Australian Open Women's Betting: Bouchard to end home hopes

Can Bouchard continue to improve down under?

It's been a successful week for Abelson Info so far, and they're back to discuss the first of the fourth round matches on Sunday...

"Both players enjoyed comfortable wins last time out, but Bouchard appears to be going from strength to strength and will be determined to extend her tournament further while also continuing her climb up the rankings."

With Sam Stosur dropping out of the tournament in the last round, the hopes of a nation are on the shoulders of Casey Dellacqua as she has defied the odds and made it this far.

The diminutive Australian prepares to face Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round, and unfortunately for the home crowd this may well be where the road ends.

Both players enjoyed comfortable wins last time out, but Bouchard appears to be going from strength to strength and will be determined to extend her tournament further while also continuing her climb up the rankings.

Neither player has dropped a set as of yet, but something has to give here and Bouchard is more than capable of silencing the Rod Laver Arena and advancing to a potential quarter-final clash with Serena Williams.

Standing in the way of the world number one and dominant American is the in-form Ana Ivanovic, who ended the hopes of Stosur in the last round and has generally looked as though she is getting back to close to her best.

However, it is difficult to back the Serbian star for two reasons. Not only can she be wildly unpredictable despite her recent form, it is hard to ignore history as she has lost all four of her previous meetings with Williams.

Their last encounter was at the US Open in 2012, where Williams continued her run of having not dropped a set against Ivanovic, and so taking into consideration her current form it is almost impossible to envisage anything else but another win for the tournament favourite.

An upset like the one Sabine Lisicki was able to inflict at Wimbledon last year would crack the tournament wide open, but sceptics will argue that Ivanovic just doesn't possess the power to trouble her big-hitting opponent.

In contrast, it is difficult to gauge what is possible for Flavia Pennetta at this point, as the Italian continues to improve after her memorable year in 2012.

Now up to world number 29, her form in majors has been refreshing after her injury woes, and if there is an upset on Sunday this could well be the match to watch.

The pair have split their previous four meetings, although Kerber does have the advantage of winning their encounters at Grand Slams. However, she needed three sets on both occasions, and it is possible Pennetta will make her work for this one too.

The same could be said for Ekaterina Makarova, who will likely put up a brave effort against Na Li, with the Chinese star saving a match point last time out as she battled a firing Safarova as well as the heat.

However, she demonstrated the type of resolve that has taken her to world number four and a Grand Slam title, and with four wins from four in her previous meetings with Makarova, she will be confident of making the quarter-finals.

Recommended Bets:
Back Bouchard to beat Dellacqua 2-0 @ 2.0621/20
Back Pennetta to beat Kerber @ 3.02/1
Back Over 20.5 games in Li-Makarova @ 1.9210/11

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