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Serena Williams won’t get a showdown against sister Venus at Wimbledon in the final after all. After having rolled back the years, Venus bowed out in the semi final stage against 2016 Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber. So now we get a rematch of that 2016 Australian Open Grand Slam final as it is Serena Williams v Kerber.

Kerber really never even had to get into top gear to see of Venus Williams, who didn’t have a great day at the office from the get go. Kerber just put in a steady performance as she has done throughout Wimbledon this year, including a tight but straight sets win over Simona Halep in the quarter finals. So Kerber has made a run to the final without having dropped a set.

As for Serena Williams she dropped a set in her second round match against Christina McHale but hasn’t looked back since then, breezing her way through the rounds to get to the final again. Williams of course is looking for her seventh Wimbledon title, whereas Kerber is eying up a shot at landing her first. Can she take anything away from the win over Williams at the Australian Open this year?

Williams holds a 5-2 head to head record against Kerber and took the first set in that Australian Open final but came under pressure in the second set as Williams battled back. But it was Kerber with a lot of the momentum in the early stages of the third set, stretching out to a 5-2 lead that really put her in control and finally ran out winner with a 6-4 third set win.

Williams is overwhelming 2/7 odds on favourite to win the Final with online betting site Bet365. That has left Keber a long way out at a quote of 11/4. Kerber is on top of her game at the moment and is well worth a flutter at that price and she has the game to eat into the serve of Williams, something a lot of players can’t do. You can take a punt on the game going to three sets as well at 7/4.

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8th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

Two tennis majors are down for the season and the action moves on to Wimbledon which starts on June 27th and runs through to July 10th at the All England Club in London. This of course is one of the biggest events on the calendar year in Britain and the home fans will be hoping that Johanna Konta will be able to string something special together to give them something a little extra to cheer about. But the youngster is a long way out in the betting market of course, all the way at 50/1 to land the win, which is a long way from the big four in the field who will be starting the tournament under double figures.

Little surprise that it is Serena Williams at the head of the market at a price of 6/4 but that doesn’t give her a great deal of appeal for punters. Williams is the reigning champion at the event after having beaten Garbine Muguruza in straight sets last summer. But what makes this interesting is that the two just squared off in the final of the French Open and it was the young Spaniard Muguruza who came out on top. On the back of her Wimbledon performance last year and having just earned her first Grand Slam title, Muguruza is in at a 5/1 quote to go one step further than last year.

Wimbledon 2016 Women Infographic

Williams has been to the final in six of the last seven Grand Slam tournament played although she has failed to win her last two final appearances, suffering a loss against Angelique Kerber in this year’s Australian Open and then going down against Muguruza in Paris. Muguruza of course can’t boast the same rich history as Williams at Grand Slam, the youngster only making her first final at Wimbledon last year. But she cracked off some brilliant form at the French Open this year, when the rest of season had been pretty average.

The two of them are only closely being matched by former Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova at the 6/1 mark. She generally looks pretty solid on grass but hasn’t shown up for a while in a major. Her last big impact in one was winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2014. It’s her track record at the All England Club which gives her the appeal in the outright winner market. The only other player coming in under double figures in the Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles Betting market is Victoria Azarenka at 8/1.

Azarenka has been one of the top players this season, really coming back to the top of her game, but then she bombed out of the French Open in the first round. Perhaps that will settle her for a better run at Wimbledon with a little more time to prepare, but with no finish better than a quarter final appearance at a major since losing the US Open final in 2013, she is close in the pecking order at the head of the Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles Betting, but not strong enough to have been backed into a shorter price. With everyone out at 20/1 or largest to win Wimbledon this year, is it just a four way scrap for supremacy?

Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles Betting Odds

Serena Williams 6/4, Garbine Muguruza 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Madison Keys 230/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Simona Halep 25/1, Agnieska Rawdanska 25/1, Belinda Bencic 25/1, Karolina Pliskova 33/1, 40/1 bar

Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles Betting

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Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles History and Stats

Serena Williams is looking for here seventh Wimbledon title which would make her the joint-third most successful player in the history of the tournament. She would join Steffi Graf and Dorothea Lambert Chambers on seven wins, leaving her one behind the eight tiles Helen Wills Moody landed in the amatuer era and two shy of the record nine that Martina Navratilova landed in the Open Era.

Williams has won the tournament four times in the last seven editions of the end and in eight of her last thirteen appearances there, once having made it past the quarter finals she has gone on to the final. Only once has she ever lost a semi final match at Wimbledon, all the way back in 2000 in just her second appearance at the tournament. So she is a strong player in the market still and will have a huge influence and a lot of backing and she will be knocking on the door.

With no Maria Sharapova and 2013 champion Marion Bartoli having retired, only Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova are the other active players in the 2016 field to have previously won Wimbledon. That speaks volumes about the dominance the Venus and Serena Williams have produced at Wimbledon, between them winning six of the last nine editions alone.

