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28th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel Betting Info
This is the final event on the Latin American leg of the 2012 WTA Tour and while you are not going to find too many big names in attendance in Acapulco, there is some great tennis betting opportunities here. This is a clay court event and is a WTA International tier event, and that is why many of the top players aren’t out because of lack of ranking points, and with it being a clay tournament, which takes some getting used to. So, not a strong field, but two fantastic options at the top of the pecking order.
WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel Betting Defending Champion
Argentinean Gisela Dulko, who is a doubles specialist on the WTA circuit, made a splash on her own here last season under the Mexican sunshine in Acapulco. Dulko is a pretty decent clay court player and turned out in Bogota and Monterrey in the Latin American leg of the WTA this season. She hasn’t gone past the second round anywhere yet and you are far more likely to see her winning doubles titles (usually playing alongside Flavia Pennetta) than singles titles. Still, plenty of experience to her name, and on paper has an easy run to the final. Wouldn’t be too surprised to see her break out a good clay performance.
WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel Betting Favourite
Would take Italian Flavia Pennetta as favourite for your WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel Betting favourite. She is class personified, and packs that class into a world ranking of 28, and makes a stronger bet than Dulko really (who is world 65). Pennetta has been to the final of a WTA Tour event this season, and plays a tidy, if not power packed game. She is one of the stand out talents in the field though in Acapulco and would fully expect to see her at the semi final stage and pushing hard for a place in the final. Why Pennetta? Well, she has been in the final here in Acapulco six times before, and has lifted the title twice. Hasn’t been here in two years, but has the proven track record at the event.
Two more Italians, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani are great clay court players, very quick and agile. They also have great stamina and tenacity on the clay, and under the Mexican heat to really push on all the way. The diminutive Sara Errani had a great run to the quarter finals of the Australian Open this season, and reached the semi finals at Monterrey last week. So is showing good form. Vinci also pops up with good runs now and again, like she did in Paris at the start of February. Still, between them they have reached seven WTA clay court finals and make good options. One good outside bet could be Irina-Camelia Begu, a bit of a mouthful, but a very promising young Romanian, so too fellow Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru, who has quietly been having a very good season between the WTA and ITF.
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9th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It has finally been confirmed, the big US Open betting match that we wanted to see in the women’s draw, as the semi final throws up Caroline Wozniacki v Serena Williams betting. Wozniacki, the world number one had to square off against Andrea Petkovic on Thursday in their quarter final match. That was supposed to be a tough challenge for Wozniacki as Petkovic is a powerful player in great form. However, the control and dominance which Wozniacki showed in taking the first set 6-1 was remarkable. She simply got her game plan right and forced her opponent (who had already beaten her this year) into making unforced errors. There were concerns over Wozniacki’s form coming into Flushing Meadows, as she hit a bit of a bump in her season. However, she bounced back with a warm up win in New Haven and has come through some tricky fixtures in the draw. She had to bounce back from a set down against big threat and former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round. So now she will get to pit herself in a rare match up against tournament favourite Serena Williams. For all the glory that young Wozniacki has bathed herself in on the WTA, she has yet to taste Grand Slam success and after three failures again this year, doubts have been raised as to whether or not she ever will. In fact players like Sabine Lisicki and Vera Zvonareva have actually been starting at shorter prices than Wozniacki in tournament betting. But Wozniacki is finding her way and we think she is worth a bet. She has something major to prove against Serena Williams, and if the young Dane was to get past one of the great US Open champions on her way to her first success in a Grand Slam, it would be very fitting. Wozniacki’s game is built on defence and it has to be right on point against Serena Williams. Wozniacki stands a lot deeper behind the baseline than most players in the game, and therefore it is harder to hit so many winners from that position. But she plays a phenomenal game of averages, by way of great anticipation and of keeping the ball in play. Those are her strengths, keeping the ball on the court, moving her opponent around. There is a small element of Wozniacki’s game that is missing, and that is the level of attacking aggression in actually taking initiative in a match. She will defend for all her worth and can’t see her game plan changing. Thing is, if her defence isn’t working, not sure where she will go.
