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Hats off to young Belinda Bencic who made her way past both Serena Williams and Simona Halep to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto on the weekend. That was her 21st win in her last 25 matches and is within touching distance now of the world top ten after claiming the second title of her career (both this year). The bookmakers have had to react to that of course and Bencic is a 20/1 quote at online betting site Bet365 to walk out and cap what would truly be a remarkable fortnight by winning in Cincinnati.

That’s a big ask of the 21 year old Swiss player though, as she will be opposed by some heavy hitters in the game again. The whole top ten (apart from Ekaterina Makarova) is actually out in Ohio this week so a massively competitive feature. Bencic has a tough opener against recent Stanford winner Angelique Kerber in the first round and were she to get through that then she could be on a collision course with fourth seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals.

Serena Williams is likely to be one of the semi finalists from the top half of the draw and you can be she will be out for some redemption after her final four loss against Bencic in Toronto. Williams goes as heavy 6/5 odds on favourite to win the Western & Southern Open a price which is a long way shorter than second favourite Maria Sharapova who makes her return this week. Sharapova hasn’t played since the Wimbledon semi finals, missing Toronto because of an injury.

Toronto finalist Simona Halep is thankfully back on form on the hard courts. No other player has won more hard court matches or WTA titles this season than the young Romanian has done. In each of the last two season she has been in the quarter finals of Cincinnati, but she is back at a price of 9/1 after having to withdraw with an injury problem in the final of Toronto against Bencic. Halep would meet Sharapova at the semi final stage, but with injury concerns over both, it may be worth opposing them in quarters betting.

Victoria Azarenka is a nice 9/4 appeal to win the third quarter of CIncinnati over Halep for the same price as the Romanian. Sharapova, who hasn’t looked herself for most of the season has an easier quarter, but there are a couple of players in there who could surprise like Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky who are 7/1 quotes to beat Sharapova to the fourth quarter punch. Interestingly since the tournament began in 2004 there has been a different Champion each year. So look for someone who hasn’t won it (of the current crop that would count out Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova).

WTA Cincinnati Tennis betting odds

Serena Williams 6/5, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Victoria Azarenka 9/1, Simona Help 9/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 33/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 33/1, Angelique Kerber 40/1, Caroline Wozniacki 40/1, bar 50/1

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

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Had the draw not been top-heavy in the first half, this could well have been a fitting final for the women’s draw this season. As it is, the heavyweight clash of the former SW19 champions goes off in the semi-finals and not too surprisingly Williams is going as the heavy favourite for the win. That’s not too surprising given the resilience which she has shown before and the fact that she has dominated Maria Sharapova throughout her career.

Sharapova hasn’t had a particularly great season by her standards, having fallen short a fair few times in the big events in 2015. She holds a 10-9 win/loss record in Grand Slam semi-finals so it is a big hit and miss with her at this stage. You have to stack that up against the 24-3 win/loss record that Serena Williams has in semi-finals of the majors. Sharapova, who will be back up to world number two at the end of the tournament, has actually never managed to beat Serena Williams when Williams has been ranked number one in the world.

From nineteen previous meetings between these two, Sharapova has won just the two matches. Unfortunately, those two wins came in the first three meetings between the two of them, all back in 2004, including Sharapova’s win over Williams in the Wimbledon 2004 final. So the Russian queen of the courts is now on a massive seventeen match losing streak against Williams. It’s understandable that Sharapova is a 4/1 underdog at Titanbet for the semi-final scrap.

Williams has been shaken and rattled at this year’s Wimbledon. She was so nearly ousted from the tournament by Britain’s Heather Watson, racking up 33 unforced errors in that game. She was on the ropes early against Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals too, having lost the first set. But as Williams does, she fought back to take the match to the Belarusian and managed to win through.

Whatever she seems to get herself in, whether it is a strong start and crushing opponents, of finding herself having to defend against an opponent serving out for a win over her, or fighting back from early losing positions, she seems to find a way. With a meeting against either Agnieszka Radwanska or Garbine Muguruza in the final, the Serena Slam is looking more and more probable right now and she is 1/6 odds on favourite to beat Sharapova.

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8th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Another big week on the tennis betting circuits as the men and women are both in Rome for top tier events. Over on the women’s’ side of things, the rapid build up to the French Open continues with top protagonists Serena Williams and Simona Halep looking to build some momentum. Petra Kvitova stunned the field with a big win in Madrid last time out and the Czech is running at 6/1 to make it a double Premier Tier hit with a win in Rome this week.

Kvitova toppled Williams on her way to the win in Madrid, while Maria Sharapova almost got her clay swing going but was ousted before the final by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kvitova’s win in Madrid has shaken things up because the clay powerhouses of Sharapova, Halep and Williams now have another threat to deal with besides each other.

Williams and Sharapova are on course for a semi final clash in the top half of the draw, with Victoria Azarenka dangerously floating around Shara’s quarter. It leaves a very nice path to the final for Halep whose big challenge may not come until the semi’s where Kvitova could be waiting.

WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Serena Williams 7/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, bar 16/1.

Andy Murray has suddenly come to life with back to back clay court titles. After landing his first career title in Germany recently at a lower tier event, he went out and rocked the tennis world by landing the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid title. Not many would have seen that coming, many especially would not have seen it coming seeing that it was Rafael Nadal who Murray took down in the final. So can Murray make it a remarkable three in a row on clay after waiting for so long just to win one in his career?

Murray is running as 10/1 third favourite for the ATP Rome title this week, with Novak Djokovic up at as 4/5 favourite, with Rafael Nadal sandwiching them at a quote of 3/1 with Sportingbet. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and is going for his fourth Rome title, while Nadal is looking for his eighth! Murray has never been to the final of Rome (his best showing a semi final in 2011) while Roger Federer is missing this title from his large trophy cabinet.

