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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tennis Picks Miami 2013 (March 19th)

The WTA event will start a day earlier than the ATP Masters tournament and these are my picks from the first day of the main tournament.

You can find my outright picks for the WTA tournament here

Lesya Tsurenko - 3.5 games v Su-Wei Hsieh: This isn't the most confident pick in the World as the WTA can be so up and down, especially in the First Round of these tournaments.

However, I do think Su-Wei Hsieh is coming down to her usual level after a very good 2012 season, while her opponent Lesya Tsurenko has won a lot of matches recently and is likely to have the higher confidence of the two players.

Tsurenko is actually Ranked 36 places below Hsieh, but I think those will be much closer at the end of the season and it is very possible that it is the Ukrainian who has the higher Ranking in November.

It will likely be a match that features a few breaks of serve, but I like Tsurenko's chances of coming away with a 6-4, 6-4 win here.

Shuai Peng - 3.5 games v Sofia Arvidsson: These two players are locked at 2-2 in the head to head, but I am going to back Shuai Peng to take the lead in their personal battle and book her place in the Second Round.

I think Peng's speed around the court will likely force Sofia Arvidsson into more errors in this match and I do think she is the better hard court player of the two. While Arfidsson did have some success on the hard courts last season, Peng has generally been winning far more matches on the surface and that could be enough to create the difference between them here.

This is another match that will likely feature a few breaks of serve, but I expect Peng to be on the right side in a straight sets victory and cover the spread.

MY PICKS: Lesya Tsurenko - 3.5 Games @ 2.00 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Shuai Peng - 3.5 Games @ 2.00 Pinnacle (2 Units)

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