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20th March 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Info
Another Premier level WTA event on the cards for this week and next, as the best in the world head to Miami, Florida for the next chapter of the season. Victoria Azarenka kept her unbeaten start to 2012 going with yet another win, taking the Indian Wells title over Maria Sharapova on the weekend. She will be favourite to win in Miami, but the field takes on a bit of a different complex here than last week. That is because there are some comeback stories to pay attention to, as Kim Clijsters and both Serena and Venus Williams step back into action, baking WTA Sony Ericsson Open Tennis betting a real treat for punters and fans alike.
WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Victoria Azarenka, if she needed any more backing up as favourite, is also the defending champion in Miami, winner her second career title there last year. Azarenka has rattled off the best start to a WTA season for fifteen years now, as she stands at 23-0 after lifting the title in Indian Wells. Has a comfortably looking quarter of the draw ahead of her, with Mario Bartoli being a probable quarter final opponent. You can look at the draw for potential semi final opponents, such as Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Agnieszka Radwanska and would just back Vika against all of them at the moment. That is how powerful and commanding she is at the moment. She almost stumbled early on at Indian Wells, but after rescuing a dire situation, simply got better and better. She has more chance of going out complacently in the early rounds than another top ten seed taking her out.
WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Belarusian Azarenka also takes the title of ATP Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting favourite as well, trading at 13/8 favourite with Bet365. She is the star of the game at the moment, fully deserving of her world number one status and the one to beat at the moment. This draw is going to be harder, with some of the top class names coming back in, but they all have to try and catch up to Azarenka. Yes, her winning streak will end at some point. If she pulls another Miami win off here, the third of her career, then we could be in for a Djokovic like season from Vika.
A top quality field, with Serena Williams trading as second favourite at 5/1 with Bet Victor. We haven’t seen Williams since the Australian Open, but she has a fantastic record in Miami, having won the title five times. She is coming in cold, last playing competitively at the Fed Cup back at the start of February, ironically against Belarus (Azarenka didn’t play). So, a last sixteen exit at the Australian Open didn’t point to great thing, so you just don’t know. She has the power, has the class. Does she have the fitness and match sharpness?
Petra Kvitova comes back into action again as she looks to find her way back from illness. Didn’t get too far as expected at Indian Wells last week, and she could play Venus Williams in the second round here. Because of lack of competitive matches, compared to the likes of Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, hard to back her with confidence. We know she has game, whether she is on top of it at the moment is a different thing.
Maria Sharapova, losing finalist to Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells, just as she was at the Australian Open, will be a stronger option really than either Williams or Kvitova. She is in decent form, performing well, and would have big titles under her belt this season were it not for Azarenka. Comfortable draw, nothing really to worry about ahead until the semi finals where the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams could be lurking. If she got back to the final to face Azarenka, she has taken a set off the Belarusian in five straight defeats now. Still, if Azarenka goes, Sharapova is the strongest bet behind her. Sharapova has been losing finalist three times in Miami, including last year against Azarenka, who she must be sick of. Like Serena Williams and Kvitova, Kim Clijsters is back after injury problems as well. She is class personified, but lack of match sharpness is hard to over look, especially in humid Florida.
Caroline Wozniacki sounds confident and is happily working on her game, but she doesn’t have the big presence, the big threat any more at the moment. We need to see 20% more from her than we have for a while now for her to take a title. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is up there alongside Sharapova and Azarenka as this season’s best performers. Like Sharapova, she has been thwarted by Vika this season too often (three semi finals and one quarter final). Enjoy her game a lot, vastly improved and a very dangerous, in form floater on top of her game.
Best Outside Bet
We keep pumping for France’s Marion Bartoli, because she is an awesome performer and we just want to see her grab one of these big titles. Came up a little short at Indian Wells in the quarter finals, but enough to build on to have a good run. There were a lot of good performers last week, like Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber but this is a tougher tournament, so would avoid dipping too far down the seedings.
Latest WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Prices
Victoria Azarenka: 13/8 at Bet365
Serena Williams: 5/1 at Bet Victor
Petra Kvitova: 11/2 at Bet365
Maria Sharapova: 8/1 at Bet Victor
Kim Clijsters: 14/1 at Paddy Power
Caroline Wozniacki: 22/1 at Bet365
Na Li: 25/1 at Paddy Power
Sam Stosur: 28/1 at Stan James
Marion Bartoli: 33/1 at Bet Victor
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6th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Paris Tennis Betting Info
Paris is the host of the Open GDF Suez tournament, and this year sees the 20th edition of the very popular event. This is a Premier Level event and therefore there is a strong crop of the world’s best players in contention, looking to pick up points for the world rankings and the Tour Championships. There are three players from the current top ten in the world rankings, with Russian queen Maria Sharapova stepping back into action for the first time since her loss in the final of the Australian Open to Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova was pencilled in to play here last season, but she withdrew before the start of the event. Granted the field is not as strong as it was last year, because the likes of Kim Clijsters (who had just won the Australian Open) and Petra Kvitova are not there. However, because of the three players from the top ten, and whole bunch more from the top 25 in the world, it is going to be a competitive field, and it gives us a great chance to look at some of the youngsters, the rising stars of the game as well. Sadly there is going to be no scheduled appearances from Sabine Lisicki or Kaia Kanepi, which would have made things very interesting. But still, a good competitive line up, which should serve up a good tennis betting treat for the week.