The upturn in Murray’s clay fortunes has made things pretty interesting now and while he has a manageable quarter with David Ferrer the top player opposing him, Murray could meet Djokovic in the semi final stage and that is where all bets may be off for Murray, because he hasn’t figured out how to beat the Serbian for a long, long time now.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 3/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Kei Nishikori 10/1, Roger Federer 14/1, bar 20/1

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13th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Big week in the Premier Tier event on the Women’s Tour in Spain that is the Mutua Madrid Open. All of the big guns are out and already one has fallen, as Romanian powerhouse Simona Halep crashed in the first round against Alize Cornet. That blew the field up a bit and the result of it has just thrown more favouritism to Serena Williams who is 5/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. Williams cruised her way through her first round match in powerful style, conceding just one game against Madison Brengle in a bit of a non-contest.

Williams, who herself has said that she wasn’t as ready for the clay swing of the season as she should be, has won the Mutua Madrid title in two of the three previous years, 2012 and 2013. It was Maria Sharapova who took the title last season, beating out Simona Halep in the final, after Williams had lost in fourth round against Petra Kvitova in a shock upset. Sharapova is a fantastic clay court player, probably better than Williams, but the Russian hasn’t been out her best this season and even on the switch to clay she lost in the first round of Germany against Angelique Kerber, a tournament which Sharapova has owned in recent years.

Still Sharapova is running as 6/1 second favourite in the WTA Mutua Madrid tennis betting market after the collapse of the out-of-sorts Halep. Beyond those then you are really digging around to pick out some value, with Williams and Sharapova the two heavy hitters left in the field. The demise of Halep has opened the draw up for Maria Sharapova, who has seen what would have most likely been her semifinal opponent, exit the tournament. Kerber also lost out in the first round against Sam Stosur, opening up the draw even more for Sharapova down in the bottom half.

Caroline Wozniacki is 10/1 third favourite, with Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka running at 12/1 with online betting site Bet365. Azarenka won a big battle of former world number one’s in the first round, as she beat out Venus Williams on the Madrid clay.

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

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Big draw on the WTA tennis betting this week, as Maria Sharapova is back out and expecting to defend her Stuttgart title. This is a clay event, a surface which given Sharapova’s performances this season, she will be happy to get too. The Russian darling of the tennis courts has won this title for the last three seasons running and goes as firm favourite in what is the oldest indoor clay tournament on the WTA.

While you haven’t seen the best of Sharapova this season, you can expect too this week in WTA Stuttgart tennis betting. She is up as 3/1 joint favourite for this week’s action but she won’t be too happy with the draw because she could run into Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who recently won a title on clay in Charleston, in her first match. So not the kind of start that she would have wanted, but should she win, it would be a massive bolster for her confidence to run all the way.

But with so much dominance in Stuttgart, why is Sharapova not outright favorite? That is because of Simona Halep, who sits in direct opposition also at a quote of 3/1 with online betting site Bet365. Halep has been in immense form this season, that is why she is joint favourite with the proven track record of Sharapova. Halep, who has won three titles already this season, is actually better on clay than on the hard court, because her game, like Sharapova’s is more naturally suited to the dirt. That’s a scary thing for the rest of the WTA for the clay swing of the season.

You would say the draw ahead for Halep is tricky, not insurmountable. The likes of young Garbine Muguruza, clay veteran Sara Errani and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska are all crammed in Halep’s quarter of the draw. Then there is the likes of clay specialist Carla Suarez Navarro a potential semi final opponent down the line. This should be a great test for both Sharapova and Help of their clay credentials, in what can be considered as the real start to the Roland Garros French Open build up.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Winner Betting Odds

Maria Sharapova 3/1, Simona Halep 3/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 10/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, 28/1 bar

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19th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It’s the semi-finals of the Federation Cup this weekend with the Czech Republic taking on France and Russia up against Germany in Sochi.

The Russians are the marginal favourites for the tournament at a general 7/4 and have a strong line-up. World number two Maria Sharapova will play two singles matches against the Germans, as will Svetlana Kuznetsova. Either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Elena Vesnina will partner Kuznetsova in the doubles.

Russia has won three of their previous Federation Cup meetings with Germany but the teams haven’t faced each other since 2002 and the Germans shouldn’t be underestimated on the clay courts of the Adler Arena. They comfortably saw off Australia in the first round of the World Group and will make the four-times champions work hard for victory. Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Licki are all in the world’s top 20 and have made themselves available for this crucial tie. Barbara Rittner‘s team are a general 4/1 to go on and win the Federation Cup.

Petra Kvitova

At 9/5 with bwin, I like the look of the Czech Republic to successfully defend their Federation Cup title. The Czechs are bidding to reach a fourth final in five years and have developed into a formidable team under Petr Pala.

They showed their strength-in-depth in the first round when whitewashing Canada, even though they were without two of their best players. World number four Petra Kvitova returns for their semi-final against the French, along with Lucie Sarafova.

Player-for-player, they look in a different league to France and also have home advantage – the hardcourt of the Cez Arena looks tailor-made for Kvitova – though the French do have a better head-to-head historical record in matches between the countries. Amelie Mauresmo‘s team came back from 2-0 down to beat Italy in the first round but they won’t be able to give the Czech Republic any kind of a start in Ostrava and are rightly the outsiders of the remaining four teams at 13/2 with Coral. They might struggle to take even one rubber off the Czechs if everything goes to form and ranking.

13th April 2015 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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