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13th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Another big week on the tennis betting circuits as the men and women are both in Rome for top tier events. Over on the women’s’ side of things, the rapid build up to the French Open continues with top protagonists Serena Williams and Simona Halep looking to build some momentum. Petra Kvitova stunned the field with a big win in Madrid last time out and the Czech is running at 6/1 to make it a double Premier Tier hit with a win in Rome this week.
Kvitova toppled Williams on her way to the win in Madrid, while Maria Sharapova almost got her clay swing going but was ousted before the final by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kvitova’s win in Madrid has shaken things up because the clay powerhouses of Sharapova, Halep and Williams now have another threat to deal with besides each other.
Williams and Sharapova are on course for a semi final clash in the top half of the draw, with Victoria Azarenka dangerously floating around Shara’s quarter. It leaves a very nice path to the final for Halep whose big challenge may not come until the semi’s where Kvitova could be waiting.
WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds
Serena Williams 7/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, bar 16/1.
Andy Murray has suddenly come to life with back to back clay court titles. After landing his first career title in Germany recently at a lower tier event, he went out and rocked the tennis world by landing the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid title. Not many would have seen that coming, many especially would not have seen it coming seeing that it was Rafael Nadal who Murray took down in the final. So can Murray make it a remarkable three in a row on clay after waiting for so long just to win one in his career?
Murray is running as 10/1 third favourite for the ATP Rome title this week, with Novak Djokovic up at as 4/5 favourite, with Rafael Nadal sandwiching them at a quote of 3/1 with Sportingbet. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and is going for his fourth Rome title, while Nadal is looking for his eighth! Murray has never been to the final of Rome (his best showing a semi final in 2011) while Roger Federer is missing this title from his large trophy cabinet.
The upturn in Murray’s clay fortunes has made things pretty interesting now and while he has a manageable quarter with David Ferrer the top player opposing him, Murray could meet Djokovic in the semi final stage and that is where all bets may be off for Murray, because he hasn’t figured out how to beat the Serbian for a long, long time now.
ATP Rome Tennis Betting Odds
Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 3/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Kei Nishikori 10/1, Roger Federer 14/1, bar 20/1
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3rd May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Big week in the Premier Tier event on the Women’s Tour in Spain that is the Mutua Madrid Open. All of the big guns are out and already one has fallen, as Romanian powerhouse Simona Halep crashed in the first round against Alize Cornet. That blew the field up a bit and the result of it has just thrown more favouritism to Serena Williams who is 5/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. Williams cruised her way through her first round match in powerful style, conceding just one game against Madison Brengle in a bit of a non-contest.
Williams, who herself has said that she wasn’t as ready for the clay swing of the season as she should be, has won the Mutua Madrid title in two of the three previous years, 2012 and 2013. It was Maria Sharapova who took the title last season, beating out Simona Halep in the final, after Williams had lost in fourth round against Petra Kvitova in a shock upset. Sharapova is a fantastic clay court player, probably better than Williams, but the Russian hasn’t been out her best this season and even on the switch to clay she lost in the first round of Germany against Angelique Kerber, a tournament which Sharapova has owned in recent years.
Still Sharapova is running as 6/1 second favourite in the WTA Mutua Madrid tennis betting market after the collapse of the out-of-sorts Halep. Beyond those then you are really digging around to pick out some value, with Williams and Sharapova the two heavy hitters left in the field. The demise of Halep has opened the draw up for Maria Sharapova, who has seen what would have most likely been her semifinal opponent, exit the tournament. Kerber also lost out in the first round against Sam Stosur, opening up the draw even more for Sharapova down in the bottom half.
Caroline Wozniacki is 10/1 third favourite, with Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka running at 12/1 with online betting site Bet365. Azarenka won a big battle of former world number one’s in the first round, as she beat out Venus Williams on the Madrid clay.
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24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It is back to WTA Premier Mandatory action this week as the is time for Miami Open tennis betting. Sunday’s final at Indian Wells was won by young Romanian star Simona Halep as she managed to avoid a clash in the semi finals with Serena Williams who pulled out ahead of the match up because of an injury. For the Miami Open, Halep and Williams are in separate halves of the draw so would meet in the final.
