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Serena Williams has announced that she will be taking on the challenge of Indian Wells this season. It will be the first time in 14 years that the American has been at the California event after some bad blood was raised there back in the 2001 edition.

Serena had been set to face her sister Venus in the semi finals of the competition then, but Venus withdrew just twenty minutes before the scheduled start. It played into the hands of conspiracy theorists who were suggesting that the outcome of any meetings between Serena and Venus were already decided pre-match by their father Richard.

The crowd turned on Serena at Indian Wells 2001 and was mercilessly hounded by the crowd as she beat Kim Clijsters in the final to take her second career title there. With reports that her family had also been subject to racial abuse at the tournament, Williams boycotted the tournament, giving up the ranking points and prestige that go hand in hand with the event.

But she is in a mood of forgiveness as she announced this week that she will be competing at Indian Wells 2015, and it will be pretty interesting for punters now in Indian Wells tennis betting, as to whether or not to back her.

Of course she has the ability to win it, she proved that by taking the Australian Open title at the beginning of February. The 33 year old has game still and was more than a match for Maria Sharapova in the final of the Grand Slam.

Serena Williams Indian Wells Betting 2015

But Serena Williams Indian Wells betting this year will see the American have to deal with a bigger mental test than she will at any other point in the WTA calendar this year. There will added distractions there, how will the crowd react, will there be any lingering bad taste in the mouth of the crowds fourteen years on? The media circus will all be hyped up big time and an even bigger spotlight will be on her.

So it is just those little things that may tempt punters to go against Williams at Indian Wells after such a long absence. It’s likely going to be an emotional rollercoaster for her at the event, and it could throw weight towards other main contenders like Maria Sharapova who has been in the final in two of the last three editions, or other gritty young upstarts like Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard.

Indian Wells tennis betting has been wide open in the years that Serena Williams has been absent. Veteran Flavia Pennetta shocked everyone last year with a win there for example. Williams will be installed as outright favourite at online betting site Bet365 on her return to Indian Wells, but that doesn’t make her instantly backable to ride out an emotional week there. If 100% focus isn’t there from the American, it will lend only further weight to someone else landing the title.

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6th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova (Russia)

It is the biggest finale that the Australian Open 2015 could have come down to. Maria Sharapova will once again go into battle against her old foe Serena Williams and it will be the American who heads up Saturday’s final as 2/5 favourite, with Sharapova out at 23/10 to land the title.

Sharapova has lost 15 successive matches against Williams, but knowing Sharapova, that won’t dent her confidence any. It has been a decade since the Russian last got a win on the board against Williams, but she will have her backers to snap her extended losing streak against the world number one.

Sharapova has grit and a scrapping ability like no other player on the WTA Tour. Not even from the likes of young upstarts Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep. It is likely that Sharapova will need all of her defensive prowess in Saturday’s final. She will be staying back and pounding away at whatever bombs Williams throws at her.

For many this really should be the time for Sharapova to stand up and take over the mantle from the dominance of Williams in the game. The Russian has years over the American to come and to think that she hasn’t beaten Williams since back in 2004 is almost incredulous. There is the feeling that if Sharapova wins this one, it could really usher in a shift in power for the rest of the season.

Sweet 16 for Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams

So after losing the last fifteen in a row against Williams, will it be sweet 16 for Sharapova? Both have been relatively untroubled through the tournament, apart from Sharapova saving two match points in her second round match. Williams has shown her power after a sluggish start to the season, and her power and game is working well. But is it strong enough to take out Sharapova.

It is fitting for the Australian Open final that Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting is a showdown between the top two in the world. The last time that they met at the Australian Open was back in 2007, with Sharapova taking just three games off her opponent on that occasion. In just one of the last eleven head to heads between then, has a clash gone to three sets.

Williams is a quote of 11/10 with online betting site Paddy Power to win 2-0 in set betting, and a 5/2 option to win 2-1. Simply sticking with 2 sets in Total Sets for Australian Open betting will return you a quote of 1/2.

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30th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It is world number one against world number ten for a place in the semi finals of the Australian Open, as Serena Williams v Dominika Cibulkova betting will have punters split. Serena Williams, despite going into the first Grand Slam of the season on the back of poor performances to kick the season off with, has negotiated her way back to the final eight of the Australian Open.

She has had her issues at the tournament over the last few years, but is still in the mix and still a threat and the bookmakers are still backing her to power her way through to the final four as she goes in search of her sixth Australian Open crown. Williams is 1/6 shot at online bookmaker Bet365 for her quarter final match up against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, and the American has beaten her in each of the four previous meetings.

