Mon, Jan 24, 9:39am by Kevin Pitstock
Wow, who saw that coming? Maria Sharapova is given a lesson in contemporary womens tennis by rising star Andrea Petkovic, and it took an Australian Open womens singles game marathon record for Kuznetsova to fall to Schiavone in 4 hours and 44 minutes.
While some of the results might be a little difficult to predict, there is no doubting the quality of the tennis on show, and anyone taking a financial interest in the outcomes is certainly getting value for money on every game.
Day 8 Australian Open betting and odds are quoted from this morning’s Sportingbet Australian Open womens tennis singles betting odds.
Australian Open Day 8 Womens Singles Matches
Australian Open Day 8 Womens Singles Tennis Betting Matches To Bet On
Ekaterina Makarova at $8.75 to beat Kim Clijsters
Clijsters was exposed by Alize Cornet in her third round match and she really had to work to grind out the 7-6 6-3 win. Makarova comes in to his game having ousted 13th seed Nadia Petrova in 3 sets as well as sending Ivanovic packing in the first round, and Clijsters is set to have the hardest match of her tournament so far. This game is much closer than the betting odds from Sportingbet would suggest and with no prior encounters between the two to go by, we have to be on Makarova at the $8.75. Much the way Petkovic handed out a lesson in modern womens tennis to Sharapova yesterday, Makarova will expose Clijsters lack of foot speed and have her second guessing her shots. Makarova in three sets.
Kvitova at $1.52 to beat Flavia Pennetta
Pennetta actually leads the head to head stats here 3-1, but after Kvitova’s demolition of Sam Stosur on the back of her Brisbane final win, it’s impossible to find any player in the womens draw playing better or with more confidence. Pennetta on the other hand has played in 31 grand slam events and never been further then the quarter finals. Kvitova, who is 8 years junior to Pennetta will hand out another tennis lesson today and this is a bridge to far for Pennetta. Kvitova in two sets.
Iveta Benesova at $6.75 to beat Vera Zvonareva
The second of our upsets today will confirm a real changing of the guard in womens tennis when Iveta Benesova takes on world number 2 Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva leads their head to head matches 3-1 including a 6-0 6-3 whitewash in the second round at this tournament last year. But Benesova comes in to the game after a string of upsets with a third round 6-3 1-6 7-5 win over 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She also beat 18th seed Maria Kirilenko in the second round 6-3 6-1 and is through to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. She is unlikely to let this opportunity slip her by and we like Benesova to continue her run of upsets by sending the world number 2 home. Benesova in three sets.
Agnieszka Radwanska at $1.55 to beat Shuai Peng
12th seeded Radwanksa has been progressing silently through the draw and looks set to make her second Australian Open quarter final appearance since 2008. After a slight hiccup losing a set to Date-Krumm in the first round, it has been smoothing sailing with a 6-3 6-4 win over Petra Martic and a surgical demolition of Simona Halep 6-1 6-2. Radwanska leads the head to heads 2-1 and interestingly every one of their matches has gone to three sets. It’s bound to be a close game and Peng’s straight sets win over Jelena Jankovic in the second round is testament to the quality of her game but Radwanksa will prove too strong, too fast and too good. Radwanaka in three sets.
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