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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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25th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The WTA Tournament of Champions Tennis betting has hit the semi final stage. The field of eight was has been cut in half, and we have had surprises already. You can catch all the action from Bali with online bookmaker Bet365 for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions who are providing live tennis streams. The tournament, which is accessible for some of the WTA’s winners from this season, lost its favourite, when Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli crashed out in the first round against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues. There was absolutely nothing in the form books or on paper to suggest that was ever going to happen, but the number one seed had to retire with the match poised at one set all with an ankle injury. So, with second seed Shuai Peng along with fourth seed Roberta Vinci crashing out as well, we have a pretty surprising semi final line up for your Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.

In the top half of the draw, Medina Garrigues goes up against the only remaining seed, Sabine Lisicki, who powered past Daniela Hantuchova in the first round. The young German Lisicki is now firm favourite to go and lift the title, and it would be fair reward for the great, enterprising season which she has  had after coming back from injury. Down in the bottom half of the draw, we have last year’s Bali winner Ana Ivanovic facing off against Nadia Petrova. Ivanovic beat out dark horse tip Roberta Vinci, and will now be favourite to muscle her way into the final. Out of the remaining four, Lisicki really played the best tennis in the first round, and is rightly worth backing as firm favourite. A Lisicki v Ivanovic final now looks on the cards.

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Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Semi Final Tennis Betting Odds
Ana Ivanovic 8/15 v Nadia Petrova 9/5
Sabine Lisicki 2/9 v Anabel Medina Gerrigues 4/1

Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Outright Winner Odds
Lisicki 5/4, Ivanovic 15/8, Petrova 4/1, Medina Garrigues 12/1


5th November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Bookmaker News

Online bookmaker Bet365 are providing live streams of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions matches this week from Bali. This is the final stop on the WTA Tennis International circuit for the year, so the last chance to get some great tennis betting action in for the women’s game! Fortunately, online bookmaker Bet365 have stepped up to the plate again, and are showing live streams of the matches from Bali. We have Marion Bartoli going as favourite, in an eight woman field which contains the bubbly Sabine Lisicki and last year’s Bali winner Ana Ivanovic. Thanks to the Bet365 live tennis streams, this is a great way to get closer to the action, and perhaps take advantage of some great live in play betting as well. The highly rated bookie Bet365 are there again for their customers with yet more superb live streams, which are free to enjoy. You need to be a customer at Bet365 of course to watch the live tennis action,  and new customers signing up can get a free £200 bet. Bet365 will match the value of your first deposit up to the maximum of that generous amount, giving you some incredible free cash to enjoy betting with. So tune in with Bet365 for your Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions live streams and enjoy your tennis betting with them!

Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Betting at Bet365
Marion Bartoli 2/1, Sabine Lisicki 9/2, Ana Ivanovic 9/2, Shuai Peng 13/2, Daniela Hantuchova 8/1, Roberta Vinci 10/1, Nadia Petrova 10/1, Anabel Medina Garrigues 25/1


3rd November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Sports Betting

There is some more superb WTA Tennis action this week. After the thrills of the WTA Championships last week, in which Petra Kvitova beat Victoria Azarenka in the final, we head to the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. It is off to Bali for this one, which runs from November 3rd to the 6th, and eight women compete in a single knockout format. While it is called the Tournament of Champions, it really isn’t entirely, as it is a mix of players who have won during the season, along with a couple of non-winning wildcards. It makes for a good blend of experience and youth in the event. But still, it is some great tennis action, and therefore some great tennis betting action in which to look at. The top eight players of the WTA season were involved in action last week, so this final event in the WTA International Series should be a little easier to call. With just eight women in the field, and knowing the draw, we can take a look at Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting.

Draw:
Marion Bartoli v Anabel Medina Garrigues
Sabine Lisicki v Daniela Hantuchova
Ana Ivanovic v Roberta Vinci
Nadia Petrova v Shuai Peng

Marion Bartoli (#1 Seed) 12/5 at Unibet
Well, Frenchwoman Bartoli made a stand in appearance in Istanbul last week, beating Victoria Azarenka in a meaningless Round Robin match, after Maria Sharapova had pulled out. Bartoli has had a fantastic season, winning in Osaka, and she has been in red hot form lately. Bartoli is a real fighter, very scrappy and doesn’t appear on the surface to have a lot of power in her game, but she really puts everything in to her shots, combine that with her movement and tenacity and you have a great player. Bartoli has won her last seven matches now, and is the highest ranked player at the event, entering as world number nine (hence having just missed out on the WTA Championships. Clear favourite in the field and no reason not to back her. She should cruise through her first round match against Spaniard Garrigues who is not in great form at all (but has won two events this year). We could see Bartoli against either Lisicki or Hantuchova in the semi final. The Frenchwoman can take either of those.