WTA Paris Defending Champion
This time last year, the pretty much unknown force that was Petra Kvitova was picking up the biggest WTA Tour title of her career. This was the third title of the young Czech’s career, and how she blossomed from there. She beat out Kim Clijsters in last year’s final to take the WTA Paris title and surprised a lot of people in WTA Paris tennis betting back then. She is not back to defend her title this time around. Defeated finalist Kim Clijsters isn’t back either. Remember Amelie Mauresmo? Well, the retired star of French tennis is still the tournament record holder with three titles.
WTA Paris Betting Favourite
Little doubt as to who goes as favourite in WTA Paris tennis betting this week, and that is the highest ranked player in the field, and the top seed, Maria Sharapova. She was in fantastic form at Melbourne Park and will be expected to carry that through here. Although she lost and was totally overpowered in the final of the Australian Open, she is still pretty much a class above the rest in the Paris field here, she has the power and tenacity to make an impact here. Trading at 11/8 with Bet365, it is the Russian tennis queen who is pretty much dominating the betting markets for this one. As mentioned, she missed out on her chance here last season, but she won her Fed Cup week 1 match for her country on the weekend comfortably, which will have been a nice warm up. As for Sharapova’s draw, nothing to worry about and genuinely shouldn’t be tested until the semi finals where she could face fourth seed Jelena Jankovic. There is the hovering presence of Lucie Safarova in Sharapova’s quarter. Why is that notable? The only player in the current field taking to the courts in Paris (one of two stops on the regular Tour in the French Capital) to have been in the final of the event before is Czech leftie Lucie Safarova who is actually a double finalists here.
Well you have to pay attention to the only other two players from the top ten in the field for WTA Paris betting. Chinese star Na Li is generally pretty strong at the start of the year, and this is her first time out since that crushing defeat against an injured Kim Clijsters from such a strong winning position at the Australian Open. This will be a test of her mentality. Fantastic hitter of the ball, powerful and flat, yes she is a Grand Slam winner, however she does tend to trip up against lower opposition in situations like this. So the world number nine is a decent shout, but perhaps not the strongest. Another factor here is looking at players on home turf and therefore Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli has to be considered for your tennis betting. Bartoli, the world number nine, did have a bit of a disappointing Australian Open, but she is powerful at tournaments like this and pretty reliable. Bubbly, bouncy, energetic and gutsy all rolled into one. A joy to watch (and exhausting to watch as she never keeps still), Bartoli, who could meet Na Li in the semi’s maybe just the better value. This is the first time she has ever been inside the top eight players in the world rankings too, following the Australian Open, so she is bound to be confident. Those are definitely the strongest players in the pack. Are there any good outsiders to take a look at? Would consider an outside look at Lucie Safarova for tournament history sake, and while it is still a little early in the season to really gauge form, Jelena Jankovic may be worth an outside bet. Capable of beating the best, and has been alright this season.
Latest WTA Paris Tennis Betting Prices
Maria Sharapova: 11/8 at Bet365
Na Li: 4/1 at Stan James
Marion Bartoli: 6/1 at Paddy Power
Jelena Jankovic: 20/1 at Bet Victor
Julia Goerges: 20/1 at Stan James
Lucie Safarova: 25/1 at Bet Victor
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26th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting brings the potential of a highly competitive and close match. Young Belarusian Azarenka has been in superb form over the past few months, and after knocking on the door of Grand Slam finals last year, final crossed the threshold with a semi final win over Kim Clijsters. Azarenka had to play the partisan crowd at Melbourne Park, who were all behind Kim Clijsters in her final Australian Open, but it was Azarenka who showed some great early composure and dictated the game from early on. Azarenka is full of power and she has harnessed her aggression and passion into pretty much a complete package. It is not often that you see Kim Clijsters being bossed around on the court, but that is what Azarenka did in the first set. Clijsters punched back hard in the second set, taking it 6-1, but the new model of Victoria Azarenka, showed a tremendous amount of maturity to not crumble and struck back in the final set, taking it 6-3. That was a strong mental effort from Azarenka, matching her incredible power. She is one of the hardest hitters in the women’s game, and had incredible driving power in her backhands. When she gets behind them she looks unstoppable and she also had developed a very, very strong service game. So now the win over Clijsters, which sets up Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting, was the biggest of her career and there could be more to come. Azarenka will go into the final as favourite, just edging things over Maria Sharapova. Not only is the Grand Slam title on the line here, the world number one spot is too. The winner will overtake Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the WTA rankings after the Australian Open.
