Australian Open: Day five bets

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 20:45 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, sportinglife.com

Venus Williams (+5.5) to beat Maria Sharapova on the game handicap at 8/11 (bet365).

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

Li Na and Radwanska both to win 2-0 and Bartoli to win 2-1 (5/1)

Janowicz to beat Almagro 3-1 (6/1)

Djokovic and Berdych both to win 3-0 and Ferrer, Tipsarevic and Janowicz all to win (17/2)

American double - Venus Williams and Madison Keys both to win (12/1)

Barry had 5/7 winners from days 3 & 4 to earn another £420 for Cancer Research UK, which leaves him with £613.75 in total and operating at a profit of £563.75 from his first four days (£100 per day).

Barry said: "After a good start I'm going for some big prices for day five, helped by Venus Williams being a massive price to beat Maria Sharapova, whose serve has the tendency to go missing in big matches.

"Djokovic and Berdych should be comfortable but I suspect Baghdatis could take a set off Ferrer, while I'm also backing Janowicz to cause a minor upset and oust Almagro."

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