The Safety Net – Martic to make her class count

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The safety net bet returned to winning ways yesterday and there seems a massive women’s tennis banker today that can ensure back-to-back victories.

Sergiy Stakhovsky made heavy weather of triumphing in his first-round clash at the Mercedes Cup yesterday, but he eventually scrambled through.

The Ukirainian lost the first set to Jaroslav Pospisil, but progressed to round two via a third-set tie-break to win us £20.

Today we are relying on Croatia’s Petra Martic to win our next £20 as she faces Sofia Shapatava in the opening round of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies event at Bad Gastien in Austria.

The match has many similarities with yesterday’s pick as it features a significant gulf between two players in the WTA rankings and a player with little experience in WTA events.

Martic is positioned 167 places above Shapatava in the rankings, with the 20-year-old Georgian having to progress through three qualifying rounds just to reach this stage of the tournament.

Martic is also a two-time winner on the ITF Tour in clay-court events and has the experience of reaching the second round in all four Grand Slams.

A repeat of this form should see her comfortably beat Shapatava, who is taking on superior opposition than what she is used to.

To fulfil our aim of making at least £20 each day, we will be staking £70 on Martic beating Shapatava at tennis odds of 3/10, which will provide a return of £21.

Current Status:
Bank: £260.50
Today’s stake: £70
Best case scenario: £281.50
Worst case scenario: £190.50

Last Safety Net bet: Sergiy Stakhovsky beating Jaroslav Pospisil @1/3

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.