While this is the first Grand Slam final for Victoria Azarenka, Russian Maria Sharapova has been here before. The young Russian (hard to believe that she is still only 25) has three career Grand Slam titles to her name. The only title she is missing is the French Open, and so as a previous winner of the Australian Open (in 2008) Sharapova has the big match experience. This is actually her third final at Melbourne Park, with one win and one defeat. That Grand Slam final experience really will count for a lot and it will be an advantage on her side of the court. There really is no substitute for having been there and done it all before. But there is not only that in Maria Sharapova’s game at the moment, she has been playing some incredibly consistent tennis throughout the rounds at Melbourne Park. She got her revenge over Petra Kvitova in the semi final, the player who had beaten her in the final of Wimbledon last season. Sharapova blitzed out a 6-2 lead taking the first set, but Czech star Kvitova hit back to take the second. We have said it before and will say it again, there is no tougher competitor in women’s tennis than Maria Sharapova. Forget all the glitz and glamour that surrounds the Russian queen, she is a tough, tough player. There is never a sign of her giving up, and is one of the best in the market when her back is against the wall, or she is playing against the odds. She epitomised her tough mental and physical prowess as she battled her way to victory in the third set, taking a close encounter 6-4 to reach the final. That is what makes Sharapova, who is well on top of her game and looking so confident, such a dangerous opponent. Because of all the hype and power surrounding the rise of one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka, don’t think for a moment that Sharapova is not going to have a big say in the final. She is slight underdog, but will have her chance.
In the Head to head, it is evenly matched, with both players having won three matches against the other. They met twice last year, with Azarenka taking a win on the hard court in Miami and the Sharapova bouncing back with a win on clay in Rome. Really nothing much to chose between these on paper.
Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting odds
Victoria Azarenka to win: 4/5 at Bet365
Maria Sharapova: 11/1 at SkyBet
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25th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Australian Open tennis betting is the line up to see who will face Victoria Azarenka or Kim Clijsters in the final. World number two Petra Kvitova faced a tougher struggle than expected against unseeded Italian Sara Errana in her quarter final match. To be fair Kvitova was not really on top of her game in the first set, putting in a lot of unforced errors against the Italian. Kvitova though edged a tight first set but lost a huge momentum swing in the second. She was trailing 4-2 to the Italian, but then she kicked into gear to pull back and see the match out in two sets. It wasn’t the most convincing performance from Kvitova, but she got the job done in the end. She can’t afford to make the same kind of unforced errors against Sharapova, but then again, the players aren’t perfect all of the time, they can’t be and there is better to come from Kvitova. The left handed Czech player, who will be world number one if she takes the title here, is one of the most complete players in the women’s game. There is still a fantastic raw edge about her game but she has the ability, power and reach to really, really dominate. The inconsistencies in her game will peter out as she matures even more and that is a big warning sign to those around her. She won’t have an easy time of things against Sharapova, not if the Russian is on top of her game, because Kvitova will have to be inventive and not just rely on her power. She will need to mix her shot selections up to keep Sharapova, who defends so stoutly, guessing. She needs to do what she did in the final of Wimbledon last year, when she beat the hot Sharapova, that is dominate right from the very get go.
There are many thinking that the Russian may be worth a strong bet in Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Australian Open tennis betting. Although Sharapova lost twice to Petra Kvitova last season, including the final at Wimbledon, Sharapova is looking just that little bit more focused and consistent. Sharapova powered her way past compatriot Ekaterina Makarova (who had dispatched Serena Williams in the fourth round) with ease and Sharapova looks in devastating mood. She came into the Australian Open with not a lot of attention on her because of the likes of Kvitova, Clijsters, Azarenka and Williams. However, she has very quietly and destructively gone about her business and this could be just the right time to get one back over the Czech. Breaking down their tournaments so far, Sharapova looks hungrier and she surely must have learnt something from the Wimbledon final against Kvitova. Sharapova will hit hard, let’s make no mistake about that, her small frame packs a huge amount of punch and if her first serve is working then she really should push Kvitova all the way. Sharapova has a better defence than Kvitova and that could be the key on the day. She should run Kvitova down, because there is not a bigger fighter in the women’s draw than Sharapova, there just isn’t. There is just the feeling that the time is right for her at the Australian Open this year to go all the way and pick up her fourth Grand Slam title. If she does, she will be number one in the world.
Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Australian Open tennis betting odds
Petra Kvitova 31/40 at SportingBet
Maria Sharapova 5/4 at BetFred
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24th October 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The 2011 WTA Championships, the end of season event on the Tour, which sees the top eight players who earned the most points over the course of the season. The race for Istanbul was closed out on the final week of the regular season, with Pole Agnieszka Radwanska grabbing the final spot of the eight. The tournament, which runs from October 25 to October 30 for the first time in Turkey, will see the eight players split into two groups of four for the event, played in a round robin format. The top two players from each group then move forward to a semi final knockout. Last year’s winner Kim Clijsters is not in attendance, the second half of her season having been interrupted by injury. This is a tough field of eight to make tennis betting calls from, especially in the Red Group which is wide open. Although, when you start breaking down the draw and planning your predictions through the tournament, we can draw some conclusions. Tournament favourite Victoria Azarenka is worth of holding that mantle at the moment, but there is also the race for the World Number One spot between current holder Caroline Wozniacki and current number two Maria Sharapova. There is also a mathematical, albeit outside chance that either Kvitova or Azarenka could take number one spot too. TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships betting is pretty competitive and hopefully we will get to see a Wozniacki v Sharapova meeting at some stage during the end of season finale. Here we take a look at the groups, the betting odds, and the competitors for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships betting.
1st Caroline Wozniacki, 2nd Maria Sharapova, 3rd Petra Kvitova, 4th Victoria Azarenka, 5th Li Na, 6th Vera Zvonareva, 7th Sam Stosur, 8th Agnieszka Radwanska.
Round Robin: October 25th-28th
Semi Finals and Finals: October 29th and 30th
Red Group: Wozniacki, Kvitova, Zvonareva, Radwanska
Really fascinating group, as Wozniacki and Zvonareva are the big names here, but Radwanska and Kvitova are the form players. So this group could be wide open. Would still fancy Wozniacki getting through though, because she is tougher than a lot of people give her credit for. Out of the other, if they were all on top form, would back Kvitova as the Estonian as a much better all round game. She is more of a complete player and has an edge of aggression and power when needed. But Zvonareva has a 2-1 head to head record over Kvitova this year, including a comfortable recent semi final win in Tokyo against her. But then Zvonareva lost to Radwanska in the final there, so it’s really pick a name out of a hat.
Red Group Prediction: We’d stick with Wozniacki and Kvitova to battle through.
Red Group Winner: Kvitova 13/8, Wozniacki 11/5, Radwanska 4/1, Zvonareva 4/1 at Bet365
To Qualify from Red Group: Wozniacki 8/15, Kvitova 8/15, Radwanska 6/4, Zvonareva 6/4 at Stan James
White Group: Sharapova, Azarenka, Na, Stosur
Well, on paper Sharapova and Azarenka, the world number 2 and 4 respectively should qualify through this group. Don’t seem much form or threat coming from Stosur or Na. Interestingly the head to head between Azarenka and Sharapova is at three each, and they have met twice this season, both players winning one. Perhaps most notable was Azarenka win which was in the final in Miami on hard court. Sharapova’s win was a walkover due to Azarenka picking up an injury in the match in Rome.
White Group Prediction: Victoria Azarenka has the big guns and form to edge this group.
White Group Winner: Azarenka 11/10, Sharapova 9/4, Stosur 4/1, Na 8/1 at Bet365
To Qualify from White Group: Azarenka 1/3, Sharapova 4/6, Stosur 5/4, Na 5/2 at Stan James
2011 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Betting Odds
Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at Bet365
May be surprised to not see Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the betting list, especially in a field of eight players? Well, don’t be. Azarenka holds the favourite crown for the WTA Championships, because she is the one of the eight who has really ramped up her game over the second half of the season. She won last week in Luxembourg as well, making that her third WTA title of the year. She made it to the semi finals of Wimbledon, but that first Grand Slam title has eluded her so far. But she has grown so much in stature this year, is much more in control of her temper than she used to be, and maturing very well. The young Belarusian is strong off her serve, she is not one of the bigger flair players, but is a big momentum player. Has been plagued with inconsistency before, but she seems to be getting on top of that. If you are backing form, Azarenka is your woman. Holds a 9-1 match record over her last three tournaments (after withdrawing from Beijing with an injury).
WTA Championships History: 2 Previous Appearances, Best Result Round Robin stage
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Finalist
Petra Kvitova: 5/1 at Coral
The big leftie fully fulfilled her potential at Wimbledon this year, beating tournament favourite Maria Sharpova in the final. Kvitova, who won in Linz recently, has picked up five titles on Tour this year, and is a tremendous ground stroke player. Her forehands look pretty much effortless and carry a lot of power, even though she doesn’t seem to hit the ball hard. Very good off the serve, yes, a little inconsistent at times, but has proved herself on Tour for most of the year. Had a bit of slump in form after her breakthrough Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon, but her recent win see her back on her game. Will always be a threat against the big guns and she makes her first appearance here. Her recent Fall series victory is what is keeping her short in the prices, but pretty good value as she looks to be in pretty good shape and confident.
