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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.

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

Maria Sharapova

Wimbledon 2013 Tennis betting has arrived and the power of Serena Williams is expected to sweep all before her. But the big field will be battling it out over the next fortnight for the Grand Slam titles and the action looks set to be competitive. As always, consider looking at live in-play match betting as well as other options such as Quarters betting for extra value. Here we take a look at the Women’s Draw for 2013 Wimbledon betting.

There is a great promotion on the women’s Wimbledon draw at online bookmaker Stan James. It is often hard to find new promotions on anything but the women’s draw, but Stan James are running a Money Back Special, all focusing on Stan James. If Maria Sharapova wins the Wimbledon title this year, then the online bookmaker will refund all losing outright bets placed on the women’s draw. Not bad value really and worth taking as it is there. New customers registering an account and placing a qualifying first bet can get a free £10 bet from Stan James as a welcome bonus.

Serena Williams 4/9 with online bookmaker Stan James
Can anyone stop Williams here? After powering her way to the French Open title she is red hot favourite to get another Wimbledon title under her belt. She was pretty near flawless in Paris and she will be heading to London as firm favourite on the back of a 31 match winning streak. She is also the defending champion after beating a battling Agnieszka Radwanska in the final last season. Williams is going for her sixth Wimbledon title and there is a little bit of a tricky round ahead of her. Jie Zheng and Sabine Lisicki are in her quarter. Also in the top half she could run into any of Angelique Kerber, Li Na and even Agnieszka Radwanska again in the semi finals. The key word is tricky, and Zheng really had Williams rattled at last year’s Wimbledon. But the American has all the power, form and experience to take her all the way. There is full focus on her here and it is going to take some brave punters to go against here. Scarily overwhelming favourite, just look at the odds of the second favourite.

Maria Sharapova 6/1 at online bookmaker Stan James
Incredible long odds for a second favourite, especially when it is one of the best players on the WTA. The Russian has been to five finals this season, winning two of them. Worryingly for Sharapova, she has lost against Williams five times already this season, and the American is just too tough of a nut to crack for her. She could get some extra help from the speed of the Wimbledon courts and perhaps be able to move Williams around a little bit more if they do meet in the final. The path ahead for her really isn’t too difficult, especially is she gets her a-game going quickly and her first serves are right up there. A battler all the way and if she fails to make the final four on the grass then it will be a major shock. Still, her shocking head to head record against Williams makes her tremendous value.

Victoria Azarenka 8/1
Many are liking the chances of Vika here. The Belarusian is probably enjoying a bit of time flying under the radar in the Wimbledon build up as all focus is on Sharapova and mainly Williams. Azarenka has at least beaten Williams this year. She actually has the power to withstand a barrage from Williams and punch back as well. She has the complete all round game to do so and she is comfortably at home on grass so there is not going to be a problem them. Azarenka has been to the Wimbledon semi final in the last two seasons. There could be a massive date down the line in the semi finals against Maria Sharapova in what would be a fantastic clash to watch. Azarenka is actually the number two seed and won the Australian Open at the start of the year, so has it in her. Makes just as good value as Sharapova (perhaps a little more as she matches up against Williams better) to cause an upset.

Things get a little bit blurred from then on out and that is reflected in the betting odds. There are some good players around who are more than capable of winning a Grand Slam, but form has just deserted most of them. Falling into this bracket of the chasing pack behind the big three are Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber. What should make for a fascinating top half is that Na, Radwanska and Kerber are all up there with Serena Williams. Germany’s Kerber has the short straw as she is in the same quarter as Williams so that makes her an even longer shot. Unfortunately Kerber has been a bit short of her clinical form that really propelled her forward last season.

So there should be a good race between Radwanska and Na to potentially meet Williams in the semi final. Radwanska, one of the cleverest players on the WTA when it comes to tactical prowess and shot selection has really been struggling for form. She took a shock first round exit in Eastbourne in her warm up. Out of form and could be upset early, sadly. So that leaves her battling with Na, who has also been struggling for form lately to really win the quarter. Na started the season with a real bang but has fallen away lately. So nothing too much to split Radwanska and Na. Will it be Na’s heavy hitting flat ground strokes over Radwanska’s far lesser power, but better shot selection?