They faced each other in Brisbane early last year and Williams won through in straight sets and in the four matches against Cibulkova, Williams has dropped just the one set. However, the Williams defence hasn’t been as all powerful as it usually during her run to the quarter finals, having dropped a set against both Ekaterina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza in her respective third and four round matches. Interestingly they have both been the opening sets before Williams has fought back and gone up through the gears.

2014 Australian Open finalist Cibulkova scored a confidence-boosting win in the fourth round though over Victoria Azarenka. Even though former world number one Azarenka is still on the comeback trail after her 2014 was ruined with injury, Cibulkova still had to dig and punch through momentum shifts against the Belarusian. Cibulkova though, who is usually a very strong starter to the season, hit some beautiful winners and she will need to take every chance that comes her way against Williams.

The key will be for Cibulkova, a 4/1 quote to win the match, to get Williams on the back foot and take that all important first set. The Slovakian has the defence to hang on in there if she can get herself one set up, although beating Williams is still one of the toughest tasks for any player on the WTA still. But Cibulkova will also be running on the fuel that propelled her to the final last year, can it combine to take down the world number one for the first time? Williams has been beaten by Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard this season. Can Cibulkova join the club?

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26th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Is anyone completely writing off Serena Williams yet in Australian Open tennis betting? Williams went to Melbourne looking out of sorts in the early season, short on fitness and match sharpness. But the number one seed in Melbourne is still in the mix and faces a fourth round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (24th seed) and will be favourites to progress.

Waiting or Williams in the quarter finals will be either Dominika Cibulkova or former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who is looking sharp on her return to the game after injury problems last season. Serena Williams has had her issues at the Australian Open in the last few seasons, not having been past the quarterfinals in any of her last three attempts. She crashed at the fourth round stage of last season’s Australian Open against Ana Ivanovic.

Williams has been growing in confidence, and with other top seeds Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep all battling to be the one to get to the final from the bottom half of the draw, the biggest stumbling block to the final now for Serena could be whoever she goes up against in the quarter finals. Projecting ahead to the semifinals, Williams would only meet either Madison Keys (who knocked out Petra Kvitova), surprise package Madison Brengle, sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska (who Serena lost against at the Hopman Cup earlier this month) or her sister Venus.

So now may be the time to jump onto a Serena Williams v The Field wager at Betfair, an option which is a up at big 9/4 value (the field at 2/7). Williams is growing into the tournament and even though she hasn’t been at her best, she has still powered her way, as expected, through the sets in the early round. Tougher challenges are still to come, but perhaps not tough enough to stop her getting to the final.

Williams is 10/11 to reach the final and a 2/1 quote in the outright winner market. Maria Sharapova is trading at 3/1, with Simona Halep at 5/1, Victoria Azarenka at 9/1 and Eugenie Bouchard at 10/1 for the title. Serena Williams may still have the legs, the power and the fight to topple the field at Melbourne for the sixth time in her career.

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24th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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What to make of Serena Williams? That will be the question on the lips of punters ahead of 2015 Australian Open tennis betting. The American has had somewhat of a disappointing start to the new calendar year, and could be looking like far too big of a risk to come good on the blue courts of Melbourne for the opening slam of the year.

Williams appeared at the Hopman Cup, an exhibition event played between two representatives of countries, where she teamed up with John Isner for the USA. Not a bad combination you would think, and the USA did win their their group ahead of Canada, the Czech Republic and Italy and there were some startling poor performances from Williams.

Online bookmaker Boylesports haven’t flinched from keeping Williams as 2/1 favourite in Australian Open 2015 tennis betting, ahead of Maria Sharapova 11/2 and Simona Halep 7/1, the only other two women in the field who are in single figures. But with Sharapova and Halep both picking up titles in early January to send an early message of form, it has taken more value off Williams.

At the Hopman Cup, Williams was absolutely trounced by young Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-1 in the USA’s second match and needed a third set tiebreaker in a tremendously tight against the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova in their third match. Serena Williams then fell short in the final where she took on Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, a player who she had won the previous eight meetings against. The USA also lost the doubles, Poland walking off with the Hopman Cup title.

The biggest factor about the inconsistent performances from Williams was the lack of energy. The usual spark and punch of power just wasn’t there and she didn’t look as enough work had been done in the gym over the winter to get her ready. Her fitness levels looked too low to warrant walking into Melbourne as 2/1 favourite.

Not only that, another reason why punters may confidently desert Williams in Australian Open 2015 betting, is the fact that she hasn’t been past the quarter finals in any of the last three editions, surprisingly slipping to a defeat against Ana Ivanovic in last year’s fourth round.

So despite having won the Australian Open title five times before in her career, how many punters will be backing her to bounce back from a slack opening to the calendar year and outlast everyone in the two weeks of action at Melbourne?