WTA Championships History: First Appearance
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Semi Finalist
Maria Sharapova: 7/1 at Victor Chandler
We saw the consistent, powerful best of Maria Sharapova this season, something we haven’t enjoyed for a long time. For all of her great form, she just couldn’t land another Grand Slam title this year, but did pick up two Tour titles in Rome and Cincinnati. She is the only player in this year’s eight to have previously won this end of season finale. That was back in 2004 though, and she has been quiet in the Fall series of WTA tournaments. She showed up in Tokyo recently, her only outing after the US Open, and she lost to Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals of Tokyo. She is going to be pretty rested though, but did pick up an ankle injury in Tokyo though, but has apparently fully records. On a whole, the 24 year old Russian, who seems to have been around forever, has arguably been one of the strongest, if not the strongest player of the WTA season. Surprised maybe she hasn’t won more titles when it has come to the crunch. Should be helped by being in the easier of the two groups, with Azarenka likely being the toughest challenge. Could end up as World Number One if she makes it to the final of the WTA Championship this week, depending on how well Wozniacki does.
WTA Championships History: 4 Previous Appearance, Best Result Winner 2004
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Semi Finalist
Caroline Wozniacki: 7/1 at Victor Chandler
Not sure where the great, all conquering Wozniacki has gone. She has been one of the busiest women on the WTA this season, and she remains as the World Number One. She has earned herself a WTA best of six Tour titles this season, edging out Kvitova who has won five, but that first Grand Slam title still eludes her. It is something which she really needs, and really deserves to get under her belt. Wozniacki still doesn’t have the big gun, the big weapon to pull out of the draw when she needs it, she just does everything very well. Her defence is perhaps the most remarkable part of her game, and she is very tough to break down. She really had a dip in form after Wimbledon, but pulled it back a bit for the US Open, where she was overpowered by Serena Williams in the semi finals. In her most recent tournaments, Wozniacki lost in the third our of Tokyo against Kaia Kanepi, and then in the quarter finals of Beijing against Flavia Pennetta. Nothing too much wrong with Wozniacki’s game. She may be lacking a bit of confidence, her opponents may have found a way to combat her a bit, so this will be a test of her character in a tough field. She also has the added pressure of needing to make it to the final of the WTA Championships (and with winning two of her three round robin matches) to guarantee that she will hold the World Number One spot at the end of this week. Wozniacki’s long reign is under threat from Maria Sharapova, who could overtake the Dane is she reaches the final.
WTA Championships History: 2 Previous Appearances, Best Result Runner Up 2010
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Finalist
Agnieszka Radwanska: 10/1 at SportingBet
The last player to book her spot at the WTA Championships, edging out Marion Bartoli in the end. This is officially the first time she has made it to the finals on merit, but she has been here before as an alternate player, playing one match in 2008 and 2009. Radwanska really hit the Asian swing of the WTA season hard, winning back to back titles recently in Tokyo and Beijing, which was pretty impressive and she holds an 11-1 match record for the fall series, although she crashed in the second round of Moscow last week. But she has earned herself three titles for the season, and clearly in a bit of form. Shot selection has been a bit of weakness for her before, but she seems to be getting on top of things, especially as late. Looking down the list, she would be one of the outsiders, but can’t be dismissed because of her recent form. She could make things interesting in the Red Group.
WTA Championships History: First Qualifying Appearance
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R
Vera Zvonareva: 12/1 at SportingBet
The Russian is another one of those players who has not lived up to their form of 2010. While the likes of Azarenka and Kvitova have really pushed on, Zvonareva has appeared to stand still just a little bit. Not sure why totally, but she knows she hasn’t raised her game enough. She hasn’t look quite as fired up for her matches as she was last year. Still, she has earned herself two WTA titles this year, perhaps not against the strongest fields, and her best run at a Grand Slam was to the semi’s of the Australian Open at the start of the year. She has had some battles this season against lower class opposition, so it will be interesting to see how she fares against this tough field. Would never totally dismiss her, but failing to win in Moscow on her home turf last week, losing out against youngster Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter finals, was a blow for Zvonareva’s confidence. It is going to be a tough group for her to pull through.
WTA Championships History: 3 Previous Appearances, Best Result Runner Up 2008
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R
Sam Stosur: 16/1 at Bet365
This year’s surprise US Open winner. The Australian always seems to be on the fringe of things, and when you scan competitive tournament fields for shock upsets, you kind of always look to her to be a victim. She clearly has game, because she won a Grand Slam, but she really doesn’t have the power, nor the consistency of the likes of Sharapova or Wozniacki over sustained periods of times to really rack up titles. The US Open has been her only title on the tour this year, and her Fall series record is nothing to write home about either, losing in the second round of both Tokyo and Beijing. Tough group for her, because she has never beaten Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka before in her career.