Wimbledon 2016 Women’s Singles Betting Predictions

First of all let’s look beyond the big four for some bigger value. We are waiting for Simona Halep to come good and at a quote of 25/1, while she bombed at Wimbledon last year, she went to the semi finals in 2014 and would make a half decent each way in the outright market. Angelique Kerber is also a former semi finalist at Wimbledon and is around the 20/1 mark. Agnieszka Radwanska is a steady hand on grass as well. Belinda Bencic is interesting at 25/1. She’s good on the grass and won the Girls title there just three years ago and could be a great dark horse punt.

But it’s hard to look beyond the big four really, so which way to shoot? The best way to look at this is go to the Without Serena Williams market. She is likely to be there or thereabouts for the title, but isn’t value at such short odds. Out of Muguruza, Kvitova and Azarenka who will offer the most value. Without a question it should be Azarenka. She has had two semi final appearances and  water final at Wimbledon in her last five visits to Wimbledon.

She is fitter this year than she has been for some time and the shock exit at the French Open will probably have really fired her up. It will all depend on the draw, but she is one of the few to have beaten Serena Williams this year. Azarenka didn’t have a great clay swing of the season, but will be better on grass.

1st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The French Open is into its second week of action and there is some catching up of fixtures to do with Monday having been washed out. The men’s draw has lost Rafael Nadal through injury, unfortunately, but the big guns of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still on course for a shot at meetings in the final now. Stan Wawrinka is still knocking around the draw as well and could meet Murray in the semi finals.

In the women’s singles, Serena Williams is still in there and plugging along while there are some big names like Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska still waiting to see if they can join Garbine Muguruza in the quarter finals of the tournament. So there is a huge week of tennis action still to come from Roland Garros with some big clashes likely to light up the tournament. Will we get a Williams v Halep final? Will we see Murray and Djokovic battle it out again?

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Women’s French Open Outright Odds

Serena Williams even money, Garbine Muguruza 9/2, Simona Halep 9/2, Madison Keys 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Timea Bacsinszky 14/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 25/1, 33/1 bar

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Men’s French Open Outright Odds

Novak Djokovic 1/2, Andy Murray 8/2, Stan Wawrinka 8/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Richard Gasquet 40/1, David Ferrer 66/1, 100/1 bar

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30th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The second Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar starts on May 22nd. It’s back to Roland Garros for the clay Slam and Serena Williams will be the one defending her French Open title in Paris. This year is the 115th edition of the French Open and the finish is set for June 5th, so plenty of time to settle in and watch British hopefully Johanna Konta make her way through the rounds hopefully, before the Euro 2016 kick off on June 10th!

French Open 2016 Women's Singles

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka

Serena Williams goes as top seed for the tournament and she returned to action with a win in the Rome Masters over fellow American Madison Keys. Because of injury and illness Williams has only been in the four tournaments this year and the triumph in Rome was her first title of the season. She lost the Australian Open to Angelique Kerber, lost the Indian Wells final to Victoria Azarenka and was dumped out of Miami in the round of sixteen by Svetlana Kuznetsova. So while Williams touched title success again, the highest ranked player she beat in Rome was 19th seed Kuznetsova.

So there will be bigger tests for her to come at Roland Garros of course. Frankly enough to pass up the short 2/1 odds that she has on her entering the French Open 2016 betting. The French Open has been her least successful Slam as well, winning it just three times from fourteen appearances. She has a 54-11 win/loss record at Roland Garros. So she is probably there for the taking and unappealing at such a short price.

Victoria Azarenka, who goes as fifth seed in the French Open 2016 has been the stand out star of the season. But her transition to clay hasn’t gone well, pulling out of her round of sixteen match in Madrid and then losing her first round match in Rome against Irina-Camelia Begu. It would be a surprise to not see Williams and Azarenka both in the quarter finals of Roland Garros mind you, but of the two, with three titles to her name this season, Azarenka perhaps looks a little stronger. But she has a poor record at the French Open, one semi final appearance in 2013 being her best ever effort at the event.

Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber

So maybe you can start looking longer than both of them. Simona Halep was a 2014 Finalist, but bombed in the second round last year. However, she ran all the way to the title in Madrid on clay recently, dropping just the one set along the way, so a marked improvement from the young Romanian. Then it went downhill as she lost early in Rome to Daria Gavrilova. 2016 Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber is a quality clay court player but has never been past the quarters of the French Open. After starting the season with a bang, she looked to have made the move to clay very well with a Stuttgart title but then lost in the first round of both Madrid and Rome.

With Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza not really having done much this season, the French Open, on the clay, looks to be wide open.