2013 Wimbledon Women’s Outright Winner Odds at Online Bookmaker Stan James
Serena Williams 4/9, Maria Sharapova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Li na 40/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 40/1, Angelique kerber 66/1, Sabine Lisicki 66/1, Caroline Wozniacki 100/1


June 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Serena Williams (USA)

Trying to find an attractive betting angle in the women’s singles at Wimbledon, which gets under way next week, is proving more difficult that finding the actual winner at present.

Let’s be honest Serena Williams, who at 31 is at an age when most of her contemporaries are contemplating retirement or an easier life on the seniors’ double tour, looks head and shoulders above the rest at the moment but only the big-hitters are going to get involved at the best 4/7 (sportingbet) for the American to win her sixth singles title at the All-England club and her fourth in five years. The women’s seedings have followed the WTA ranking to the letter so the defending champion is seeded to meet Victoria Azarenka in the final. The Belarusian is still awaiting a first appearance in a Wimbledon final but has twice reached the semi-final stage and did play Williams in last year’s US Open Final, where she took her to three sets. Azarenka is 8/1 with bwin and sportingbet. Maria Sharapova, beaten in straight sets by Williams in the French Open Final, is seeded three and 92/11 on betfair but her defeat at Roland Garros may have affected the Russian’s fragile confidence.

Unlike the men’s singles, on which there are plenty of alternative markets, bookmakers aren’t trying hard to drum up interest on the women’s tournament but you can have a special double price with betfair on both singles events with a Williams/Djokovic combination available at 22/7. Treating Williams as a banker, a Williams/Murray double is 57/10 while a Williams/Federer win is 19/2. It says much that 888sport will lay you 33/19 the field against Serena winning again. As far as I can see, only Stan James have a money back offer involving the women’s singles at present offering to refund outright losing singles bets if Maria Sharapova goes all the way. The same offer applies to the men’s singles if Andy Murray wins and that promise is matched by BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.

It always rains at Wimbledon but not even the British climate can guarantee two weeks without some sunshine in June and July so Betfred are probably confident they won’t be paying out on the 250/1 against a rain delay on every day of the tournament.


June 20th, 2013 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Stan James

Online bookmaker Stan James have a great double promotion running for 2013 Wimbledon betting. To celebrate the start of the action at SW19 this summer, Stan James have two massive Money Back Specials on the outright winner markets.

Naturally there will be a huge backing for Andy Murray in his home Grand Slam and the Wimbledon crowds may give him that extra boost. The US Open champion will be hoping to go one better than he did last season, when he lost in the final against Roger Federer. Murray returned to action with a win on grass at Queens and should be one of the front runners to take the title on Centre Court this term. His win at Wimbledon in the final of the 2012 Olympic Games should also enhance his chances.

If Andy Murray wins the men’s tournament, then online bookmaker  Stan James will refund all lost stakes on the Mens’ Outright Market. The maximum refund on this market is the return of a free bet up to £50, if Murray claims the title. However, there is a double Money Back Special offer available, as the bookmaker takes in the Women’s’ Draw as well.

If Maria Sharapova win the Women’s title, then online bookmaker Stan James will refund all losing bets on the Women’s Outright Market. Again, the maximum value on the Money Back Special is up to £50 as well. After going to the final of the French Open, will the Russian tennis queen be able to reign supreme and manage to lift her second Wimbledon title?

So with the coverage from these Money Back Special offers on Wimbledon 2013 from Stan James, whoever you are backing for glory, it will be worth taking your outright bets with the bookmaker. The knowledge that you will get your lost stakes refunded as a free bet if Sharapova or Murray win their respective draws.

This Wimbledon 2013 promotion is available until Monday, June 24th, at 11:00 am BST. New customers opening an account with the popular bookmaker can get a free £10 bet as a welcome bonus when registering.


June 18th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Serena Williams (USA)

The expect final showdown in the women’s draw for the French Open title seeing Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting lined up. The final will be played on Saturday, June 8th between the two powerhouses in the game at the moment. Both players will be looking for their second French Open titles of their career. It is American Williams who is going to be heading the field as favourite, given her strong form at Roland Garros and on top of that, a tremendous head to head record against the Russian.