Serena Williams booked her place in the semi finals with a good win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Pavlyuchenkova has a great array of ground strokes and had a chance to take down Serena in the first set. However the Russian just could not put away her chances, and naturally she was punished for that. But Serena Williams had to work hard in that first, and that will be key to Caroline Wozniacki v Serena Williams betting. We haven’t seen Williams under any real pressure in the US Open yet, not at the point where she has had to come from a set down. So if Wozniacki can take that first set, it will be interesting to see how Williams responds. There is also the matter of endurance and fitness with the players back on consecutive days. The thing with Wozniacki is that she is great at grinding down opponents in long rallies, and the longer the match goes on the more you will probably fancy the world number one. But Serena Williams is a proven Grand Slam champion, she has been here many times before, faced the best in the world before and won. She still has her big serve to trouble opponents and such power in playing the ball down the lines. This is worthy of being the women’s final, but one of the favourites will fall here at the semi finals. It is a fascinating prospect, the sheer power of Serena Williams against the incredible defence of Wozniacki. Which will crumble?
Serena Williams v Caroline Wozniacki Head to Head
The two have actually only ever met twice before. Both of those meeting were back in 2009 when Williams won them both. The two just have not ran into each other since, and there is a train of thought that that may help Wozniacki. She has rarely faced the power of Williams, and could therefore surprise Serena with the level of her own play. Wozniacki has won 6 WTA title this year, Serena Williams, 2.
Caroline Wozniacki v Serena Williams Betting Odds
Williams to win: 2/11 at Bwin
Wozniacki to win: 7/2 at Paddy Power
Caroline Wozniacki v Serena Williams Betting Tip: Well the American is a clear favourite, no doubt about that. It gets hard sometimes to see past the sheer power of Serena Williams, as that crushes opponents. But she can be got at and the defence of Wozniacki could be just the thing to do. It is just worth taking Wozniacki for value really and this is a massive test of her game. She has the ability to pull this off, but it will be against huge odds. Make no mistake, we don’t see her as favourite, we just think that she is capable of causing an upset.
9th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
We have a pretty unlikely semi final in the bottom half of the women’s draw at the 2011 US Open, as we take a look at Angelique Kerber v Sam Stosur betting. Let’s start with the big outsider Kerber, who has taken real advantage of a good draw opening up for her in the tournament. Kerber, a young German, has never been past the third round of any Grand Slam in her short career, and crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon, the French and Australian Opens this year. Kerber has never won a WTA title in her career, but at 23, time could be on her side. Suddenly she is going to draw a lot of attention, along with other rising German stars Julia Goerges, Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki. Kerber is ranked down at 92 in the world, and has really defied the odds to be where she is at the moment. Her toughest test came in the quarter final against the experience of Italian Flavia Pennetta. Pennetta, who had scored great wins over Maria Sharapova and Francesca Schiavone in the previous rounds. Pennetta has a lot of class and was expected to be able to see off the challenge of the inexperienced Kerber. She couldn’t do it, as the German fought her way into a winning position, and was there ready to take her big chance. That was the difference in the match, Kerber was willing to attack and actually make things happen in the match, while her opponent oddly sat back a little bit. Kerber has really failed to make any kind of an impact on the WTA this year, with her best results a quarter final in Hobarth at the start of the year, and a semi final place recently in Dallas, where she lost to Aravane Rezai. This is a big moment for her, big pressure and she is not totally going to be dismissed.
Sam Stosur v Angelique Kerber betting will have the Aussie as firm favourite. A some point sooner or later in tournaments, inexperienced underdogs run out of steam. Kerber may well be in the last four of a Grand Slam, but she is not going to go all of the way and lift the title. She is still such a major outsider for that, that we will probably see Stosur in the final. Stosur, who has won just two titles in her career, is a gritty player, who hits the ball well, but never really plays consistently enough, or with enough of a threat to make herself a genuine top three player in the world or anything like that. But she is capable of beating big players around her and the draw has been pretty kind to her. She was happy to have seen off last year’s losing finalist Vera Zvonareva so easily in the quarter finals. Zvonareva had played so well to crush Sabine Lisicki, but tables were turned as the hard hitting Stosur took control of the match. That was a great win, but it was in a bit of stark contrast to what has gone before in the US Open this year for Stosur. She had an almighty battle in the third round against Nadia Petrova. The first two sets went to tie breaks and then Stosur squeezed through 7-5 in the decider. Then there was the famous, record breaking tie break effort in the second set against Maria Kirilenko in the fourth round. Stosur lost that enduring set, but picked herself back up to take the third set there. So Sam Stosur is prone to big slip ups and while she is overwhelming favourite her, she will be a little edgy and cautious. She is a big hitter though, and has a great kick serve on her which works well. If Kerber is going to be aggressive and get in after Stosur, we could see a big surprise. But on paper, Stosur should win, as Kerber looks to be punching above her weight.
