On this page you find articles on serena williams and sports betting in general.
October 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Info
There is some high quality tennis betting action this week for the end of season showcase that is the WTA Championships. The top eight qualified players go head to head in Istanbul and things are a little different in the tournament format from the usual, as the first round goes across two round robin groups. So great match betting up for grabs here.
Latest WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Serena Williams 8/13, Victoria Azarenka 4/1, Petra Kvitova 15/2, Li Na 9/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, Jelena Jankovic 33/1, Sara Errani 150
Online Bookmaker Promotion
Online betting site Paddy Power have a great in-running special running for the 2013 WTA Championships Betting. If the final point in any match at the WTA Championships is an Ace or Double Fault, then the bookmaker will refund all losing in-running match bets on that match. Great coverage of the finals from online betting site Paddy Power, who welcome new customers with up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus, the bookmaker matching the value of your first stake.
WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Favourite
The outright favourite, and by some margin, is Serena Williams. The American has racked up ten titles this season, including two Grand Slams. It is pretty tough to see anyone taking her out, not after having posted a 73-4 match record over the course of the season. This is her eighth appearance at the WTA Championships and she is the reigning champion as well. Her head to head against the rest of the group (Radwanska, Kvitova and Kerber) is 13-1. That pretty much sums everything up and is red hot favourite to win the Red Group at 2/9. Everyone is going to want to avoid her, at least until the finals. Williams is trading at 8/13 with Paddy Power to win the event.
WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Tips:
The main challenger to Williams is going to be Victoria Azarenka. She has at least gotten a win against Williams this season and will be hoping for another crack at the American. Azarenka has taken three titles this season, including the Australian Open. This is her 5th appearance at the WTA Championships, where she only has a 7-8 record. Hasn’t been at her best in the fall though, but she will be highly geared up for this one. You would expect her to at least come out of the group which contains Na Li, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic.
Looking at groups you can sort of predict things ahead. Williams is likely going to take top spot in the red group and Agnieszka Radwanska is likely to follow her through. Radwanska has played well over the fall swing of the season with an 11-2 two record and has won three titles across the season. Her head to head record against her other group members is not great, and she can’t find what she needs against Williams. It is a tough group because of Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber being lefties. If a surprise is going to come from one of them, you would look to the power of Kvitova more. Not a whole lot of consistency or winning edge from Kvitova this season, while Kerber just hasn’t hit her very best, but has improved towards the end of the season.
Prediction: Williams/Kvitova straight forecast for 2/1 at Paddy Power
If Azarenka is firing then she should win the White Group (the easier of the two). The way to sort this out is by looking at the Jankovic and Errani who really may not have enough to throw down a serious challenge for a top two spot. Errani is a tremendously gutsy player and finds great consistency when she gets up a head of steam. She’ll dig in and can cause a surprise, and while there has been a real resurgence from Jankovic this season, she is still likely to finish bottom of the pile. That leaves Li Na, who will likely follow Azarenka through out of the group. She has the power game to deliver, as long as she comes out of the blocks fast enough.
Prediction: Azarenka/Li straight forecast for 7/4 at Paddy Power
At the end of the day, the presence of Serena Williams is just too powerful for the rest of the field. She should power through her group and if the forecasts pan out, that puts her up against Li in the semi finals. If Azarenka tops her group as expected, she would be strong favourite against Radwanska or Kvitova. Hopefully punters will get to see a great Azarenka v Williams match up in the final, and it would be pretty fitting for the top two in the world. Even though Azarenka beat Williams in the final of Cincinnati, she has lost three other matches against her this season and trails the overall head to head 13-3.
August 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 US Open Tennis Betting Info
The lines have now been drawn for the Women at Flushing Meadows this year and each will know what they will have to go through to make it to the final. The tournament has lost one of its strongest candidates, with Russia’s Maria Sharapova pulling out of things because of an injury. For many, that has simply left a two horse race to the finish line between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. The top two seeds avoid each other until the final, so is that the way it will all pan out?