2013 French Open Women’s Final Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Serena Williams 1/5, Maria Sharapova 4/1

Williams powered her way to the final after overcoming clay expert Sara Errani in their semi final matchup, Williams powering to a 6-0 6-1 victory. It was almost a perfect display from Williams and she will make a formidable final opponent for Sharapova. Williams is back in the final at Roland Garros for the first time since winning the event for the only time in 2002. Given her incredible form this season, dominating pretty much all before her, she started the second Grand Slam of the year as overwhelming favourite and it is no surprise that she is in the final.

But Sharapova’s progress to the final needed a much bigger effort from the Russian. She went up against Victoria Azarenka and after Sharapova had cruised to an opening set win, the Belarusian hit back and things looked even at the start of the third set, with both players breaking. Sharapova couldn’t quite get her first serve going and served up 11 double faults in the match, something which will be punished against Williams if the count is that high. There were big momentum shifts both ways in the Williams v Azarenka semi final, but the Russian just had enough to squeak over the line. It was an unpredictable performance from Sharapova, but even all the faults and misplaced shots couldn’t stop the defending champion getting back to the final.

For your Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting, the head to head is all in favour of the AMerican. Williams leads 13-2. Even more worryingly for Sharapova, is that she has lost the last twelve matches in a row against Williams, already suffering two final defeats this season in Miami and Madrid, the latter on clay. These are the best two clay court players around at the moment, and even though Sharapova has a higher win percentage on the dirt, Williams is the strong favourite for French Open tennis final betting.

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June 6th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rafael Nadal (Spain)

There is a very strong case for backing Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in a win double ahead of the start of the French Open. Ladbrokes have Williams at 5/4 for the women’s singles and Nadal is a best 8/11 with the same firm which equates to odds for the double of just over 11/4 (47/18 on betfair).

There really doesn’t look much opposition to Nadal, who has looked better than ever since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off. There were fears that the Spaniard’s career may have been over but he’s proved everyone wrong this year, winning six of the eight tournaments he’s contested since February. He simply blew away arch-nemesis Roger Federer to win his seventh Italian Open title last week and Roland Garros is a second home to the 26-year-old. His victory in the final in Rome was reminiscent of the way in which he destroyed Federer (20/1 this year with sportingbet) in the French Open final in 2008 and he’s now won 11 of 13 meetings between the pair on clay. With Andy Murray‘s withdrawal confirmed, it now seems likely that Nadal and Federer will be seeded to clash again in the semi-finals in Paris and, on current form, there could only be one outcome. Such is Nadal’s dominance on clay that world number one Novak Djokovic can be backed at 2/1 with sportingbet. To be honest, he’s not playing that well and you could easily envisage David Ferrer giving him a hard time at Roland Garros should they meet in the last four. The world number five was the only one to make Nadal work hard in Rome and he’s 40/1 with sportingbet to cause an upset.

Serena Williams is a best 11/8 with Paddy Power to win the women’s singles as she chases a first French Open title since 2002. The women’s competition has thrown up the odd surprise since the turn of the century but the American could hardly be in better form having won her last four tournaments in Miami, South Carolina, Madrid and Rome. She’s a lot more comfortable on clay nowadays and only dropped 14 games in winning last week’s Italian Open. Four of those were in the final against Victoria Azarenka, who is third favourite for Paris (7/1 with BetVictor, Stan James and Coral). But the Australian Open champion has never even reached the final at Roland Garros. Defending champion Maria Sharapova is 5/1 with Betfred, sportingbet and Stan James but was thrashed by Williams in the final in Madrid and was overtaken by a sickness bug in Rome. If Williams were to be vulnerable in Paris, it would be in the first week as she occasionally takes a while to go through the gears in Grand Slams but she will take some stopping if getting into her stride. Former French Open winners Ana Ivanovic and Na Li are 66/1 (BetVictor, Boylesports and William Hill) and 12/1 (sportingbet) respectively this time around.

May 22nd, 2013 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Serena Williams (USA)

2013 French Open Tennis Betting Info
The second Grand Slam of the tennis calendar hits the courts of Roland Garros at the end of May. Two weeks of high quality action will be played at the event, and Maria Sharapova will be back to defend the title she won after such a strong clay court swing of the season during 2012. That competed a Grand Slam set for her, but the power of Serena Williams will be the force that everyone will likely have to try and stop. But even Williams has only won the unpredictable Grand Slam title in Paris once before.

