Saturday, 12 January 2013

Australian Open - First Round

First round action begins in Melbourne in just over 24 hours and The Overrule has three selections for each day of first round play. As explained before the season began, unless there is a significant price variance The Overrule will only use void books on match betting selections. The season is still very young and thus you won't see a huge outlay on points selections per match as there are still unknowns this early in the year.

Roberto Bautista-Agut reached the final in Chennai but Fabio Fognini can end his Australian Open in the first round at 4/5. The melodramatic Italian beat the Spaniard late last season in Moscow and he can squeeze out another victory in Melbourne.

2* Fabio Fognini beat Roberto Bautista-Agut @ 4/5 (Boylesports)

Jerzy Janowicz is a player The Overrule has been looking to oppose ever since his glorious run in Paris at the tail end of last season. To say Janowicz is being overvalued would be an understatement and in what is likely to be a lengthy encounter with Simone Bolelli, we're quite happy to place one point on the Italian at 15/8.

1* Simone Bolelli beat Jerzy Janowicz @ 15/8 (Stan James)

Kristyna Pliskova is a player The Overrule believes can reach the top 30 of the women's game in due time and providing she can utilise her serve to good effect, the 20 year old Czech can deliver on the 8/13 on offer for her to beat Sacha Jones.

2* Kristyna Pliskova beat Sacha Jones @ 8/13 (Paddy Power)

The remaining matches will take place on the second day of action at the Australian Open.

Yaroslava Shvedova can use her serve and experience to see off promising German teenager Annika Beck. This has the makings of being a very watchable match, but one that will likely end with Shvedova progressing to the next round. 

2* Yaroslava Shvedova beat Annika Beck @ 4/7 (Victor Chandler)

Sabine Lisicki looks a huge price to take out former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in arguably the marquee first round match-up in the women's draw. Lisicki leads the head to head 2-1 and on early season form there is no justification for the Dane to be priced up so short. This selection has the makings of in-play trading material for those of you who may want to lock in a profit at the earliest opportunity. 

1* Sabine Lisicki beat Caroline Wozniacki @ 2/1 (Boylesports)

Urszula Radwanska attempts to complete the Radwanska double over Jamie Hampton, who lost to Urszula's more decorated sister - Agnieszka - in the semi-finals of Auckland a week ago. The price on Urszula is inflated in my eyes, who I would have priced at 5/4. This is another match that has the makings of in-play material. 

1* Urszula Radwanska beat Jamie Hampton @ 7/4 (Bet 365)

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