Latest 2013 US Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Boylesports
Serena Williams 5/6, Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Li Na 25/1, Sam Stosur 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Sloane Stephens 40/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
Over in the men’s draw, Britain’s Andy Murray will be lining up for a title defence at Flushing Meadows this season. After dramatically powering his way past Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, will the Brit be able to launch a successful title defence? Online betting site Boylesports have a great Money Back Special running for the men’s draw of the 2013 US Open betting. If Andy Murray wins the US Open, then Boylesports will refund losing pre-tournaments bets on the outright market up to the value of £50. New customers registering an account with the popular betting site can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.
2013 US Open Tennis Betting Favourite
It is Serena Williams who will be lining up as favourite at Flushing Meadows. There aren’t going to be many people arguing with that, and probably not too many punters who are going to be going against her favouritism either. Williams has won the Grand Slam title four times before in her career at Flushing Meadows, including last year, so she returns as defending Champion. It was against Azarenka which she won in last year’s showcase and has been trending as strong favourite for a while now. Interestingly, she hasn’t had the dominance in the Slam’s which she looked like she would have at the start of the season. Her only win this year so far, came at the French Open and carries a 14-2 match record in this year’s Slams to the US Open. Given her strong head to head against Sharapova, the Russian’s absence hasn’t really made that much of a difference to things. As can be seen in the strong favouritism of 5/6 with Boylesports, most are expecting a Williams win.
2013 US Open Tennis Betting Tips:
It looks as if it may be down only to Victoria Azarenka to stop Williams. The Belarusian did just that in the final of Cincinnati recently. Azarenka fought back brilliantly after being crushed in the opening set of the final, taking the title in a tie break. It was, thankfully, which made 2013 US Open tennis betting just that little bit more interesting. Two of the three meetings between the two players this year have been won by Azarenka, finally starting to register in the head to head (which stands at 12-3 in favour of Williams). Since pulling out of Wimbledon with an injury, Azarenka has been to the final of her two tournament’s entered, winning one. So she looks to have paced her return well and should be a good shot at the final. If she meets Williams in the final, then it’ll be worth looking at the match going to three sets.
However, Azarenka has a much tougher quarter of the draw than Williams does. Dominika Cibulkova, Sam Stosur, and Petra Kvitova could all be massive hurdles for her to get past. Stosur beat Azarenka in the final of Carlsbad recently, while Kvitova is always a tough and awkward challenge to go up against as well. The top seed that Williams could met in the semi finals, is Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Sadly, after such a stellar and competitive season last year, Kerber just hasn’t found the same kind of level, nowhere near it. We were touting her as a potential dark horse in last year’s US Open draw, nowhere near it this time around. So with Williams set to dominate the first quarter, and realistically, Azarenka taking the fourth quarter, it’ll be worth scanning the rest of the field to try and look for an upset along the way.
In the second quarter, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is topping the bill as third seed. Again, this season she has produced some beautiful tennis, but just looks one competitive gear short of being a Grand Slam champion, especially with Williams around. If they meet in the semi final of the top half of the draw, it would be the power of Williams all the way there. But the quarter ahead for Radwanska is pretty tricky as well. China’s Na Li looks a bit threat, because she will carry a lot of weight on the hard court and would actually fancy her chances going up against Williams in a potential semi final, more than that of Radwanska’s. Na is in pretty sharp form on the return to the hard court swing and would suggest she makes the best value to win the second quarter and is our biggest threat behind the big two.
Also floating around the same quarter is Sabine Lisicki and Jelena Jankovic, who has found a whole new lease of life, producing some cracking, revitalizing tennis this season out of nowhere. The third quarter of the 2013 US Open draw is just as fascinating. Leading the line is Sara Errani, who actually would make sense to back. She has stepped up so well generally in Grand Slams and big tournaments over the past year or so, would expect her to be in the quarter final mix. Caroline Wozniacki is the biggest potential threat there in the quarter, which is, arguably the weakest of the lost. The winner of that quarter would potentially be facing Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final. So look for quarter betting to kick things off for some value.
