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Wozniacki short odds to progress into the third round in Miami

| 24.03.2011

It’s one of the more glamorous tournaments in the WTA betting and the Miami backdrop will witness the big name players as the second round draws into action.

5/2 tournament favourite Caroline Wozniacki faces Bethanie Mattek-Sands and is 1/12 to defeat the American and a repeat of her 2-0 victory from their only previous encounter in Rome in 2009 is 1/4.

Maria Sharapova’s tie with Petra Martic will be the last match on the Miami courts and at 1/6 to win, the Croatian should hold no troubles for Sharapova.

Na Li (1/6 to beat Johanna Larsson), Sam Stosur (2/9 to beat Ji Zheng) and Jelena Jankovic (1/9 to beat Monica Niculescu) are some of the other big seeds featuring today, but the value in the Sony Ericsson betting is to be found elsewhere.

One match that could hold all the value for punters is Flavia Pennetta’s match with Ivana Benesova.

The two have met six times and hold three wins apiece, but the betting makes Pennetta a short 2/7 favourite and it may be time to oppose the Italian.

Ranked 29 places below the Italian, Benesova looked comfortable in a straight sets victory over Roberta Vinci in the first round and at 5/2 to win looks the better bet considering Pennetta has made early exits in her last two tournaments.

Another intriguing match-up is the tie between Lucie Safarova and Patty Schnyder.

Neither performed well in Indian Wells last week so Schnyder’s 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Safarova will give the Swiss a huge confidence and despite being the outsider, Schnyder looks the pick at 13/8 to beat Safarova.

The two met in Miami in 2009 when Schnyder recorded a 2-1 win and a repeat of that performance is a big 7/2 and looks the pick of the days tennis betting.

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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.