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Strycova v Serena Williams - Australian Open - Women's

TENNIS Australian Open - Women's

2017-01-23 01:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-01-22 11:56:30)

Strycova v Serena Williams

"Strycova to out muscle Serena"

Barbora Strycova is a Czech player, she is aged 30 and ranked 16th in the world. She is at an all time high ranking of 16th and was 22 and 14 on hard courts last year. She is also ranked high in doubles at 17th so she knows how to volley as well. She had a good 2016, reaching finals in both Dubai and Birmingham. In this current tournament he has not dropped a set in 3 matches so far. She goes for her shots and if on song is well capable of beating top players.

Serena Williams was born in Michigan, USA and is now aged 35 and no longer ranked 1st in the world. Last year she lost 6 matches on hard courts and now that she is getting married her mind may not be entirely on the game. She only won 1 Grand Slam last year at Wimbledon, but losing to Kerber in the final of the Australian, Muguruza in the final of the French and to Pliskova in the semi of the US Open. So she is no longer invincible.

Court surface:  Melbourne Park hard courts.

Head to head:  Serena leads 2-0 but those matches were in 2012 .

Summary:  Value for Strycova to win the first set at 4.00 and to win the match at 5.50.

5.50 Strycova v Serena Williams 1.20

Pliskova v Gavrilova - Australian Open - Women's

TENNIS Australian Open - Women's

2017-01-23 09:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-01-22 12:05:05)

Pliskova v Gavrilova

"From Russia with Gavrilova"

Karolina Pliskova is a Czech player, she is aged 24 and ranked 5th in the world. She is at her highest ranking and last year was 25 and 12 on hard courts. She had an excellent 2016, winning 2 tournaments in Birmingham and Cincinnati, then made the final in the US Open. At 6 foot 1 she has a very good serve and has already won a tournament this year in Brisbane. In her previous round in this current tournament she came back from a 5-2 deficit in the final set against Ostapenko.

Daria Gavrilova is Australian now although she was born in Moscow, she is 22 years old and ranked 26th in the world. She is the darling of the Australian fans now after coming from behind in the final set against Bacsinszky to win a close match. She played consistently well last year especially in October when she won 3 matches in Beijing & Hong Kong where she defeated Kerber. Then in the Kremlin Cup she made the final. She has improved her game under the guidance of her Australian coach Nicole Pratt, so that now she has an effective stop volley and a sublime cross court backhand drop shot.

Court surface:  Melbourne Park hard court.

Head to Head:  Pliskova leads 2-0 having won in Miami in 2015 and Eastbourne last year.

Summary:  Value for Gavrilova at 4.15

1.33 Pliskova v Gavrilova 4.15

V.Williams v Pavlyuchenkova - Australian Open ( Womens )

TENNIS - Australian Open ( Womens )

2017-01-24 01:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-01-23 16:24:02)

V.Williams v Pavlyuchenkova

"Venus playing out of this world"

Venus Williams was born in California, she is now 36 years old and ranked 17th in the world. She is a former number 1 and has amassed 49 titles over her long career. She has 7 Grand Slams, but has only managed 1 Australian Open final (back in 2003). Last year started well when she won a minor event in Taiwan. Then at Wimbledon she made the semi followed by the final in Stanford. In the US Open she lost in the 4th round to Pliskova who also beat her sister. Her Asian swing in the autumn was not good, winning just 2 matches.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is from Russia, at 25 she is 11 years younger than Venus and ranked 27th in the world. She has been ranked as high as 13th and last year was 26 and 24. She had a reasonable 2016, winning 4 matches at Wimbledon and 3 matches in the Rogers Cup. She only won 1 match in the Asian swing though. In this current tournament she has only dropped one set and in the previous round beat Kuznetsova for the second time this year.

Court surface:  Melbourne Park hard courts.

Head to head:  Venus leads 3-2 having won their last 2 meetings in 2010 and 2014.

Summary:  Slight value for Venus Williams at 2.00.

2.00 V.Williams v Pavlyuchenkova 2.02