Halep, who has never been past the third round here, is a 4/1 quote to win again which is quite a distance back from 6/4 favourite at Bet365 Serena Williams. Halep though will have her backers as she has become the first player this season to win three WTA titles. However, it is very tough to win back to back top tier tournaments and Halep had a lot of fighting back from slow starts to perform at Indian Wells. Serena Williams has history here winning the last two editions of the Premier tournament, part of a seven title haul in the south of Florida. That tally is the most titles she has won at a single WTA event.
It was a knee injury which saw her pull out of her return to Indian Wells, and there’s little word about how that is holding up. But still, tough to ignore her, she will have a little rest up time with a bye in the first round of course. While her quarter does look pretty easy for her to get through, working in her favour is the congested second quarter where Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep, Indian Wells finalist Jelena Jankovic, Eugenie Bouchard and the lady who knocked her out of Indian Wells last week, Flavia Pennetta are all hanging around.
Serena’s sister Venus is back as well after missing Indian Wells. She has been one of the hottest players this season on the WTA and has won in Miami three times before, not a bad dark horse shot in the field going off in the third quarter of action. Maria Sharapova is back looking for a title that she appears to be pretty desperate to win. She has never landed the Miami title before, despite being in the final five times. Tough run for her this time despite going as second seed. Maria Sharapova is a 9/2 quote to land the Miami Open title for the first time this year, but may have to get through two of the WTA’s best rising stars Caroline Garcia and Karolina Pliskova before thinking about a semi final berth.
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WTA Miami Open Odds
Serena Williams 6/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 9/2, Victoria Azarenka 11/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 24/1, Caroline Wozniacki 27/2, Lucie Safarova 27/1, 33/1 bar
11th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It is the first Premier Tier event of the season and all but two of the top twenty (Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova) in the world are out in attendance at Indian Wells, which includes the return of Serena Williams for the first time in 14 years after she boycotted the tournament. The big question is, will she able to land the title in what could be a bit of an uncomfortable atmosphere for her?
It’s not exactly surprising that Serena Williams is running as even money favourite to pick up the win, because she dominates fields that she enters. She has been out once this season and landed one title, that being the massive deal of the Australian Open, beating Maria Sharapova in the final. The thing about Serena Williams and Indian Wells betting is that there is little history there, not having played there since 2001.
But there is some history. She played there four times before the boycott and won the title twice (1999 and 2001), so she still has a little history to bank on. Taking on Williams will be her established rivals of fellow big guns Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Is there going to be a winner produced from anyone outside of the big three, with Maria Sharapova is running at 4/1 and Simona Halep at 8/1? Tough to look outside of the powerful triumvirate. What makes WTA Indian Wells 2015 betting interesting is the fact that both Sharapova and Halep have won titles this season.
So those opposing Williams have form. Also arriving back on the scene is Victoria Azarenka, who put in a good run to the final of Doha recently, beating Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams along the way before losing out to Lucie Safarova in the final. There is probably still a few more months of hard work to be done by Azarenka to get back to her top status of where she was when holding the World Number One spot. But still, could be a decent quarter final berth for her at the Premier Tier event.
The young pretenders on the block are Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova (who has reached two finals this season) and Madison Keys, but there is a big step up needed from them to get the Premier Tier event from one of the big guns in the field. The best dark horses in the field will be Caroline Wozniacki, who has also won a title this year, and Ana Ivanovic who has enjoyed a great start to the new WTA season.
WTA Indian Wells Predictions
Whether or not Serena Williams wins Indian Wells will be nothing to do with her game, it will be down to emotions. It’s a big thing that she did in breaking her boycott, and it’s not clear how the crowds are going to react to her. It could add some pressure on her shoulders and if she’s not on top of her game, then just swing favouritism over to Maria Sharapova or Simona Halep, the latter being the biggest value of all.
WTA Indian Wells Odds
Serena WIlliams even money, Maria Sharapova 4/1, Simona HAlep 8/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Garbine Muguruza 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1, 33/1 bar
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6th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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30th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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26th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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24th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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12th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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
7th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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