Sam Stosur v Angelique Kerber Betting
Stosur to win: 2/7 at William Hill
Kerber to win: 7/2 at Ladbrokes
Sam Stosur v Angelique Kerber Betting Tip: Kerber hasn’t played all that much tennis since the start of July. In fact, since losing badly to Flavia Pennetta then in Bastad, she has only played one tournament since, in Dallas last month where she made the semi’s. So she should be fresh. Stosur and Kerber haven’t met ever before, so nothing to go on there. Simply have to back the favourite Stosur here, she has big experience and will take a bit smarter approach to the match against Kerber than Pennetta did.
5th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
We are ploughing on through the fourth round now in your 2011 US Open tennis betting in the women’s draw. The action is coming thick and fast, and there is the prospect of some great matches ahead. Serena Williams just continues to look more and more powerful as she moves on through the tournament, taking out fourth seed Victoria Azarenka in much easier fashion than expected. But Caroline Wozniacki is still hanging around there, just hovering in the shadow of the presence of Serena Williams but still posing a very interesting threat. World Number one Caroline Wozniacki has made steady progress through the first three rounds, but there are still questions about her confidence at the moment after struggling a bit during the past few weeks. She raised her game to win New Haven before hitting Flushing Meadows, so is she going to get back to her best at the right time? The two are still on a big collision course for the semi final, in a match everyone is really anticipating and wanting to get a glimpse of. But there is work to be done before that happens, and will there be any surprises along the way. All of that is happening in the top half of the draw, while in the bottom, the draw really is wide open, with really only Vera Zvonareva and Sabine Lisicki showing the most potential for a place in the final. Flavia Pennetta put in another great performance in beating Peng Shaui in the fourth round to book her place in the quarter finals. That Italian had to fight off exhaustion and being 6-1 down in the second set tie break to bounce back and take a two set victory. That was one of the best matches we have seen so far, and she will be confident in the bottom half of the draw. The draw really is beginning to look a little thinned out in the bottom half with Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova bombing out in the first round, and then one of the favourites Maria Sharapova being ousted in the second round after a stirring performance from Flavia Pennetta. With no Kim Clijsters back to defend her title, who will get their name on the US Open roll of honour this year? The stakes are still high. Here is a look at the front runners left in 2011 US Open tennis betting at the third round stage of the WTA draw.
Serena Williams: 8/15 at Paddy Power
Value: With the fall of Sharapova, Williams is even more of a favourite now. Rightly so, she is just like a steam train at the moment, and opponents don’t know how to handle her. Really hard to bet against Serena Williams after taking out Victoria Azarenka. Forget all that seeding stuff, she is justifiably the outright favourite at Flushing Meadows now. We thought Azarenka would prove to be a tough test and it just didn’t happen. Really only Wozniacki looks as if she is going to stand in her way now.
1st Round: v Bojana Jovanovski. Serena saw off the young Serbian without batting an eyelid. Total mismatch in class (although Jovanovski is such a promising youngster).
2nd Round: v Michaella Krajicek. After seeing her sister Venus depart because of illness, any questions over the health of Serena were well and truly crushed after she dropped just one game against the Dutch player.
3rd Round: v Victoria Azarenka - Wow, would be a great word to describe this effort from Williams. Azarenka has been in great form over the past few months, and rapidly maturing into a top player. However, Williams just came in, broke the Belarusian on her first service game and took the first set 6-1. Azarenka did scrap her way back to a tie break in the second, but Williams still closed it out. It was just the sheer power and placement of shots in the first set to overwhelm the fourth seed which was remarkable.
4th Round: v Ana Ivanovic
Caroline Wozniacki: 8/1 at Boylesports
Value: Still think that she is worth a bet in 2011 US Open tennis betting, even though she could run into Serena Williams in the semi finals. Because of Wozniacki’s poor form in the Grand Slams, she is better value than she should be, so worth a flutter. Watching Wozniacki there is still the sense that there ise something more, something bigger and better to come from here. We know what her game is all about, consistency and great defence. You just want to see her explode with a bit more passion and really, really take the game to an opponent. Has drifted in outright odds after that Serena Williams performance.
