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Not everyone has approached the conception of the International Premier Tennis League with the same enthusiasm as founder Mahesh Bhupathi but the controversial four-team tournament, devised to be tennis’ answer to cricket’s Indian Premier League, will finally get under way at the end of this week after 18 months of planning.

The shorter format to be used has been specifically designed for TV audiences but has had to wait for a space in the calendar. Now, of course, is the time that most of the sport’s big names are putting their feet up and persuading some to sacrifice their down time, despite the big appearance fees being offered, has proved troublesome. Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova opted out in March’s player auction but have since changed their minds. Exactly how motivated Federer will be remains to be seen as he pulled out of the ATP World Final against Novak Djokovic because of fatigue and played three matches in Switzerland‘s Davis Cup triumph over France last weekend.

There are only four teams in the International Premier League but each will host their opponents on home courts between specific dates meaning all squads will have one home fixture, one away and two on neutral soil. Each match will comprise of five sets with nominated players playing one set each in the five categories – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and veteran men’s singles. Federer only plans to play for the Indian Aces in their home matches in Delhi, while Andy Murray is adopting a similar approach for his team the Manila Mavericks. Sharapova is also based in the Phillipines and is another who is unlikely to travel to other venues but Djokovic has said he will play in two rounds of matches for the UAE Royals, based in Dubai, with Serena Williams making the same commitment to the Singapore Slammers.

The Slammers, 3/1 with Unibet and 888sport, could emerge as the challengers to Djokovic’s Royals (5/2 with the same two firms). Tomas Berdych has pledged to play in every match for the Singapore franchise and they look to have a decent line-up down to veteran Andre Agassi. But the Royals have Marin Cilic as well as Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard and Goran Ivanisevic and are just preferred. In fact, it’s a surprise that the Aces are also a best 5/2 (Skybet) given Federer’s busy recent schedule. Manila are 10/3 with Skybet.

24th November 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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It is the end of season event for the eight players who picked up enough points on the tour to make it Singapore for the finals. The eight ladies are split into two round robin groups, with the top two from each moving on to the semi finals.  So it’s an interesting format and it is a tournament which has been dominated by Serena Williams in the last two years. She goes as 6/4 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power for the latest edition.

That is an immensely strong price with Maria Sharapova coming in as second favourite at a price of 4/1, with Petra Kvitova at 7/2. There is Group betting to take a look at, and in the Red Group, the tournament favourites Williams is housed, so she is naturally an overwhelming 4/7 favourite there, following by Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep all around the 6/1 mark.

In the White Group, Petra Kvitova (who was a winner in 2011) has taken an odds edge at a price of 6/4 to top the group (largely because she is a fantastic indoor player), with Maria Sharapova at 7/4, with Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska making up the outside shots in the group.

So there is plenty of round robin match betting to be enjoyed over the next few days from some of the best players in the world on the WTA Tour. It’s a great spectacle with the final coming on October 26th.

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20th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Back in 2006, Maria Sharapova lifted the US Open crown for the first (and so far only time). She looked then as if she could go on and dominate Grand Slams after winning Wimbledon two years before, but her record since then in the biggest tennis tournaments of all, has been a bit sketchy. The Russian queen of the court has only been to seven finals since then, and only converted on three of them.

In the five US Opens that she has contested since that triumph in 2006, Sharapova hasn’t been back to the final, and after missing last year’s tournament, she surely will be hungry to set the records a bit straighter. Only Serena Williams is running at a shorter price than Sharapova is to get her hands on the crown this season and it means that despite her record, she is still one of the best around and should be value for punters to eye up.

A little troubling for her backers through, is the fact that she has gone off the boil since her triumph at the French Open where she completed a career slam. Round of sixteen exits at Wimbledon and in Montreal was followed up by the Russian finding herself unable to claw her way out of an early hole dug for herself against Ana Ivanovic in the semi final of Cincinnati. It was one of those weeks, where she couldn’t’ pull a full match together.

Five of her last six matches on the WTA heading to Flushing Meadows has seen Sharapova taken to three sets. That’s uncharacteristic, because it has been against opponents who she would normally crush in two. She has become a bit of a slow starter and has had to rely as much as possible on her tremendous fighting spirit and defence. No-one gets herself out of corners better than Sharapova, and she may have to dig deep in New York.