Sabine Lisicki (#3 Seed) 5/1 at Victor Chandler

Young German Lisicki has been thrilling crowds all over the world this year, from her exciting and dramatic Grand Slam appearances, to lifting titles in Birmingham and Dallas, she has been a breath of fresh air. Always wearing a smile and have some superb serving power in her game. Has the potential to be much higher than her #17 in the world, but the fact that she’s there after missing last year through injury is a testament to her talent. After winning in Dallas though, she hasn’t been in tip top form, and suffered two disappointing tournaments in October. Talented, will need to raise her game though. Evenly matched contest against Hantuchova in the first round. The draw would pit her against Bartoli in the semi’s, which would be a fantastic spectacle, however, leaning towards Bartoli being too strong. It’s a shame that Lisicki wasn’t in the other half of the draw, because Lisicki v Bartoli would have made a great final.

Shuai Peng (#2 Seed) 7/1 at UniBet
The young Chinese star has really made a great name for herself this season, reaching a career high of 14th in the world this year. She has pace and power, and while she hasn’t won either an ITF or WTA event this year, she has been knocking on the door and will only get better next season. Still, think it is worth getting behind Peng in your Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting, because she has what looks like an easy draw, and you feel that if an upset is going to come then it will be from her. She did lose against Bartoli at the end of September in Tokyo (was demolished actually), however, wouldn’t be surprised to see Peng in the final. Starts off against Nadia Petrova, who is a former world number three player. However, is not the player she was, has her days, but would expect Peng to rattle through her.

Ana Ivanovic (WC) 6/1 at Victor Chandler
The young Serbian won the event in Bali last year, and that was on the back of a tough year for her. She really hasn’t lived up to expectations this season either. We have seen glimpses of her at her very best, and let’s not forget she was world number one in 2008, but it seems as if her struggles to get right back on top of the world are going to continue. In as a wildcard against fourth seed Roberta Vinci, who has beaten Ivanovic twice this year. Don’t see a repeat coming from Ivanovic.

Roberta Vinci 12/1 at Stan James
The Italian has overturned a poor head to head against Ivanovic this year, beating the Serbian twice after losing four straight matches against her. Vinci has been a bit of a bright spark, winning three times on the International circuit this year. Vinci is going to make our top outside bet in Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting. The Italian hasn’t been in great form during October, but would expect her to bounce back. Would be a fascinating match against Peng in the semi’s which could go either way.

Predictions: Bartoli has the form and class to win this one. Lisicki is the closest challenger there. From the bottom half, which is the much easier part of the draw, can see Peng and Vinci battling it out for a place in the final. Vinci makes for a really good option in Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting.

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3rd November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The finale of the 2011 WTA Tennis Championships out in Istanbul Turkey serves up a treat on Sunday. It has been a fantastic week of indoor tennis to see who is crowned the end of year champion. Not only is it a matter of who wins this end of season showcase, but also who finishes the year second and third in the World Rankings. This is a great conclusion to the WTA season and fortunately we have seen the two best form players reach the final, as we take a look at Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova. Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova topped her group, seeing off Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska. The young Czech leftie has come back into form just at the right time for this, and it was her impressive opener against Caroline Wozniacki which really set the tone for her great run, and she is the only player to remain unbeaten in the tournament. There were good signs that Kvitova, who has been very quiet since her Wimbledon triumph, was going to peak for this, and she is back to her powerful best, of punishing ground strokes and some excellent serving variety. Kvitova squared off against Sam Stosur in the semi finals. After going a set behind, Kvitova finally stepped up the gear and blitzed through the next two sets to move ahead to a deserved place in the final. As for Azarenka, she beat Li Na and Sam Stosur comfortably in her group, but the big clash against Maria Sharapova never emerged, as the Russian retired from the tournament. That meant that Azarenka had to face alternate player Marion Bartoli in her third and final match, which had no bearing because Azarenka had already qualified. Anyway, she lost the match against the fresh and rested Bartoli, but bounced back with an aggressive display against Vera Zvonareva in the semi finals. The tall Belarusian has really been the pick of the tournament, showing a great deal of maturity and strength in her play. No doubt she deserves her place in the final alongside Kvitova, because they have been easily the best two players of the eight that started the tournament. If you had to try and split hairs and pick the best, then all round, it is Azarenka who has played the better tennis, but Kvitova came through a much tougher group than Azarenka did. Kvitova also has a fantastic indoor record this season.