1st Round: v Nuria Llagostera Vives. Comfortably win for Wozniacki, who comes really look for some continuity in her form.
2nd Round: v Arantxa Rus. Some may remember Rus who sprang a surprise on Kim Clijsters this year at Wimbledon. Anyway, no such problems for Wozniacki who suddenly looks fired up.
3rd Round: v Vania King. Not really too much of a test for Wozniacki who moved through in straight sets. Had a slip up on service right at the start of the match, but the sheer class of the young Danish world number one shone through. There will be tougher tests? Is she ready? Does she have another gear?
4th Round v: Svetlana Kuznetsova
Sabine Lisicki: 9/1 at Paddy Power
Value: The German has won so many people over this year, she has been that fantastic. Lifted a WTA Tour title in the build up to Flushing Meadows, and with the draw wide open in the bottom half of the draw, she has a fantastic chance of making the semi’s at least. Fire, spontaneity and huge passion. Great outside shot with superb power in her serves. Will be fresh as well, as she didn’t play in the second round.
1st Round: v Alona Bondarenko. Lisicki continues her very good form for the year. No problems.
2nd Round: v Venus Williams. Lisicki got a walkover when Williams pulled out of the tournament. Good extra couple of days rest for her!
3rd Round: v Irina Falconi. Progress as expected from the German, who now really starts her tournament against second seed Vera Zvonareva. Winner of this should really go on and win the bottom half of the draw. Our money would be on Lisicki.
4th Round: v Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva: 14/1 at William Hill
Value: Well, the thing about Zvonareva is that she is nowhere near her very best. She is not the player she was twelve months ago and the bookies recognise that. However, she is in the easier side of the draw, but will run into Lisicki in the third round. That may be a match too far for her, because Zvonareva is battling more than she should be to win games at the moment. Be a major surprise if she goes all the way at Flushing Meadows.
1st Round: v Stephanie Foretz Gacon. Fairly easy passage for Zvonareva, and needs to take confidence from it.
2nd Round: v Kateryna Bondarenko. Well Zvonareva had to work ever so hard for this victory, harder than a number two seed should have too. Just struggling too much to get on top of her game. Can see her struggling against a fresh Lisicki.
3rd Round: v Anabel Medina Garrigues. A tight match, but Zvonareva hung in there and took her chances. Not sure where the extra gear is at the moment from the Russian, but the first big seed into the fourth round, nonetheless.
4th Round: v Sabine Lisicki
Sam Stosur: 16/1 at BetFred
Value: The Aussie continues to fly under the radar, and the ninth seed is usually hit and miss. Has not been a great year for her, she is better than the results she has delivered in the Slams this year. However, wide open draw in the bottom half again, could serve her well. Very dogged and digs deep. Not enough punch or flair to win outright you feel though.
1st Round: v Sofia Arvidsson. Always look at Stosur as a potential early seed casualty. No problems here though.
2nd Round: v Coco Vandeweghe. Solid enough from the Aussie, winning the match she was expected to. Should be more to come from her though if she has Grand Slam dreams here.
3rd Round: v Nadia Petrova
Svetlana Kuznetsova: 40/1 at Victor Chandler
Value: An interesting outsider and mentioning her because she could cause an upset to Wozniacki in the fourth round if they meet. Kuznetsova is a past US Open champion and showed her class in beating Britain’s Elena Baltacha in the second round. In the tough part of the draw though, so that is why her odds are long.
1st Round: v Sara Errani. Nice steady warm up match from Kuznetsova.
2nd Round: v Elena Baltacha. Bally broke out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set, but then Kuznetsova switched on, stepped up a gear and suffocated the court for the Brit. Looked pretty sharp.
3rd Round: v Akqul Amanmuradova. Easy progress in straight sets. Continuing her good, confident form.
