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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Exciting Aussie Alex De Minaur has the tools to trouble Edmund in Estoril

Alexandrova looks value in Prague Open

Lleyton Hewitt (left) is playing doubles with Alex De Minaur
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WTA Prague Open
BT Sport 1, 10am Wednesday

Kyle Edmund is in action in the second round of the ATP Estoril Open but punters are keen to oppose the British number one when he takes on exciting Australian teenager Alex De Minaur.

Both players were in excellent form at the beginning of the season. Edmund reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open while De Minaur made the semi-finals in Brisbane and reached the Sydney International final.

De Minaur, born in Sydney to a Spanish mother and a Uruguayan father, is an Alicante resident so he's no stranger to clay. He reached the final of a Challenger Tour event on the Costa Blanca last month where he was defeated by Pablo Andujar.

Andujar beat Edmund in the Marrakech final a week later so while these two have never faced each other, their form is closely matched.

De Minaur is held in high regard and Australia's Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has come out of retirement to partner his mentee in the Estoril doubles this week. The wildcard pair beat number two seeds Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in the opening round and will face Edmund and fellow Briton Cameron Norrie in round two.

All the early money has been for the 19-year-old and it won't be a major surprise if he beats Edmund. Take the Australian with a 3.5-game start.

In the WTA Prague Open, Ekaterina Alexandrova looks a value bet against Katerina Siniakova.

Big-hitting Alexandrova is an all-or-nothing type of player who goes for her shots and could hit Siniakova out of her comfort zone, as she did when defeating the Czech at the 2017 French Open before taking a set off of Karolina Pliskova at Roland Garros.

Recommendations
A De Minaur +3.5 games
3pts 20-23 Betfred
E Alexandrova
1pt 2-1 general


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