Australian Open Women's Betting: Mladenovic to spring a surprise

Mladenovic looks a good bet to send Voegele packing...
Mladenovic looks a good bet to send Voegele packing...

It's day two of the Australian Open, and Abelson Info look through the remaining first round matches to pick out the value bets...

'Kristina Mladenovic will be hoping to follow suit, as despite trailing Stefanie Voegele by nine places in the world rankings, the 20-year-old made a name for herself last year and will be hoping to follow that up with another successful 12 months ahead.'

With two top 10 players making an exit from the tournament on the first day, a whole host of top seeds will be hoping to avoid a similar result on Tuesday including defending champion Victoria Azarenka.
The Belarusian is looking for a third consecutive Australian Open title, and gets her tournament underway against Johanna Larsson, for which she is a huge favourite to come through unscathed.

In contrast, it may well be a nervy opener for third seed Maria Sharapova, who is looking to bounce back from a torrid injury-plagued 2013, as she faces Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The Russian star has won all five of their previous meetings and looked in decent form in Brisbane, but there may be one or two butterflies as she returns to Grand Slam action. While she is rightfully the favourite to prevail, Mattek-Sands has the ability to make it a little uncomfortable.

Elsewhere, although Dominika Cibulkova leads the head-to-head record after winning both of their previous meetings, Francesca Schiavone will likely give her rival plenty to think about during their meeting.
Schiavone is renowned for her tenacity on the court and although that may have waned as the years catch up with her, she is worthy of an investment in making this a competitive first round clash, while Andrea Petkovic will be confident of doing the same against Magdalena Rybarikova.

Another Italian hoping to impress is Camila Giorgi who enjoyed somewhat of a breakthrough season last year and will be determined to continue her ascent up the rankings with another strong run here.
She faces Australian youngster Storm Sanders on Tuesday, who despite picking up an impressive win in Hobart earlier this month is ranked as world number 219, and I expect Giorgi to have too much for her on this occasion.

Elsewhere, fiery French star Alize Cornet will be hoping to book her place in the next round when she takes on Polona Hercog, and given both of their previous meetings have ended in two sets following dominant performances, this could follow the pattern and end quickly.

Compatriot Kristina Mladenovic will be hoping to follow suit, as despite trailing Stefanie Voegele by nine places in the world rankings, the 20-year-old made a name for herself last year and will be hoping to follow that up with another successful 12 months ahead.
She won their only previous meeting in 2010, and at 2.8815/8 she could be worth backing to spring a surprise on day two.

Meanwhile, Garbine Muguruza is in great form ahead of the tournament after lifting her first WTA title in Hobart.
The Spaniard is up to world number 38 in the rankings, and will be full of confidence heading into her first round clash against Kaia Kanepi and looks a decent investment to keep the winning run going.

Recommended Bets:
Back Mladenovic to beat Voegele @ 2.8815/8
Back Giorgi to beat Sanders 2-0 @ 2.427/5
Back Muguruza to beat Kanepi @ 2.01/1

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