The city of Carlsbad is going to be in the centre of attention of all fans of women’s tennis, as its line-up features top players like Viktoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, and Petra Kvitova.

Match: Monica Puig vs Betthanie Mattek-Sands

Betthanie Mattek-Sands

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Selection: Monica Puig

Best Odds: 2.80 @ BetVictor

However, most of those stars won’t be in action on Monday, so bettors have to look elsewhere for value – and the match between Monica Puig and Betthanie Mattek-Sands could indeed be a good place to start this week’s hunt for interesting bets.

Neither of the two has played since the last Grand Slam, so it will be interesting to see in what kind of form will they turn up in Carlsbad, but the odds seem to be stacked rather heavily in the favour of the American and it is almost impossible to see any real reasons for that, since Monica Puig is one of the rising stars of women’s tennis and could receive a decent confidence boost after four superb performances at SW19, where she defeated Sara Errani, Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Eva Birnerova before falling to another rising star, Sloane Stephens.

Her aggressive approach to the game often leads to her own downfall, but it could be well-suited to the Carlsbad courts, which have always favored big hitting over careful groundstrokes, so Puig could prove to be a very dangerous player this week. Betthanie Mattek-Sands has never been the most trustworthy player around and she hasn’t played in Carlsbad very often for some reason, so she might find it hard to deal with the world’s number forty-nine and a small bet against her could therefore be a very good play on Monday, even though it needs to be noted that she has a small lead in the H2H record between the two.