Australian Open: Day two bets

  • Last Updated: January 14 2014, 11:00 GMT

Our Andy Schooler and Sky Sports' tennis pundit Barry Cowan are providing their tips for each day's action at the Australian Open.

Will Sharapova fly or flop against Mattek-Sands?
Will Sharapova fly or flop against Mattek-Sands?

Here are their thoughts ahead of Tuesday's play.

Andy Schooler, sportinglife.com

Maria Sharapova to win the 1st set 6-0 v Bethanie Mattek-Sands at 12/1 (Ladbrokes)

There's been a lot of talk about Mattek-Sands troubling a rusty Sharapova in this one but I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite unfolds. Sharapova has an impressive record against the American, leading the head-to-head 5-0 with four of those wins being real thumpings. Four of the 11 sets these two have played have ended 6-0 to Sharapova and another two 6-1. She looked decent enough in Brisbane recently, pushing Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Sharapova has also made fast starts in Melbourne in each of the last two years; on both occasions she won her opening set of the tournament 6-0. With Mattek-Sands revealing a lower back problem in Sydney, her serve might not be at its best. Sharapova has the tools to capitalise and, while this is a long shot, I feel it should be much shorter.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

After a decent accumulator win on Monday, Barry is looking to repeat the trick:

Nadal to beat Tomic 3-1 at 100/30

Monfils, Hewitt, Raonic, Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Del Potro, Kohlschreiber, Tsonga, Federer & Cilic all to win at 4/1

Jankovic, Petkovic, Halep, Cibulkova, Radwanska, Muguruza, Wozniacki, Stephens, Kuznetsova & Azarenka all to win at 6/1

Mattek Sands to beat Sharapova at 8/1

Murray to reach the last 16 withdout dropping a set at 11/4

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to his chosen charity, the South West London Young Parkinson's Network.

  • Posted at 1500 GMT on 13/01/2014.