Australian Open: Day five bets

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 17:21 GMT

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

Venus Williams: Can push Sharapova
Venus Williams: Can push Sharapova

Here are their thoughts on Friday's action in Melbourne.

Andy Schooler,

Venus Williams (+5.5) to beat Maria Sharapova on the game handicap at 8/11

Sharapova may have gained the headlines with her back-to-back double bagels, but Williams is currently on a fine run of her own - two comfortable wins in Melbourne mean she has now won her last 10 matches. In nine previous meetings, Sharapova has never managed to cover this handicap. Williams is likely to be all over any second serves and that will lead to more pressure on her first delivery, which has been known to break down. With the courts playing fast which will suit the American, take Venus, who has won five of the pair's previous nine meetings, to cover.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

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