So, only one place to go with this and that is looking at the head to head for our Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova betting. It is Kvitova who actually has the edge in the head to head with a 3-2 lead, so let’s look at that a little deeper. The two have met twice this year, with Kvitova getting the best of both of those meetings. Kvitova won the final of Madrid against Azarenka this year, and then knocked her out of the Wimbledon semi final. Interesting though, that two of Kvitova’s three wins have been on grass, where Kvitova is naturally strong. Azarenka won their only meeting on hard court, but if you are looking for an edge, Kvitova is the better indoor player of the two. The overall match records for these two stood at 52/15 for Azarenka with three titles and 53/13 for Kvitova with five titles at the start of the tournament. These two really are evenly matched.

Petra Kvitova v Victoria Azarenka WTA Championships Betting
Petra Kvitova to win: 4/5 at William Hill
Victoria Azarenka to win: 5/4 at Ladbrokes

Could be a bit of value in taking Exactly 3 Sets for 11/8 at Victor Chandler as a side bet to picking a winner from above. Tough to call after watching all of their games this week. It is going to come down to very fine margins.

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29th October 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Pennetta Flavia - Italy

There are two WTA Tour events happening this week, with one offering some straight forward tennis betting options and the other, a closely matched field. Firstly we have the Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting to cast our eye over. This is Austria, for those not in the know, held at an indoor arena in Linz (which was once named the European Capital of Culture), and has a pretty decent line up. This is not one of the top ranking mandatory events on the WTA Tour, but still a good, competitive field to look at. Serbian Ana Ivanovic came here last year as a late entrant and strolled off with the win, but she isn’t back to defend her title. This year’s late entrant was Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who is ranked 5th in the world. We haven’t seen much of Kvitova since Wimbledon to be honest. Her best showing since then was a semi final appearance in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific a couple of weeks ago. She got a break when her quarter final opponent Maria Sharapova retired from the match, and Kvitova completely fell apart in her semi final match against Vera Zvonareva. Anyway, the powerful Czech goes as number one seed for Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting and is probably worth taking a look at. Kvitova breezed through her first round match, and shouldn’t run into difficulties until the quarter finals where 8th seed Daniela Hantuchova (a winner here in 2007) should be waiting if things go to plan. On the day, as crafty and as experienced as Hantuchova is, Kvitova, with her serves and awesome ground strokes, should power through to the semi’s from this draw. Scanning the top half of the draw, Kvitova realistically has to go deep here. Is equally at home indoors as she is on grass.

As for a semi final opponent for Kvitova in the top half of the draw, it would most likely be Jelena Jankovic, who is looking quite relaxed at the moment. The third seed has had a really hard time this year, and an early exit in Beijing last week was not the boost of confidence that she needed. Not any real form, but neither has 6th seed Julia Goerges who has found the second half of the year much tougher than the first. There is a good chance at a semi final run for both of these, but we’re having a really hard time splitting them. Jankovic is a class act, experienced, fantastic all round game but just not on top of her game this year after last year’s injury. Goerges is powerful on her day and a star in the making, but hasn’t lived up to her early billing she built for herself this year. Making a call, would go with Jankovic after Goerges had a big struggle in her first round victory, whereas Jankovic didn’t even complete the first set because her opponent retired through injury. Don’t think we’re going to be jumping out of our seats to back either of them as outright winners though, but either could be in the final four. But Kvitova really should dominate the top half of the draw for Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting.

So to the bottom half of the draw. It is a much more competitive draw down in the bottom half, where you have four stand out names gunning for glory. Topping our Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting list for the bottom half is going to be Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Hasn’t played a lot since the US Open, but has steadily looked stronger after about a month’s rest. Went to the quarter finals of Beijing last week, where she ran into strong German Andrea Petkovic (who should have been at this event but pulled out through injury). We like the power and grit of Pavlyuchenkova and she would be on course for a big quarter final against Sabine Lisicki. Like Pavlyuchenkova, hasn’t played much since the US Open. Her first tournament since Flushing Meadows was in Beijing last week where she crashed in the second round. A little bit court rusty maybe, and tired at the end of a fantastic season. One of these should be a semi finalist, again not much to call between them, but if Lisicki’s serve gets going, it could be the difference. So down in the fourth quarter where our top tip for the Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting is going to come from. We are looking long and hard at Flavia Pennetta. The experienced Italian is a class act all of the way. She is a fantastic doubles player in the game, and riding high there again this season, but her form at the Beijing Open last week was superb. She toughest it out against Dominika Cibulkova there last week, and would meet the Slovakian again in the quarters final here. But the great comeback job which Pennetta pulled off against Caroline Wozniacki last week was stunning, in particular the 6-0 second set which got her back into the game. She lost in the semi’s against eventual winner Agnieszka Radwanska there. If that Pennetta turns up this week, she could be a finalist. Put her up against Lisicki or Pavlyuchenkova, we would take Pennetta for form.