But that’s what she does and surely she is due another genuine shot at the US Open title? She went to the semi’s in 2012 but missed last year because of injury. Fourth round exits at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year doesn’t put her in great light, and one semi final appearance in the last five outings at Flushing Meadows doesn’t either, nor does her current form.

But even though the WTA field is wide open, apart from 11/10 favourite with Boylesports Serena Williams, Sharapova’s experience means that she can still blow a big hole in the field and make a title push. Of the other main contenders, Petra Kvitova is out of form, Simona Halep is waiting for her breakthrough Slam title, Li Na is out through a knee injury and Eugenie Bouchard has fallen away since Wimbledon. It could be the lack of form of those around her which helps Sharapova dig in for a title shot.

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22nd August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It’s another big week on the WTA tennis betting scene with another Premier Tier event serving up a treat. It was Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska who took the title in Montreal on the weekend, beating out superise finalist Venus Williams in the showcase match on Sunday. The draw has been shaken up a little bit from last week, but Serena Williams goes off once again as top seed and as favourite. Williams is priced at 5/2 with online betting site Titanbet for the victory. But the loss to her sister in the semi final near the end of a hard week, will probably push punters away from her.

There isn’t a lot to stop her in her quarter this week though again, with Jelena Jankovic a potential quarter final opponent. There could then be a clash against Montreal winner Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi finals. But with the Pole unable to consistently win titles, it is going to be a tough ask to see her go back to back in consecutive weeks. Radwanska is trading as a 11/1 shot this week and probably worth avoiding. Caroline Wozniacki could make a good dark horse shot in the top half (the second quarter) as she pushed Serena Williams very hard in their quarter final match up in Montreal.

Eugenie Bouchard, who is 12/1 just outside of Wozniacki’s evaluation, needs a big bounce back performance. The Canadian star had such big hopes resting on her last week on home turf, but blew her lines nervously in the first round. The pressure should be off this week and expect better of her in the third quarter. Ana Ivanovic is in there for a potential early clash, and Petra Kvitova, who beat Bouchard in the final of Wimbledon this year, is running as third seed and 11/1 also with Titanbet to lift the title.

The bottom half of the draw could produce a massive quarter final clash between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Sharapova is 7/1 second favourite this week, with Halep just behind at 11/2 with Titanbet. Sharapova lost out in the third round of Montreal, in a tournament full of upsets against Carla Suarez Navarro in a shock. As for Halep, the young Romanian superstar decided to skip Montreal, and so should be fresh this week and a lot of value for punters. Will we see the favourites rise to the top this week, or will it be another week of shocks?

WTA Cincinnati Tennis betting odds

Serena Williams 23/10, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 11/,2 Petra Kvitova 11/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 11/1, Eugenie Bouchard 12/1, Venus Williams 18/1, Victoria Azarenka 20/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1

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11th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Punters will have been happy with the two semi finalist favourites at the French Open coming through their trials. That was Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, who will now meet up in the final of Roland Garros on Saturday.

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With Serena Williams out of the way early in the tournament, Maria Sharapova hasn’t taken her eye off the prize at all, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for her to the final. The Russian tennis queen has dropped sets in each of the last three rounds. She got off to slow starts in both the 4th round, quarter final and semi final by losing the first set in each of those matches. But this is Sharapova, who has fight in spades and it has shown through with her battling her way to her third French Open final on the bounce.

She just doesn’t stop, digging deep to produce tremendous resilience and grit. The power of her defence when it matters most, is simply astounding and the experience of the fight-backs should set her up well for the final. It just proves that she can’t be counted out, even if Halep does get a set on the board. Once Sharapova had levelled set in her semi final against Eugenie Bouchard, she just stepped on the accelerator to crush her opponent in the decider. That has happened in exactly the same pattern in the last three rounds.

World number four Simona Halep took a much more straight forward win in her semi final against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. Young Romanian Halep has yet to drop a set at the championships and after cruising to an easy opening set, she was challenged hard by Petkovic in the second, Halep taking it 7-4 on a tie break. So now, the hottest ticket in tennis, Halep, who was 2013’s most improved player on the WTA, is in her first ever Grand Slam final.

