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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

Sports Betting

It’s another big week on the WTA tennis betting scene with another Premier Tier event serving up a treat. It was Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska who took the title in Montreal on the weekend, beating out superise finalist Venus Williams in the showcase match on Sunday. The draw has been shaken up a little bit from last week, but Serena Williams goes off once again as top seed and as favourite. Williams is priced at 5/2 with online betting site Titanbet for the victory. But the loss to her sister in the semi final near the end of a hard week, will probably push punters away from her.

There isn’t a lot to stop her in her quarter this week though again, with Jelena Jankovic a potential quarter final opponent. There could then be a clash against Montreal winner Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi finals. But with the Pole unable to consistently win titles, it is going to be a tough ask to see her go back to back in consecutive weeks. Radwanska is trading as a 11/1 shot this week and probably worth avoiding. Caroline Wozniacki could make a good dark horse shot in the top half (the second quarter) as she pushed Serena Williams very hard in their quarter final match up in Montreal.

Eugenie Bouchard, who is 12/1 just outside of Wozniacki’s evaluation, needs a big bounce back performance. The Canadian star had such big hopes resting on her last week on home turf, but blew her lines nervously in the first round. The pressure should be off this week and expect better of her in the third quarter. Ana Ivanovic is in there for a potential early clash, and Petra Kvitova, who beat Bouchard in the final of Wimbledon this year, is running as third seed and 11/1 also with Titanbet to lift the title.

The bottom half of the draw could produce a massive quarter final clash between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Sharapova is 7/1 second favourite this week, with Halep just behind at 11/2 with Titanbet. Sharapova lost out in the third round of Montreal, in a tournament full of upsets against Carla Suarez Navarro in a shock. As for Halep, the young Romanian superstar decided to skip Montreal, and so should be fresh this week and a lot of value for punters. Will we see the favourites rise to the top this week, or will it be another week of shocks?

WTA Cincinnati Tennis betting odds

Serena Williams 23/10, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 11/,2 Petra Kvitova 11/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 11/1, Eugenie Bouchard 12/1, Venus Williams 18/1, Victoria Azarenka 20/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1

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11th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Serena Williams (USA)

It is back to some big tennis betting on the WTA this week as the Premier Tier Bank of the West Classic gets underway in Stanford. There is a big field, led by none other than Serena Williams. Williams is staring down the barrel of a Grand Slam-less year, but when it comes to the summer hard court season, it is where she has historically excelled. The proof of that is that she has won the US Open for the last two years. She has also won at Stanford on each of her last two appearances there in 2011 and 2012.

All told, Williams is on a nine match winning streak at Stanford, and despite not having picked up any majors so far this year, she could still become the first player on the WTA in 2014 to land four titles. She stands even with Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic with three each. Williams could clash with Ivanovic, who is looking to become the first player of the season to win 40 matches, in the quarter finals of Stanford.

Williams is a 10/11 shot with online betting site Bet365 to land the win this week, as she pretty much dominates the betting market for the event. There are some big players missing, with Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep being notable absentees at the event. It leaves Agnieszka Radwanska as second favourite at a distant price of 6/1. With no title this year and recent appearances falling short, there’s not enough reason to back her.

Radwanska goes down in the bottom half of the draw in competition with reigning Stanford champion Dominika Cibulkova and Angelique Kerber. Out of them, it is Germany’s Kerber who has been trending the hottest and should be a big threat down there. Cibulkova, after being one of the most dominant players on the WTA over the first half of the year, has just hit a bit of a wall and needs to pick herself up. Kerber is an 8/1 shot against Cibulkova’s 12/1.

Cibulkova does make a decent dark horse wager as an each way bet this week and so too does Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian has been in very solid form this season and while she would run into Williams early, Ivanovic could just be the type of form player who can upset Williams if the American isn’t on top of her game.

