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Caroline Wozniacki – Ekaterina Makarova [Recap]

September 25, 2012 4 Tennis

The tennis match between the former WTA leader, Caroline Wozniacki and the Russian Ekaterina Makarova was just the way I have predicted it. Therefore, I won the bet I made on Wozniacki’s victory. I wish I had also bet on the number of sets, because I was pretty sure that this match was going to last for 3 sets, considering Makarova’s evolution, but still, I had my doubts.

The score was 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 and, after 3 sets, Caroline Wozniacki managed to qualify to the finals of the Korea Open. Even if she had a hard year, with a string of poor results, she is vehemently fighting to achieve her first title of the year.

Wozniacki demonstrated an impressive start, dominating Makarova from the back of the court. On the other hand, the Russian made an impact on Caroline’s serve in the second set. Breaks were traded and Makarova proved to be stronger, as she leveled the match. Her blistering performance won her the second set.

Even if the Dane has faced a lot of problems this year due to a lack of confidence, this time she managed to keep cool and calculated, and won a tight third set, which also brought her the success. Though, she sincerely appreciated the way Makarova played, affirming that: “She was returning very well”.

Result: +1.55 units, bet won

Carolina Wozniacki – Ekaterina Makarova [Prediction]

September 21, 2012 3 Betting, Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki and the Russian Ekaterina Makarova are going to meet on the 22nd of September, in Seoul. The former WTA leader, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki is crossing a descending path in her career. Her performances in 2012 were not too satisfying compared to the ones from the previous years. Moreover, after US Open she had also lost her position in the WTA top 10, and now she is on the 11th position.

On the other hand,the strong Russian, Ekaterina Makarova achieved a series of excellent results this year, and one of them was the elimination of Serena Williams. The current position of Ekaterina in the WTA ranking is 28. However, even if she proved to be extremely skilled, she is not a constant tennis player, and constancy is a must in tennis.

Judging by the head to head series, Caroline Wozniacki is a categorical winner. She defeated Ekaterina in all their 4 previous meetings, and the scores revealed that this wasn’t a difficult job for Wozniacki. They met in Rome on clay, and the score of the match was 6-3, 6-4, in Eastbourne on grass (6-3, 6-2), in Indian Wells on hard surface (6-2, 6-0) and in New Haven, also on hard surface (6-3, 6-3). As you might see, until now, Ekaterina hasn’t won any set against Wozniacki.

Even if I think that the Russian is going to do a good job at Seoul, I’m going to place a bet on Caroline Wozniacki’s victory. I bet 5 units at 1.31. The odds I used are from William Hill.

Monica Niculescu – Ayumi Morita [Recap]

September 20, 2012 2 Betting, Tennis

The Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu went home at the very beginning of the US Open Grand Slam. She was defeated in the first round, by the Japanese Ayumi Morita. Unfortunately, this event also led to my bet being lost. This time I lost a bet on which I was almost 100% sure, and I still cannot find a reasonable explanation.

Monica Niculescu, No. 33 WTA was undoubtedly defeated by an opponent who was far less better ranked than her. Moreover, Ayumi Morita, No. 95 in the WTA ranking, won the match against Monica relatively easy, by adjudicating both sets within just 1 hour and 17 minutes. The score was 6-3, 6-3, so we definitely couldn’t talk about anything spectacular.

From my point of view, Monica Niculescu’s performance at the US Open was quite embarrassing this time, and I truly hope it was just due to a bad day. She managed to reach a very good position in the WTA ranking in a relative short period of time, and it would be a pity if her evolution stopped here. However, after the participation at the US Open Grand Slam, she still went home with a pretty sum of money, this meaning $23,000 and 5 WTA points.

Result: -3 units, bet lost

Valencia – Deportivo La Coruna [Recap]

September 20, 2012 1 Betting, Soccer, Sports

The spectacular match from Primera Division between the two rivals Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna made me win both bets I made, meaning 3 units on over 2.5 goals and another 3 units on Valencia to win the first half.

The final score was 3-3, and Valencia definitely leaded the first half of the match, which ended with 3-1 for Valencia. Valencia started the match brilliantly, and in the 11th minute, it was already scoring the first goal of the match. In the 28th minute Jonas helped his team to upstage, by scoring the second goal, but just 7 minutes before the end of the first half, Deportivo La Coruna halved the deficit when Abel Aguilar bundled home from a corner. However, Sofiane Feghouli restored the initial deficit, by scoring another goal with a wonderful finish from Dani Parejo’s pass.

The situation of the match was totally changed in the second half, due to Aguilar who scored his second goal. Pizzi equalized from the penalty spot s Ricardo Costa received his second yellow card for faulting Riki. The hosts soon achieved their third goal as substitute Parejo’s pass freed Feghouli down the right and his low shot across Aranzubia arrowed into the net.

Ayumi Morita – Monica Niculescu [prediction]

August 27, 2012 0 Betting, Sports, Tennis

This time I am going to place a bet on a less predictable event. I’m referring to the match between Ayumi Morita from Japan and Monica Niculescu from Romania, the game is from the US Open’s first round. I say the result is more difficult to predict because in the only head to head confrontation between the two players, it was Ayumi Morita who defeated her opponent, even if now Monica is much better raked.

Monica Niculescu is currently number 33, and Ayumi is number 95 in the WTA ranking. Moreover, Monica’s performances have constantly and considerably improved in the last few years, which brought her more than $1825000 in her lifetime career , almost $700000 more than Ayumi. Monica won 310 matched out of 496, while Ayumi won only 210 out of 376.

Judging by the age and the physical condition, I would say that the two players are very close to each other. Monica heights 1.68m and weights 63 kg, while Ayumi heights 1.64m and weights 54 kg. Monica is 24 – 2 years older than her opponent- therefore she has 2 years more of experience., Still, she’s very young and I believe her best performances are yet to come.

All in all, I’m going to place a bet on Monica Niculescu’s victory. I bet 3 units at 1.86. The odds I used are from IBCBET.