Halep will be going as underdog for the match at a price of 6/4 with online betting site Paddy Power. That is due to her going up against the experience of Maria Sharapova who is odds on at 8/13. That and Sharapova’s tremendous fight of course. Sharapova also leads the head to head against Halep 3-0 and the two have faced each other once before already this season. That was in the final of Madrid on clay, and again a familiar Sharapova pattern occurred, with Halep winning the first set and then the Russian fighting back to take the victory.

There is a pretty high chance of this one running to three sets. Halep doesn’t look as if she is going to get overawed by the occasion at all. She has shown tremendous maturity and composure, but we have yet to see her under the real pressure of dropping a set. If that happens against Sharapova in the final, then it will be a whole different story for her. Halep’s best chance at landing her first Slam is probably by the route of a clean sweep of sets. If Sharapova gets on the board, then the experience of the 2012 champion should probably take the edge.

Sharapova’s two titles that she has won on the WTA this season have both been on clay (occurring in her three tournaments immediately prior to the French Open), while Simona Halep’s sole title was on hard court. That should be another advantage to swing back to Sharapova.


5th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams is holding firm favoritism at the head of the Women’s French Open tennis betting market. The reigning champion remarkably went in to the recent Rome tournament on the WTA Tour, with doubts over her fitness after having pulled out of the Madrid quarterfinals with a hamstring problem. It cast doubts over her even making it back to Roland Garros for her title defence, but Williams being Williams, she pulled through and powered her way to the Rome title, dropping just one set along the way. It makes it hard to look past her in 2014 French Open betting. The women’s draw has lost one big name, with Victoria Azarenka missing out through injury.

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Here we will take a 2014 French Open Tennis betting preview of the main candidates in the Women’s draw for Roland Garros.

Serena Williams 6/5
The American landed what was only her second French Open title last year, beating out Maria Sharapova in the final. The draw is pretty interesting this time around as the two have been drawn together in the same quarter, making for a massive potential showdown in the final eight. If that happens, it would be Williams who would be running as favourite should the two come together. Williams holds a 16-2 head to head record over the Russian. Overall, the draw looks pretty easy for Williams, because the challenge at the semi final stage is likely to be Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, and Williams should be able to rely on her power to win that, as she holds an 8-0 head to head record over the Pole. Williams again, is looking the best bet.

Li Na 5/1
The biggest benefactor to the top quarter of the draw housing both Maria Sharapova and Serena WIlliams is Li Na. The 2011 French Open Champion has been in fine fettle this season all round, reaching three finals and winning two of them, including her victory in Australian Open over Dominika Cibulkova. The Chinese star warmed up with quarter final appearances on clay in Madrid and Rome and going off as second seed for Roland Garros this year, she has been handed a great draw. The likely top quarter final opponent would be Jelena Jankovic, and the top highest ranked semi final opponents she could run into would be Petra Kvitova or young star Simona Halep. There should be a lot of value in backing Li Na to reach the final, at French Open tennis betting option at 13/8.

Maria Sharapova 7/1
The Russian gained some interest and backing on the French Open tennis betting, with clay court wins in Stuttgart and Madrid as part of her build up. A round of sixteen loss in Rome though against Ana Ivanovic wasn’t the ideal prep, and she would have been shorter odds in the outright market had she received a better draw. Simply the presence of Serena WIlliams in the same quarter is probably going to put a dampener on Sharapova’s challenge. She has already lost twice against her this season, and as much as her gritty defence will keep her hanging around, she would be firm underdog should she meet Williams in the quarters. The 2012 French Open champion will be ruing her drop in the world rankings. It’s likely to cost her a genuine shot at the French Open this year.

Simona Halep 11/1
Where has the young Romanian come from? She has been on fire this season, to the extent where she heads to Roland Garros as fourth seed. Not bad for a player who has never been past the round of 64 at the event. She had that great run to the quarter finals of the Australian Open and proved that wasn’t a fluke when she beat three top ten ranked players on her way to lifting the title in Doha. That was followed by a run to the semis at Indian Wells, and a defeat in the final of Madrid. The Madrid tournament was on clay and the world number four in just in the form of her life at the moment. Ignore an early exit in Rome, she should be ready for a big tournament here and there is a comfortable draw ahead. It is a big step up to win a Grand Slam, but she should be knocking around the final eight.