There looks clearer value in someone like Sharapova, Halep, Bouchard or even Radwanska, after positive starts to the new year, to roll with momentum and take the title.

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Australian Open 2015 Betting

Serena Williams 2/1 Maria Sharapova 11/2, Simona Halep 7/1, Petra Kvitova 10/1, Victoria Azarenka 10/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Eugenie Bouchard 11/1, bar 20/1

12th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Was there a big indicator about the women’s draw for 2015 Australian Open tennis betting made this week at the Hopman Cup? The mixed team event is nothing more than a warm ahead of the grand slam action to come from Melbourne, which starts on January 19th, but punters will have looked at the thrashing handed out by Eugenie Bouchard to a sluggish Serena Williams.

World number six Bouchard, who went to the semi finals of last year’s Australian Open, is a 10/1 quote at online bookmaker Bet365 in 2015 Australian open tennis betting. The young Canadian may have just shortened her mark as a genuine contender to get her hands on what would be her first Grand Slam title, as she beat Williams 6-2 6-1 in 50 minutes.

Williams has been complaining all week about being tired, and the 33 year old is running as 2/1 outright favourite in 2015 Australian Open tennis betting, but punters may be looking beyond her, especially after falling in the fourth round last season against Ana Ivanovic, in what was a major upset. With only five players shorter priced in the field for this year’s event, Bouchard’s value is growing all the time, especially after her brilliant 2014.

She broke into the world’s top ten last season for the first time, hitting a high of faith and it was all off the back of her remarkable run in Melbourne at the start of the year. Bouchard defeated Ivanovic in the quaretr finals, but lost out to eventual winner Na Li in the final four. Bouchard then hit the final four of the French Open before being ditched by Maria Sharapova, and then went to the final of Wimbledon, losing out against Petra Kvitova at the end of a hard two weeks.

Bouchard each way value in Australian Open 2015 betting

Bouchard looks bags of value to have an each way shot at the title this year. While she did arguably run out of steam towards the end of the season, with a fresh start to the new year, can Bouchard hit new heights and deliver a massive 10/1 blow in 2015 Australian Open tennis betting? With Williams looking and sluggish and not having won the Australian Open for the last four years, the stage is set perfectly for someone like Bouchard to come through and steal the show.

It was such a remarkable breakthrough year in 2014 from the Canadian that the value of 10/1 at Bet365 on Bouchard to win the Australian Open 2015, looks very viable. With Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova at the 9/1 mark not looking particularly stronger threats than the Canadian starlet, the biggest challengers in the women’s draw are joint 7/1 second favourites Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Can Bouchard trump them all? A favourable draw will raise her stock and so will the apparent fitness work that Serena Williams will have to put in over the next two weeks.

2015 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds

Serena Williams 2/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 7/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Caroline Wozniacki 9/1, Eugenie Bouchard 10/1, Victoria Azarenka 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, bar 33/1

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7th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Andy Murray

Harry Hopman wasn’t a great player but did win national titles in doubles and mixed doubles in the 1930s. However, it was as a tennis coach where he found his niche. He captained Australia to 16 Davis Cup titles between 1939 and 1967 and he eventually set up a hugely successful tennis school in the USA which produced the likes of Vitus Gerulaitis, Mary Pierce and Amanda Coetzer. John McEnroe also acknowledges his influence.

The Hopman Cup is played in Perth, Western Australia, every year in his honour with eight teams from around the world competing in two groups. The one man/one woman teams play a singles each and a mixed doubles with the winners of the two groups meeting in a final on the last day of competition. It’s been the traditional curtain-raiser to the new year for a while and the action gets underway next Sunday with Canada facing the Czech Republic and hosts Australia taking on Poland. The Poles are strongly fancied this year and are only a best 5/1 with BetVictor and Skybet. They have teamed up Agnieska Radwanska, a semi-finalist in last year’s Australian Open, with Jerzy Janowisc and are 2/1 favourites to win Group B with bwin and BetVictor. But the Aussies are likely to make them work hard in their opening match as Nick Kyrgios showed what he was capable of at Wimbledon last year and Casey Dellacqua enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2014. Australia are 11/4 to win Group B with BetVictor and 13/2 to win the tournament overall with the same firm. Great Britain are no forlorn hopes, however. Andy Murray is the highest-ranked men’s player taking part and Heather Watson regained her place in the top 50 at the end of last year. Team GB are 8/1 with bwin to record a first win in the Hopman Cup having reached the final in 2010.

