Having correctly plotted the downfall of the controversial wildcard - Maria Sharapova in the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semi-final, by successfully advising a bet on the rising French star Kristina Mladenovic, attention now moves to the Prague Open 2017 1st round.

The Clay Court tennis season is now well and truly in full swing. The big guns and rising stars coming out in order to hone their skills before the much awaited, second Grand Slam of the season - the French Open 2017.

Jana Ceplova can continue her good start to the clay court season by beating Ana Konjuh in Prague

Make no mistake - the rising 19 year old Croatian starlet, Ana Konjuh is definitely one for the future.

Many onlookers were impressed with her march to the US Open quarter finals at the backend of last season. This incorporated a straight sets victory over Radwańska - many will be looking for her to go even further when that event comes around this season.

The above said, Konjuh seems to be more at home on hard courts. A 9-7 win/loss record on clay last season - means that she is no stone-jug on this surface. However, her tame defeat against Kontaveit in the second round in Stuttgart last week, suggests that she is still adjusting to clay.

Her first round opponent this week, Slovak Jana Ceplova, on the other hand, has made a bright start on clay - making the semi-final in Istanbul, losing out to arguably one of the players of the season so far - Elina Svitolina.

Ceplova, appears to have been craving the clay court season, as her form dipped in her recent hard court tournaments and last week's performance in Istanbul suggests that her current ranking of 97 - is not a true reflection of her ability.

Ceplova v Konjuh head-to-head

Given the youthful nature of the Croatian, there is naturally only a brief head-to-head between these two rivals.

Ceplova edged the only previous meeting between the pair on the hard court in Dubai 2013, in three sets. Even then, Konjuh's raw ability was obvious for all to see. Even though, Ceplova may well edge their second meeting this week - it won't be long before Konjuh makes inroads into the deficit, especially on hard court.

13/8 is a generous price for Ceplova to progress in Prague

Whilst rankings and potential point towards the precocious Croatian, Konjuh. Jana Ceplova has been able to find her form better on clay and with this particular surface often being a great leveller - Ceplova should come out on top - this time. Odds of 13/8 are available with Marathon Bet for Ceplova to win the match and, it looks like a good bet.

The match is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.