 24th
Another big comeback win, as Eva Vedder really struggled to find the court and break down Marcela Zacarias in the opening set, before coming back and taking control in the latter two sets of the match to get us the win.
Onto Thursday in Montevideo, and the match between Brenda Fruhvirtova and Kateryna Baindl.
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November 24th, Time TBD
Fun match on Thursday in second-round action, as Fruhvirtova takes on the in-form veteran Baindl, in a match that should see its fair share of prolonged rallies and well-constructed points.
The other day, I wrote about needing a weapon to really trouble the phenom out of the Czech Republic on clay, but Baindl provides the rare example of a player that has the game to trouble the younger Fruhvirtova, despite not possessing much power.
There are a few things that Baindl brings to the table, however, that make me believe she has all the chances to keep this one close and potentially even win it outright.
For starters, while Fruhvirtova has an incredible backhand (not just for her age, but in general for the women’s tour), her forehand needs a lot of time for her to be able to ramp up the pace and is by far her weaker wing. With the Ukrainian veteran able to stick around in the longer rallies and still attack balls left short on her forehand (something Fruhvirtova does do), she should have the edge on that side.
The other part of her game I like is the combination of placement, point construction and aggression. All too often, players struggle with putting two of those three things together. You’ll have players that get everything back, but can’t seize control of the rally and don’t have any purpose to their shots, other than to push it back over the net and wait for errors. Similarly, there are those that just look to bash the ball without any plan or control.
Baindl doesn’t have the most power, but she constructs points well, can hit to the outer thirds of the court to open space from both wings and inject pace when the situation calls for it.
Brenda Fruhvirtova vs Kateryna Baindl Best Bet
Normally I’d be keen to back Fruhvirtova in some capacity against someone that isn’t capable of really hitting through her on clay.
With Baindl’s edge on the forehand wing, as well as her savvy play and strong form of late, however, I’m happy to back her to keep things close in this one.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to back her to win – the young gun is still consistent in her own right, finds a ton of depth on her groundstrokes and has the edge in backhand exchanges – but I do think this one should be very close, and potentially see a deciding set. I’m happy to take a stab at the over games market here, with two players that match up with each other fairly well in their own ways.
- Selection: Over 21 Games
- Best Odds: 1.91 (Pinnacle)
- Stakes: 2/10
Odds as at 2:15 am on November 24th, 2022. Odds may now differ.