Latest 2013 French Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker BetFred
Serena Williams Evens, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Victoria Azarenka 7/1, Li Na 10/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Angelique Kerber 33/1

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2013 French Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams goes as strong favourite to win the French Open this year, for what would be the second time in her career. She has pretty much beaten all around her this season already and that puts the world number one at the head of the field. Things are really looking up for her and she won at Roland Garros for the first time in 2002 after winning in Rome for the first time. She repeated her Rome success last week and continued her great form this season. In defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Williams claimed the 8th clay court title of her career, moving her up to third in the list of active players with the most WTA titles on the dirt.

Just to add further supremacy to Serena Williams French Open betting odds, she has never been on a hotter run of form heading to Roland Garros. She is currently on a 24 match winning streak and for the season, holds a 36-2 match record (which is a high 94.7% success rate – her highest ever at this stage of the season). She has gotten her hands on five titles already this season, beating Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka respectively in the recent Madrid and Rome finals. That has to put her in good stead for a challenge here. Missed an opportunity at the Australian Open earlier in the year, but has been bombing along nicely, dropping just two sets in her last three tournaments. So there could be value with the BetFred promotion above, she took the Rome title without dropping a set.

Serena Williams is priced at Evens at online bookmaker BetFred in 2013 French Open Tennis betting.

Other Contenders
There is more uncertainty about the French Open than any of the Grand Slams, so there is always value in looking outside of the favourite. True, Williams looks all powerful, but slip ups happen. Maria Sharapova, one of the greatest clay court players around at the moment, should be in line to challenge. Seeing the Russian fail to hit the semi finals would be a huge surprise. The problem for her is going up against Serena Williams. Sharapova has just a 13-2 head to head record against the American and she is on a twelve match losing streak against her. She has already suffered at the hands of Williams in two finals this year as well, and as fantastic as Sharapova’s aggression and defence is, she can’t seem to find a way to crack Williams. A good shot nonetheless as she is classy on the dirt.

Where Maria Sharapova has failed this season, Victoria Azarenka has prevailed. The Belarusian managed to beat Serena Williams in the final of Doha earlier in the season after successfully defending her title at the Australian Open. The former world number one has had niggling injuries this season which has hampered her a bit, but there was a good work out for her on the clay of Rome where she went to the finals, beating clay specialists Sam Stosur and Sara Errani along the way. Couldn’t handle Serena Williams in the final though. Azarenka has a 12-2 head to head record against Williams and hasn’t been past the quarter finals at Roland Garros before. The problems against Williams are reflected in Victoria Azarenka French Open betting odds.

There’s a lot more value around in the women’s draw because of even talent if Williams takes a fall, and she has been vulnerable at the French Open before. You have former Roland Garros champion Li Na who is great on clay and enjoying a good season, along with Sara Errani who is never far away from the business end of things when it comes to clay court tournaments. There are power threats from Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber as well, but those are searching for top form and really haven’t delivered on clay. Out of them, Germany’s Kerber is perhaps the biggest threat and was just starting to find her feet after a relatively slow start to the season by her standards. But still, these are only genuine back up options behind the powerhouse trio of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka in 2013 French Open tennis betting.

May 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova (Russia)

WTA Rome Betting Info
Pretty much the same field, or at least the bulk of the top stars out to contest a top tier event on clay. It was the same story in Madrid last week, when Serena Williams powered her way to her 50th tour title. The French Open Grand Slam is getting ever closer and players need to step up their games on the dirt.

Latest WTA Rome Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet
Serena Williams 6/4, Maria Sharapova 3/1, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, Li Na 8/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1, Petra Kvitova 33/1

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WTA Rome Betting Favourite
Just as it was last week and will be for the foreseeable future, Serena Williams goes as outright favourite to win this week. She is trading in at 6/4 with Unibet and that is on the back of her taking a title in Madrid on the weekend against Maria Sharapova. The fact that Williams beat Sharapova again, extending a massive head to head lead over the Russian speaks volumes. Sharapova is arguably the best clay court player around, and in top form and yet still she was powered past by Williams. So that lines Williams up well for more glory after claiming her 50th tour title. The draw ahead of her this week looks easier than last week as well, while Sharapova is in the crowded half of the draw. Should be somewhat routine for Williams on the way to the final with only fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who isn’t in any kind of form.

