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March 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Sony Open Tennis Betting Info
The action in Miami is one of the biggest events on the calendar outside of the Grand Slams. There is Grand Slam quality field in attendance though for the Premier Mandatory event. Serena Williams is back in action this week after her boycott of Indian Wells over the past fortnight. That will mean that she is fresh and ready to go this week and she will start the event as favourite. But all the other big guns like Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova will be waiting to shut her down.
Latest WTA Sony Open Tennis betting odds at online bookmaker Unibet
Serena Williams 5/4, Maria Sharapova 3/1, Victoria Azarenka 7/2, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Li Na 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki
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WTA Sony Open Tennis Betting Favourite
This is Serena Williams all the way here. As powerful as she has been in the women’s game, this is one tournament where she has really been excellent. It is one of her most successful tournaments and that is the last thing that the others in the field need to heard. She has won the even five times before but hasn’t tasted Miami glory since back in 2008. This is the first outing for Williams since reclaiming her place as world number one in the rankings on February 18th. She hasn’t had things all her way this season though, because of injury largely, losing in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and then to Victoria Azarenka in the final of Doha. But this is Florida, her home turf and would expect to see her powering her way to the semi finals at the very least.
Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova will take some extra backing this week as she stormed to the Indian Wells title on the weekend. In the California final she powered her way past Caroline Wozniacki, her low, powerful hitting totally destroying the Dane. That was a title that Sharapova really needed as she has been guilty of bottling it at the business end of tournaments when it matters most. That could just the confidence boost that she needs, and she moved up to world number two as well with the win. Something to put into context though is that she didn’t really meet any tough opponent along the way, although she still didn’t drop a set on her way to the title. She didn’t face anyone inside the top seven in the world to claim the Indian Wells title. It’ll be a bigger ask this week.
So onto Victoria Azarenka, who has been having a fine season, defending her titles in Doha and at the Australian Open. She looked well on track for a title run in Indian Wells before she had to pull out of her quarter final match against Caroline Wozniacki with an ankle problem. It was a problem that had been niggling her even before the tournament had started and she decided that she didn’t want to risk it any further. The problem is tendinitis and inflammation, but the Belarusian has decided to head to Florida next week anyway. It does raise questions about her fitness and ability to go all the way though. It’s understandable that she’s being stubborn after winning twice before here. Despite two tournament withdraws because of injury, Azarenka has posted a 17-0 match record for the season.
There was a return to form for Germany’s Angelique Kerber last week at Indian Wells who made a run to the semi final. That is the best we have seen of the promising starlet and hopefully she can build upon that. She really should have gone better, being a set and a break up against Wozniacki in the semi final, but then Wozniacki started playing some incredibly unplayable stuff. Bit of a fluke result, but at least there was promising signs that Kerber is back to her best. It will be a bit of momentum with her. Another dangerous floater in the draw is former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who also blew a set lead at Indian Wells. That was in the quarter finals against Maria Kirilenko. But Kvitova, who win in Dubai in mid February should still be a threat.
It will also be interesting to see how Caroline Wozniacki reacts to getting to her first Premier Mandatory final for a couple of years. She was totally blown out of the water there by Sharapova, and there may be some work and way for the former world number one to go yet before backing her with any confidence of taking a big title like this. Italian Sara Errani continues her good form, going as number eight seed for the Sony Open. She took a quarter final place at Indian Wells last week before crashing into the brick wall defence of Maria Sharapova. The diminutive Italian is well on top of her game though.
Best Outside Bet
Seems a little strange to be calling Agnieszka Radwanska an outside bet, but she should be. She has gone off the boil after a blistering start to the new season. What may make her value though is that she recorded the biggest title of her WTA here at last season’s event. The conditions should suit and her and because of her dip in form will fly under the radar. With only Kvitova being a likely quarter final opponent, there’s a big chance for her to bounce back.
March 9th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Info
The first big field since the 2013 Australian Open will be in force at Indian Wells, for this Premier tiered tournament in California. The best in the world is out for this one, all except Serena Williams, who is still on her boycott of the event along with sister Venus. That leaves the defending champion Victoria Azarenka as outright favourite to go on and win this one. Can anyone stop the powerful and in form Belarusian at Indian Wells?
WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Victoria Azarenka 11/10, Maria Sharapova 4/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/1, Angelique kerber 18/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Sam Stosur 30/1, Mona Barthel 40/1
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WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Favourite
Victoria Azarenka has been taking some heavy backing for Indian Wells, especially with the absence of Serena Williams. It has been back to back titles for the Belarusian this season, after successfully defending her Australian Open title, she followed it up with a title defence in Doha as well. That was important because she actually beat Serena Williams in the final, snapping a long losing streak against the American. Definitely has looked on top of her game this season, has looked untroubled and powerful, confident serving is on her side. Favourable draw for her, really should dominate the top half of the 2013 Indian Wells draw.
Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova should make her presence known. The problem with her is that she should steam through to the latter stages of tournaments, which she does, but then her game falls apart when it matters most. She was imperious through the early rounds of the Australian Open and then just didn’t turn up against Na Li in the semi finals. Still, an easy draw for her, so should go well to the semi finals. Was a finalist here last season, losing against Azarenka, who seems to be a very tough opponent for her to crack.
Sharapova could meet Sara Errani in the semi finals of this season’s tournament, and the Italian could be one of the surprise packages of 2013 Indian Wells. She actually wouldn’t be that much of a surprise package because she in good form. She landed four titles last season on Tour and has followed that up already this year with another. Errani won in Acapulco recently, but that was on clay, where she is something of an expert. Still, can’t ignore the fact that she has been in three finals already this season. Not as prominent on hard courts as clay, but form is with her.
Petra Kvitova could be some interesting value at Indian Wells. She finally found her way back into the winners circles as she beat Sara Errani in the final of Doha. She beat Agnieszka Radwanska along the way as well. A little hit and miss because she has had early tournament exits this year, but will the Doha win have put her back in top gear? Actually because of Kvitova’s slight unpredictability, it could be worth looking at Dominika Cibulkova to take Kvitova’s quarter. Power personified, she has her consistency issues too, but could produce if she brings her A game.
But Agnieszka Radwanska could be the one to back from the bottom half off the draw. Started the season so strongly with back to back titles, and then lost in the quarter finals against Na Li at the Australian Open. She followed that up with a loss against Azarenka in the semi finals of Doha (and Azarenka has a firm hold over the Pole), but then bombed in Dubai losing in the quarter finals against Petra Kvitova, not being on top of her game there. But has the class and composure to play her way to the top of the quarter. Has to raise her game just another 10%.
Best Outside Bet
It has to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the moment. Unlike Errani, who has kept her levels up after a career season, Kerber hasn’t hit the heights she is capable of this season. Her best performance was a semi final in Sydney. She was a semifinalist at Indian Wells last season in her great year, where she lost to Azarenka. There has to be better to come from her at some point. Kerber is an 18/1 shot with online bookmaker Paddy Power in WTA Indian Wells tennis betting.
February 4th, 2013 / paul - Category:
For some of the world’s top men players, the Davis Cup is an inconvenience that has to be endured. A few will avoid the tournament if they possibly can unless it fits neatly into their schedule or preparations. Others regard it as an honour to represent their country. Novak Djokovic, for example, rarely misses one of Serbia‘s ties.
It’s the same in the women’s game as you often find the top-ranked players have something better to do when the Fed Cup comes around. Maria Sharapova, for example, won’t be lining up for Russia against Japan in the quarter-finals of the World Group next weekend but the Russians still look to have a very strong line-up this year and are fully deserving of their best 5/2 quote from Paddy Power to emerge as winners.
It’s inconceivable that they should lose to Japan in Moscow. The best Japanese player is Ayumi Morita and she is only ranked 60 in the world. That means she’s rated considerably lower than all four of the Russian team, two of which are in the world’s top 20 (Maria Kirilenko and Ekterina Makarova). The Russians were unlucky to come up against inspired Ana Ivanovic in last year’s Fed Cup semi-finals and went out in a close-fought encounter with Serbia. The Serbians will be a danger again at the 9/2 with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes but face no easy task in their quarter-final with Slovakia (25/1 with Ladbrokes). Promoted back to the World Group last year, Slovakia have won two of their previous three meetings with Serbia in the Fed Cup and Matek Liptak‘s team should enjoy the hardcourt surface in Nis.
Opinion is divided on Italy, who are rated 5/1 chances by Paddy Power but are only half those odds at Ladbrokes. Led by Sara Errani, they face the USA in the quarter-finals. The two teams have met 11 times since the inception of the Fed Cup in 1963 but it took the Italians until 2009 to get the better of the Americans. They won again in 2010, however, and were top seeds last year only to lose in the semi-finals to the Czech Republic. The USA might struggle again on clay in Rimini while the Czechs will be a danger to all again as they have home advantage in the quarter-finals against Australia. Petra Kvitova seems to love playing Fed Cup and has led her team to successive finals. They beat Serbia in the final last year and are top seeds this and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing a repeat at Ladbrokes’ 4/1 as they are only 9/4 with Paddy Power. The four losing quarter-finalists will play the winning World Group II winners to decide next year’s World Group line-up.
January 28th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Info
After the heat of Melbourne, the WTA stars out in action this week in Paris will be playing indoors. This is the first indoor stop on the calendar year for the WTA Tour and is the second biggest women’s tournament in the country behind Roland Garros. Big famous list of past champions at the event, but it was the rising star of Angelique Kerber which shone brightest last year. The young German isn’t back to defend her title, but seven of the world’s top twenty will be battling it out.
WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Favourite
Czech star Petra Kvitova goes as favourite in Paris tennis betting this week. The former Wimbledon champion took the title back in 2011 and so knows her way around here. She missed out on her title defence last year and this year she has suffered some very poor January blues, which may keep her from the trophy again. 2012 was a season of illness and inconsistency for her and she crashed out of the second round of the Australian Open against Laura Robson in three sets. That was her third tournament of the year, and followed a second round loss in Brisbane and a first round crushing defeat in Sydney prior to the first Grand Slam of 2013. So there are early troubles for the big hitting Czech and as favourite, there will be major hesitations about her. However, this could be a springboard because there is no better indoor player on the WTA Tour than Kvitova. She gets indoors, she usually goes deep. Kvitova is 7/2 favourite at online bookmaker Bet365.
France’s very own Marion Bartoli should be one of the front runners this week. The bubbly and bouncing Frenchwoman made it to the final last year, but couldn’t get the better of Angelique Kerber in three sets. Some decent early form from Bartoli who went to the quarterfinals of Shenzhen before losing in the round of 32 at the Australian Open against giant killer Ekaterina Makarova. Her run to the Paris final last year here came on the back of a semifinal appearance the season before. So is she going to go all of the way this year? Would run into Kvitova in the semi finals though.
The hit and miss performances of Germany’s Julia Goerges have shown up again in the early season. She fought her way to the round of sixteen at the Australian Open before bowing out to losing finalist Na Li. The big hitting Goerges didn’t find her feet in her two build up tournaments, so maybe again it is a momentum thing for her. She reached the quarter finals here last season and with the poor form of Kvitova, being in the same quarter as the Czech, there’s a good chance for Georges to produce this week.
Italy’s Sara Errani goes as top seed this week but the odds on her may be a bit flattering. Bombed in the first round at the 2013 Australian Open, but there’s the advantage for the diminutive Italian (a clay court specialist) who is in the other half of the draw from Kvitova. But also in the other half is Klara Zakopalova who is in much better form. The Czech, ranked 24th in the world reached the final of Shenzhen at the start of the season, beating Marion Bartoli along the way and there could be good value in taking her for a decent run. She was a semi finalist here last season.
Dominika Cibulkova looks as if she will be a big challenger too. The small, yet mightily powerful Slovenian found great form at Sydney, prior to the Australian Open. She powered her way to the final, beating Kvitova, Errani and Kerber along the way. She was destroyed 6-0 6-0 in the final by Agnieszka Radwanska though, and failed to carry that form through to the Australian Open. Rested and fit, she could go well.
Best Outside Bet
Germany’s Mona Barthel. Still knocking on the door of the big times, but so much potential. Great early season form in Auckland and Sydney. Lost in the first round of Melbourne Park though, so well rested. In the tougher half along with Kvitova, but that’s what she is, an outside bet at 20/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.
Latest WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Petra Kvitova 7/2, Marion Bartoli 9/2, Dominika Cibulkova 7/1, Sara Errani 7/1, Lucie Safarova 9/1, Klara Zakopalova 12/1, Mona Barthel 20/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 20/1, Roberta Vinci 20/1, Julia Goerges 25/1
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December 20th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
What does the 2013 Australian Open Tennis betting have in store for the women’s draw? The action starts in Melbourne on January 14th, 2013 and with such competitive action in the WTA last season, who gain control early?
Can Azarenka defend title?
The 2012 season started with a bang for world number one Victoria Azarenka, who toppled Maria Sharapova in the final, breezing to a 6-3 6-0 easy win. That was the breakthrough moment of Belarusian Azarenka’s career, taking her first Grand Slam title. It was a victory that set her up for a tremendous season which saw her take six titles and setting a new record for the most prize money during a single season on the WTA, finishing just short of $8 million. Azarenka is going to be worth a look for 2013 Australian Open Tennis betting, because she is at home on the hard court more than anywhere else. She also went on a tear to close out the season before falling in the end of season WTA Championships semi final to Maria Sharapova. Much like Andy Murray in the men’s game, Azarenka has to prove that she is not just one of the many one Slam wonders on the women’s Tour. If she steps up yet another level, then she will get very close to more in 2013. She had never been past the quarter final of the Australian Open before she landed the win last term, but being the reigning champion and the player closest to Serena Williams in terms of power, there is a bit of value in Victoria Azarenka 2013 Australian Open betting odds. She is trading at 3/1 second favourite with online bookmaker Bet365 at the moment.
