On Wednesday, world No. 23 Barbora Krejcikova will take on world No. 51 Bernarda Pera in the round of 16 in Cleveland. This is a match-up that many people may gloss over, and the bettors that do opt to play it will almost certainly be on the 2021 French Open champion. While that is understandable, we think the oddsmakers are trying to trick you a bit.
When sportsbooks throw a line like -110 on a former Grand Slam champion against a lesser-known player, they’re generally hoping that you don’t do any digging and just throw your money on the established name. But that’s not how we do things here, and we’re rolling with the American to get the job done. Pera might only be the 51st-ranked player in the world, but she is a lot better than she has shown she can be early in her career. We’re starting to get a glimpse of that right now, as the 27-year-old is 13-6 with a career-high win percentage of 68.4% in 2022.