23/1 accumulator to bring to life first day’s tennis at Indian Wells
With all of the top seeds automatically receiving a bye into the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, the pressure is on some of the lesser names in tennis to take the chance to progress at Indian Wells.
In total we have picked seven results from across the men’s and women’s matches on day one, which pay a combined 23/1.
Perhaps the biggest showdown in the men’s draw sees Jeremy Chardy face 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.
Chardy may be the underdog, but has won all three previous meetings between the pair and these successes have also all arrived on hard courts.
Two other upsets have been tipped in the men’s draw, with Lukasz Kubot looking to make it three straight successes over big-serving Ivo Karlovic, while Yen-Hsun Lu can build on a recent tournament victory in Singapore by beating Denis Istomin.
Finally, Robin Haase steps on court with Pablo Andujar and the Spaniard is on a miserable run of just two victories in his last 15 games on hard courts.
In the women’s draw, Sofia Arvidsson is another looking to use a tournament victory in Memphis to her advantage and she faces Eleni Daniilidou.
Simona Halep is the biggest banker of the accumulator and she should possess too much class for Shuai Zheng, while Chanelle Scheepers will fancy her chances of defeating Mathilde Johansson, who has lost all of her seven matches in 2012 so far.
The other prediction in the women’s draw is in favour of Alberta Brianti, who has won both of her career meetings with Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa to date.
Indian Wells selections
Simona Halep to beat Shuai Zhang @ 2/9
Chanelle Scheepers to beat Mathilde Johansson @ 2/7
Robin Haase to beat Pablo Andujar @ 1/3
Alberta Brianti to beat Silvia Soler Espinosa @ 4/6
Sofia Arvidsson to beat Eleni Daniilidou @ 8/11
Jeremy Chardy to beat Marcos Baghdatis @ 5/4
Lukasz Kubot to beat Ivo Karlovic @ 11/8
Yen-Hsun Lu to beat Denis Istomin @ 6/4