Thursday, 25 July 2013

WTA Baku

In the last eight at the WTA event in Baku we get a glimpse of the future of the WTA as teenagers Donna Vekic and Elina Svitolina meet in a clash that looked likely on paper from the start of the week. Vekic has received a lot more press attention of the two thus far and has reached two WTA finals despite only being 17. That hype and attention is reflected in some very odd prices where Vekic is as short as 4/9 to beat Svitolina. 

The Ukrainian reached her first WTA semi-final last week on clay and has backed that up this week on hard by reaching the last eight. Conditions are absolutely brutal in Baku, just ask Galina Voskoboeva. 

There is no justification for Vekic to be this short against Svitolina in a match where I'd have Vekic as a marginal favorite. At 13/8 Svitolina represents a maximum five point selection. The pair have met once two years ago in a final on hard on the ITF Tour where Svitolina prevailed in straight sets.

At worst this price should represent in-play trading material. 

5* Elina Svitolina beat Donna Vekic at 13/8 (Bet 365)

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