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28th July 2014 / Lee - Category: Sports Betting

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Novak Djokovic is a best 15/8 with BetVictor to win the men’s singles in the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September after winning Wimbledon. The Serb edged out Roger Federer in a five-set thriller on Sunday, winning 6-7 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-4 on Centre Court to win the title for the first time since 2011. He’s also back on top of the world rankings with Rafael Nadal failing to make the quarter-finals in SW19. Federer is up to third in the ATP rankings, above compatriot Stan Wawrinka whom he beat at the All-England Club, but Andy Murray has slipped to 10th, his lowest ranking for six years. The Scot is now in danger of missing out on the ATP Finals in London at the end of the year and will also face tougher tests in upcoming tournaments without a high seeding, though he didn’t play much tennis in the second half of last year which is in his favour when it comes to accumulating ranking points. Murray’s Wimbledon conqueror Grigor Dimitrov, fellow semi-finalist Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Juan Del Potro and David Ferrer have all moved ahead of the British number one in the list.

Roger Federer is 10/1 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes to win the US Open and has reiterated that he has no intention of retiring despite having managed only one Grand Slam win since 2010. Now 32, there were rumours that the Swiss wanted to spend more time developing his new academy but he made Djokovic fight all the way at Wimbledon and still looks to have a couple more years at the highest level.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal is 18/5 with bwin to win the US Open while 2012 winner Andy Murray is 11/2 with bwin, Unibet and 888sport. The up-and-coming Dimitrov and Raonic are 20/1 (Coral and Ladbrokes) and 40/1 (Ladbrokes and Skybet) respectively. Djokovic is 6/4 with Boylesports to win Wimbledon 2015 and Federer is 7/2 with Skybet to win another Grand Slam before he retires.

Serena Williams will keep her number one ranking on the WTA but is out to 14/5 with bwin to win the women’s singles at the US Open following her disappointing third-round defeat at Wimbledon. Those injury problems keep mounting and younger and fitter players are closing the gap on the American. Petra Kvitova is 12/1 with Betfred, Ladbrokes and William Hill to follow up her Wimbledon triumph in the States with beaten finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who has now reached the last four in all three Grand Slams this year, a 9/1 chance with bet365, Paddy Power, Skybet and sportingbet to go one better.

7th July 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Serena Williams will be bidding for her sixth Wimbledon women’s singles title and her 18th Grand Slam in total when she steps on to the court at the All-England Club next week.

She was knocked out in the fourth round by Sabine Lisicki last year but did win the French and US Opens in 2013 and, in her 20th year as a professional, is still the one feared most when the really big tournaments come around. Now 32, Williams is top of the current WTA rankings and top seed at Wimbledon despite another season interrupted by injury. She made early exits in both Melbourne and Paris but has won the Sony Open and Italian Open this year. However, she was due to accept a wildcard entry at Eastbourne this week only to drop out at the last-minute, fuelling rumours that all is not well again. The American is only a best 6/4 with Betfred to win Wimbledon but that looks short given her recent history and the varied problems that keep cropping up. Boylesports are offering cash back on outright losing singles if Serena wins.

It’s 10 years since Maria Sharapova recorded her one and only Wimbledon title and she, too, has had her injury problems in recent years. But the Russian ground out a second French Open victory in three years earlier this summer and will be praying that her troublesome shoulder doesn’t flare up again. Sharapova probably isn’t as effective on grass as on slower surfaces and is seeded five this year but is only 11/2 with bwin. Second seed Li Na is 18/1 with the same firm but the reigning US and Australian Open champion has never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Simona Halep, beaten by Sharapova in the French Open final, is 16/1 with sportingbet but has yet to get past the second round in SW19 and that’s a worry. She has improved massively over the past 18 months but has yet to show her best form on grass.

The women’s singles looks much more open than the men’s and Eugenie Bouchard might be worth a bet at Ladbrokes16/1. The 20-year-old from Montreal only made her big breakthrough last year but has been a semi-finalist in both the Australian and French Opens this season and a first Grand Slam can’t be far away. She has a big serve and a booming forehand that should suit Wimbledon. Though only seeded 13, she’ll be a threat to all if getting into an early rhythm. Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska is a general 20/1 and may be best of the rest.

20th June 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams is holding firm favoritism at the head of the Women’s French Open tennis betting market. The reigning champion remarkably went in to the recent Rome tournament on the WTA Tour, with doubts over her fitness after having pulled out of the Madrid quarterfinals with a hamstring problem. It cast doubts over her even making it back to Roland Garros for her title defence, but Williams being Williams, she pulled through and powered her way to the Rome title, dropping just one set along the way. It makes it hard to look past her in 2014 French Open betting. The women’s draw has lost one big name, with Victoria Azarenka missing out through injury.