The USA are easily the most successful nation in Hopman Cup history having won the competition six times since 1989. They are a best 5/2 with Skybet to make it seven this year and their team of women’s world number one Serena Williams and big-serving John Isner should sail through Group A – the 8/5 with bwin is outstanding value. Canada should be their main opposition with the ever-improving Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil representing the Maple Leaf. They are 3/1 to win Group A but the Americans may just be too strong.


29th December 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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Not everyone has approached the conception of the International Premier Tennis League with the same enthusiasm as founder Mahesh Bhupathi but the controversial four-team tournament, devised to be tennis’ answer to cricket’s Indian Premier League, will finally get under way at the end of this week after 18 months of planning.

The shorter format to be used has been specifically designed for TV audiences but has had to wait for a space in the calendar. Now, of course, is the time that most of the sport’s big names are putting their feet up and persuading some to sacrifice their down time, despite the big appearance fees being offered, has proved troublesome. Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova opted out in March’s player auction but have since changed their minds. Exactly how motivated Federer will be remains to be seen as he pulled out of the ATP World Final against Novak Djokovic because of fatigue and played three matches in Switzerland‘s Davis Cup triumph over France last weekend.

There are only four teams in the International Premier League but each will host their opponents on home courts between specific dates meaning all squads will have one home fixture, one away and two on neutral soil. Each match will comprise of five sets with nominated players playing one set each in the five categories – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and veteran men’s singles. Federer only plans to play for the Indian Aces in their home matches in Delhi, while Andy Murray is adopting a similar approach for his team the Manila Mavericks. Sharapova is also based in the Phillipines and is another who is unlikely to travel to other venues but Djokovic has said he will play in two rounds of matches for the UAE Royals, based in Dubai, with Serena Williams making the same commitment to the Singapore Slammers.

The Slammers, 3/1 with Unibet and 888sport, could emerge as the challengers to Djokovic’s Royals (5/2 with the same two firms). Tomas Berdych has pledged to play in every match for the Singapore franchise and they look to have a decent line-up down to veteran Andre Agassi. But the Royals have Marin Cilic as well as Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard and Goran Ivanisevic and are just preferred. In fact, it’s a surprise that the Aces are also a best 5/2 (Skybet) given Federer’s busy recent schedule. Manila are 10/3 with Skybet.

24th November 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is the end of season event for the eight players who picked up enough points on the tour to make it Singapore for the finals. The eight ladies are split into two round robin groups, with the top two from each moving on to the semi finals.  So it’s an interesting format and it is a tournament which has been dominated by Serena Williams in the last two years. She goes as 6/4 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power for the latest edition.

That is an immensely strong price with Maria Sharapova coming in as second favourite at a price of 4/1, with Petra Kvitova at 7/2. There is Group betting to take a look at, and in the Red Group, the tournament favourites Williams is housed, so she is naturally an overwhelming 4/7 favourite there, following by Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep all around the 6/1 mark.

In the White Group, Petra Kvitova (who was a winner in 2011) has taken an odds edge at a price of 6/4 to top the group (largely because she is a fantastic indoor player), with Maria Sharapova at 7/4, with Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska making up the outside shots in the group.

So there is plenty of round robin match betting to be enjoyed over the next few days from some of the best players in the world on the WTA Tour. It’s a great spectacle with the final coming on October 26th.

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20th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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To give the tournament its full name, it is the Dongen Motor Wuhan Open which is being played on the WTA this week. This is one of the three new tournaments held on Chinese soil to make their entry on the WTA calendar for the year. That takes China’s total of tournament up to six now. This event becomes the second Premier Level stop in the country as well.

Being a high tier event, there is a quality field out in action as players look to pick up points to secure a place at the end of season Championships. US Open winner Serena Williams is running as 11/8 favourite with online betting site Paddy Power for the event. The biggest challenger in her quarter is likely to be Eugenie Bouchard, who isn’t particularly in any great kind of form.

But down the line there could be a big semi final clash for Williams, who will most likely take on Caroline Wozniacki (14/1) or Maria Sharapova (8/1) in the final four. It is a pretty mouthwatering second quarter in which these two have to compete in, especially as Ana Ivanovic, who just powered the way to the Tokyo title over Wozniacki in the mix as well.

The balance of the draw has actually left the bottom half wide, wide open. Second seed Simona Halep (7/1) will probably be most pleased at what could lay ahead for her en-route to the quarters, where the young Romanian could meet up with seventh seed Angelique Kerber. Also scrapping for a place in the final from the bottom half of the draw will be Agnieszka Radwanska (16/1), young rising star Carolina Garcia, recent Tour winner Andrea Petkovic, third seed Petra Kvitova (9/1) and a winner in Tashkent last week, Karin Knapp.

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22nd September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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