Williams favourite for Melbourne
Vika is second favourite because of Serena Williams, who is dominating the Australian Open Tennis betting market. The American was stunning throughout the second half of the season. Once she had gotten her hands on the Wimbledon title (beating Azarenka in the semis), there was no looking back. Williams took five titles out of the next six events she entered, getting the better again of Azarenka in two more of those tournaments. Power personified, there doesn’t look like any reason why she won’t get back her number one spot in the world at some point during 2013, unless Azarenka overturns a poor head to head record against her. After not winning a Grand Slam since the 2010 Wimbledon showing, Williams blitzed her way to the Wimbledon and US Open titles last season. She is no stranger to the Australian Open title, winning it five times already in her career and in the 2013 draw, she will be the one to stop. Firm favourite and hard to look past. She fell at the fourth round last season, but that was before she had really gotten her foothold in the season. She is fit, she is powerful and she should be in the final. Serena Williams Australian Open tennis betting odds has her as overwhelming favourite at 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365, still offering some positive value.
Sharapova sights on second Australian Open title
Maria Sharapova will be hoping to build on a good season last term. With her Grand Slam title at the French Open, the Russian completed the set of winning each Grand Slam. That remains her only title since claiming the Australian Open back in January of 2008. Still, she is one of the top players around at the moment, her grit and determination pushing her close. She lost the final of the Australian Open last season against Azarenka and that is the issue which she needs to get over. She is superb behind her first serve and when that is working, so is she. However, when it came to the crunch matches against either Victoria Azarenka or Serena WIlliams, she ultimately falls a little short. The potential and talent is there, it is whether she can channel her aggression to really punch toe to toe with the other two big guns in the game. She is back in the pecking order for 2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting because of those issues.
Kvitova, Radwanska and Kerber potential
While the big three front runners should ultimately scrap it out for the title between them, it is worth looking at some longer shots. The threat of left hander Petra Kvitova, who showed glimpses of her best last season, could be there if she is on top of her game. She had the world at her feet when she won Wimbledon in 2011 and had a pretty good run in the Slams last year, despite some general patchy form and fitness over the year. She hit the semi finals of both the Australian Open and French Open last term and it is the power and awkwardness from the left hander which will make her a decent threat. She has improved by a round every season she has entered the Australian Open. The next step would be the final for her. The same can be said of Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska who was one of the most consistent players on the WTA, picking up titles and failing to grab her first Grand Slam title when she lost to Serena WIlliams in the final of Wimbledon. Immense potential, but questions over her game when it comes up against power.
One of the sensations of the WTA last season was Germany’s Angelique Kerber who had a breakthrough season in her career. The young German became a top 5 player and really showed her potential again by hitting the semi final of Wimbledon with a fantastic run. Still needs a bit more to her game, but she is not too far away from being a real challenger in the Grand Slams. She will have more expectation on her shoulders this time around and other players will be wary of her. Kerber was the only player to beat Serena Williams in a match from the start of Wimbledon to the end of the season. If there is an outside shot worthy of taking it, then it will be Kerber who guns for her first Slam success.
2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Serena Williams 6/4, Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Li Na 16/1, Angelique Kerber 18/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 25/1
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October 20th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2012 WTA Championships Betting Info
It is off to Istanbul for the big season-ender of the year’s tennis action from the WTA. This is an eight-woman tournament, who topped the list in the Race to Istanbul. Because of the ranking points earned over the course of the season, you are getting the best of the best going head to head against each other in the exciting tournament which kicks off with a round-robin event before moving on to the knock-outs. The World Number One Victoria Azarenka is there, along with the might of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Who will take the honours in Istanbul this year?
2012 WTA Championships Betting Defending Champion
The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova took the title here last year in an immense showing of power. The Czech was bang on top of her game last year, and while she has struggled with injury and illness in 2013, she is back and sounding confident of her chances. Even though she has been a bit below par for most of the season, she has still picked up two titles this season and made it to the semi finals of the Australian Open and the French Open this year. Petra Kvitova is a great indoor player. Perhaps the best on Tour. After a slow first half of the season, she was building momentum across the US swing of the season before a stomach bug struck her down on the Asian Tour. She is fit and ready to go though and both Kvitova and her coach know that there is more to come. The 2011 Wimbledon Champion beat Victoria Azarenka in the final of last year’s event. Because she hasn’t been on top form, she is an outside bet, but a good one at that. She will adapt better to the indoor game more than most and on the US swing, she was playing some pretty unstoppable tennis. If that Kvitova turns up, then there is a good chance for her. Petra Kvitova is trading at 11/1 with online bookmaker Paddy Power.
Kvitova has a winning career head to head records against Azarenka and losing ones against Sharapova and Williams.
2012 WTA Championships Betting Favourite
No, the world number one does not go as favourite, instead it is Serena Williams who heads the betting list. Ranked number three in the world, she has had an immense season, running up six titles and a hugely impressive 53-4 match record for the season. Including winning Wimbledon this year back in June, she went on a blistering 19 match winning streak. She responded to having her winning streak snapped by rolling back into action at the US Open and grinding her way past Victoria Azarenka in the final. Devastating power, Serena Williams will bring to the table and will be a force to be reckoned with.
