The Safety Net – Martinez Sanchez to triumph in all-Spanish clash

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Men’s tennis proved a wise choice for the safety net bet yesterday and we move over to the women as we go in search of another £20, picking the winner of an all-Spanish encounter at the Swedish Open in Bastad.

Alex Bogdanovic put up a greater challenge than we thought he would yesterday in the opening round of the Campbells Hall Of Fame Championship in Newport, but was still dumped out in straight sets by eighth seed Tobias Kamke.

That was our sixth correct safety net bet prediction in succession and our bank balance has now grown to a healthy £220.50.

Today we believe that Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez will do the business against compatriot Nuria Llagostera Vives in the second round in Sweden and we have four solid reasons why she should triumph.

Firstly, Martinez Sanchez has triumphed in both previous meetings between the duo, which were in three sets in 2008.

Secondly, clay is undoubtedly Martinez Sanchez’ favoured surface as she has won three WTA tournaments on the surface.

This includes one last year when she defeated the likes of Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and the Jelena Jankovic en route to success in Rome.

The left-hander may not be in quite the same form this year, but is still 26 places higher in the WTA rankings and should have no problems getting up for the game against a fellow Spaniard.

Furthermore, Llagostera Vives made fairly hard work of progressing through the first round in Sweden, requiring three sets to beat Alize Lim, who is significantly lower in the world rankings.

Martina Sanchez is 2/7 in the tennis odds to progress to round three, so we will be staking £70 on this result to fulfil our criteria of picking a £20 winner each day.

Current Status:
Bank: £220.50
Today’s stake: £70
Best case scenario: £240.50
Worst case scenario: £150.50

Last Safety Net bet: Tobias Kamke beating Alex Bogdanovic @ 1/2

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.