WTA Championships History: 1 Previous Appearance, Best Result Semi Final 2010
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R
Li Na: 28/1 at Sportingbet
The Chinese star started the year so strongly, reaching the final of the Australian Open, and then went one better at the French Open, winning her first career Grand Slam title. Na is a flat, powerful hitter, who really puts tremendous power in her shots. However, she remains inconsistent, for example not making an impact in the other two Grand Slams of the year, and her only appearance in the Fall series was a first round exit in Beijing. She has the capability of pulling off upsets with her power, but doesn’t look to be in the kind of form, nor hold the kind of consistency to get her through this.
WTA Championships History: First Appearance
2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R
10th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
You don’t see this often outside of the Grand Slams, but the WTA Rogers Cup (aka The Canadian Open) has a full complement of the world’s top twenty women competing from the start. The opening round proved to be too tough for a handful of seeds who crashed out. Tenth seed Sam Stosur was the only seed to battle through her first round match (the top eight seeds has byes) while we lost 9th seed Marion Bartoli, 12th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (one of our favourite dark horses in WTA tennis betting) crashed out after being a set to the good. There was also a poor return to the game for Jelena Jankovic, who has just not gotten back to her best after an injury, and in her first outing since Wimbledon, the fifteenth seed was ousted from the tournament by Germany’s Julia Goerges who has been struggling for form herself. So this is a big, prestigious tournament, and with the US Open on the horizon, this is an important tournament for the players. Here is the 2011 WTA Rogers Cup tennis betting guide to the action from Canada.
Caroline Wozniacki 12/1 at BetFred
The usual hype about the world number one will be in effect. This will be an important tournament for her to build up some confidence ahead of the next Grand Slam, the US Open at the end of the month. She has failed again in all three Majors so far this year, so really needs to redeem herself. She looks much more relaxed, and therefore a bigger threat at tournaments like this, even though it is essentially a mini Grand Slam. She is the most successful player on the WTA this season, so always worth backing. She is also appearing for the first time following a shoulder injury. Has to go well here and has the tenacity to prove herself. Like Wozniacki’s draw much more than any of the other seeds, don’t see anyone really stopping her on the path to the quarter finals at least.
Kim Cljsters 12/1 at Victor chandler
Never expected too much of her at Wimbledon, and she did not deliver there. Has been a bad year for the defending US Open champion because of injuries. If she had been enjoying a regular season, injury free we would be jumping all over her and backing her outright in Rogers Cup WTA tennis betting. But she has to build up match sharpness, and although she is arguably the most accomplished player on the Tour, don’t fancy her chances in such a strong field at the moment. Needs comeback time. The draw for Clijsters is pretty challenging but not insurmountable. She could face the likes of Julia Goerges and Serena Williams in the third round, and perhaps Francesca Schiavone in the quarter finals. She would then likely have to squeeze past Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka. Too much on her plate at the moment.
Vera Zvonareva 12/1 at Victor Chandler
3rd Seed. Looks as if she may be coming back into the kind of form which could see her challenge for titles. We have been waiting for a long time to see the best of her again. Not sure if she is back to her very best to be able to fight her way through this. Definitely in a better frame of mind and match sharpness than she has been. A decent outside bet, but nothing more at the moment. The draw is not too bad for her to be honest, but the big battle in the quarter final against Petra Kvitova is likely to be the defining match. Would take her opponent at the moment.
Victoria Azarenka 10/1 at Boylesports
4th Seed. Still admire the strengths of the Victoria Azarenka, one of our favourites here. She has shown a lot more consistency in being able to deliver her true potential, but that inconsistency is still something which plagues here. A bet on Azarenka really is never a bad thing, because she can deliver against the very best. Will need to because she will very likely meet Maria Sharapova in the quarter finals. They are the two heavyweights left in the third quarter of the draw, and therefore, picking one of these two to go all the way does represent a lot of value.
Maria Sharapova 8/1 at Stan James
5th seed. Probably the most consistent and the most powerful player on the WTA all year and has to be well and truly in the frame for your 2011 Rogers Cup tennis betting. Her serve is just wonderful, and her bravery off the serve (not being afraid to attack with second serves) but her deceptive power is a joy to watch. Can be vulnerable if her serve isn’t working, but very hard to rattle and she is extremely hard to finish off once she is behind. Definitely worth a punt, and in the same boat as Azarenka, put perhaps just has the edge over the Belarusian.
