This tennis pick comes from the second round of the 2014 Australian Open, where Croatian born Marina Erakovic from New Zealand meets Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan. The 25-year-old Marina Erakovic is a solid player who has already reached four WTA Tour finals, winning one of them last year in Memphis. She is also very competent doubles player, who had not only won two Grand Slam titles on junior level but also other 7 titles on the WTA Tour. The admirer of Monica Seles has a solid serve and an offensive style of play and is well capable of playing on all surfaces, although we have to mention that she is mostly successful on fast indoors surfaces, where she reached all her WTA Tour finals. Erakovic is currently ranked as world Nr. 52 and can easily come back to Top50 with this victory. Her recent form wasn't great but it was also influenced by her personal problems and death of her mother. Her opponent in the second round will be a 20-year-old Kazakh player Zarina Diyas, who lives and trains in Czech Republic. Despite her young age she is already a few years on the tour and won her first ITF title as a 15-year-old. Her career-best wins include victories over Jelena Jankovic and Shuai Peng, so there is no doubt that she has the potential to develop into quality player and further improve her ranking. Diyas has already played four matches here in Melbourne, defeating Krunic, Mitu, Dubois and Siniakova, so she is already well used to the courts and conditions. But the fact is that she is yet to meet a Top100 player and we believe that Erakovic's variety and offensive play will be too much for her and so recommend you to place a tennis bet on Marina Erakovic here as the odds seems to be a bit too high on her.
- Starting Time: 16 January 2014, 1:10 CET
- Bet: Erakovic
- Odds: 1.794
- Stake: 8 units
- Bookmaker: Pinnacle Sports