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Mona Barthel (Germany)

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Info
With some of the WTA stars deciding to take on the USA hard court swing of the season, a bunch have stayed behind in Europe after Wimbledon to get back on to the clay court surface. The London 2012 Olympic Games tennis tournament is right around the corner and these matches will be valuable preparations for the return to Wimbledon for the second time this year. So a good field, competitive, just as it was in Palermo, Italy last week, and a lot of familiar faces are back this week. The Sony Swedish Open was only launched back in 2009, and it replaced the Stockholm Open.

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Youngster Polona Hercog won the Sony Swedish Open here last year, beating Sweden’s own Johanna Larsson to take the title. Hercog is back for the defence of her title, but the likelihood of that happening really is not strong looking at her form. It has, by and large been a very disappointing season for her, not yet stepping up to that next level of performance. That is why the 21 year old is well out in the betting, she never pushed herself on from the title late year and she out at 50/1 with online bookmaker BetVictor.

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Favourite
Italian Sara Errani is the outright favourite for the Swedish Open and it is hard to look past here. The diminutive Italian has had an incredible season, on clay at least. With a win in Palermo on the weekend, she picked up her fourth clay court title of the season, and she also reached the final of the French Open at Roland Garros as well. She is a star on the red stuff and looks untouchable at the moment. She now holds a 29-4 win loss record on clay this season, which is remarkable. She is the hot property of the clay court season, so it is no wonder she stayed where her strengths are. She became the first Italian to win four titles in a year, can she make it five? Errani is trading as 7/5 firm favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
There are some great clay court players in the field, and we’ll start with a look at Germany’s Julia Goerges. Was one of the favourites to go all the way in Palermo last week, but again, her unpredictability got the better of her. She is one of the players who has the potential to take titles like this, and when she brings her A-game, she looks such a solid all round player. Sadly, it doesn’t happen often enough. A quality player when she is in the mood and will be looking to go better than she did in Italy last week, and has the potential to do so.

A couple of strong names who have early tough tests in Sweden this week are Anabel Medina Garrigues and Roberto Vinci, both clay court specialists Because of their surface skills, either one could make a run at the final, but the Spaniard Medina Garrigues does look the better option. She finds her feet and controls games just that little bit better than Italian Vinci Roberta Vinci, second seed in Palermo last week, crashed out in the second round to Britain’s Laura Robson (who is also back in action this week in this event). Robson was in splendid form last week, reaching her first ever WTA semi final. As for Vinci, she has the experience to clay and grind her way back from that result in Palermo.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova put in the best week of her 2012 season to make it to the final of Palermo last week. The Czech player was the one who finally halted the run of Laura Robson in the semi finals. Zahlavova Strycova is not one of those players who show up very often, so any bit of confidence and form, which she has at the moment, could be worth riding for a few games into the tournament and then going from there. Out of the chasing back though, it really looks as if Anabel Medina Garrigues has the stuff to pull out a good tournament.

Best Outside Bet
Germany’s Mona Barthel is going as out outside bet of the week for the Swedish Open tennis betting. The youngster is touted as being one of the most highly rated rookies in the WTA, with potential to really become something special. She showed her ability in winning Hobart right at the start of the season, beating Medina Garrigues, Angelique Kerber and Yanina Wickmayer en route to her victory. She has also made the quarter finals of Paris, Copenhagen and Stuttgart this season. A tremendous prospect, pushed Vera Zvonareva hard in the first round of Wimbledon but fell in three sets. The bookies like her for Sweden and there has been good interest in the young German.

Latest WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Sara Errani 7/4, Mona Barthel 9/2, Julia Goerges 6/1, Anabel Medina Garrigues 10/1, Roberta Vinci 14/1, Klara Zakopalova 14/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 14/1, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 22/1, Laura Robson 50/1

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July 16th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Pennetta Flavia - Italy

WTA Barcelona Tennis Betting Info

It has some been a great few weeks of tennis with all the Premier level events happening, but we switch over to International level this week, as we get to look at the players again clay. This always make for good entertainment because of the surface, and there is a decent crop of players heading up the tennis betting for this one out in Spain. This is the first European red clay event of the year, and players start getting their footing in ahead of he French Open at Roland Garros. So an important pre-cursor for the next Tennis Grand Slam betting.

