The Safety Net: Hantuchova to maintain 100 per cent record

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Radek Stepanek made light work of helping the safety net back to winning ways yesterday and we are expecting Daniela Hantuchova to triumph just as easily at the Mercury Insurance Open today.

Stepanek was an impressive 6-1, 6-1 winner in his second round match with Wayne Odesnik at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington, as he continues his hard-court preparations ahead of the US Open later this month.

Hantuchova will also want to be in premium form ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season and she steps on court with Jie Zheng in third-round action in San Diego, California.

The Slovakian has triumphed in all four of her career meetings with Zheng, with all four victories also coming in straight sets.

What is also notable is that the most recent meeting was at Eastbourne in June, while two of the other successes have been on hard courts, where Zheng has only managed to win nine games in these defeats.

Furthermore, Hantuchova is positioned over 60 places higher than her Chinese opponent in the WTA rankings and has been in great form since the end of the clay-court season.

The number eight seed has only lost four of her 15 matches in this time, but these were to some of the best players in the women’s game at present in Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Sabine Lisicki.

Hantuchova is 1/5 in the tennis odds to beat Zheng and to fulfil our daily aim of making £20, we will be staking £100 on this result.

Current Status
Bank: £439
Today’s stake: £100
Best case scenario: £459
Worst case scenario: £339

Last Safety Net bet: Radek Stepanek to beat Wayne Odesnik @ 4/11

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.