Online betting site Boylesports have a great French Open Money Back Special running for your tennis betting. If Serena Williams wins the French Open, then the bookmaker will refund lost stakes on the outright market, which applies to bets placed before the start of the tournament, 10 am Sunday, May 25th. So get in quick! New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too. 2014 French Open Tennis Betting Odds at Boylesports Serena Williams 6/5, Li Na 5/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 11/1, Ana Ivanovic 16/1, Sara Errani 28/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 33/1, Petra Kvitova 40/1, Jelena Jankovic 50/1, Eugenie Bouchard 66/1

Online betting site Boylesports have a great French Open Money Back Special running for your tennis betting. If Serena Williams wins the French Open, then the bookmaker will refund lost stakes on the outright market, which applies to bets placed before the start of the tournament, 10 am Sunday, May 25th. So get in quick! New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

Here we will take a 2014 French Open Tennis betting preview of the main candidates in the Women’s draw for Roland Garros.

Serena Williams 6/5
The American landed what was only her second French Open title last year, beating out Maria Sharapova in the final. The draw is pretty interesting this time around as the two have been drawn together in the same quarter, making for a massive potential showdown in the final eight. If that happens, it would be Williams who would be running as favourite should the two come together. Williams holds a 16-2 head to head record over the Russian. Overall, the draw looks pretty easy for Williams, because the challenge at the semi final stage is likely to be Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, and Williams should be able to rely on her power to win that, as she holds an 8-0 head to head record over the Pole. Williams again, is looking the best bet.

Li Na 5/1
The biggest benefactor to the top quarter of the draw housing both Maria Sharapova and Serena WIlliams is Li Na. The 2011 French Open Champion has been in fine fettle this season all round, reaching three finals and winning two of them, including her victory in Australian Open over Dominika Cibulkova. The Chinese star warmed up with quarter final appearances on clay in Madrid and Rome and going off as second seed for Roland Garros this year, she has been handed a great draw. The likely top quarter final opponent would be Jelena Jankovic, and the top highest ranked semi final opponents she could run into would be Petra Kvitova or young star Simona Halep. There should be a lot of value in backing Li Na to reach the final, at French Open tennis betting option at 13/8.

Maria Sharapova 7/1
The Russian gained some interest and backing on the French Open tennis betting, with clay court wins in Stuttgart and Madrid as part of her build up. A round of sixteen loss in Rome though against Ana Ivanovic wasn’t the ideal prep, and she would have been shorter odds in the outright market had she received a better draw. Simply the presence of Serena WIlliams in the same quarter is probably going to put a dampener on Sharapova’s challenge. She has already lost twice against her this season, and as much as her gritty defence will keep her hanging around, she would be firm underdog should she meet Williams in the quarters. The 2012 French Open champion will be ruing her drop in the world rankings. It’s likely to cost her a genuine shot at the French Open this year.

Simona Halep 11/1
Where has the young Romanian come from? She has been on fire this season, to the extent where she heads to Roland Garros as fourth seed. Not bad for a player who has never been past the round of 64 at the event. She had that great run to the quarter finals of the Australian Open and proved that wasn’t a fluke when she beat three top ten ranked players on her way to lifting the title in Doha. That was followed by a run to the semis at Indian Wells, and a defeat in the final of Madrid. The Madrid tournament was on clay and the world number four in just in the form of her life at the moment. Ignore an early exit in Rome, she should be ready for a big tournament here and there is a comfortable draw ahead. It is a big step up to win a Grand Slam, but she should be knocking around the final eight.

The dark horses in the field are going to be clay court specialist Sara Errani, who went to the final in Rome recently, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic. They all have question marks over their ability to really go on and land such a testing and enduring title on clay, but they are equally the ones who could string a decent run of form together and ride confidence into final eight contention. It was a real mixed bag of result at the Australian Open earlier in the year, expect the French Open to follow a more predictable route of everyone trying to hang on to the coat tails of Serena Williams


24th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova will be looking to follow up her success in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open last week, with a third Rome title. This week’s WTA Rome tennis betting is another clay court tournament as the build up to the 2014 French Open continues to gather steam. The Russian tennis queen beat Simona Halep in the final of Madrid last week, after favourite Serena Williams pulled out of her quarter final match up with Petra Kvitova. Sharapova and WIlliams are on a collision course this week at the semi final stage, and online betting site Sportingbet have both up as joint 11/4 favourites for WTA Rome tennis betting this week.

