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Casualties minimal as favourites dominate Australian Open betting

| 19.01.2011

You could count the number of high profile casualties in the women’s draw on a Kit-Kat, and favourites look set to continue dominating the Australian Open betting on the fourth days play.

Third seed Kim Clijsters, (1/50) second seed Vera Zvonareva (1/8) and fifth seed Sam Stosur (1/6) are all in action on day four and are all short priced favourites to beat their respective opponents as the better players continue to dominate the women’s draw.

Punters willing to search for value can come up trumps with the tie between Jelena Jankovic and Shuai Peng and Jankovic, the seventh seed, is offering plenty of value at 4/6 to beat Peng.

The reason behind the lack of confidence behind Jankovic in the Australian Open betting market is because the Serb has never lived up to her potential, but Jankovic holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Peng and all five wins were in straight sets.

This leaves the 7/4 for Jankovic to beat Peng 2-0 looking like the pick of the women’s fourth round betting market.

Another match that offers plenty of value is Lucie Safarova vs Klara Zakopalova, and the match-up between the world number 35 and the world number 40 is sure to offer punters plenty of value.

Safarova just edges the favouritism at 8/11 and made a strong start to 2011 when making the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International last week.

But Zakopalova offers all the value at 1/1 to beat Safarova considering she made the semi-finals in last week’s Hobart International and holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Safarova.

Both first round matches involving the players went the distance and a tight match should be expected on the Margaret Court arena and Zakopalova is 3/1 to win the match 2-1.

Zakopalova is also 11/2 to lose the first set but go on to win the match.

A £25 double on Zakopalova and Jankovic winning would return £83.25. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.