Aus Open Day 8 Preview (Women’s)

Day 8 – Women’s 4th Round Previews

Barbora Strycova v Serena WIlliams (11:10am)
Serena has improved with every match this week and looks to have reclaimed her best form at the right time. She blew past Nicole Gibbs and will look to continue her run against Strycova. Like Williams, Strycova is yet to drop a set but The Wolf is concerned for her against Serena. They have met twice before with Serena posting comfortable wins in both. Strycova doesn’t have the type of game to trouble Serena. She relies more on consistency rather than power and is more of a counter puncher – relying on her fitness to help turn defence into attack. That is a dangerous formula against the biggest hitter in the women’s game. She has been beyond the 4th round only once in her career and will come up well short in this one.
Best Bet: Sets Williams 2-0 ($1.50)
Value Bet: Serena -5.5 ($1.83)

Ekaterina Makarova v Johanna Konta (1:00pm)
With Murray and Evans out of the men’s draw it is Konta who now holds the responsibility of flying the British flag. She has been doing a hell pof a job thus far and is on a 8 match winning streak after having won the title in Sydney. Most impressively she has won 16 consecutive sets! Konta has been completely dominant on serve which has been broken just once this tournament. She crushed Wozniacki in the 3rd round and has won all 3 encounters against Makarova including a tough three setter at the same stage here last year. Both ladies are former semi finalists here and have achieved their best Grand Slam results down under. Hard to go past Konta but they will go the distance.
Best Bet: Over 20.5 games ($1.83)
Value Bet: Sets Konta 2-1 ($3.80)

Jennifer Brady v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (2:30pm)
The Americans continue to raise eyebrows at the Australian Open and after Vandeweghe took down Kerber overnight they could have as many as 4 women in the quarters. Brady has been one of the fairy tale stories of the Aus Open coming through the qualifiers. After beating Watson 10-8 in the 3rd she was given very little chance against no.14 seed Vesnina. Her straight sets win set up a first meeting against Lucic-Baroni who has had success on the back of a very aggressive brand of tennis. She has been looking to attack her opponents with the first strike and it has worked. Both players will have their moments but The Wolf says Brady will hold off the onslaught to win in three.
Best Bet: Brady +2.5 ($1.91)
Value Bet: Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.20)

Karolina Pliskova v Daria Gavrilova (9:00pm)
Dasha is the only remaining Aussie in the singles and tonight faces the ultimate test. She faces the lady who she thinks will win the Australian Open in Karolina Pliskova. The Wolf says she is a good judge as The Wolf also tipped us into Pliskova. It has been another great week for Gavriloa, matching her result here last here but she will be unable to better that result. Pliskova has won both meetings and all four sets contested by the pair with her edge in power a significant factor. Gavrilova has the ability to cover a lot of court but Pliskova can hit hard enough, long enough to blow her off the court. Pliskova in straight.
Best Bet: Sets Pliskova 2-0 ($1.80)
Value Bet: Pliskova -6.5 ($3.25)

Day 8 – All Tips

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