August 13th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Info
The women’s tour got back to a bit of predictability against last week as Serena Williams powered her way to yet another title, the 54th of her career. She took control in Toronto for the Premier Tier event and now heads the field again as the next Premier Tier tournament swings into action at the Western and Southern Open. Will it be another procession for Williams, who has actually never won this Ohio event?
Serena Williams 4/5, Victoria Azarenka 11/2, Maria Sharapova 11/2, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Li Na 16/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Sam Stosur 25/1, Mario Bartoli 33/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
There is great tennis betting fodder to be taken at online betting site Paddy Power, where you can get yourself a free bet! Hit up the bookie and when you place five or more in-running bets on tennis in one day, the bookie will give you a free bet to up to £10 to use! You simply can’t beat the excitement of live in-play tennis betting, nor getting a free bet for doing so. New customers registering an account with Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus, the bookie matching the value of your first stake.
WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams yet again heads up the field as 4/5 favourite. She beat Sorana Cirstea in the final of Toronto last week. Granted, along the way, she didn’t really come under any threat and met up with Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi’s and prevailed, all as was fully expected. She was expected to meet someone of a higher standing than young Cirstea in the final, but the big seeds on the opposite side of the draw just couldn’t get it together. There is little change from this week’s draw to last week. Again the projected semi final opponent for Williams will be Radwanska or Na Li. Little to stop the Williams juggernaut really and strong 4/5 favourite with online bookmaker Paddy Power.
WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Tips
Where to look for tips this week? The battle in the second quarter between Agnieszka Radwanska and Na Li should be a good one. Both went to the semi finals in Toronto last week, so are showing good form. Li is generally worth watching on the hard courts and she showed up well last week, making a good return to form. Again, Radwanska produced some great stuff during the tournament, looking a class act, but again she just doesn’t seem to have it at the business end of events again. They should duke it out for a place in the semi against Williams so are both value to win the second quarter. Would lean towards Poland’s Radwanska, she produced some great tennis last week. Na though, is the defending champion, but just a little more inconsistent.
Over on the other side of the draw this week, starting in the third quarter, we have the return of Maria Sharapova. The Russian missed Toronto last week and is looking to get back in to the swing of things. That may hinder her a bit this week, being away from competitive action, but looking at the draw, there really shouldn’t be any issue with her getting to the quarter finals. But as the draw is working in favour of Williams here, there is a potential semi final clash against Victoria Azarenka for Sharapova, which will be a massive battle, and asking either Sharapova or Azarenka to come through a tough semi like that and then take on Williams really puts the ball firmly in the court of the American.
Sharapova has history, winning in Cincinnati in 2011, something neither Williams nor Azarenka has done in the Premier Tier event. The closest challenge to Azarenka in the fourth quarter should be Petra Kvitova, who was stopped in the quarter finals of Toronto last week by an inspired Cirstea (who went on to beat Ni La in the semi’s). Kvitova showed more of her old self last week, but asking her to get past Azarenka and potentially Sharapova and then Williams to win the tournament, just isn’t going to happen. So look for live tennis betting with the Paddy Power promotion in place and check out To Win Quarter odds as well.
August 6th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Rogers Cup Betting Info
While the men are over in Montreal, the women take on the challenge of Toronto for the Premier Tier level event here. There is a world class field heading to Toronto and the world number one Serena Williams is back out in action. One notable withdrawal came from Victoria Azarenka, and the big field will be keen to use this as a great warm up for the US Open starting later in the month.
Latest Tournament Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet
Serena Williams 4/6, Li Na 13/2, Sam Stosur 12/1, Angeiszka Radanska 14/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Marion Bartoli 28/1 Jelena Jankovic 40/1, Angelique Kerber 40/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
It is worth heading to online betting site Unibet for some great coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season. Why? Because they provide some tremendous free live tennis streams for their customers to enjoy. They deliver great streams even from some of the top tier events like the Rogers Cup. It is a great way to enjoy tournaments and run some live in play tennis betting alongside it. New customers registering an account with online betting site Unibet will get a 100% matched deposit free bet as a welcome bonus.