She hasn’t had the easiest time of things in the WTA Championships though, with a 15-5 career record. Three of the last four years she has withdrawn because of injury. She has won this twice before, in 2001 and in 2009 and because she hasn’t played competitively since the US Open, she is going to be hungry and ready to power her way to the title. She has proven this year in consistently getting the better of Azarenka, that she is without doubt, one of the best still in the game. Williams is trading at a price of 5/4 at online bookmaker Paddy Power. Perhaps backing up the case for Serena Williams is this, she is 4-0 against Azarenka this season and 2-0 against Sharapova.
The only player in the field to have beaten Williams this season is Angelique Kerber.
Latest 2012 WTA Championships Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Serena William 5/4, Victoria Azarenka 15/8, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Petra Kvitova 11/1, Angieszka Radwanska 14/1, Li Na 16/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Sara Errani 50/1
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Victoria Azarenka has to be counted into action here as she has hit a tremendous patch of form. This will be her fourth appearances at the WTA Championships, having lost the final last year against Kvitova The Belarusian has matched Williams by winning six titles this year, and broke through as a Grand Slam champion in taking the Australian Open. In the build up to the WTA Championships, while others have been taking a break, she has rattled off back to back titles in Beijing and Linz, the latter tournament being an important indoor title as a warm up. She has been delivering immense power and consistency and is looking right on top of her, hitting her peak at the right time. Significantly she beat Maria Sharapova in the final of Beijing easily. Azarenka is the front runner here alongside Williams without a doubt. In great form and looking hot right now.
From al the opponents in the Istanbul field, Azarenka only has a losing head to head against Williams Kvitova.
Maria Sharapova has picked up two Tour titles this year. More often than not this season, her greatest foe and thorn in the side has been Victoria Azarenka, having lost four finals to the Belarusian this season. If Serena Williams and Azarenka weren’t around then you wouldn’t have any problems in getting money down on Sharapova. She is the grittiest fighter on the WTA Tour and will pack a punch. Unfortunately when she goes up against either Azarenka of Williams she just can’t seem to match up well enough, nor consistently enough. No reason why she can’t be there or thereabouts in the final, as she has a pretty good track record at the WTA Championships. She has won it one, finished runner up once and made the semi finals twice. She withdrew from last season’s finals because of an injury.
Sharapova has losing career head to head records against Azarenka and Williams.
Poland’s Angieszka Radwanska has picked up three titles in a big season for her to climb to fourth in the world. She’s also in good form, reaching the final of Tokyo recently. A great player, perhaps not enough power to get through a tough, enduring event. China’s Na Li will entertain and she picked up her first title of the season in Cincinnati recently. Making her first appearance in the WTA Championships is Italian Sara Errani who has won four titles this season (all on clay).
Best Outside Bet
Angelique Kerber will be favourite outside bet all the way here. This is the German’s first crack at the WTA Championships and she deservedly booked her place. She has been the big surprise success package of the season. She was the fifth player to book her place in the end of season tournament, picking up two titles this season,the first of her career. She jumped from a ranking of 32 this time last year in the singles, up to a current high of 6th in the world. She has come that far. There has been few players more consistent than Germany’s Kerber this season. She has scored victories over the best in the world along the way as well If she’s fit (she recently retired from Beijing) then she could surprise the entire field.
Head to Head Stats: This is where the story will tell a big tale for your 2012 WTA Championships betting. You need to look at who has done well against the others of the elite 8 appearance in Istanbul in 2012. Azarenka has a 14-5 record this season against the others in the field, while Serena Williams has a 9-1 record. The only other with a positive record is Maria Sharapova with a tight 11-8.
August 22nd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Info
There is a big chance of an historic five-peat happening in the WTA this week, that is because former World Number One Caroline Wozniacki is gunning for her fifth straight title here. The Danish starlet has dominated the event recently, and is back as one of the main highlights of the tournament for 2012. This will be the final preparations ahead of the action at Flushing Meadows next week and the 2012 US Open. So there is only four of the top ten players in the world in attendance this week at New Haven. Still, there are plenty of good betting opportunities out there to take advantage of.
WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Caroline Wozniacki, as we have touched upon is the defending champion here, however, she is going to be a long way from being the favourite. Which is strange considering her track record at the event. Why is that? Well it is because the former world number one has been a long way short of her best this year. She has had promising runs, like her recent semi final in Montreal where she pushed hard against eventual winner Petra Kvitova, but then she followed it up with a routine round of sixteen defeat in Cincinnati last week. So she has not looked close to a title since her runner up effort at Copenhagen back in April. That was a long time ago. Her defence is not what it was, she is perhaps burned out a bit and not looking supremely confidence as she did when she was on top of the world. Still, if a title is going to come her way this year, with her track record, you would assume that her best chance will be here. She is trading around 3/1 at online betting exchange BetFair.
WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Favourite
Petra Kvitova has been making a welcome return to the WTA spotlight. After scrapping it out with Na Li for the title in Montreal, she went straight through to the semi’s of Cincinnati last week. Good to see her back on her game and a much stronger prospect here really than Wozniacki. Kvitova has had a tough year, but she has shown some resilience in getting back to the kind of form she was in twelve months ago. It’s been hard work, but she has been putting in the hours and it is paying off again and could be just peaking at the right time to take on the US Open at Flushing Meadows next week. Kvitova is in good shape at the moment, serving well and has the power to go all of the way here. Kvitova is trading at a price of 2/1 with online betting exchange BetFair.
Great field out this week, despite only four of them being from the top ten. Agnieszka Radwanska is one of those from the top ten, but is just struggling to find that ruthless edge at the moment. She isn’t one of the biggest hitters and just looks perhaps as if she is running out of a bit of steam after such a long season. She is bursting with class though and after a disappointing couple of weeks she will be keen to get her touch back ahead of the US Open and that could just make her a danger here in the field. She goes as top seed and the number three in the world wouldn’t hit Kvitova until the final itself.
Italian Sara Errani had a phenomenal season on the clay court swing of the season, picking up four titles. She is a really scrappy little player and this isn’t too difficult of a field for her to conquer. Confidence shouldn’t be a problem for her really, the only question is over her surface ability. She is immense on clay, but has taken a while to transition back to the hard court where she is less comfortable. Still, is she gets into gear, could make an interesting challenger.
Marion Bartoli is just tempting to have a punt on. The Frenchwoman had a tremendous season last year, but has been struggling with injury and therefore maintaining her status. There were signs in July that she was back on the right back, making the quarters of Stanford and then the final of Carlsbad. She hasn’t matched up well against the big guns this season, but this is not an overly competitive field so she could string a run together. Not too bad of a shout really and could run into Errani at the quarter final stage.
Dominika Cibulkova will be one to watch out for as well as she is in decent shape and goes as sixth seed. She is in the loaded top half of the draw where Wozniacki, Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko are all residing. She won in Carlsbad ahead of the Olympics and had to retire with an injury concern from Cincinnati last week. She came through her New Haven first round match though and there is tough draw ahead of her. Dangerous outsider if she is fit.
Best Outside Bet
Young German starlet Mona Barthel is in the mix and could be a threat to Radwanska in the top quarter of the draw. Barthel is one of the best young players on the WTA Tour and very well likely be the next big thing in a couple of years. Has tasted victory on the WTA this season already and took out the experienced Daniela Hantuchova in the first round here. Probably the most dangerous floater in the field. Barthel is trading at 37/1 with online betting exchange BetFair.
Latest WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Prices at online betting exchange BetFair
Petra Kvitova 2/1, Caroline Wozniacki 3/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 4/1, Dominika Cibulkova 19/2, Sara Errani 19/2, Marion Bartoli 10/1, Maria Kirilenko 20/1
August 13th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Info
The WTA Tour stars will next be focused on the US Open which starts later in the month. So these tournaments over the next couple of weeks are going to be big preparation events ahead of that. Your tennis betting this week is held out in Cincinnati, which is a joint event for both men and women. There are a decent crop of big names out in force, despite almost overlapping with Montréal which had a Monday finish with the women’s event. Where is plenty of good value around this week, in a competitive field all queueing up behind Olympic gold medal winner Serena Williams.
WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Russia’s Maria Sharapova overcame Jelena Jankovic in Cincinnati 12 months ago, in an epic marathon final. However the Russian tennis queen, who picked up a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics is not back to defend her title this week.
WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams, without much surprise is trading as favourite in WTA Cincinnati betting. The American will be looking to settle down back onto the hard-court ahead of the action to come at Flushing Meadows for the US open. Williams is on a run of 17 straight wins, collecting the titles at Wimbledon, Stanford and then at the Olympics. At the London 2012 games, she destroyed top rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. However, Williams has an odd history in Cincinnati because she has never made it to the final of the event. Williams is just looking very powerful at the moment and will be expected to at least book herself a place in the semifinals again. There could be a quarter-final match-up against Germany’s in form Angelique Kerber. However with a form of Williams at the moment proving unbeatable over the last three events she has entered, the American star is simply trading as a strong favourite in the tennis betting this week.
The Czech Republic’s former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will bring some confidence with her to Cincinnati after a run to the final in Montréal for the Rogers cup. It has been quite a while since we have seen Kvitova really pushing hard for titles, but there have been many positive signs over the past few weeks that she is getting somewhere near her very best. She has had a quiet, understated and patchy season, not helped by injury, but in Canada she looked to be moving much more freely and striking the ball with much better timing than she has for a while. With the draw set out in front of her, considered the should easily make the quarter-finals. However you have to weigh up the fact that she played the final of Montréal on Monday so tiredness could be an issue with her. She would run into Caroline Wozniacki at the quarter-final stage and then most likely Serena Williams in the semifinals. Williams is trading as strong 4/5 favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will be looking to close the gap on world number one spot with a good performance this week. After a surprise first-round exit at the Olympics, Radwanska bounced back to reach the quarter-finals of Montréal last week. However she ran into China’s Na Li who was in blistering form, and Radwanska only managed to take three games off her opponent in that match. However both of them had already played a match earlier in the day before they had their coming together, so it is hard to read a lot into it. Radwanska has been one of the most consistent performers on the WTA this season and is due a good run at a final. Radwanska has good looking draw, with only Na Li to really concern her in her quarter of the draw, but the Polish star should be a lot fresher of the two.