However, there has been no commitment from Williams whether or not she will play in Rome this week, because of the thigh injury she picked up last week. The injury could even keep her out of the French Open. So she just may be in ‘see how it goes’ mode this week. Williams would meet Petra Kvitova again in the quarter finals this week if the American sticks at it. Sharapova would go up against the in form Simona Halep again, the star sensation of the WTA Tour this season at the quarter finals. Halep was a losing semi finalist to Williams here last year.

That leaves the bottom half of the draw pretty wide open. The main contenders there are Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na and Angelique Kerber. Radwanska is top option there after running to the semi finals of Madrid last week, where she was brushed aside by Sharapova. But then Li Na was going well too before being stopped by Sharapova in the quarter final stage. If Radwanska and Li Na come together in the semi finals of the bottom half, it wouldn’t a big surprise this week. That will leave the dangerous floater of Kerber, who hasn’t been able to recapture her strong early season form yet.

WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds at Sportingbet
Maria Sharapova 11/4, Serena WIlliams 11/4, Li Na 5/1, Simona Halep 13/2, Petra Kvitova 8/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 10/1, Ana Ivanovic 16/1, Angelique Kebre 40/1, Jelena Jankovic 40/1

There is a good tennis betting promotion running at online betting site Sportingbet this week. Place a treble on any tennis matches, and if just one leg of your bet lets you down, then you will get your cash back as a free bet. Sportingbet offer a risk free £50 bet for new customers opening an account with them.

12th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Betting Advice

Serena Williams is one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Overcoming the odds of a troubled childhood to become etched into history as one of the most fearsome players to have ever graced the game. With a serve that would not look out of place in the men’s game, and a game characterised by raw power and athleticism, she starts the overwhelming majority of her matches as the favourite.

But despite her prowess, Serena Williams isn’t infallible. She has been susceptible to slipping up against some unheralded players, such as in these notable matches:

2014 Australian Open – Serena Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic – odds for Ivanovic 10.0

2014 Sony Open – Serena Williams vs. Jana Cepelova – odds for Cepelova, 13.0

2013 Wimbledon - Serena Williams vs Sabine Lisicki – odds for Lisicki 10.0

2013 Australian Open - Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens – odds for Stephens 13.0

2012 Australian Open - Serena Williams vs. Ekaterina Makarova – odds for Makarova 10.0

2012 French Open - Serena Williams vs. Virginie Razzano – odds for Razzano 17.0

All of the players who beat Serena, were at double figure odds. That means they in theory they each had a 10% or smaller chance of being successful in the match. The biggest shock was when Williams was defeated by Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open. The odds on Razzano were 17.0 at online betting site WBX – a huge price given that a tennis match is a two runner event.

Money can be made from laying Serena Williams at the right time. Laying an entrant is the act of betting on a selection not to win and is only possible on betting exchanges. The exchanges have given individuals the ability to act as bookmakers, taking bets on selections they do not believe will win. For example, a bettor could have laid Serena Williams against Virginie Razzano and they would have only had to risk around £1 for every £16 potential profit if she slipped up.

Williams has appeared particularly susceptible at the Australian Open in recent years, going out against unfancied rivals for the last three years. She has reached Round 4 on two occasions and the Quarter Finals on one occasion, and would have been expected to reach the Semi Final at worst each time. She has also been beaten in the French Open by the aforementioned Razzano and in the Sony Open by Jana Cepelova, who could have been backed at 13.0 pre-match at WBX.

The vast majority of Williams’ shock defeats have come at the start of the year, and she has an exceptional record at Wimbledon and the US Open. It is therefore possible that Williams does not peak until the second half of the year, and the best time to lay her when she is available at short odds, is in the first half when the Australian Open, Sony Open and French Open are played.

WBX are an excellent betting exchange where punters can lay Serena Williams. The tennis markets have extremely low commission rates and live betting is offered on every match. Excellent liquidity and the great odds make WBX a wise choice for bettors.

8th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Betting Advice

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