WTA Rogers Cup Betting Favourite
As soon as Serena Williams is confirmed for a draw, then there is your favourite. That is the way it has been and that is the way it will be. She is a strong favourite as well, because her biggest challengers Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova aren’t around this week. So that leaves Williams as being the odds on favourite to a take a title which she has won two times before in her career. Given her immense form this year, who is going to back against her? There was that blip against Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon of course, but she bounced straight back from that to win a title in Bastad (granted it was against a low quality field). She’s only lost five matches since the start of last season’s clay court swing. Can’t argue with the dominance which she lays down and it won’t be any kind of surprise to see her power her way through this one. Williams goes as 4/6 favourite with online betting Unibet.
WTA Rogers Cup Betting Tips
Tough to look to look for genuine tips when Serena Williams is in the field. Lining up against her as a potential quarter finalist is Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli. Would you back the Frenchwoman over Williams? No, and the draw looks pretty comfortable for Williams. So for the first half of the draw you could look ahead to it being Serena Williams v ? really. Who is likely to fill that role? Agnieszka Radwanska is the top seed in the bottom half of the draw and as good as the Pole is, she just has trouble at the business end of tournaments, really just delivering that killer blow. We have seen it before, and Williams can simply overpower the Pole. The other potential semi finalist against Williams would be Sara Errani. The scrappy Italian could make a good run here, but again, getting past Williams is probably a bridge too far.
So that almost wipes out the entire first half of the draw for your 2013 WTA Rogers Tennis betting. So what’s going on in the second half? Interesting stuff, very interesting stuff. The Third quarter looks pretty tough, with Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova and Na Li all in contention. Kerber has still been able to bring her consistent A Game this season, and Cibulkova with her massive forehand strokes has found a hot stretch of form and could scrap her way into contention. China’s Na Li, with her flat hitting could mean that she goes well on the speed of the hard courts. Tough to split those up, but form perhaps goes with Cibulkova. Then down in the fourth quarter there is the unpredictability of Caroline Wozniakci and defending champions Petra Kvitova heading up the field. Out of the second half, would perhaps just lean in favour of Li Na though overall, she should start coming back to life.
July 16th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There is a big star attraction this week in Bastad tennis betting, as Serena Williams rolls out into action. This is a bit of a rarity for the world number one, because this is only an International Tier event, the lowest of the ranking tournaments on the WTA calendar. She has only ever played five of these levels before, but interestingly she has never been to the final of any and therefore, despite all of her many titles and successes, she has never won at International level. Most punters will be expecting that to change this week as Williams goes as overwhelming favourite at odds of 1/4 with online betting site Bet365.
Because this is only an international tier event, the power and class of Williams on the clay should see her stroll to the title. Is there any other outcome available here? Probably not, but that means if Williams does suffer another shock exit like she did at Wimbledon against Sabine Lisciki, then there will be great value on anyone else in the field coming through. It would make most sense in picking out an alternative to look at the opposite half of the draw of course for your tennis betting options.
Young Simona Halep would fit the bill as she has been in blistering form. The Romanian has won three of her last four tournaments. You just can’t argue with that kind of form and the world number 23 has to be a threat in this field. She is running hot at the moment and would be worth riding the streak. Naturally not going to be backed going up against Williams should they meet in the final, and even as second favourite, Halep, a clay court specialist, is out at odds of 8/1 with Bet365.
Realistically, given the tournament tier, there’s just not many threats around. Italian Flavia Pennetta is good on clay, but nowhere near the big threat that she used to be. Next best option will probably be Tsvetana Pironkova who isn’t in bad form. Hasn’t been out since Wimbledon, were she strung together a good run to get to the last sixteen, and that followed a quarter final appearance at ‘S-Hertogenbosch. But if we see anything other than a Williams v Halep final it will be a surprise.
WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Serena Williams 1/4, Simona Halep /1, Kala Zakopalova 20/1, Flavia Pennetta 25/1, Tsvetana Pironkova 25/1, Caroline Garcia 33/1, Mathilde Johansson 33/1
If you are keen to follow the live action from Bastad this week, the online bookmaker Bet365 are showing live streams. This will enhance your live in play betting options with the bookmaker as well, making a superb betting package. Streams are live to funded Bet365 account holders. New customers registering an account can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account with a free bet.
June 23rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
Wimbledon tennis betting will be a high focus of sports betting for the next couple of weeks and online betting site Ladbrokes have rolled out a fantastic promotion for the duration of the action at SW19.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are favourites in the Men’s and Women’s draws respectively to get their hands on the title. With the strength of form and handy draws, they are going to the be the ones to stop according to the bookmakers. But there will naturally be a big flood of bets heading towards the home favourite, Andy Murray in the men’s draw. The Scot reached the final last year and couldn’t get himself into top gear as he was brushed aside by Roger Federer.
Men’s Wimbledon Outright Winner Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Novak Djokovic 6.5, Andy Murray 3/1, Rafael Nadal 4/1, Roger Federer 7/1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 25/1
Online bookmaker Ladbrokes have produced a tremendous Money Back Special for your 2013 Wimbledon tennis betting. In addition to an outright winner promotion which they were running, there is tremendous match betting coverage on offer at online bookmaker Ladbrokes. The great thing about this promotion is that it covers both the Men’s and Ladies singles matches, which is unusual, as the Women’s draw in Grand Slams usually get overlooked.
If any Men’s or Ladies Singles match at Wimbledon features a 6-0 set, the online betting site we will refund losing Match bets on that match, up to £/€25, in the form of a free bet token.
Especially through the early rounds, when the top players face lesser quality opponents, this has the potential of happening. This offer applies to single bets only and it also only applies to losing pre-match bets which are placed on any Wimbledon 2013 Men’s or Ladies Singles matches taking place between 24th June – 7th July 2013. The maximum refund is £25 per customer, per match. This really is great coverage for the Wimbledon fortnight. Extra value in tennis betting for the Grand Slam can be found in great live in-play betting at Ladbrokes.
New customers registering an account with online betting side Ladbrokes can also get up to three free £10 bets as a welcome bonus as well.
Women’s Wimbledon Outright Winner Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Serena Williams 4/9, Maria Sharapova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Li Na 40/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 50/1, Angelique Kerber 80/1
June 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Wimbledon 2013 Tennis betting has arrived and the power of Serena Williams is expected to sweep all before her. But the big field will be battling it out over the next fortnight for the Grand Slam titles and the action looks set to be competitive. As always, consider looking at live in-play match betting as well as other options such as Quarters betting for extra value. Here we take a look at the Women’s Draw for 2013 Wimbledon betting.
There is a great promotion on the women’s Wimbledon draw at online bookmaker Stan James. It is often hard to find new promotions on anything but the women’s draw, but Stan James are running a Money Back Special, all focusing on Stan James. If Maria Sharapova wins the Wimbledon title this year, then the online bookmaker will refund all losing outright bets placed on the women’s draw. Not bad value really and worth taking as it is there. New customers registering an account and placing a qualifying first bet can get a free £10 bet from Stan James as a welcome bonus.
Serena Williams 4/9 with online bookmaker Stan James
Can anyone stop Williams here? After powering her way to the French Open title she is red hot favourite to get another Wimbledon title under her belt. She was pretty near flawless in Paris and she will be heading to London as firm favourite on the back of a 31 match winning streak. She is also the defending champion after beating a battling Agnieszka Radwanska in the final last season. Williams is going for her sixth Wimbledon title and there is a little bit of a tricky round ahead of her. Jie Zheng and Sabine Lisicki are in her quarter. Also in the top half she could run into any of Angelique Kerber, Li Na and even Agnieszka Radwanska again in the semi finals. The key word is tricky, and Zheng really had Williams rattled at last year’s Wimbledon. But the American has all the power, form and experience to take her all the way. There is full focus on her here and it is going to take some brave punters to go against here. Scarily overwhelming favourite, just look at the odds of the second favourite.
