ATP St. Petersberg, Vienna and WTA Italy Predictions and Betting Picks

We take a look at some ATP and WTA games which pique our interest and represent good value to us: 

Jan-Lennard Struff vs James Duckworth

Struff has ability, but Duckworth has form

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The Australia #2 has posted some impressive results this season beating the likes of Taylor Fritz and Jannik Sinner to rise above fellow Aussies John Millman, Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson in the latest ATP rankings. He will take great confidence into this match having made it to the second round in all three indoor hard court tournaments he has played in, with his best result coming in Nur-Sultan, where he finished runner-up. 

Whilst Duckworth is playing some of the best tennis of his last career, his opponent Struff has only won four matches in as many months, beating clay court specialists on all four occasions. His current 2021 win/loss record stands at 1/4 with his sole win coming against Albert Ramos Vinolas a few days back.

We favour Duckworth on form and feel this is one match that might go into three sets with either taking it in the third. The Australian looks very strong so we’d back him to at least take a set in this one.

Back Duckworth to win a set @ 1.35

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Pablo Carreno-Busta

Carreno-Busta is solid, but Basilashvili cannot be ruled out

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Pablo Carreno-Busta has an impressive 36/15 win/loss record on all surfaces this season. He enjoyed a successful campaign in Metz, defeating the likes of Lorenzo Sonego and Gael Monfils, before losing out to Hubert Hurkacz in the championship match. The reigning ATP Marbella and Hamburg champion has won seven of nine first round matches on hard courts this year. 

Nikoloz Basilashvili will be confident after his stunning Indian Wells campaign, where he defeated the likes of Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas to finish runner up to new British #1 Cameron Norrie. The Georgian will hope that the worst is behind him, having suffered 13 first-round exits before his recent Indian Wells exploits. 

Basilashvili leads the H2H 1-0, albeit that match took place on clay. If he produces his best tennis, he is capable of beating the Spaniard.

Back Basilashvili to win a set @ 1.60

Lucia Bronzetti vs Kateryna Kozlova

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The Italian Bronzetti has performed well this season, but has seen a dip in form in her past few matches, surrendering leads and failing to close out matches successfully. Her opponent Kozlova has beaten Marta Kostyuk and Jasmine Paolini this season, two of her best wins on hard courts in the past two years. Incidentally, Kozlova has not played on an indoor hard court since 2019. 

We expect Kozlova to put in a strong show and at least take a set of the faltering Italian Bronzetti.

Back Kozlova to take a set @1.25

Aliona Bolsova vs Su-Wei Hsieh

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With both players having limited experience playing on indoor hard courts, with Hseih taking to the surface for the first time since 2017 and Bolsova recording her first few indoor WTA wins this past weekend. We prefer to stick with the more experience Hsieh in this match up and expect her to win a set at the very least.

Back Hsieh to win a set @ 1.35

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