Petra Kvitova 8/1 at Victor Chandler
8th Seed. The Wimbledon Champion can’t be overlooked and is a reason why WTA Tennis is so open compared to the men’s tournaments. Is growing in stature all the time and the left hander is rapidly becoming the best all round player on the WTA. Still needs more experience, and to iron out some inconsistencies but still, she has really risen from a crowded pack of young players who have massive potential, and she is blossoming early. Will likely have to tough her way past new top ten player Andrea Petkovic and Vera Zvonaerva is also a threat in her quarter of the draw. If the Wimbledon Kvitova turns up, none of them will stop her.
Serena Williams 3/1 at Stan James
She won her first WTA title in Stanford a week or so ago. That was just her third tournament back after almost 12 months away from the game. She is going to get better and better the more matches she gets under her belt. Kim Clijsters is on her early radar. Tough to call that one, but if she prevails the draw will open up for her. Will be a big threat.
2011 WTA Tennis betting TIP Rogers Cup
Really like the odds that Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are trading at. With them going head to head in the third quarter, big potential for either of them here, so worth picking one of them. Sharapova is likely the stronger, but it is splitting hairs.
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25th July 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Very interesting WTA tennis betting starting on Monday, July 25th, with the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford USA. Four of the world’s top ten women are in action, including Maria Sharapova, as she starts her preparations for next month’s US Open. Along with Victoria Azarenka, two of the best players on the WTA over the past three or four months, the duo will start as favourites to duke it out. Starting as first and second seeds for the event (with Azarenka first seed), the two big hitters will be kept separate until the final. Right from the off that will be the expected final at Stanford in your WTA Bank of the West Classic this week. They are the class acts in the field and with them trading pretty evenly across the board at bookies, you can swing either way. So let’s take a look at the draw to start with. As top seed, Victoria Azarenka, the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic, who keeps knocking on the door of Major success, has a very comfortable looking quarter of the draw. The top seed she can meet is young rising star Dominika Cibulkova at the quarter final stage. Really do not see any kind of an upset happening here if Azarenka is on top of her game. As for her half of the draw, well Marion Bartoli, who has been enjoying a successful couple of months and Ana Ivanovic are in the mix from the second quarter. It really should be one of those two who would come through and meet Azarenka in the semi finals. If you have to pick a preference there, then it would be France’s Bartoli, who has carried some pretty good form of late. So Azarenka, ranked 4th in the world, dominates the top half of the draw.
In the bottom half, world number five Maria Sharapova, losing finalist at Wimbledon, starts as second seed for the Bank of the West Classic. Now, right from the off, the fourth quarter of the draw, which Sharapova is in, is way tougher than anything Azarenka will have to face. In fact, the bottom half of the draw is much more competitive as a whole than the top. Sharapova, who has played some incredible tennis this year, powering her way through tournaments, could meet Daniel Hantuchova in the second round, Serena Williams in the quarter finals, and then Sam Stosur in the semi’s. So definitely not an easy path for her. However, Sharapova is still worth a bet here, because no-one else has really been able to match her consistency and power for the best part of the season, and she really has to be considered. Looking at the draw, you would fancy Azarenka just a little bit more, as she has a safer passage to the final. But Sharapova can beat the best, and while there are tough competitors in her half of the draw, she is fully capable of beating all of them at the moment. As for Serena Williams, well she is still looking for match sharpness and fitness, and therefore remains vulnerable. The young German Julia Goerges, who has come on leaps and bounds this year, will probably be the biggest danger in Sharapova’s quarter. While Sam Stosur (who has been in the semi finals in the last two running’s of this tournament) and Agnieszka Radwanska are the seeded players in the third quarter of the draw, watch out for Sabine Lisicki, who is really starting to fulfil her potential after a long injury.
WTA Bank of the West Tennis Betting Odds
Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at SkyBet
Maria Sharapova: 4/1 at Victor Chandler
Serena Williams: 4/1 at Bet365
Marion Bartoli: 9/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 10/1 at Victor Chandler
Sam Stosur: 10/1 at Boylesports
Agnieszka Radwanska: 22/1 at Victor Chandler
Julia Goerges: 33/1 at Victor Chandler
WTA Bank of the West Classic betting tip: Well, we are going to stick with one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka here. The draw has been kind from her. From the other half of the draw, we are going to go Marion Bartoli, who keeps doing things right at the moment, but always flies under the radar. Bartoli also won this tournament back in 2009.
17th June 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Maria Sharapova is trading as joint favourite for 2011 Wimbledon betting at the moment, and at a best price of 9/2 with Boylesports, she represents some good value. For starters, this is a tournament which she has won before, and that experience could prove vital. She went close in the French Open a couple of weeks ago, the only Grand Slam which she has never won. She has been pushing hard this since Indian Wells in March, when her season really got under way. She reached the semi finals there before reaching the final in Miami in her next tournament. She finally struck gold in Rome when she beat Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur on her way to the title there on clay. She had a great run at the French Open, and realistically the title was hers for the taking after the higher seeds tumbled. However, she just could not find a way to deal with eventual winner Na Li in the semi finals, which was a bit of a surprise to many. But one thing which Maria Sharapova will carry into Wimbledon 2011 is form and she is in the best form which she has been for a long time. That will make her a threat as her seeding will ensure her safe passage through to the quarter finals without meeting a seeded player. Maria Sharapova will start as joint favourite and therefore she is perceived as a big threat. The other women on the tour won’t want to particularly meet her at the moment.
