The WTA event in Katowice, which is a new addition to the tournament calendar, will be in the centre of women’s tennis this week, although the home fans are probably going to be a bit disappointed due to the fact that none of their biggest stars will take part in the proceedings.

Match: Laura Robson vs Lourdes Dominguez-Lino

Laura Robson

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Selection: Laura Robson

Best Odds: 2.00 @ Ladbrokes

Nevertheless, the likes of Petra Kvitova and Roberta Vinci should provide the spectators with some quality tennis, while the city of Katowice is also going to see some of the rising stars of the game in action.

Laura Robson, the world’s number forty-two, certainly belongs to that group and she will surely like the conditions that will be on offer in Katowice this week. After all, the surface is rather fast and that will add some punch to Robson’s big hitting, which is undoubtedly her main weapon.

Meanwhile, Lourdes Dominguez-Lino will be relying on her experience and resilience – after all, she is a true clay court specialist. One has to like her attitude and determination, but she will be up against a big hitter in fast conditions and that is a combination that she might not be able to deal with.

The bookmakers believe that this should actually be a fairly even match and there is no doubt that it is hard to find the favourite at first glance, but the quicker conditions should actually give Robson a small edge. She is the more talented player of the two and, if she finds her range reasonable early, she should be able to find a way to break through the defenses of the world’s number fifty-eight. Therefore, backing Robson to win at evens looks like the right choice from the betting point of view.