French Open 2016 Betting Odds

Serena Williams 2/1, Victoria Azarenka 5/1, Simona Halep 6/1, Garbine Muguruza 10/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Carla Suárez Navarro 25/1, Madison Keys 33/1, Timea Bacsinszky 401, Agnieszka Radwanska 40/1, Lucie Safarova 40/1, Sloane Stephens 40/1, 66/1 bar

French Open 2016 Outsider Challenges

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro is generally a class act when it comes to clay, and there are lot of players, who can raise their game now and again to get in the mix, like Dominika Cibulkova, Lucie Safarova and Timea Bacsinszky. Britain’s Johanna Konta, who impressed so well at the Australian Open 2016 is a long 80/1.

Top of the power rankings on clay alone over the last three years reads Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova. Other notable positions are 9th for Garbine Muguruza and 13th for Timea Bacsinszky.

Switzerland’s Bacsinsky is a great each way wager for French Open 2016 betting. She went to the semi’s of Miami, beating Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep along the way and then in her following tournament delivered a title in Morocco on clay. A run to the quarter rainfalls in Rome will have served her confidence well before heading to Roland Garros.

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French Open 2016 Top 16 Seeds

  1.   Serena Williams
  2.   Agnieszka Radwańska
  3.   Angelique Kerber
  4.   Garbiñe Muguruza
  5.   Victoria Azarenka
  6.   Simona Halep
  7.   Roberta Vinci
  8.   Timea Bacsinszky
  9.   Venus Williams
  10.   Petra Kvitová
  11.   Lucie Šafářová
  12.   Carla Suárez Navarro
  13.   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  14.   Ana Ivanovic
  15.   Madison Keys
  16.   Sara Errani

French Open History and Stats

The tournament started back in 1891 but has been through many changes since then, including only being accessible to players from French Clubs. A notable change came in 1925 when it became open to all international amateur and this is when it became a major tournament on the circuit. It wasn’t until 1968 that it was first played as the French Open in the modern Open era and that first title was won by Nancy Richey from the USA over British player Ann Haydon Jones. Haydon Jones lost the final the following year to against Australia’s famous star Margaret Court. Sue Barker is the only British woman to have won the French Open in the modern era, claiming the title in 1976 over Olga Morozova.

The all time title leader in all formats of the French Open since it’s origin is Chris Evert who took the title seven times. During the amatuer era, French player Suzanne Lenglen won the event six time (including four consecutive years) and she was joined on six titles by Open Era great Steffi Graf.  The only champion to have split titles between the Amatuer era and the Open era is Margaret Court who won it twice as an amateur and three times as a professional. Her five titles puts her joint with France’s Francoise Masson (all amatur titles).

Belgium’s Justine Henin (4), Serena Williams (3), Monic Seles (3) and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), Martina Navratilova (2) and Maria Sharapova (2) are the only other players from the modern era to have won it multiple times.

The United States have produced the most winners with 29 titles all time, followed by Great Britain and Australia jointly with eight titles. France have delivered seven titles (like Great Britain though, only one has been in the modern era) and Germany has claimed five. Just six times in the history of the tournament in the Open Era has it been won without having dropped a set. Justine Henin did in 2006 and in 2007, and prior to that, Evonne Goolagong Cawley did in 1971, Billie Jean King in 1972, Chris Evert in 1974, Steffi Graf in 1988 and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1994. The record of the most consecutive titles in the modern era is jointly held by Monica Seles and Justine Henin with three.

French Open 2016 Prediction

We are going to look a little outside the box in this one. First up there looks good each way value on Angelique Kerber. There have been a lot of moments this season that she can take confidence from and if she can focus on those instead of the slip ups that she has suffered, she should make a strong case for herself at the French Open. However, her recent early exit from Rome may well have given her the extra time to sort her game out and she can be well in the picture. Her case will be enhanced if it is hot as well, because that aids her power game when the courts are playing quicker.

Simona Halep. Just because of her background on clay also brings her into the picture and recent improved performances from her could just be coming at the right time. Halep has a lot better in her than her performances in Grand Slams have produced so far. Timea Bacsinszky is our outsider punt and again should be looked at each way. The Swiss player has gone pretty well this season and let’s not forget that she went to the semi finals of the French Open last year having never previously managed to get past the second round. She followed that up with a quarter final at Wimbledon too. There has to be something to take from her recent semi final berth in Miami and then the quarters in Rome.

18th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The WTA season, much like the ATP Tour, gets an early January start every year. The winter break between the back end of the previous season and the new one, isn’t all that long for players, who mostly take a short break and then get back into conditioning ahead of the new season. The tennis season set up simply demands that players come flying out of the blocks in early January because the first major of the season, the Australian Open is an annual January event so players have little time to get back to competitive action before taking on the gruelling two weeks of one of the four Grand Slams.

