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Maria Sharapova (Russia)

It is the biggest finale that the Australian Open 2015 could have come down to. Maria Sharapova will once again go into battle against her old foe Serena Williams and it will be the American who heads up Saturday’s final as 2/5 favourite, with Sharapova out at 23/10 to land the title.

Sharapova has lost 15 successive matches against Williams, but knowing Sharapova, that won’t dent her confidence any. It has been a decade since the Russian last got a win on the board against Williams, but she will have her backers to snap her extended losing streak against the world number one.

Sharapova has grit and a scrapping ability like no other player on the WTA Tour. Not even from the likes of young upstarts Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep. It is likely that Sharapova will need all of her defensive prowess in Saturday’s final. She will be staying back and pounding away at whatever bombs Williams throws at her.

For many this really should be the time for Sharapova to stand up and take over the mantle from the dominance of Williams in the game. The Russian has years over the American to come and to think that she hasn’t beaten Williams since back in 2004 is almost incredulous. There is the feeling that if Sharapova wins this one, it could really usher in a shift in power for the rest of the season.

Sweet 16 for Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams

So after losing the last fifteen in a row against Williams, will it be sweet 16 for Sharapova? Both have been relatively untroubled through the tournament, apart from Sharapova saving two match points in her second round match. Williams has shown her power after a sluggish start to the season, and her power and game is working well. But is it strong enough to take out Sharapova.

It is fitting for the Australian Open final that Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting is a showdown between the top two in the world. The last time that they met at the Australian Open was back in 2007, with Sharapova taking just three games off her opponent on that occasion. In just one of the last eleven head to heads between then, has a clash gone to three sets.

Williams is a quote of 11/10 with online betting site Paddy Power to win 2-0 in set betting, and a 5/2 option to win 2-1. Simply sticking with 2 sets in Total Sets for Australian Open betting will return you a quote of 1/2.

For your Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova betting at the Australian Open Final, there is great insurance on the match at online betting site Paddy Power. They will refund losing match bets on your player as a free bet if they win the first set of the match but go on to lose the match. The maximum refund is £100 per customer per match.


30th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Ekaterina Makarova v Maria Sharapova is a surprise semi final line up in Australian Open tennis betting. Russian darling Sharapova isn’t the surprise, but at this stage of the competition, it was expected that she would be going up against number three seed Simona Halep. However, Makarova’s surprise demolition job over the Romanian, has set up a more one-sided looking semi final clash.

Sharapova is heavy 2/7 favourite to win the fixture with online betting site Paddy Power and is back in the semi finals of the competition for the seventh time in her career. She has managed to go on and convert just the once to get her hands on the Australian Open from those six previous places in the final four.

But she is a fighter and she is looking powerfully pragmatic in her approach to the game. She simply worked hard and that was enough to outclass Canadian starlet eugenie Bouchard in their quarter final clash. Sharapova has her back-up plan of stepping into overdrive working very well at the moment, and it was clinical enough to pounce on any mistakes from Bouchard.

Since her second round scare against Alexandra Panova, where Sharapova had to see off two match points, she has looked more amped up and in focus. Ekaterina Makarova deserves huge plaudits for the hard work that she put in against Simona Halep, and was simply one step ahead of everything that Halep threw at her, with some brilliant defensive anticipation.

The win puts the Russian into her second successive Grand Slam final, after seeing off Eugenie Bouchard and Victoria Azarenka on her way to the final four of Flushing Meadows last season at the US Open, before being ousted by Serena Williams. Understated is the best way to describe Makarova, but she should play her part in an enduring semi final. Sharapova leads the head to head 5-0 against her compatriot including two previous wins at the Australian Open over her (2012 and 2013 quarter finals).

Online bookmaker Paddy Power will refund losing match bets on your player as a free bet if they win the first set of the match but go on to lose the match. Great Australian Open betting insurance and the maximum refund is £100 per customer per match.

 


27th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The fourth quarter of the women’s draw at the Australian Open 2015 looks as if it will be a fascinating affair. There is the potential of a huge quarter finals clash between the favourite to win the quarter Maria Sharapova and second favourite Eugenie Bouchard. With the draw for the 2015 Australian Open announced on Friday, there doesn’t seem to be too much in the quarter to suggest that that final eight clash won’t happen.

Sharapova (even money favourite at Paddy Power to win the fourth quarter) a former Australian Open champion will polarise a lot of punters though. Arguably she is one of the best around and has the pedigree of being a Grand Slam champion. However, the Russian has failed to deliver often enough on the biggest stage and she looks vulnerable on the Grand Slam circuit outside of the French Open

That can bee seen in fourth round exits in three of the four Grand Slams last season, all of which she was one of the front runners in. She bounded out of the gates in 2015 though in winning a title in Brisbane, beating Ana Ivanovic (a potential semi final opponent at this year’s Australian Open) in three sets. Only Serena Williams is shorter priced than Sharapova in the outright market in Australian Open 2015 betting.