The dark horses in the field are going to be clay court specialist Sara Errani, who went to the final in Rome recently, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic. They all have question marks over their ability to really go on and land such a testing and enduring title on clay, but they are equally the ones who could string a decent run of form together and ride confidence into final eight contention. It was a real mixed bag of result at the Australian Open earlier in the year, expect the French Open to follow a more predictable route of everyone trying to hang on to the coat tails of Serena Williams


24th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Maria Sharapova will be looking to follow up her success in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open last week, with a third Rome title. This week’s WTA Rome tennis betting is another clay court tournament as the build up to the 2014 French Open continues to gather steam. The Russian tennis queen beat Simona Halep in the final of Madrid last week, after favourite Serena Williams pulled out of her quarter final match up with Petra Kvitova. Sharapova and WIlliams are on a collision course this week at the semi final stage, and online betting site Sportingbet have both up as joint 11/4 favourites for WTA Rome tennis betting this week.

However, there has been no commitment from Williams whether or not she will play in Rome this week, because of the thigh injury she picked up last week. The injury could even keep her out of the French Open. So she just may be in ‘see how it goes’ mode this week. Williams would meet Petra Kvitova again in the quarter finals this week if the American sticks at it. Sharapova would go up against the in form Simona Halep again, the star sensation of the WTA Tour this season at the quarter finals. Halep was a losing semi finalist to Williams here last year.

That leaves the bottom half of the draw pretty wide open. The main contenders there are Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na and Angelique Kerber. Radwanska is top option there after running to the semi finals of Madrid last week, where she was brushed aside by Sharapova. But then Li Na was going well too before being stopped by Sharapova in the quarter final stage. If Radwanska and Li Na come together in the semi finals of the bottom half, it wouldn’t a big surprise this week. That will leave the dangerous floater of Kerber, who hasn’t been able to recapture her strong early season form yet.

WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds at Sportingbet
Maria Sharapova 11/4, Serena WIlliams 11/4, Li Na 5/1, Simona Halep 13/2, Petra Kvitova 8/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 10/1, Ana Ivanovic 16/1, Angelique Kebre 40/1, Jelena Jankovic 40/1

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12th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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A clutch of big guns will be out at the WTA Mutua Madrid Open this week, with Serena Williams leading the way as Even money favourite. Little surprise there as she is looking to win for the third season on the bounce. She will be pretty happy with the draw too, sitting in the top half as top seed. This is just her second clay court event of the season and she lost her previous match on the surface back in Charleston at the end of March against world number 78 Jana Cepelova. Wouldn’t read a lot into that though and she is actually running as good even money value and well worth a punt this week to defend her title.

Not a lot of threat for her in the top half of the raw. Petra Kvitova is floating around, as is Jelena Jankovic and the ever improving Simona Halep, who is probably the best outside shot in the entire field at 12/1. Well worth an easy way punt on here. She would avoid Williams until the semi final.

Down in the bottom half of the draw, with Angelique Kerber withdrawing from her first round match,there is probably good reason to jump on Agnieszka Radwanska to win her quarter. The Polish star still hasn’t managed to win a title this year and the reason why she wouldn’t be backed heavier in the Madrid field is because Maria Sharapova will probably be in her way at the semi final stage. The two met back in Stuttgart on clay towards the end of April, and Sharapova breezed it in two sets.

Sharapova is running well enough at the moment, after a semi final appearance in Miami and a win on clay in Stuttgart to suggest that she will be knocking around the final four this week. At a price of 5/1 to win a tournament, then there is big value in the Russian. After all, she did make it to the final here last year, stopped by Serena Williams. It is not a stretch of the imagination to see that happening again this term although there could be a tricky quarter against Li Na to deal with first.

WTA Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Odds
Serena William Evens, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Li Na 6/1, Simon Halp 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1, Bar 33/1

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6th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

Couple of WTA Tennis betting events going on this week, one in Marrakech, and one in Stuttgart. It is the Stuttgart one which is going to be grabbing all of the attention this week as there is a far more interesting field out, including some top ten players. Maria Sharapova is back in action and trading as 4/1 favourite as the season shifts from hard court over to clay. This will be the 21st WTA level tournament of the year and the action will be on the red stuff for the next seven weeks, all building up to the French Open of course.