The Grand Slams are just the tip of a very big iceberg in terms of tennis tournaments that are played across the year on the WTA. You also have the highly ranked Premier Tier events as well as the rest of the regular season events and the International level tournaments as well. Naturally because of the higher ranking points on offer at the higher tiered events, most of the big stars of the women’s game gravitate towards the bigger tournaments. They don’t have to work so hard for ranking points as lower ranked players. But unlike the ATP, you will generally find that top players do spread themselves out across the lower tiered tournaments as well across the season.

It’s not too unusual to see players taking on an International level tournament for either prestige, practice or prize money. Whatever the motivation, there is usually at least a couple of tournament running each and every week throughout the calendar year, unless of course it is a Premier Tier or Grand Slam event in progress. The Season starts early in January and runs through to the end of October each year. Then it’s a short winter break to start all over again in the battle for titles and points ranking in a season which makes a swing right around the world on most continents.

As well as trying to hold the honour of being a top ten player in the world, there is also the annual Road To Singapore points chase going on. Players get awarded points from tournaments and the top eight at the end of the season make it through to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore where there is a mammoth prize fund on offer to round off the season with for the elite players. The WTA Elite Trophy is always the final event of the year and that is a tournament for tournament winners from across the season (those who didn’t qualify for the WTA Finals).

WTA Tour Calendar 2016

Date Tennis Tournament Venue
03.01.-09.01. Shenzhen Open Shenzhen
03.01.-09.01. Brisbane International Brisbane
04.01.-09.01. ASB Classic Auckland
10.01.-15.01. Apia International Sydney Sydney
10.01.-16.01. Hobart International Hobart
18.01.-31.01. Grand Slam – Australian Open Melbourne
08.02.-14.02. St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy St. Petersburg
08.02.-14.02. Taiwan Open Kaohsiung
15.02.-20.02. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Dubai
15.02.-21.02. Rio Open Rio de Janeiro
21.02.-27.02. Qatar Total Open Doha
22.02.-27.02. Abierto Mexicano Telcel Acapulco
29.02.-06.03. Abierto Monterrey Afirme Monterrey
29.02.-06.03. BMW Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
09.03.-20.03. BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells
14.03.-19.03. San Antonio 125K Series San Antonio
22.03.-03.04. Miami Open Miami
04.04.-10.04. Katowice Open Katowice
04.04.-10.04. Volvo Cars Open Charleston
11.04.-17.04. Claro Open Colsanitas Bogotá
18.04.-24.04. Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
18.04.-24.04. TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup Istanbul
25.04.-30.04. J&T Banka Prague Open Prague
25.04.-30.04. GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Rabat
30.04.-07.05. Mutua Madrid Open Madrid
09.05.-15.05. Empire State Open West Hempstead
15.05.-21.05. Internationaux de Strasbourg Strasbourg
15.05.-21.05. Nürnberger Versicherungscup Nuremberg
22.05.-05.06. Grandslam – Roland Garros Paris
31.05.-05.06. Bol Open Bol
06.06.-12.06. Aegon Open Notthingham Nottingham
06.06.-12.06. Topshelf Open Netherlands
13.06.-19.06. Aegon Classic Birmingham Birmingham
13.06.-19.06. Mallorca Mallorca
19.06.-25.06. Aegon International Eastbourne Eastbourne
27.06.-10.07. Grandslam – Wimbledon London
11.07.-17.07. Nürnberger Gastein Ladies Bad Gastein
11.07.-17.07. Bucharest Open Bucharest
18.07.-24.07. Bank of the West Classic Stanford
18.07.-24.07. Citi Open Washington D.C.
18.07.-24.07. Collector Swedish Open Bastad
25.07.-31.07. Rogers Cup Montreal
01.08.-07.08. Brasil Tennis Cup Florianopolis
01.08.-07.08. Nanchang Open Nanchang
15.08.-21.08. Western & Southern Open Cincinnati
22.08.-27.08. Louisville International Open Louisville
22.08.-27.08. Connecticut Open New Haven
29.08.-11.09. Grandslam – US Open New York
12.09.-18.09. Coupe Banque Nationale Quebec
19.09.-25.09. Toray Pan Pacific Open Tokyo
19.09.-25.09. Korea Open Seoul
26.09.-02.10. Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open Wuhan
26.09.-02.10. Tashkent Open Tashkent
03.10.-09.10. China Open Beijing
10.10.-16.10. Tianjin Open Tianjin
10.10.-16.10. Generali Ladies Linz Linz
10.10.-16.10. Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open Hong Kong
17.10.-23.10. Kremlin Cup Moscow
17.10.-23.10. BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open Luxembourg
24.10.-30.10. BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
31.10.-06.11. WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai

Grand Slams

These are the titles that everyone wants. This is the elite level of the game and because of the tough, big field that a player has to come through over the two weeks, it’s the ultimate tennis test of endurance, determination and skill. You tend to see the same old faces at the business end of WTA Grand Slams and one of the most familiar faces is that of Serena Williams. The American keeps on going strongly and she started the 2016 season just three title short of the current record for the most Grand Slam tournament singles title, held by Margaret Court. Williams, who won three of the four 2015 Grand Slam titles, started the year with 21, just one behind German legend Steffi Graf’s 22 and closing in on Court’s record of 24.

