Yes, we are entering into the 3rd round of the 2016 Australian Open and this Friday the 22nd of January 2016 we have the Women’s Singles 3rd round coming our way with the current ranked World No. 4 A. Radwanska of Poland playing M. Puig of Puerto Rico with the match being played at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
If you Bet on Tennis at a sportsbook, the favorite in this match is A. Radwanska at -900 while M. Puig is at +550. Radwanska comes into this 3rd round as in the 1st round she beat C. McHale an American 6-2 and 6-3, and then in the 2nd round beat E. Bouchard a Canadian 6-4 and 6-2. The underdog M. Puig comes into this 3rd round as in the 1st round she beat M. Linette of Poland 6-3 and 6-0 and in the 2nd round beat K. Pliskova a Czech 4-6, 7-6 and 9-7. In that 2nd round Radwanska dominated Bouchard in straight sets to move into the 3rd round as Puig overcame K. Pliskova in that 64th round to move on to this 3rd round.
For the fans of A. Radwanska you know she made it to this 3rd round for his 7th straight season, as he beat E. Bouchard this past Wednesday Down Under. She presented a very dominating performance against the Canadian and won the match in just 4 hour and some 22 minutes on Wednesday.
The reason for her victory was her service game which has certainly been improving, because in the previous match with McHale she only posted 33 of her first 56 serves for just 58 percent in that match, while in this last match as her 68 serves she made 40. That performance was certainly a plus for Radwanska, as she applied more pressure on the Canadian and had her back stepping for most of that match. She also was more in control of her playing game than in the past committed only 12 errors unforced, while Blanchard committed some 37 in that match.
Now in this 3rd round match with Puig that is the 1st match between these 2 players in the WTA Tour and if Radwanska plans to beat Puig she will need to have her best play on returns in effect.
For the fans of the Puerto Rican M. Puig you know she struggled in the 1st set against K. Pliskova on this past Wednesday, and Puig performed well as she came back with a come from behind and won the match in some 2 hours and 22 minutes. With that win she move on to this 3rd round, which will be her 1st career attendance in this round.
That match was difficult for Puig as her opponent Pliskova had some 30 aces and that is said to be the most ever in a women’s tennis match. Now it’s possible this upcoming match could be more difficult as she now faces the No. 4 ranked Radwanska who has to date in this Aussie Open not lost a set.
A problem facing Puig in these matches is she has struggled on her % of first serves only making 59% in the last match with Pliskova. That becomes a big problem when she faces Radwanska who to date has made some 11 of her 15 chances for break points in this Australian Open.
The sports betting prediction for the 3rd round women’s singles match is that Radwanska prove to be too much for Puig and wins this match in straight sets to move on in the tournament.