Sharapova is the defending champion having won it for the last two years, so she is going to be a big draw. This is the first time that she has been out since an appearance in Miami in mid March where she lost in the semi finals against Serena Williams. So she may be a bit rusty out of the gates and there and she could have a very early test against Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter finals. Poland’s Radwanska is trading at 5/1, just behind the threat of Sharapova, who is holding supremacy because of her track record at the event.

Radwanska has been going along nicely this season and in only two of her outings has she fallen short of the quarter finals. While she keeps getting close to titles, an issue which has plagued her a bit is actually converting when the title is in sight. He last action was a couple of wins on clay against fairly low ranked opposition in the Fed Cup in mid April, so nothing to gauge from that. Would back Sharapova probably if these two meet in the quarters, just because of the heavier hitting and better defence.

Another one of the seven top ten players that are in Germany this week is Simona Halep, who has been having a glittering season. She hasn’t played since her semi final loss to Radwanska at Indian Wells in early March, so expect some transition time to clay. The other one to watch would have been Dominika Cibulkova, who has really been on top of her game this season, but she, along with Caroline Wozniacki withdrew. It could leave a nice opening for Germany’s own Angelique Kerber to have a good run this week.

WTA Stuttgart Tennis Betting Odds
Maria Sharapova 41, Simona Halep 5/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 6/1, Angelique Kerber 8/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Jelena Jankovic 10/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1.

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22nd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Paddy Power

WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Info
The women’s tour got back to a bit of predictability against last week as Serena Williams powered her way to yet another title, the 54th of her career. She took control in Toronto for the Premier Tier event and now heads the field again as the next Premier Tier tournament swings into action at the Western and Southern Open. Will it be another procession for Williams, who has actually never won this Ohio event?

Latest WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power

Serena Williams 4/5, Victoria Azarenka 11/2, Maria Sharapova 11/2, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Li Na 16/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Sam Stosur 25/1, Mario Bartoli 33/1

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WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams yet again heads up the field as 4/5 favourite. She beat Sorana Cirstea in the final of Toronto last week. Granted, along the way, she didn’t really come under any threat and met up with Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi’s and prevailed, all as was fully expected. She was expected to meet someone of a higher standing than young Cirstea in the final, but the big seeds on the opposite side of the draw just couldn’t get it together. There is little change from this week’s draw to last week. Again the projected semi final opponent for Williams will be Radwanska or Na Li. Little to stop the Williams juggernaut really and strong 4/5 favourite with online bookmaker Paddy Power.

WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Tips
Where to look for tips this week? The battle in the second quarter between Agnieszka Radwanska and Na Li should be a good one. Both went to the semi finals in Toronto last week, so are showing good form. Li is generally worth watching on the hard courts and she showed up well last week, making a good return to form. Again, Radwanska produced some great stuff during the tournament, looking a class act, but again she just doesn’t seem to have it at the business end of events again. They should duke it out for a place in the semi against Williams so are both value to win the second quarter. Would lean towards Poland’s Radwanska, she produced some great tennis last week. Na though, is the defending champion, but just a little more inconsistent.

Over on the other side of the draw this week, starting in the third quarter, we have the return of Maria Sharapova. The Russian missed Toronto last week and is looking to get back in to the swing of things. That may hinder her a bit this week, being away from competitive action, but looking at the draw, there really shouldn’t be any issue with her getting to the quarter finals. But as the draw is working in favour of Williams here, there is a potential semi final clash against Victoria Azarenka for Sharapova, which will be a massive battle, and asking either Sharapova or Azarenka to come through a tough semi like that and then take on Williams really puts the ball firmly in the court of the American.

Sharapova has history, winning in Cincinnati in 2011, something neither Williams nor Azarenka has done in the Premier Tier event. The closest challenge to Azarenka in the fourth quarter should be Petra Kvitova, who was stopped in the quarter finals of Toronto last week by an inspired Cirstea (who went on to beat Ni La in the semi’s). Kvitova showed more of her old self last week, but asking her to get past Azarenka and potentially Sharapova and then Williams to win the tournament, just isn’t going to happen. So look for live tennis betting with the Paddy Power promotion in place and check out To Win Quarter odds as well.

13th August 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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