By and large though the women’s game is far more open (if you take Williams out of the picture) than the men’s. Over on the ATP you are looking at one of five players who can realistically win a Grand Slam but the playing field is pretty even in the women’s game, again without the presence of Williams. Maria Sharapova has claimed all four Grand Slam titles in her career but it took her almost ten year to accomplish that, completing the career slam with a French Open title in 2012.

It’s that tough to win Grand Slam but popular (and in some case surprise) winners like Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Petra Kvitova and even 2015 US Open winner Flavia Pennetta have shown that wins can pop up from anywhere on the women’s side of the Grand Slam. Whenever Serena Williams falls from a Grand Slam, the field gets blown wide, wide open and that’s not even mentioning new players coming through like Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic who could well be Grand Slam champions down the line.

2016 Grand Slam Start Dates

Australian Open – January 18th
French Open – May 22nd
Wimbledon – June 27th
US Open – August 29th

WTA Premier Events

Since 2009 the Women’s Tour has a range of Premier Tournaments of varying degrees of stature. There are the big four Premier Mandatory Events which are Indian Wells, Madrid, Miami and Beijing. There are 1000 ranking points going to the winner of one of those. They are kind of like mini-Grand Slams. There are also five Premier 5 events on the season which offers a 900 points ranking haul for the winner (Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal, and Wuhan) while there are twelve Premier events across the season which offers 470 total ranking points to the winner. Just to put all that into context, a player who wins a Grand Slam will pocket 2,000 rankings points for their effort.

Of all active players, Serena Williams holds the record for the most WTA Premier titles won by a single player. Going into the 2016 season, Williams had claimed 23 WTA Premier titles, six of those being Premier Mandatory events (the tally also includes end of season Championships titles of which Williams has four). Petra Kvitova, Martia Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki were holding joint second players in the list of all time WTA Premier League titles, with twelve each almost half as few as Williams has won during her career. As with the WTA Grand Slam tennis betting you are only going to see Serena Williams at the head of the market, but the Premier Mandatory events in particular follow a much similar betting pattern where you will see a handful of the same players occupying the places at the head of the market like Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza. Always pay attention to surfaces because some players perform better and raise their games on certain surfaces as opposed to others.

2016 Premier Mandatory Start Dates

Indian Wells – March 7th
Miami Open – March 21st
Mutua Madrid Open – May 2nd
China Open – October 3rd

British Interest

While Andy Murray pretty much takes up all interest on the British tennis scene, there of course are home-grown talents knocking around the WTA. The top promising players out of Britain for some time have been Heather Watson and Laura Robson, but both have failed to really set the game alight and live up to their respective potentials, largely it would seem, because of injury and illness issues that seem to crop up time and time again for the youngsters.

Last season Johanna Konta stole much of the limelight of British interest. Konata’s run to the last sixteen at the 2015 US Open was a delight, the Brit beating out the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Andrea Petkovic in the main draw after having started her campaign way back in the qualifying round of 128. She lost her seventh game at the tournament, her round of sixteen battle with Petra Kvitova. But then Konta went on a tear, reaching the quarterfinals of Wuhan as well where she beat Victoria Azarenka and Simona Help before losing out to Venus Williams.

Konta started 2016 as the highest ranked British women on the WTA, inside the top fifty, followed by Watson. The next British talent which is likely to be making waves sooner or later is Naomi Broady and she started the season outside of the top 100, while because of all her time away from the game and upsets, Laura Robertson is down around the 500 ranking. You’ll find all the British players putting in most of their time at the International Tier tournaments.

Fed Cup (Federation Cup)

As well as the individual tournaments, there is some international action to come in 2016 with the Fed Cup. At the close of the 2015 season, Great Britain were ranked 23rd in the ITF Rankings, third from bottom with only Thailand and Croatia lower than then. Great Britain are in the Europe/Africa Zone for the regional competition and they take on Georgia and South Africa, in Pool B. The winner of the four pools then go to a play off to see which two then go through to the World Group II Play Offs. Basically Great Britain are a long way off competing in the Fed Cup World Group and are just trying to muscle their way into World Group II for a shot and then making a run at the World Group, the elite portion of the Fed Cup.

