Swedish tennis fans will be pleased to know that there is yet another tournament on the cards in the city of Bastad this week – and the world’s number one, Serena Williams, is leading its line-up.

Match: Caroline Garcia vs Alexandra Dulgheru


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Selection: Caroline Garcia

Best Odds: 1.74 @ Pinnacle

However, betting on Serena Williams in these smaller events can prove to be rather tricky, so shrewd punters should be advised to look elsewhere for value – and the first round meeting between Caroline Garcia and Alexandra Dulgheru might be the right place to start. After all, these low-key matches usually offer much more value than the main highlights of the given day – and one should therefore always take a closer look at them.

The Romanian might be a very experienced player and she definitely knows how to play solid tennis on a clay court, but she has been struggling with all sorts of issues in recent times and you would need to be quite brave to back her in this particular situation with any sort of confidence, especially due to the fact that her previous singles appearance – last week in Palermo – ended with a retirement.

On the other hand, Caroline Garcia doesn’t seem to be having any problems of that kind, although it is clear that her form won’t allow her to go into this match with a lot of confidence. Nevertheless, her talent should allow her to get the edge in the conditions that are on offer in Sweden this week and her big hitting should go past Dulgheru. There is no reason for going for any of the handicaps or other similar lines – the outright win seems to be priced at odds that offer enough value and don’t bear any additional risks.