Maria Sharapova 6/1 at online bookmaker Stan James
Incredible long odds for a second favourite, especially when it is one of the best players on the WTA. The Russian has been to five finals this season, winning two of them. Worryingly for Sharapova, she has lost against Williams five times already this season, and the American is just too tough of a nut to crack for her. She could get some extra help from the speed of the Wimbledon courts and perhaps be able to move Williams around a little bit more if they do meet in the final. The path ahead for her really isn’t too difficult, especially is she gets her a-game going quickly and her first serves are right up there. A battler all the way and if she fails to make the final four on the grass then it will be a major shock. Still, her shocking head to head record against Williams makes her tremendous value.
Victoria Azarenka 8/1
Many are liking the chances of Vika here. The Belarusian is probably enjoying a bit of time flying under the radar in the Wimbledon build up as all focus is on Sharapova and mainly Williams. Azarenka has at least beaten Williams this year. She actually has the power to withstand a barrage from Williams and punch back as well. She has the complete all round game to do so and she is comfortably at home on grass so there is not going to be a problem them. Azarenka has been to the Wimbledon semi final in the last two seasons. There could be a massive date down the line in the semi finals against Maria Sharapova in what would be a fantastic clash to watch. Azarenka is actually the number two seed and won the Australian Open at the start of the year, so has it in her. Makes just as good value as Sharapova (perhaps a little more as she matches up against Williams better) to cause an upset.
Things get a little bit blurred from then on out and that is reflected in the betting odds. There are some good players around who are more than capable of winning a Grand Slam, but form has just deserted most of them. Falling into this bracket of the chasing pack behind the big three are Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber. What should make for a fascinating top half is that Na, Radwanska and Kerber are all up there with Serena Williams. Germany’s Kerber has the short straw as she is in the same quarter as Williams so that makes her an even longer shot. Unfortunately Kerber has been a bit short of her clinical form that really propelled her forward last season.
So there should be a good race between Radwanska and Na to potentially meet Williams in the semi final. Radwanska, one of the cleverest players on the WTA when it comes to tactical prowess and shot selection has really been struggling for form. She took a shock first round exit in Eastbourne in her warm up. Out of form and could be upset early, sadly. So that leaves her battling with Na, who has also been struggling for form lately to really win the quarter. Na started the season with a real bang but has fallen away lately. So nothing too much to split Radwanska and Na. Will it be Na’s heavy hitting flat ground strokes over Radwanska’s far lesser power, but better shot selection?
2013 Wimbledon Women’s Outright Winner Odds at Online Bookmaker Stan James
Serena Williams 4/9, Maria Sharapova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Li na 40/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 40/1, Angelique kerber 66/1, Sabine Lisicki 66/1, Caroline Wozniacki 100/1
June 6th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The expect final showdown in the women’s draw for the French Open title seeing Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting lined up. The final will be played on Saturday, June 8th between the two powerhouses in the game at the moment. Both players will be looking for their second French Open titles of their career. It is American Williams who is going to be heading the field as favourite, given her strong form at Roland Garros and on top of that, a tremendous head to head record against the Russian.
2013 French Open Women’s Final Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Serena Williams 1/5, Maria Sharapova 4/1
Williams powered her way to the final after overcoming clay expert Sara Errani in their semi final matchup, Williams powering to a 6-0 6-1 victory. It was almost a perfect display from Williams and she will make a formidable final opponent for Sharapova. Williams is back in the final at Roland Garros for the first time since winning the event for the only time in 2002. Given her incredible form this season, dominating pretty much all before her, she started the second Grand Slam of the year as overwhelming favourite and it is no surprise that she is in the final.
