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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Improving Caroline Garcia should relish indoor conditions

Sam Stosur has a chance in Taiwan

Caroline Garcia could have a big say in Russia
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WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy
Few players would fly straight from Australia to Russia just hours after winning their maiden Grand Slam title but Caroline Wozniacki looks set to play in the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

The Dane came through a bruising Australian Open final against Simona Halep to finally break through at the top level in addition to regaining the world number one tag. 

She is one of the fittest players on the WTA circuit but a title tilt in St Petersburg might prove to be beyond her and others make more appeal at bigger prices.

Caroline Garcia was wiped off the court by Madison Keys in the fourth round in Melbourne but the Frenchwoman, who broke into the top ten last year, could take advantage of a nice draw.

The 24-year-old made the semi-finals of the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore at the end of the 2017 campaign and her Australia performance was her best in a hard-court Slam. 

There is more to come from Garcia, who should relish the indoor conditions at the Sibur Arena.

C Garcia
1pt each-way 10-1 bet365

WTA Taiwan Open
Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina were the first two winners of the Taiwan Open but there's nobody of that calibre in this week's draw which makes for an open betting heat.

Number one seed Shuai Peng would be overpriced if fit but the Chinese player has been struggling for some time with a knee injury which continues to hamper her participation.

Her compatriot Shuai Zhang leads the betting but two career titles doesn't scream great value while fourth seed Timea Babos made the final of the Australian Open women's and mixed doubles and will surely struggle.

Veteran WTA performer Samantha Stosur once again failed to make an impact in her home Grand Slam but the 2011 US Open champion is capable of succeeding in calmer waters and deserves support.

S Stosur
1pt each-way 10-1 general

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