WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia Betting: Back the Italian duo to march on in Rome

16May 2013

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It was a clean sweep for Abelson Info on Wednesday after all four of their tips were winners, they're back to preview Day 4 in Rome...

 

As the field thins out in the Italian capital, there are some potentially thrilling quarter-final clashes to look forward to. However, all sixteen remaining players  are in action on Thursday hoping to extend their stay in the tournament.

 

World number five Na Li gets proceedings under-way as she takes on two-time champion Jelena Jankovic.

 

The latter has dropped just five games in her two matches thus far, while Li comfortably overcame compatriot Jie Zheng in the last round.

 

History would suggest a tight contest, as Li leads the way 4-3 in their head-to-head record, and despite the Serbian's fondness for this tournament expect her Chinese  opponent to prevail as she gets into her stride ahead of the French Open.

 

There is still a strong Italian presence in the third round, but both Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani will have their hands full when they take on qualifier Simona Halep  and Maria Kirilenko respectively.

 

Despite her inferior world ranking, Halep ended world number four Agnieszka Radwanska's stay at the Foro Italico prematurely in the last round as she won despite  dropping the first set.

 

She also defeated her Italian rival on clay in Barcelona last year, however she will have to contend with a partisan crowd cheering on the home favourite, and it may  well be a match too far.

 

Errani arguably faces the tougher test against Kirilenko, who has been relatively untroubled thus far. At first glance this may look a tough match to call, but with  their last four meetings seeing the winner prevail in straight sets, back this match to be over in two.

 

World number one Serena Williams also returns to the clay on Thursday, and should have few scares in getting past Dominika Cibulkova. That is reflected in her odds,  with little value to be had.

 

The same could be said for the world's number two and three, with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka facing Sloane Stephens and Ayumi Morita respectively.

 

The Russian ace is still on course to seal a third straight title in the Eternal City, and similarly to Azarenka, neither have lost to their third round opponents  previously and have yet to drop a set in their meetings.

 

Perhaps the pick of the round in terms of competitiveness and value is Petra Kvitova's clash with Samantha Stosur.

 

The ninth seeded Australian has looked in good form, progressing through to this stage without dropping a set. Meanwhile, Kvitova was given a scare by Sabine Lisicki  in the last round but eventually went on to win in three sets.

 

Despite losing all four of their previous meetings, Stosur is a slight favourite to advance at the expense of Kvitova given the latter's disappointment on this  surface. Although this may well be a real battle, back the Czech star to book her place in the last eight.

 

Recommended Bets:

Back Kvitova to beat Stosur @ 2.08

Back Errani to beat Kirilenko 2-0 @ 2.22

Back the over 21.5 games market in Li-Jankovic @ 2.02

Back Vinci to beat Halep @ 1.79

 

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Keywords: WTA Internazionali BNL Italia, Italian duo, Rome

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