Opposing her in the third quarter is young Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard, who made that stunning run to the semi finals last season. It was a massive breakthrough year for the Canadian on the WTA, and what an impressive Grand Slam season she put together, backing up her semi final spot in Melbourne, with a final four spot at the French Open and place in the final of Wimbledon. The question is, can she push on and go better this term to land her first career Slam?

A price of 9/2 slapped on her back to win the 4th quarter at online betting site Bet365 may bring some punters to back her opposition of Sharapova. Bouchard has never beaten Sharapova though, the Russian having won all three previous meetings, but Bouchard did a good job against Sharapova on clay in the semi final of last season’s French Open (the only time they met last season). There doesn’t look to be too much to bother either of them in the quarter, perhaps only Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who made a quarterfinal run at Brisbane the star of the season and followed that up with a semi final place in Sydney. She would clash with Bouchard in the fourth round.

Online betting site Paddy Power have an Australian Open Money Back Special running for this season’s latest edition. The bookmaker will refund losing match bets on your player as a free bet if they win the first set of the match but go on to lose the match. The money back will comes as a free bet and the maximum refund is £100 per customer per match.


17th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Can Maria Sharapova land her second Australian Open title? The Russian queen of the tennis court is one of the front runners in Australian Open 2015 betting at a price of 5/1 at online bookmakers Boylesports. The only player shorter than her in he market is 5/2 favourite Serena williams, who hasn’t exactly been impressing anyone out of the blocks in 2015.

So Sharapova, who was dumped out of the tournament twelve months ago in the fourth round (against Dominika Cibulkova), will be looking to open the Grand Slam season with a bang in Melbourne. As part of her warm up since the turn of the new year, Sharapova has already landed a title, taking a victory in Brisbane by beating Ana Ivanovic in the final. Momentum like that could be an all-important factor as the big two weeks of Australian Open tennis betting fires up.

Sharapova won the title back in 2009 and has been to the final on two other occasions and has three other semi finals exits in the tournament too. So not a bad record at all, and she will have plenty of backing in this year’s field, which for many, may not look particularly deep, meaning that Sharapova looks tremendous value to go on and lift the title for the second time in her career.

Sharapova rediscovered her Grand Slam winning ways last season when she won the French Open. That aside though, the rest of the season was a bit of a bust as she lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as her early Australian Open exit. But she looks full of confidence ahead of Melbourne, and it is debatable as to whether there is a better fighter on the WTA than her.

Sharapova has proven time and time again that she can fight back where her back is against the wall. She has one of the best defensive games around and simply wells of grit in reserve. The one perceived weakness is her game is her second serve, so when her first serve isn’t working, she becomes a little more vulnerable. But that can be off-set perhaps with her confidence and early season form, high.

If Serena Williams can be counted out (being too risky at such as short price given her current form and lack of form at Melbourne too), then Sharapova for many will be seen as the real favourite in Australian Open 2015 betting. Taking a look behind her and the field isn’t so deep that the Russian will be quaking in her tennis shoes.

The strongest challenges should come in from the likes of rising stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, neither of which have won a Grand Slam before. With Caroline Wozniacki suffering a wrist injury forcing her to pull out of her warm up in Sydney, Victoria Azarenka still looking to recover from all her injury setbacks last year and Petra Kvitova a shaky option, then the field is wide open for Sharapova to march on through to the title.

Australian Open 2015 betting

Serena Williams 9/4, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Simona Help 7/1, Petra Kvitova 10/1, Eugenie Bouchard 10/1, Caroline WOzniacki 10/1, Victoria Azarenka 10/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Ana Ivanovic 20/1, bar 33/1

If Maria Sharapova does win the 2015 Australian Open, then online betting site Boylesports will refund all losing pre-tournament stakes placed on the outrigger winner market. The maximum refund in the Australian Open 2015 betting promotion is £100, providing some superb insurance on the market.


16th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Boylesports

You read that one right. The Russian tennis queen, who has won the Melbourne title once before in her illustrious career, heads to the latest renewal of what is the first Grand Slam of the year as 11/2 second favourite behind only 2/1 favourite Serena Williams.

With Williams looking a bit sluggish at the start of the new year, Sharapova is far more attractive of a price than the American. Sharapova won the title at the Brisbane International in her first appearance of the season and is looking hungry.

But there is a long two weeks ahead of 2015 AUstralian Open tennis betting and there will be punters who will still back favourite Williams to come good. The other alternatives are taking a look at some of the hottest young talent around like Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, both of which had tremendous 2014 season and should be making challenges for their respective first career Grand Slam titles.

Other big hitters in the field are Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka. All have their merits and all have coverage on them thanks to online betting site Boylesports.

Boylesports have a great Australian Open 2015 tennis promotion running. Back any selection in the outright market of this year’s women’s draw for the Australian Open and if second favourite Maria Sharapova goes on to win the title, they will refund lost stakes as a free bet for you. The maximum refund is £100 per customer.


