Australian Open: Day 11 bets

  • Last Updated: January 23 2013, 21:33 GMT

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

Azarenka: Has impressed on serve in the last two rounds
Azarenka: Has impressed on serve in the last two rounds

Here are their thoughts on Thursday's play.

Andy Schooler, sportinglife.com

More than 4.5 aces in Victoria Azarenka v Sloane Stephens at 11/10

I'm surprised to see this at odds-against. Azarenka's serve has improved in her last couple of matches, both of which have featured more than 4.5 aces despite being straight-sets successes. She's not seen the beefy Stephens serve before so could see a few whizz by early on. From the opther side of the net, Stephens has spoken about how it's much more difficult when facing an opponent for the first time (these two have never met before) so getting a read on Azarenka's serve may take time. I feel there's a good chance of some early aces in this one, while if Stephens can push her opponent hard - and after her win over Serena Williams she'll be feeling near unbeatable - clearly the longer the match goes the greater the ace count is likely to be.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

Serena's shock defeat & Tsonga's efforts meant that for only the second day Barry went without a win, leaving him operating at a profit of £338.33 and £782.33 raised for Cancer Research UK.

Regarding his semi-final bets, Barry said: "I'm sticking with my predictions for Murray to win the men's title and Li Na to reach the final, while I see reigning champions Djokovic and Azarenka progressing comfortably."

Djokovic to beat Ferrer 3-0 & Murray to beat Federer 2/1

Azarenka (-6.5) games & Djokovic (-7.5) games to both cover the handicap 9/4

Azarenka & Na Li both to win 2-0 11/1

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to his chosen charity, Cancer Research.


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