WTA Linz Open, Second round: Vikhlyantseva v Cirstea, 7pm

Vikhlyantseva 2.44, Cirstea 1.68

This will be their first meeting.

Cirstea has slightly better overall results this year. She has won 54% of matches compared to 52% for Vikhlyantseva but Cirstea’s ROI is higher. She doesn’t often play indoors and has won just 2 of her 6 indoor matches in the last 12 months. She played well in the last round and beat Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets. She only faced 5 break points and was broken twice.

Vikhlyantseva has a much better indoor record. She has won 5 of 6 this year and 8 of

Natalia Vikhlyantseva

her last 10 indoors. She beat Veronica Cepede in 2 sets in the last round and only lost 2 games. She was broken just once and the only real blots on her service stats were the 4 double faults.

Some value on Vikhlyantseva to take at least a set and I favour her for the match. We have a very good chance of 3 sets.

Lay Cirstea if she breaks first or enter at 1.50 and reduce or remove liability at 2.00.

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