Kvitova looks as if she has the tools to rule the roost in Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting this week. Well worth looking at her, at Jelena Jankovic to spring a surprise, or Pennetta because she is about the only one going in with genuine form.

Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting odds
Petra Kvitova: 7/2 at BetFred
Sabine Lisicki: 9/2 at Stan James
Daniela Hantuchova: 7/1 at Stan James
Jelena Jankovic: 8/1 at BetFred
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 10/1 at BetFair
Julia Goerges: 12/1 at BetFred
Flavia Pennetta: 12/1 at BetFred

The other WTA Tennis betting action this week comes from the HP Open in Japan. The field is a little less competitive in HP Japan Women Open tennis betting than the aforementioned Generali Ladies Linz tennis betting. Here we have US Open winner Samantha Stosur going as favourite with Marion Bartoli the other main contender. Those two are top ten players in the world, and the next clutch of seeds comes down in the thirties. So you would expect one of those two to go on and win it, and out of the two, would back French woman Bartoli to do it. Stosur has history at the event, as this is the place at which she won her first ever WTA title, but she often makes life harder than it should be, and Bartoli looks in much sharper shape at the moment. Bartoli is a bundle of energy all over the court, but she has been playing so well this year. Would take Bartoli for 7/2 value at Bet365 over Stosur who is 11/8 at Paddy Power for HP Japan Women Open tennis betting.

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12th October 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

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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10th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is hard to keep a form player down, and the fact that we are looking at Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 final tennis betting instead of Sabine Lisicki v Kvitova is a testament to that. The 24 year old Russian Sharapova, has been tournament favourite right from the off and she has backed up her form here. Although things did not look to sharp in the first set of her semi final match against Sabine Lisicki, when the German wildcard raced ahead in the first set, three games to nil. That was because Sharapova started very slowly and was struggling to find her stride, and surprisingly for two very good servers, the standard was pretty poor in that department, and with Sharapova making uncharacteristic errors, she had to do something which she is brilliant at, but hasn’t had to do much off during this Wimbledon, and that is fight from behind. There really is no one better in the women’s game than Sharapova when falling behind. Her grittiness and desire not to go down brings out a side of her game which many others fail to replicate. That Sharapova stubbornness shone through here, when the Russian started her comeback in the fourth game of the first set, and then rattled off a purple patch of form, winning nine of the next ten games from then on out. Sharapova, who is looking for her second Wimbledon title never looked in danger of letting the semi final get away from her after that point, winning 6-4 6-3 against Lisicki.

It wasn’t the most comprehensive nor impressive match of Sharapova’s 2011 Wimbledon, but it matters not, because she is back in the final, seven years after her last appearance there. Sharapova’s second chance of Wimbledon success now looks like a strong reality but there is one final hurdle to get over, and that is Petra Kvitova. Czech Kvitova powered her way past fourth seed Azarenka and showed the two sides of her game, which need to be noted when weighing up your Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 final tennis betting. Kvitova is a star, make no mistake about that, and if the 21 year old continues at this rate, she really should challenge at the top of the world rankings before long. With three WTA Tour titles under her belt already, this fourth one would be the biggest of her career. A Grand Slam. She was back in the semi finals of Wimbledon this year, after losing out to Serena Williams at this stage last year. Only she is now much better than she was then. Left hander Kvitova has a wonderful serve, full of power and variety, and she can rattle off those aces. But there is a lot more to her game than just power, she has an incredible amount of finesse and bravery. The stand out aspect of Kvitova’s game is the winners she goes for and nails. It doesn’t matter if its on the back hand or off the forehand (which are superb to watch), Kvitova seems to produce magic with her winners.

She is maturing all the time, but there is one thing which still plagues her and that is inconsistency. She lost her focus again a little bit in the second set against Azarenka, just as she did against Tsvetana Pironkova in their quarter final match. But after losing that set, she turned on the after burners and crushed Azarenka in the third. This really is a champion in the waiting, and it wouldn’t be any surprise to see her pull this big one off. She will be able to trade power with Sharapova, so there’s no worries there, and Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 final tennis betting is quite a close match up to call. Sharapova’s semi final victory was properly her one bad game out of the way, if you can call it bad. There was a lot of unforced errors, but there must have been a certain amount of nerves at work there. She was expected to win, and living up to that expectation is tough at times, it is what was her undoing in the French Open semi final. Sharapova’s first serves needs to be on point and Kvitova has to hold her concentration. If both of things stand up, then we should be in for a cracker of a final on Saturday at SW19.

Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Head to Head

Maria Sharapova has played Petra Kvitova just once in the WTA, back in 2010 in Memphis which Sharapova won 6-4 6-3. That was when Kvitova was 16th in the world, and she is now 8th, while Sharapova is 6th. Kvitova’s year to date record is 36 wins and 8 defeats, compared to Sharapova’s 26 wins and 7 defeats. Kvitova has won three titles this year, and Sharapova just one.

Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 final tennis betting tip

There really is some good positive value in backing Kvitova and she looks confident and proud to be where she is. Experience though in these situations is essential, and that is all with Sharapova. If Kvitova slips a little in her focus, then Sharapova will be right there to punish it. That is why we are just going to have to stick with the favourite and back Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 final tennis betting odds

Maria Sharapova to win: 3/5 at SportingBet
Petra Kvitova to win: 13/8 at Stan James


1st July 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova 2011 Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting should produce a thriller. Azarenka is one of the most in form players on the WTA at the moment, while Kvitova is getting better and better all the time. So let’s start with Azarenka. Followers of our tennis betting guides on these pages will know that Azarenka has long been a favourite of ours here. That is because she represents great value as she still has an air of unpredictability about her. The tall Belarusian has power, pace and flair, and when she puts it all together, she can dominate the best in the game. She certainly has the potential to be riding near the top of the world rankings, but she is still waiting to make her Major breakthrough. She blew a big opportunity in the quarter finals of the French Open, but the very fact that she has bounced straight back and reached the semi’s of Wimbledon really shows that she has gotten over one of her big flaws, her inconsistency. She didn’t even start the season well because of that, but gradually she has built up a head of steam and is really motoring at the moment. She won’t be everybody’s cup of tea to watch, but we tipped her here because the draw for her at Wimbledon 2011 was very kind. She did play Daniela Hantuchova in the third round which was a work out, but other than that, she has played some very impressive tennis. Was a long shot at the start of the tournament, but here she stands a great chance. Will go for a lot of winners.

However, Petra Kvitova is another one of the young players on the WTA who we have been championing over the last twelve months. This is her second Wimbledon semi final, after surprising many by reaching the semi finals here last year. One downfall of Kvitova is that she perhaps loses a bit of focus at times during matches, and that is something which should get sorted out with experience. Her mental focus looked frail when she was 4-1 up in the second set tie-break after winning the first set of her quarter final match against Tsvetana Pironkova, but she pulled herself together to crush her opponent in what should have been an unnecessary third set. But, the Czech, eighth seed at Wimbledon 2011 has power in spades. She has a wonderful serve and wins a high percentage of her first serves and will trouble Azarenka. In fact, Kivitova won the only meeting between them this year, back in Madrid on clay. Kvitova is a joy to watch, and she has perhaps the smoothest action of hitting the ball of all WTA players. Many are calling her the complete player, and she looks at times as if she is playing in slow motion, or at least effortlessly. She just strokes the ball so fluently that she doesn’t look as if she is putting power into her ground strokes, but they fly away at speed nonetheless. Like to attack the baseline and hits some incredible winners. Immense winners, and this young girl is only getting better and better. Will she have learnt from last year’s Wimbledon semi final disappointment? She does look stronger mentally, and it won’t be a surprise to see in her Saturday’s final.

Tough call to make in Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting. This is 5th v 8th seed respectively. Both are 21 years old, have a similar year to date won/lost record (Azarenka 33/10, Kvitova 36/8) and Azarenka has won two tour titles this year, while Kvitova has won 3. Really tricky to split them, and the head to head record between them stands a two a piece. However, Kvitova has won the last two meetings between them, including victory in the round of 32 at Wimbledon last year. Both are better players than they were this time last year, so this should be close. As a tip, well, Kvitova has the serves, the power, and semi final experience here, but Azarenka, who has gone under the radar here could just edge this, so we are sticking with her. These are two young players, but there is a little more maturity about Azarenka’s game. Should be a fantastic match, nonetheless.

Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 Tennis Betting

Victoria Azarenka to win: 11/10 at Paddy Power
Petra Kvitova to win: 5/6 at William Hill

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30th June 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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