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19th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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Even though tennis players head off to their winter break pretty late in the calendar year, there’s not a lot of time to rest really. The new seasons steps in during the first week of 2016 so players are right back at it. It is a massive challenge as well, because just two weeks into the new year, starting on January 18th, is the first Grand Slam of the season. yes, the 2016 Australian Open is right here with us and it is time to take look a look at a preview for the WTA side of things.

Serena Williams is back to defend her Australian Open title. It’s not the first time that she has been in this position heading back to Melbourne Park, but only once before has she actually managed to successfully defend the title in the following year. So do that give some wiggle room for one of the other players in the field to make a run at the title? Maybe so when you consider that there have been four different winners in the last five editions of the famous trophy.

Australian Open 2016 Women - Infographics

WTA Australian Open 2016 Favourite

It is Serena Williams who is WTA Australian Open 2016 Favourite. No surprise there then of course. With three of last season’s four Grand Slam titles to her name, she is the one to beat still in the game. She is trading as 15/8 outright favourite to claim what would be here seventh Australian Open title. If she does go all the way again this year then it would be her 20th Major Singles title, so impressive.

She beat out Maria Sharapova in last season’s final, which wasn’t a  great surprise considering the immense head to head lead that Williams has over the Russian (18-2). You have to question who can stop Williams when one of the best fighters on the WTA can’t get close to Williams. However, she has suffered some big upsets in recent appearances as the Australian Open. 2012 and 2014 saw her crash out at the fourth round stage (versus Ekaterina Makarova and Ana Ivanovic respectively), while 2013 she didn’t make it past the quarter finals, getting dumped out at that stage by fellow American Sloane Stephens.

So it’s unexpected defeats more than high-profile exits against other contenders which seems to trip Williams up the most. Frankly if she gets to the semi finals stage of the competition then you don’t expect anything but for the title to end up in her hands. She has never lost an Australian Open final and with having won four of the last five Grand Slam titles on offer, she’ll still take some stopping in Melbourne.

WTA Australian Open 2016 Main Contenders

Victoria Azarenka 6/1
Two Australian Open Final Appearances, Two Titles

Out of the main contenders, only Azarenka looks most capable of taking down Williams (not considering the upsets against low-ranked players that Williams has suffered recently at Melbourne). But that requires the Belarusian being on top of her game. She was working her way back to the top last year after illness and injury set backs but she has a good record at Melbourne Park nonetheless with those two titles. She only made it to the fourth round last season as she was ousted by a gusty Dominika Cibulkova.

So even with looking at Azarenka as Williams’ main challenger at the US Open, she has failed to beat the American at the last four attempts. Because of Azarenka’s absence from the game last term it meant that she was a dangerous, lower-seeded floater in the field and clashed into Williams early in both the French Open and Wimbledon and would have done so at the Australian Open if she had won her fourth round match. With a better draw and a positive start to the new season, she could make her way to the final four. Avoiding Williams is paramount as Williams leads Azarenka 17-3 in the head to head.

Maria Sharapova 7/1
Four Australian Open Finals, One Title

The Russian can be so frustrating at times. After all the defeats that she has suffered against Williams in her career, you would think that she could come up with something different to try and beat the American. She can’t seem to find her step against Williams at all, just can’t get in the games and stay there. When Sharapova doesn’t have her first serve working for her, suddenly she can look fragile.

Still, you will be hard pushed to find anyone who digs deeper than Sharapova when her back is against the wall. She won the 2008 Australian Open over Ana Ivanovic but lost two of her other final appearances in Melbourne against Serena Williams and one against Azarenka. She has a Career Grand Slam of Major titles but since 2009 she has only claimed the French Open title. She has less of a shot than Azarenka does because such a great player should be winning Slams more consistently, which suggests a blockage somewhere.

Simona Halep 9/1
No Australian Open Final Appearances

This is where we will probably contradict what was said about Azarenka being the only one capable of taking down Williams. Help, out of the main contenders and here is why. In contests against Williams, Halep has looked far less overawed by the stature of her opponent than when say Sharapova or Azarenka goes up against Williams. Halep trails Williams 6-1 in the head to head, yes, but has pushed the American very hard, just because of her aggressive approach to the game.

A lot was expected in last season’s Grand Slam from Halep but it didn’t quite pan out that way until she made the semi finals at the US Open. The Romanian has made the quarter finals in the last two seasons at the Australian Open and would expect her to at least be there again. She’ll be running off less pressure, less expectations this time around after her brilliant 2014 season felt flat in 2015. That will make her more dangers and looks a tremendous each way wager to go all the way and claim her first Slam. It has to happen sooner or later that she’ll put everything together.