But Sharapova’s progress to the final needed a much bigger effort from the Russian. She went up against Victoria Azarenka and after Sharapova had cruised to an opening set win, the Belarusian hit back and things looked even at the start of the third set, with both players breaking. Sharapova couldn’t quite get her first serve going and served up 11 double faults in the match, something which will be punished against Williams if the count is that high. There were big momentum shifts both ways in the Williams v Azarenka semi final, but the Russian just had enough to squeak over the line. It was an unpredictable performance from Sharapova, but even all the faults and misplaced shots couldn’t stop the defending champion getting back to the final.
For your Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams betting, the head to head is all in favour of the AMerican. Williams leads 13-2. Even more worryingly for Sharapova, is that she has lost the last twelve matches in a row against Williams, already suffering two final defeats this season in Miami and Madrid, the latter on clay. These are the best two clay court players around at the moment, and even though Sharapova has a higher win percentage on the dirt, Williams is the strong favourite for French Open tennis final betting.
2013 French Open Tennis Promotion
This offer applies to just the men’s draw at Roland Garros, but it is a great offering nonetheless from online bookmaker Bet Victor. Place a match outright bet on any of the men’s matches at the 2013 French Open and if your selection loses in the fifth set, then the bookie will refund your losing Match Outright wager as a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50. New customers registering an account with Bet Victor can get up to a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus.
May 22nd, 2013 / paul - Category:
There is a very strong case for backing Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in a win double ahead of the start of the French Open. Ladbrokes have Williams at 5/4 for the women’s singles and Nadal is a best 8/11 with the same firm which equates to odds for the double of just over 11/4 (47/18 on betfair).
There really doesn’t look much opposition to Nadal, who has looked better than ever since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off. There were fears that the Spaniard’s career may have been over but he’s proved everyone wrong this year, winning six of the eight tournaments he’s contested since February. He simply blew away arch-nemesis Roger Federer to win his seventh Italian Open title last week and Roland Garros is a second home to the 26-year-old. His victory in the final in Rome was reminiscent of the way in which he destroyed Federer (20/1 this year with sportingbet) in the French Open final in 2008 and he’s now won 11 of 13 meetings between the pair on clay. With Andy Murray‘s withdrawal confirmed, it now seems likely that Nadal and Federer will be seeded to clash again in the semi-finals in Paris and, on current form, there could only be one outcome. Such is Nadal’s dominance on clay that world number one Novak Djokovic can be backed at 2/1 with sportingbet. To be honest, he’s not playing that well and you could easily envisage David Ferrer giving him a hard time at Roland Garros should they meet in the last four. The world number five was the only one to make Nadal work hard in Rome and he’s 40/1 with sportingbet to cause an upset.
Serena Williams is a best 11/8 with Paddy Power to win the women’s singles as she chases a first French Open title since 2002. The women’s competition has thrown up the odd surprise since the turn of the century but the American could hardly be in better form having won her last four tournaments in Miami, South Carolina, Madrid and Rome. She’s a lot more comfortable on clay nowadays and only dropped 14 games in winning last week’s Italian Open. Four of those were in the final against Victoria Azarenka, who is third favourite for Paris (7/1 with BetVictor, Stan James and Coral). But the Australian Open champion has never even reached the final at Roland Garros. Defending champion Maria Sharapova is 5/1 with Betfred, sportingbet and Stan James but was thrashed by Williams in the final in Madrid and was overtaken by a sickness bug in Rome. If Williams were to be vulnerable in Paris, it would be in the first week as she occasionally takes a while to go through the gears in Grand Slams but she will take some stopping if getting into her stride. Former French Open winners Ana Ivanovic and Na Li are 66/1 (BetVictor, Boylesports and William Hill) and 12/1 (sportingbet) respectively this time around.