Sharapova has not won a Grand Slam since 2008, but her hard work over the last two years has fired her up the rankings to sixth in the world. She has certainly gained a lot of momentum in her game over the last twelve months or so after falling in anonymity. The change in coach looks to have done wonders for her, and it is easy to forget how much she has accomplished in her career and she is only still 24 years old. He was meant to turn up at the AEGON International at Eastbourne, where a host of top seeds stepped out on grass in preparation. The Russian withdrew there because of illness, but should be fit and raring to go for Wimbledon. This will be the eighth appearance for Sharapova at Wimbledon, and she has valuable experience there. She has attracted a lot of betting action ahead of Wimbledon, even though it has been seven years since she won there as a 17 year old. If you are thinking of betting on Sharapova at Wimbledon 2011, then it is good to look at her grass court game, which is very good. The players don’t get a lot of time on grass, throughout the course of the year, but Sharapova has a game to match the surface. She is way more powerful than she looks, and keeping the ball low and flat over the net will work to her favour. She is moving very well at the moment, anticipating well, and while most of the top ten players in the world cannot boast having a Grand Slam to their name, Sharapova has three. She is on top of her game at the moment, but still looking to get better, so she could make a great run at the Wimbledon 2011 title here and worth looking at in tennis betting.
Maria Sharapova Wimbledon 2011 betting is pretty good value right now. Another major aspect of Sharapova’s game is her doggedness. There is no better player in the WTA when her back is a against the wall. She will grind out points down to the very last drop of sweat in her to get something out of it. Her defence is usually pretty solid, and likes punching from the baseline with weighty shots that somehow belie her small frame. But if things are tight in matches, if things are going down to the wire under high pressure, then Sharapova is usually the one to turn to. Yes, there are the added factors of both Williams sisters bringing something else to the draw, but Sharapova is a winner, a champion and will be hungry to get back to Centre Court on the final Saturday. She should be well rested after pulling out of Birmingham. This will be a great test to see if she really is back on top of her game, as she hasn’t made it past the fourth round in her last four attempts at the All England Club. That hasn’t stopped punters backing her, and bookies installing her as favourite to take the title. She is arguably playing the best tennis since she returned to the game after her shoulder injury a couple of years ago. Worth a punt at the moment as a favourite, with joint favourite Serena Williams working her way back into the game. Along with the two Williams sisters, Sharapova is the only other Wimbledon Champion in the field this year, and that really has to count for a lot.
2011 Wimbledon Women’s Draw
Tournament favourite Maria Sharapova has a fascinating draw ahead. The Russian starts off fellow country woman Anna Chakvetadze in the first round, and Britain’s Laura Robson could be a second round opponent for Sharapova. The first seed that Sharapova can meet is Lucie Safarova (31st seed) who is in pretty good form at the moment. Potential fourth round opponent for Sharapova is likely to be Samantha Stour (5th seed). Things get really interesting then for Maria Sharapova and her quest to win her second Wimbledon title, as the 2011 Women’s Draw has landed her in a tough half. Sharapova could well meet world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter finals (or French Open Champion Na Li). A match against Wozniacki would almost feel like a final at that point, with the world number one facing the tournament favourite. Should Sharapova bet the one to deny Wozniacki her first Grand Slam there, there could be an equally tough clash against Serena Williams in the semi finals. Those two are just two of three women in the entire field who have won at Wimbledon before (the other being Venus Williams). So there is an incredible top half of the draw coming for the fortnight as momentum will build towards major clashes. From the other half of the draw, potential finalists could be five times winner Venus Williams, second seed Vera Zvonareva, the red hot Victoria Azarenka, or top outside bet Petra Kvitova. Should be a big two weeks ahead in the 2011 Wimbledon Draw at the All England Club.
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Women’s Wimbledon 2011 Outright Winner Tennis Betting
Maria Sharapova: 9/2 at Boylesports
Serena Williams: 5/1 at Unibet
Na Li: 8/1 at Totesport
Venus Williams: 17/2 at Victor Chandler
Petra Kvitova: 10/1 at Blue Square
Caroline Wozniacki: 12/1 at SkyBet
Vera Zvonareva: 20/1 at Victor Chandler
Samantha Stosur: 28/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 33/1 at Totesport
Daniela Hantuchova: 40/1 at 888Sport