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Australian Open Day 2 WTA Betting Picks, Odds & Matchup Bets: How to Play Iga Świątek vs. Timea Babos on Tuesday Night


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Below, I’ll analyze my four favorite WTA bets for Day 2 at the 2020 Australian Open, hitting on the following matchups:

  • Iga Świątek vs. Timea Babos
  • Simona Halep vs. Jennifer Brady
  • Donna Vekic vs. Maria Sharapova
  • Angelique Kerber vs. Elisabetta Cocciaretto

All odds as of Sunday evening.

Iga Świątek (-121) over Timea Babos

7 p.m. ET

A matchup featuring one of the more talented teenagers on Tour versus an auto fade for me. I cannot pass it up.

Świątek’s game is beautiful to watch. She has the power to hit through the court and a wide variety of shots to make opponents move all over. She’s at her best on clay at this point in her young career, but she’s flashed results on hard courts, too.

Świątek is coming off an injury and no tournament prep, which is why she’s not a bigger favorite.

Babos, a big hitting Hungarian who does have the ability to get hot, has played solid tennis the past six months after struggling through 2018 and early 2019. She has played well against ITF-level competition, but Świątek is a step above that.

Świątek’s ability to move Babos around the court and make her come to the net on drop shots will be a big advantage in this match.

Both players can be volatile and streaky. If the -125 price tag isn’t your bet, you could always look live: Świątek has shown a tendency to start slow and comeback. A plus-money live bet is not out of the question.

Świątek’s talent far surpasses that of Babos. I have the match lined at -185.

Pick: Iga Świątek (-121)

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