May 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 French Open Tennis Betting Info
The second Grand Slam of the tennis calendar hits the courts of Roland Garros at the end of May. Two weeks of high quality action will be played at the event, and Maria Sharapova will be back to defend the title she won after such a strong clay court swing of the season during 2012. That competed a Grand Slam set for her, but the power of Serena Williams will be the force that everyone will likely have to try and stop. But even Williams has only won the unpredictable Grand Slam title in Paris once before.
Latest 2013 French Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker BetFred
Serena Williams Evens, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Victoria Azarenka 7/1, Li Na 10/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Angelique Kerber 33/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
The action is usually wide open on the courts of Paris, even with the strong front runners. There have been six different winners in the last six seasons in Paris. So when eyeing up French Open tennis betting this year, there is a great promotion available at online betting site BetFred in which you could end up doubling or trebling your odds. Back a selection to win at Roland Garros in the women’s draw and if your selection ends up winning the title without dropping a set in the tournament, then the bookmaker will double your winning odds. This offer also applies to the men’s draw, where if your selection wins without dropping a set along the way, you’ll get paid out at treble your original odds. New customers registering an account with online betting site BetFred can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
2013 French Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams goes as strong favourite to win the French Open this year, for what would be the second time in her career. She has pretty much beaten all around her this season already and that puts the world number one at the head of the field. Things are really looking up for her and she won at Roland Garros for the first time in 2002 after winning in Rome for the first time. She repeated her Rome success last week and continued her great form this season. In defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Williams claimed the 8th clay court title of her career, moving her up to third in the list of active players with the most WTA titles on the dirt.
Just to add further supremacy to Serena Williams French Open betting odds, she has never been on a hotter run of form heading to Roland Garros. She is currently on a 24 match winning streak and for the season, holds a 36-2 match record (which is a high 94.7% success rate – her highest ever at this stage of the season). She has gotten her hands on five titles already this season, beating Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka respectively in the recent Madrid and Rome finals. That has to put her in good stead for a challenge here. Missed an opportunity at the Australian Open earlier in the year, but has been bombing along nicely, dropping just two sets in her last three tournaments. So there could be value with the BetFred promotion above, she took the Rome title without dropping a set.
Serena Williams is priced at Evens at online bookmaker BetFred in 2013 French Open Tennis betting.
There is more uncertainty about the French Open than any of the Grand Slams, so there is always value in looking outside of the favourite. True, Williams looks all powerful, but slip ups happen. Maria Sharapova, one of the greatest clay court players around at the moment, should be in line to challenge. Seeing the Russian fail to hit the semi finals would be a huge surprise. The problem for her is going up against Serena Williams. Sharapova has just a 13-2 head to head record against the American and she is on a twelve match losing streak against her. She has already suffered at the hands of Williams in two finals this year as well, and as fantastic as Sharapova’s aggression and defence is, she can’t seem to find a way to crack Williams. A good shot nonetheless as she is classy on the dirt.
Where Maria Sharapova has failed this season, Victoria Azarenka has prevailed. The Belarusian managed to beat Serena Williams in the final of Doha earlier in the season after successfully defending her title at the Australian Open. The former world number one has had niggling injuries this season which has hampered her a bit, but there was a good work out for her on the clay of Rome where she went to the finals, beating clay specialists Sam Stosur and Sara Errani along the way. Couldn’t handle Serena Williams in the final though. Azarenka has a 12-2 head to head record against Williams and hasn’t been past the quarter finals at Roland Garros before. The problems against Williams are reflected in Victoria Azarenka French Open betting odds.
There’s a lot more value around in the women’s draw because of even talent if Williams takes a fall, and she has been vulnerable at the French Open before. You have former Roland Garros champion Li Na who is great on clay and enjoying a good season, along with Sara Errani who is never far away from the business end of things when it comes to clay court tournaments. There are power threats from Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber as well, but those are searching for top form and really haven’t delivered on clay. Out of them, Germany’s Kerber is perhaps the biggest threat and was just starting to find her feet after a relatively slow start to the season by her standards. But still, these are only genuine back up options behind the powerhouse trio of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka in 2013 French Open tennis betting.