Other Contenders
You have to plant Maria Sharapova in here anyway. The Russian looked good again on clay last week until she ran into the immovable force that is Serena Williams in the final. Sharapova will really be tested in Rome as it is a tougher draw for her. She has the big threat of Sara Errani in the quarter finals, one of the great clay experts who went to the semi finals last week in Madrid. On top of that, Victoria Azarenka, Sam Stosur and Petra Kvitova are potential semi final opponents for Sharapova as well, before any thought of a rematch against Williams. That has to put Sharapova back as second favourite for this week’s action. Sharapova has taken the Rome title in the last two seasons.

Sara Errani could have the opportunity to pounce and potentially make another good run to the semi finals. She is fantastic on clay and was only stopped in Madrid by, you guessed it, Serena Williams at the semi final stage. She is dogged enough to scrap things out with Sharapova in what could be a very interesting quarter final match. Would take the Italian above any of the potential semi finalists mentioned above, being that this is on clay. Great player and worth tracking and perhaps backing as the not too distant underdog.

Victoria Azarenka didn’t make a huge impact after a break from the game because of niggling injuries. She crashed early in Madrid last week against Ekaterina Makarova. Just needs to get games under her belt and she is still one of the best players on the WTA tour at the moment. Always going to be a danger in the field, without question. Going to be value as well after her early crash in Madrid last week.

Other potential runners in the field should be Na Li and Sam Stosur. Both come alive when they come on to the clay surface and China’s Na Li could be the stronger one to back. She is in a comfortable quarter of the draw, although she would meet Williams in the semi final .There is a good draw set up in front of Na to bounce back from disappointment in her last outing. She is good on clay and has generally in a good bit of shape this term.

Best Outside Bet
The other decent alternative is Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. She hasn’t been at her best for a few tournaments now, but still one of the classiest players on the tour. She should have the game which gets translated onto clay well, variety and control in her shots. Just searching for form and a good quarter ahead of her could see her come back to life. Radwanska is trading at a price of 25/1 at online bookmaker Unibet.

May 14th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

WTA Mutua Madrid Open Betting Info
Gone is the controversial blue clay that was implemented last season, upon which no-one could gain their footing, and the Spanish tournament has reverted to its traditional, and highly praised red dirt. This is a Premier Mandatory tournament on the women’s calendar, meaning that all the big guns are out in this one. The tournament has a short history for the WTA, only getting started in 2009.

WTA Mutua Madrid Open Betting Favourite
Topping the field this week in Spain will be Serena Williams. The American powerhouse has a couple of things in her favour. Not only does she have the power in her game to deliver, she also transitions well to clay. That is not something that a lot of the top players can do. Williams is the defending champion here as well, beating Victoria Azarenka in the final. Williams has the second highest win percentage on clay of all active players on the WTA Tour. She has three titles already this season and hasn’t contested since Charleston at the beginning of April on clay (not counting the Fed Cup). So well rested, history and form. Naturally favourite at a price of 2/1 at online bookmaker Bet365.

Latest WTA Mutua Madrid Open Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Serena Williams 2/1, Maria Sharapova 3/1, Victoria Azarenka 4/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Angelique Kerber 22/1, Sam Stosur 22/1, Sara Errani 25/1

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Other Contenders
The numbers are all on the side of Russia’s Maria Sharapova on clay. She was dominant on the dirt last season, as she went on to claim the French Open title for the first time in her career. Sharapova has the highest win percentage of all active players on the WTA Tour and that has to count for a lot. The only time she lost on clay last season was against Serena Williams in the quarter finals here. But she delivered with a bang for the first time on clay this season, winning in Stuttgart, beating Angelique Kerber and Na Li along the way. So a big performance from Sharapova, who can battle it out better than anyone from the baseline. Should be strong and avoids Williams until the final this time around.

Hard to decipher Victoria Azarenka in this one. Clay isn’t her strongest surface, but she did go to the final last year in Madrid. She hasn’t been out in action since pulling out of Indian Wells back at the start of March. That was after two successive titles for the Belarusian, including what was perhaps a momentum shifting win over Serena Williams in the final of Doha. Along with Sharapova and Williams, if Azarenka is fit and on top of her game then she should be in the semi final mix. Could clash in the semi finals against Williams.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber, could be worth a little bit of value in this one. She went to the semi finals of Stuttgart and lost against Maria Sharapova there, but put up a superb battle. She just looks to be getting back to her very best form, as that run came on the back of a run to the final in Monterrey. Those could well be confidence-boosting performances from Kerber, who has the natural ability and game to beat Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka. It has been a somewhat slow start to the season from Kerber, but just trending upwards and is an awkward left hander to play against.

