Iga Swiatek v Anhelina Kalinina
The Polish former French Open champion is our best bet pick. The 20-year-old (who is partial to a bit of AC/DC and Pink Floyd) stuck out as something special on the tour at a young age, having been very open about working with a sports psychologist to help her cope with the pressures on tour, and we have already seen she has responded thoughtfully to the ongoing crisis surrounding the war between Russia and Ukraine,
Facing Ukraine’s Kalinina will present a few mental challenges as well as dealing with the slow courts in the desert. It should be an easy enough win though to get Swiatek at 1/6 on her way, as well as our picks for the day,
Andy Murray v Taro Daniel
The man with the tin hip takes to the court, and faces Daniel for the third time this year! Let’s face it, looking back his loss to him after that bruising five setter in Australia probably was no surprise, as Murray tries to string together some consistency in his perfornances. His reuniting with Ivan Lendl (the coach who guided him to all three Slam victories) has given Murray a lot more confidence, and after that loss in Melbourne, Murray has already wreaked his revenge on Danial in Doha.
That is not to say that Daniel is a pushover – he is playing some of the best tennis of his career so far, but the slow courts plays better to Murray’s go-to counterpunching style and Murray at 1/4 is a solid second bet for the day
Alison Riske v Garbine Muguruza
Muguruza has been steady enough so far this year, but when faced with a losing streak against a player she feels she should be beating, she can sometimes hit the self-destruct button! It was a great start to the season for Riske, reaching the final in the second WTA Adelaide tournament, but since then she has struggled a little until she coasted into the second round of Indian Wells. And Riske at 11/4 has come out the victor in her last two encounters with Muguruza, and has had a solid wn under her belt already while Muguruza got a bye into this round.