 

WTA Barcelona Tennis Betting Defending Champion

We had a surprise winner here last year, as diminutive Italian Roberta Vinci popped up to the take the title for the second time. She actually has an outstanding 14-1 match record in Barcelona, so is definitely in tune with the event. That is two wins out of three appearances from her, and she has been in the final on all three of her appearances. She goes as fourth seed this year. While she hasn’t exactly set the season alight this year, a quarter final run to Paris one of the highlights, in her last clay court outing in Acapulco in February, she did reach the semi finals. So a good, solid clay court player and worth a shot on the world number 19 for 12/1 at Bet365, because it is a competitive field which she could stand up against.

 

WTA Barcelona Tennis Betting Favourite

Another Italian, Francesca Schiavone takes the honours as going as favourite in the betting. She is a proven clay court player, and while plagued by huge inconsistencies, she is a real scrapper, a quality needed on the clay She has also won the title here before so that puts her in good standing as well. She enters as a wild card, but goes as number one seed and you would expect to at least see her in the quarter finals. Has been pretty average this year though, but she will prime herself for another run at the French Open. Her only appearance on clay this year was in the Fed Ex cup where she struggled against the Ukraine. Should be strong, but nothing convincing about her game at the moment, but goes off at 4/1 with Bet365.

 

Other Contenders

We are staying in Italy for our Barcelona tennis betting preview here, as Flavia Pennetta represents a very strong contender. She is in the same half of the draw as Schiavone, but is a much stronger player at the moment. Pennetta went to the final of Acapulco on clay this year and would expect a strong run from her again. Falls a little short when competing in the high level tournaments against the really strong fields, but she is a classy performer and knows how to get the job done. She reached the semi finals here in 2007, but has been back since a disappointing 2009 appearance Great all round game, expect her to be strong.

Germany’s Julia Goerges has quietly been having a steady season. She isn’t of the high quality consistency needed to really solidify herself as a top ten player, but she isn’t that far away. She reached the final of Dubai with an impressive run, which saw her beat Caroline Wozniacki again. She looked in good shape at Indian Wells before she ran into world number one Victoria Azarenka and got brushed aside. Was very disappointing in Miami where she lost in the second round to Kim Clijsters, and expect a lot better from her than that. She is a big streak player, and when she is hot, she really rides her momentum to go deep into tournaments. It doesn’t happen enough, but improving in quality all the time, and as number two seed in Spain this week, it is not so tough a draw that she can’t make a strong title case. Would also weigh up Italian Sara Errani as well, because she has a clay court title under her belt already this season, beating Flavia Pennetta in the final of Acapulco. She has had some great runs this season so far, and has every chance here in the same quarter as Julia Goerges.

 

Best Outside Bet

We are going to plump for Dominika Cibulkova at 16/1 with Bet365. The young Slovakian seems to just be warming up a little bit into the season We haven’t seen her on clay yet, but she is one of those players who can just produce a fantastic tournament out of the blue. We have to mention another name here, Sorana Cirstea, who we have been very impressed with this year. One of the better youngsters on the tour with a huge amount of potential. Equally as good of an outside shot here.

 

Latest WTA Barcelona Tennis Betting Prices
Francesca Schaivone: 4/1 at Bet365
Flavia Pennetta: 4/1 at BetFred
Julia Goerges: 9/2 at BetFred
Sara Errani: 7/1 at Bet365
Roberta Vinci: 12/1 at BetFair
Simona Halep: 12/1 at Bet365
Dominika Cibulkova: 16/1 at Bet365
Sorana Cirstea: 16/1 at Bet365

 

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Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.

 



April 9th, 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.

If you want to catch the live action from Bali as the final four enter Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting, then head to online bookmaker Bet365. Once again the highly rated bookie is providing live streams of a top sporting event. You need to be a registered and funded customer at Bet365 in order to gain access to the live streams, and if you are not a member yet, then there is a treat in store. The online bookmaker offers a £200 free bet as a welcome sign up bonus. The bookie will simply match the value of your first deposit on a new account, up the maximum value of £200! So that is a lot of potential free betting money to get stuck into, and that of course essentially means free profit! Check out your tennis betting this week at Bet365 for coverage of Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting, and also access to live streams from the event.

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


November 5th, 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


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










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