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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Belinda Bencic can continue her superb start to season

Qualifier Ruud could make life difficult for Schwartzman

Belinda Bencic celebrates her Australian Open first-round victory over Venus Williams
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Day three
Eurosport 1 & 2, midnight Tuesday

Schwartzman v Ruud
Casper Ruud looks a little bit special – he came through qualifying before pipping Quentin Halys in his opener – and while Diego Schwartzman is becoming a polished performer capable of troubling the top brass, even the Argentinian may not be safe from his teenage opponent.

Norwegians have every right to be excited about Ruud, who already looks a better player than his dad Christian, a workhorse of a performer who represented his country with pride and was arguably best on clay.

Schwartzman needed five sets to dismiss Dusan Lajovic and his next task may be tougher.

C Ruud +6.5 games
2pts 8-11 Betfred
C Ruud
1pt 16-5 Betfair

Bencic v Kumkhum
Belinda Bencic continued her superb start to the season when defeating Venus Williams 6-3 7-5 and the Swiss youngster could now prove a huge runner in the women’s singles.

Only four seeds remain in the third quarter of the draw and while Thailand's Luksika Kum­khum merits respect after coming through qualifying, she could well get outclassed in round two.

B Bencic to win 2-0
2pts 4-5 Betfair, Paddy Power

Fett v Wozniacki
Bookmakers are full of respect for Caroline Wozniacki's Grand Slam chance following her victory in the WTA Finals Singapore in late October, but the Dane could face a tougher task than many expect against Jana Fett.

The Croat hits the ball hard and could make Wozniacki toil in her second outing, so back Fett with a hefty handicap start.

J Fett + 6.5 games
1pt 10-11 Betfred

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Neither player is a stranger to tiebreaks and the 10-11 about at least one set going to a decider could be worth taking
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