13th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

What to make of Serena Williams? That will be the question on the lips of punters ahead of 2015 Australian Open tennis betting. The American has had somewhat of a disappointing start to the new calendar year, and could be looking like far too big of a risk to come good on the blue courts of Melbourne for the opening slam of the year.

Williams appeared at the Hopman Cup, an exhibition event played between two representatives of countries, where she teamed up with John Isner for the USA. Not a bad combination you would think, and the USA did win their their group ahead of Canada, the Czech Republic and Italy and there were some startling poor performances from Williams.

Online bookmaker Boylesports haven’t flinched from keeping Williams as 2/1 favourite in Australian Open 2015 tennis betting, ahead of Maria Sharapova 11/2 and Simona Halep 7/1, the only other two women in the field who are in single figures. But with Sharapova and Halep both picking up titles in early January to send an early message of form, it has taken more value off Williams.

At the Hopman Cup, Williams was absolutely trounced by young Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-1 in the USA’s second match and needed a third set tiebreaker in a tremendously tight against the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova in their third match. Serena Williams then fell short in the final where she took on Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, a player who she had won the previous eight meetings against. The USA also lost the doubles, Poland walking off with the Hopman Cup title.

The biggest factor about the inconsistent performances from Williams was the lack of energy. The usual spark and punch of power just wasn’t there and she didn’t look as enough work had been done in the gym over the winter to get her ready. Her fitness levels looked too low to warrant walking into Melbourne as 2/1 favourite.

Not only that, another reason why punters may confidently desert Williams in Australian Open 2015 betting, is the fact that she hasn’t been past the quarter finals in any of the last three editions, surprisingly slipping to a defeat against Ana Ivanovic in last year’s fourth round.

So despite having won the Australian Open title five times before in her career, how many punters will be backing her to bounce back from a slack opening to the calendar year and outlast everyone in the two weeks of action at Melbourne?

There looks clearer value in someone like Sharapova, Halep, Bouchard or even Radwanska, after positive starts to the new year, to roll with momentum and take the title.

There is a fantastic Australian Open tennis betting promotion at online bookmark Boylesports. Back any women in the outright market for this year’s edition and if Maria Sharapova goes on to win the title, they will refund lost stakes as a free bet for you. The maximum refund is £100 per customer.

Australian Open 2015 Betting

Serena Williams 2/1 Maria Sharapova 11/2, Simona Halep 7/1, Petra Kvitova 10/1, Victoria Azarenka 10/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Eugenie Bouchard 11/1, bar 20/1


12th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

The first big WTA Tennis betting event of the year starts early, as the new year kicks off with action at WTA Brisbane. It is important to get an early start to the year of course, because this begins the lead up to the 2015 Australian Open. This is now a Premier level event and there is a strong field out in attendance, although it is missing the reigning champion from the last two years, Serena Williams.

That leaves Maria Sharapova as 11/4 favourite in WTA Brisbane Tennis betting, the Russian going to the semi finals of last year’s event where she was eliminated by Williams. Without Serena in the field, Sharapova should have a pretty strong run at the title here to get some early ascendancy and form going. Sharapova goes as strong favourite ahead of the duo of Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka who are 5/1 quotes this week.

It is important to remember that this is early season and so there is no real guide to form or how consistent someone is going to be out of the blocks. After the winter break, there is bound to be a bit of rustiness. Azarenka in particular is one who needs a positive boost after injuries again saw her fall short of a highly productive season.

What usually happens during the very early season is that some dark horse will come through and throw down some great early, powerful form and then peter out as the season goes on. There are big guns like Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic and Dominika Cibulkova in particular which will fall into that category. Watch out to for rising star likes Caroline Garcia and 14/1 quote Garbine Muguruza to make in roads in the field.

It is going to be worth watching live in-play betting for your tennis betting, especially with it being such early season action and upsets could well happen. There is plenty of value around this week in WTA Brisbane betting and online bookmaker Paddy Power have a big promotion for tennis betting, which gives you the opportunity to get a free bet every day.

Throughout the month of January, place five or more bets £5 or more on tennis in one day and Paddy Power will give you a free bet of £5 to use the next day. The offer runs through January 31st, and there is a maximum of one free bet per customer per day.

WTA Brisbane Tennis Betting Odds

Maria Sharapova 11/4, Ana Ivanovic 5/1, Victoria Azarenka 5/1, Angelique Kerber 11/1, Andrea Petkovic 11/1, Garbine Muguruza 14,1 Jelena Jankovic 20/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Dominika Cibulkova 25/1, Madison Keys 25/1, bar 33/1


3rd January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

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

Sports Betting

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.

There is a great opportunity to pick up free bets this week for your tennis betting. Place 5 or more bets of £5 or above on tennis in one day and online bookmaker Paddy Power will give you a free fiver back to use on tennis for the very next day!


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

Sports Betting

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.

Online betting site Boylesports have a great 2014 US Open tennis betting promotion running. They will refund all losing bets on the outright winner market for the women’s draw, if Maria Sharapova wins the title. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.


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










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