Because of her form in Montréal for the Rogers cup, China’s Na Li deserves to be taken into consideration. The thing is with Li so she can be patchy with her form. But when she is on song she has explosive with her flat ball striking, which suits the hard-court very well. But like Petra Kvitova, Na Li’s success in Montréal in reaching the final may come back to have a detrimental effect on her run at Cincinnati this week. However there is not too bad of a draw in front of her, but may have to go through Marion Bartoli and Agnieszka Radwanska to make the final. That could be a bit of a tall order this week.
Denmark’s former world number one Caroline Wozniacki needs to be mentioned as well after raising her game at the Rogers cup in Montréal last week. Wozniacki, who has been having a difficult and indifferent 2012 reached the semi-final in Montréal and lost in three sets to Petra Kvitova. But there were some good positives from her run, as we saw her dig deep and not get bullied around like she has done this season. Wozniacki goes in Petra Kvitova’s quarter of the draw, which means that there will probably be a semi-final match-up against Serena Williams should she get that far. With Williams’ dominance in the game at the moment, a semi-final appearance this week as well from Wozniacki would be a pretty good triumph for her.
Best Outside Bet
There are a couple of interesting outside bets to have a look at, and you would normally start with Germany’s Angelique Kerber. However because she is in Serena Williams’ quarter of the draw that will put the German star at a disadvantage. So some attention may be due to French star Marion Bartoli, who reached the final of Carlsbad in July. She is in the top two for the US open series rankings and she was undone by Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Masters cup last week. There should be more to come from the scrappy, bouncy Bartoli though. She is in a position to capitalise on Na Li’s tiring run to the final Montréal, which could leave just Agnieszka Radwanska in her way in reaching the semi finals. Bartoli is trading at a price of 50/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.
Latest WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Serena Williams 4/5, Petra Kvitova 5/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 7/1, Na Li 9/1, Sam Stosur 12/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1
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August 7th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Info
Big post-Olympic tennis tournament as some of the top players on the Women’s circuit leave London to head to Montreal for the lastest edition of the Rogers Cup. This is part of the US Open series, and only Wimbledon and the US Open have a deeper, richer history than this tournament. This is a Premier Tier event on the WTA circuit, which means that there will be plenty of stars out in force, and we even get to have a look at two recent Olympic medallists.
WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Serena Williams took the Rogers Cup title last year, however, the recent double gold winner at the London 2012 Olympics is not in attendance this year.
WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Favourite
With Williams out of the picture, that leaves Belarus star Victoria Azarenka as the betting favourite. Williams crushed Azarenka, the current world number one in the semi finals of the Olympics, but Vika did bounce back to grab the bronze medal with a win over Maria Kirilenko. She also struck gold in the mixed doubles with partner Max Mirnyi so her confidence shouldn’t be too dented. Azarenka has four titles to her name this year, including the Australian Open, but after blitzing all before her at the start of the season, she has found the going harder as the season has worn on. The last time she tasted victory was back in March at Indian Wells. Nothing wrong with her game really and has a decent enough track record to have a good go at things in Montreal, as she has been a three time semi finalists of the Rogers Cup. If she gets her powerful all round game going then she should be in the final four at least. Azarenka is trading as 3/1 favourite with online bookmaker Stan James.
Maria Sharapova will want to shake off the nightmare that beset her in the final of the Olympics, She managed to take just one game off gold medallist Serena Williams in terribly one sided match. That was a big shock because Sharapova is usually full of power herself, but neither she nor Azarenka was able to event make a dent in Williams’ defences at the Olympics, with the American just about being unplayable Still, Sharapova gained the silver medal in her Olympic début and there is some good incentive for her this week. Sharapova is close to Azarenka in the world rankings, and the 2012 French Open Champion could gain the number one spot this week. The Russian’s best finish at the Rogers Cup was a runner up back in 2009, and while this is a decent field, her power behind her first serve as well as her defence should get her deep into things this week.
Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska is trading well and that is because she should be really well rested. She was shocked in the first round of the Olympics as she went down in the first round against Germany’s Julia Goerges. Was expecting a lot more from the Pole who has been one of the best and most consistent players on the WTA this season. She sounds confident enough and will be happy to get back on hard courts. She has three titles on the WTA Tour this season, two of them having come on the hard court. Definitely a big threat and will want to prove herself after her the Olympic disappointment, especially after having made it to the final of Wimbledon prior to that.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber is still just about the hottest ticket on the WTA at the moment, and she had a good run tot he quarter finals of the Olympics where she ran into Azarenka in a tough match. But the German star has wrapped up two Tour titles this year and is ranked 7th in the world. She has had a tremendous season really and holds a 48-14 match record for the season heading to Montreal She has a pretty comfortable draw as well which she should capitalise on. Dominika Cibulkova finally made the breakthrough for the season that her potential has warranted. She went all the way in Carlsbad taking the title, but suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Olympics. She’s better than that and could bounce back. Petra Kvitova slowly looks to be getting back to her best and she is in the field as well.
Best Outside Bet
Sara Errani, going as eight seed has had a tremendous season. She recently arrived in the top ten after picking up four titles on the clay court swing of the season. That is her best surface, but she has an OK 11-7 season record on the hard court. The diminutive, plucky Italian doesn’t have a big serve and that’s why she likes slower courts. Shouldn’t be too much to trouble her on the way to the quarter finals though and she is a real fighter. Outside shot at 28/1 with online bookmaker Stan James.
Latest WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Prices at Stan James
Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Maria Sharapova 7/2, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/2, Angelique Kerber 8/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Sam Stosur 18/1, Na Li 22, Sabine Lisicki 22/1
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June 19th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Info
Sunny Eastbourne in England is the scene of the the AEGON Open where there is a whole lot of quality heading the field. Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season starts next week and therefore, this will be the last chance of a warm up for the players involved here. The big, big guns are not in attendance, but there is a great crop of quality to look at in your betting options. We’re not going to get carried away and look at British interest on home soil here, but it should be a pretty competitive week ahead of Wimbledon.
WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Defending Champion
It was the plucky French star Marion Bartoli who waltzed to glory on the grass at Eastbourne last season. She had a great run at the even, beating Victoria Azarenka, Sam Stosur and then Petra Kvitova in the final. She is back to defend her title, and the bubbly Bartoli will be looking to pick her form back up. She was strong in the first half of the season, but was hugely disappointing during the clay court swing of the season. She hasn’t been out since Roland Garros and the French Open, so we’ll get to see how she transitions to grass. She is a fantastic player, so energetic and reaches very deep for her points. You’re not backing her on current form, but tournament history from last year. That is why she is trading at 8/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.
WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Favourite
Tall, left handed Czech Petra Kvitova goes off as favourite on the grass for Eastbourne. You will remember that Kvitova broke through to the Grand Slam winners club at Wimbledon last season, when she was in unstoppable form. Hopefully we will get to see some of those kind of levels from her over the next few weeks. Kvitova has had her season hampered by injury just a little bit, but she has been slowly improving all the way. She had a good run on clay, reaching the semi finals of the French Open, losing there to Maria Sharapova. Kvitova has all the tools in her arsenal to win tournaments like this. She has been working towards the top of her game now and if she is fully fit and match sharp, which she is looking at the moment, then she is going to be worth a punt here and rightly favourite at 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365.
Agnieszka Radwanska is back in action for the first time since Roland Garros. She didn’t go well there surprisingly, but she still has had one of the strongest seasons of all WTA Players. She should be a good fit for the grass at Eastbourne, the pace of the game will just be a little bit quicker to suit her mood. Radwanska is a quality act and the peak of her career right at the moment. Remarkably, there just hasn’t been any let up in the quality or consistency of her performances this season and she should be well rested for her first steps on grass this season. Great player, full of enthusiasm and touches of class at the moment, and should be in the mix of the final four.
Fallen former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, we need to see back winning titles. Completely anonymous through the clay court swing of the season, which was no great surprise really. It was a shame that the clay came, because she was just starting to find her feet on the hard court. She is pretty comfortable on grass and we could see a strong week from her. She needs one, she really needs to get her hands on a title so that her confidence can get back up to where it belongs. That is at the top of the game. So steady improvement in her game before clay, what can she do on the grass ahead of Wimbledon? She actually makes a decent prospect and would expect a final four appearance.
There are couple of other good names which you may want to look out for. Lucie Safarova is a leftie, who is very awkward to play against and is in decent enough form. Then there is the quality and experience of Daniela Hantuchova, who can surprise the big guns.
Best Outside Bet
The best outside bet at Eastbourne is going to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber. What a season she has had and there doesn’t seem to any signs of it slowing either. She was pretty solid on clay, and reached the quarters of Roland Garros. Kerber has grown in stature so much in 2012 and is really peaking at the moment. She has broken the top in the world this season and there just looks more to come from this very exciting, enterprising and energetic German. Well worth a punt to come through the field.
Latest WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Petra Kvitova 6/4, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli 8/1, Angelique Kerber 15/2, Lucie Safarova, Daniela Hantuchova
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