As we enter the final week of WTA Miami, the 128 player starting field is now reduced to 16. We have decided to make four bets today, and one of them is this match between Ana Konjuh vs Anastasia Sevastova.
ANA KONJUH vs ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA – WTA MIAMI
This should be an interesting match between two players who suffered big health issues!
In the first week, Ana Konjuh defied the odds to beat Katerina Siniakova, Madison Keys, and Iga Swiatek in straight sets. In those three matches the 23 year old banged down a total of 19 aces, and took 13 from 26 break points. Suffice to say, the Croatian is showing signs of returning to her best, and her confidence is clearly growing!
At her peak (July 2017) Konjuh reached a career high rank of 20, she started this tournament at a lowly 338. However, she did have excuses because she missed the most of 2018 and 2019 through an elbow injury.
In a recent interview, Konjuh told the press her elbow will never be the same again, but she’s come to terms with it and won’t let it stand in her way. Making a steady comeback in (2020) in low grade tournaments was the right thing to do, and following up with some big wins here should inspire this big hitter to look forwards!
The question is should Konjuh be such short odds to beat Anastasia Sevastova, and we believe the answer is a definite no!
The 30-year-old is another player who’s been plagued with health issues, and in May 2013 she announced her retirement from the WTA tour. However, in 2015, Sevastova made a successful return from 18 months out of the game, and in August 2019 she peaked at a career high rank of 11. In 2018 she made it to the semi finals of the US Open, and her career prize money is now over $7.5M.
The Latvian player clearly made the right decision to return to the circuit. And, while she had a rough 2020, efforts this week suggest she’s back in the zone. This match will be about Konjuh’s power-play against Sevastova’s defence. The longer the match goes, the better it will be for the 7 year older player. At these odds we are desperate to get with Anastasija!
BET: ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA
Odds: 2.39 Pinnacle
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