Petra Kvitova 12/1
No Australian Open Final Appearances

Usually a dangerous floater in the field and has had her issues with confidence and fitness. Her best ever run at Melbourne Park was a semi final appearance in 2012 and she has only made it past the third round on one other occasion. Kvitova, an awkward left hander with a lot of height advantage, should be doing better than that. She is a two-time Wimbledon Champion of course so has the moxy to go all the way in Grand Slams.

However, her hard court record in Slams in terrible really with just two quarter final appearances and one semi final from fifteen appearances combined at the Australian and US Open during her career. Really you would expect her to be more of a consistent quarter finals at Slams, but she’s not, so it’s a long stretch to see her go all the way.

Stats to consider for 2016 Australian Open betting

Looking at the final stages of last season’s Australian Open, there was a definite trend going on through the matches. Of the seven matches from the quarter finals onwards at the 2015 Australian Open, only one of them went to three sets. So it is worth, when the latter stages of the 2016 edition come around that you seriously consider the 2-0 option in set betting for the matches that come up, in particular where Williams is concerned.

Williams dropped sets in both the third round and fourth round last season (both the opening sets against Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza) then cruised through from the quarter final stages. Williams knows how to make it work when the business end of things comes along at Melbourne Park.

Dropped sets haven’t been a big occurrence in recent finals of the Australian Open. Of the last ten finals contested at the Australian Open, only three of them have gone to three sets. Of Serena Williams’ six Australian Open finals though, things have been split evenly with three of them having gone over three sets. Three of her last four Australian Open titles though have been straight-sets victories.

WTA 2016 Australian Open Winner Odds

Serena Williams 15/8, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 9/1, Petra Kvitova 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 20/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Eugenie Bouchard 20/1, Madison Keys 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 28/1, 40/1 bar

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3rd January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The Hopman Cup has a format unlike any other major international team tennis tournament. It’s a mixed competition in which male and female players play on combined teams in two singles and a doubles matches. Players are invited, not selected by their national federations.

Eight countries are selected annually to compete, though in 2016 there will only six overseas nations taking part with hosts Australia fielding ‘Green’ and ‘Gold’ teams.

The eight competing teams are separated into two groups of four (with two teams being seeded) and then play against each of the other three teams in their group in a round-robin format. The top team in each group then meet in a final to decide the champions.

Hopman Cup History

Though having no bearing on individual rankings, the Hopman Cup is regarded as a traditional curtain-raiser to the new international tennis season. Players use the event as a warm-up for the Australian Open, which starts three weeks later – it’s now staged at the Perth Arena having been moved from the Burswood Dome in 2012. The tournament is named in honour of great Australian doubles player and coach Harry Hopman and is always well attended.

The United States have won it most times, six between 1997 and 2011, and have also been beaten finalists on five occasions including last year. They are the top seeds this year and must have every chance of another victory with women’s world number one, Serena Williams, making her long-awaited comeback from injury to partner the up-and-coming Jack Sock. The USA are as short as 11/10 in places for this year’s event but can be backed at 15/8 with Paddy Power, who price up Williams and Sock at 5/6 to win Group A against Australia ‘Gold’, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Hosts Australia have only ever won the Hopman Cup once, in 1999, but their ‘Green’ team should be competitive in Group B this year with the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios lining up alongside Daria Gavrilova. They are 21/10 to win Group B with Paddy Power with France (Caroline Garcia and Gael Monfils), who also have a single success to their name, at 11/4. Germany are 7/2 but the current favourites in this section are Great Britain.

Andy Murray, fit from a stint in the International Premier Tennis League and still glowing from his SPOTY, is the highest-ranked men’s player taking part and, as his Davis Cup exploits proved, a pretty good doubles partner for Heather Watson.

Great Britain have never won the Hopman Cup but Murray was a beaten finalist in 2010 when partnering Laura Robson and they are 2/1 to win Group B and a best 5/1 with Betfred, among others, to break their duck overall in 2016.

Hopman Cup Current Best Odds

USA (15/8), Great Britain (5/1), France (6/1), Australia Green (7/1), Ukraine (9/1), Germany (12/1), Czech Republic (12/1), Australia Gold (20/1)

30th December 2015 / paul - Category: Tennis Betting


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29th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Tennis Betting

It’s down to the final Grand Slam of the 2015 season and there is something just a little extra special about the action from Flushing Meadows this time around. The tournament brings into the spotlight, the attempt by Serena Williams of winning all four Slams in the 2015 calendar year. She already holds all four titles, but with a clean sweep of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon so far, she steps out to defend her US Open title to try and complete a remarkable season.

With Williams continued her great form by winning in Cincinnati in her final US Open warm up, it looks as if she is on track to creating a bit of history for herself as she goes in search of her 22nd Grand Slam title. Everyone knows what Serena Williams is capable of and it’s not a question over her ability to win the tournament, for your US Open Women’s tennis betting you have to ask yourself whether or not there is anyone in the field who can stop her?