Picking out clay court winners is a little tougher than any other surface, because specialists show up. You can take names like Sara Errani, Sam Stosur, Petra Kvitova, Dominika Cibulkova and Na Li and pay more attention to them perhaps than you would at any other time of the season. A good bunch of value players to look at and track through the tournament. Cibulkova is a powerhouse and agile enough to translate on clay, while Petra Kvitova is a dark horse, having been to the final of two tournaments this season (winning one and losing one).

Best Outside Bet
Italian Sara Errani has been supremely busy this season and is one of the best players on clay. However, she crashed in her first match at Stuttgart in a huge shock. That means she is rested but could be value here. She goes in Azarenka’s quarter and not being sure which Vika turns up, Errani could produce a deep run. Errani is prcied at 25/1 at online bookmaker Bet365.


May 6th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

WTA Stuttgart tennis Betting Info
The continuation of the clay court season in a build up to the 2013 French Open ploughs on this week with a couple of events. Along with the high profile Stuttgart event, there is a smaller event out in Marrakech. But the field in Germany is a pretty strong one with some big names on the card. The thing about the clay court surface is that is a great leveller and brings great competitiveness to the betting markets. Seven of the world’s top ten women are at this week’s Premier Level event.

Latest WTA Stuttgart tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet
Maria Sharapova 5/4, Li Na 4/1, Sara Errani 7/1, Petra Kvitova 11/1, Angelique Kerber 14/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1, Roberta Vinci 28/1, Jelena Jankovic 33/1, Caroline Wozniacki 33/1

WTA Stuttgart tennis Betting Favourite
Russia’s Maria Sharapova heads the market this week for the outright winner at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The world number two has been in her usual strong form this season, recording a 19-3 record for the season. It is her 2012 form on clay that needs to be looked back upon here to start with. In the clay court swing of last season, Maria Sharapova posted a tremendous 19-1 record on the surface. With her all round power and clear ability on clay, she is the major threat in the field. She has been to the final in her last two outings, winning in Indian Wells and losing in Miami. The strongest option and still a little bit of positive value in her at odds of 5/4 with online bookmaker Unibet. That’s worth jumping all over.

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Other Contenders
The number two seed for Stuttgart, Li Na looks to be very good value. She is a proven winner on the clay, and the former French Open winner has only lost three matches this season. One of them came against Maria Sharapova, and the other two were against Serena Williams, so they are forgivable. Other than that, she has been in pretty solid form this year. She goes off in the opposite half of the draw to Sharapova and seeing the Chinese star going up against the Russian, is the most likely scenario for the final. Li Na has the game for clay to really power through here.

Italy’s Sara Errani can never be counted out on clay. She is arguably the best clay court player around at the moment. She was strong enough through the early swing of the hard court season to suggest that titles will be coming her way on clay, the surface on which she really excels. She picked up four Tour titles on the surface last season. Errani has been to two finals this season, unfortunately losing both on the hard court, but should be a pretty strong shot for a quarter final place at the very least. She has lost to Maria Sharapova in the quarter finals of her last two events. Will avoid the Russian until the final though and makes tremendous value.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber goes as third seed this week and the world number six is the biggest challenger to Maria Sharapova in the top half of the draw. The young German hasn’t quite hit top gear yet in 2013, but she picked up form in her last tournament, a run to the final of Monterrey in Mexico on the hard surface. That may have just done her the power of good to get her back up where she should be. Doesn’t make a bad option and wouldn’t be surprised to see her in the semi up against Sharapova. The Russian would edge it though.

Best Outside Bet
A little tough to pick out an outside bet this week because of the congested bottom half of the draw, where Sam Stosur and Petra Kvitova are all floating around, along with the renewed Jelena Jankovic (33/1 with online bookmaker Unibet). Out of them it will have to be Serbia’s former world number one Jankovic who has enjoyed some Spring renewal form, going to the semi’s of Miami and then the final of Charleston (where she lost to Serena Williams). All outside shots and really tough to look beyond Sharapova, Na and Errani this week.


April 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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