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Wozniacki can breeze through her opening challenge in Dubai

| 16.02.2011

After losing her world number one status last week, Caroline Wozniacki will be determined to get it back and Dubai offers the world number two her first chance to strike back.

With Kim Clijsters taking a break this week, Wozniacki can regain her number one status with a tournament win this week and the Dane is 1/9 to beat opponent Anna Chakvetadze.

Chakvetadze upset Hantuchova in the first round but the world number 51 is yet to beat Wozniacki in three attempts, although all three matches have gone the distance.

Wozniacki may be the 4/9 favourite to beat Chakvetadze 2-0, but the form suggests that a 2-1 is on the cards and at 7/2, it offers punters much better value.

The world number two has lost the first set on two of the three occasions against Chakvetadze and it’s worth backing Wozniacki at 11/2 to lose the first set yet win the match.

Na Li vs Yanina Wickmayer

Wozniacki’s Australian Open conqueror faces a tough opening match with Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, and Na Li is unlikely to have it all her own way despite being as short as 4/9 to beat Wickmayer.

The only previous meeting between the two came in Cincinnati in August 2010 and world number 25 Wickmayer emerged victorious on that day and is a big price at 13/8 to win this afternoon.

This is Li’s first match since losing the Australian Open final and we saw Andy Murray lose his first match back following his Australian Open defeat, and punters should oppose Li today and back Wickmayer to win 2-1 at 7/2.

Wickmayer recovered from a set down on their previous meeting and at 8/1 to lose the first set but still win the match, the Belgian is a massive price to upset the Chinese world number seven.

A £25 double on Wozniacki and Wickmayer winning would return £75. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.