Serena Williams 10/1

What a season it has been from the world number one. She has pretty much been untouchable apart from some lapses in some of the Premier Tier events. When it comes to the Slams though she is in a league of her own. That’s four titles in her last four Grand Slam events and she has such a rich history at Flushing Meadows, having won the last three titles there, that it is hard to see her faltering. The pressure isn’t going to get to her and as she has proven time and time again, even when she is pushed, she finds a way to battle through. She’s going to be tough to stop if she is dialed in.

Victoria Azarenka 7/1

Was expecting just a little bit more from Azarenka on the North American hard court swing of the season. It hasn’t happened through with a round of sixteen loss against Sara Errani In Toronto and then an injury withdrawal in Cincinnati. The Belarusian has been to two of the last three US Open finals and she lost on both occasions to Williams. She’s not back at that level of competitiveness yet, so not too likely to go all the way. She has already lost to Williams three times this season and twice to Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova 9/1

Maria Sharapova was last in the US Open final back in 2006 when she beat Justine Henin to the punch in the final. Has shown up pretty well this season with a place in the Australian Open and the semi’s at Wimbledon, but she was stopped both times there by Williams. There’s been nothing from her since Wimbledon and that has to be a bit of a concern about backing her to go all the way. Plus there’s that seventeen match losing streak going against Williams.

Simona Halep 12/1

The young Romanian has to be the biggest threat to Williams missing out on her piece of history. Halep started the season brilliantly on the hard courts, faded away over the clay and grass, but has hit the ground running again now the hard courts are back. Went to the final of both Toronto and Cincinnati in the last two weeks so a clear indicator of form. She arguably would have won Toronto if it wasn’t for a retirement in the final, but then she lost in straight sets in the final of Cincinnati. The only one who is likely to get close to stopping Williams.

The rest of the field, from Belinda Bencic (who beat Williams on her way to the Toronto title) is 25/1 and longer which pretty much sums up things. Dangerous floaters and nothing more than each way wagers or ones to back for quarter finals are Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki all around 30/1 mark in the outright winner market.

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25th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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Andy Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup on the weekend finally added a bit of a drama to the season. Djokovic has pretty much dominated the entire season, winning both Wimbledon and the Australian Open as well as four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. So it was a big upset that he fell against Andy Murray in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, especially as that was the first time since the 2013 final in Montreal against Murray that Djokovic had suffered a loss against the Brit.

So it shakes up betting on the US Open a little bit, but of course nothing drastically. This is the part of the season where Andy Murray should start coming into his own more and more and start to look stronger and stronger. It was a pretty strong start from him and now he has been moved in to a quote of 3/1 with online betting site Bet Victor to win the 2015 US Open title.

it was against Djokovic that Murray won the 2012 US Open Final, the first Grand Slam title of his career. But Murray hasn’t touched a Grand Slam title since winning Wimbledon 2013, a run of eight title-less Grand Slam appearances and just one appearance in the final of one (the 2015 Australian Open). But the win in Montreal has to have done something grand for his confidence and belief that maybe Novak Djokovic (6/5 favourite to win the US Open) isn’t so infallible as he seems.

Men’s US Open 2015 Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 6/5, Andy Murray 3/1, Roger Federer 7/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Rafael Nadal 12/1, Kei Nishikori 12/1, Marin Cilic 25/1, 33/1 bar

Of course, Djokovic, the world number one is still the one to beat, despite having won the title only once as well. That was back in 2011 and including that win for the Serbian, there has been a different winner in each of the last four editions of the US Open (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Cilic). So that does hint at there being the chance of upsets in this one, although Djokovic has been to the final on four of the last five editions of the event (W1 L3). Roger Federer is a 7/1 quote to land the title, with Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori all around the 12/1 mark, with reigning Champion Marin Cilic at 25/1.

Serena Williams, despite her upset against Belinda Benic in the Rogers Cup recently is the one to beat in the women’s draw. No surprise there. She is a six-time US Open Champion over her long career and needs one more to pull clear of Chris Evert’s six titles as well. Williams has won the last three editions of the US Open and has been in the final in five of the last eight editions. With the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon in her pocket, she currently holds all four Grand Slam titles and is looking to complete a clean sweep of every major in 2015.

Women’s US Open 2015 Betting Odds

Serena Williams 6/5, Victoria Azarenka 7/1, Maria Sharapova 9/1, Simona Help 14/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 25/1, 33/1 bar

Hard to find a genuine opposed to Williams. Victoria Azarenka has lost two of the last three finals against Williams and is a 7/1 quote to get her hands on the title at Flushing Meadows, with Maria Sharapova at 9/1. Simona Halep could have a lot of appeal being such a strong hard court player and she goes as big 14/1 each way value in US Open 2015 betting.

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18th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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