4th Round: v Caroline Wozniacki
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Roger Federer continued on his way through the 2011 US Open, but he was made to work very hard by Marin Cilic, a former top ten player. Cilic came into the match on the back of two easy victories in the early rounds, and pushed Federer hard. After the Swiss superstar had taken the first set, the Croatian bounced back in a tight second set to rip it away from Federer and tie the match up. Federer though did dig in well and showed some very classy responses, especially with some big serving when he needed it most. Will the sixteen times Grand Slam champion ever see himself lift another title? Well, the fourth round Roger Federer v Juan Monaco betting will be the next big step for him. So where does Federer stand? Well he is not as dominant as he was at the peak of his career, and has fallen behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in terms of consistency and performance. No one is arguing that. Is Federer a spent force totally though, that is the question? Well, he has just one ATP title this year, but remember he fought he brilliantly to the final of the French Open this year. However, whether or not he still has that killer punch to deliver in the latter stages of tournaments when the going gets tougher, remains to be seen. We are at the fourth round now, and Federer will be hoping for a slightly easier time against Argentina’s Juan Monaco. Federer still has bags of class up his sleeve, he really does pull out some fantastic attacking shots. However, his defence is not quite as sharp as once it was, and that again may ultimately be his downfall at this year’s 2011 US Open. That and the fact that he will likely have to beat Novak Djokovic in the semi finals to even have a shot at another title at Flushing Meadows. Still, would expect Federer to get through this and make his way into the quarter finals. He still has that capability in him, and listening to him, he firmly believes that he is not done yet.
So will Roger Federer v Juan Monaco betting serve up any surprises? We don’t think so. While Federer is an outside shot behind Nadal and Djokovic for the title here, the fact of the matter is, is that he still has so much experience to call upon. Monaco had to battle his way back from a set down against Germany’s Tommy Haas in their third round match, but once Monaco had secured the second set, it was plain sailing for him them. Monaco is one of those tricky opponents who you think may just pop up and cause a surprise, however we don’t see it happening here. There is a bit of romantic tennis nostalgia about Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, and he is still quite an intimidating player to be standing across the net from. Federer and Monaco have met this year already, back in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami, which Federer won in straight sets. It wasn’t a smooth, unchallenging match though, as Monaco fought well, but Federer just has that hard court skill set which should see him through this. They two players have only ever met once before that, once back in 2007 which Federer also won. People automatically think that Federer is past it, but he still holds an impressive match record for the year, going 42/11 compared to Monaco’s record of 21/20 for the season. While titles have not been coming the way of Federer as regularly, he is still one of the best four players in the world. He should move ahead in this one.
Roger Federer v Juan Monaco betting odds
Federer to win: 1/25 at SportingBet
Monaco to win: 16/1 at Bet365
Roger Federer v Juan Monaco betting tip: Yeah, we have to stick with the Fed Express on this one. Just because of his class which is still so very hard to break down over five sets. Were this a three set match we may be calling it closer, but Federer should know how to handle this one well enough.
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Wanted to take a quick look at Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova betting at the US Open for the fourth round on Monday. These two will likely be playing for the right to face Serena Williams in the quarter finals, and while they will have one eye on that, this looks as if it will be a fascinatingly close match. Francesca Schiavone, a French Open champion in 2010, and finalist there this year is so unpredictably hit and miss you never know what to do with her in her betting. Clearly clay courts are her forte, but has an incredible work rate around the baseline which just keeps her hanging around in matches. She does also like to get into the net to upset opponents and because there rarely looks as if she has any cohesive game plan, looking more like she is playing on her wits, she is hard to call. She has a great passion for the game, and thrills a lot of fans because she just never gives up. She does not have the all round skill sets of the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters by any stretch of the imagination, and she doesn’t have the power of the likes of Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. But she does what she does to scrap and because she is unorthodox on court, it wins her games. She is just as prone to crashing out to an outsider as she is, causing one of the top seeds above her a lot of problems. She is seeded 7th at Flushing Meadows and not attracting a lot of attention. She had to show that famed grit when she dropped the first set against Chanelle Scheepers in the third round and only just held on in a second set tie break. But that is what Schiavone does, so that is why Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova betting makes for a very interesting fourth round match up.
Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is worth backing in your US Open tennis betting. We speak about her a lot on these pages, and we tipped her as underdog in the third round against Jelena Jankovic. She powered her way through that match, which was pretty competitive, to set up a fourth round clash against Schiavone. Now, Pavlyuchenkova is a just one of those great dark horses in tournaments. She hit a rich vein of form earlier in the year, and looking to replicate that now. She will always fly under the radar as well in tournaments, and with just a little more experience and consistency, will be a major force in a year or two. So where is Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova betting standing. Well, we are going to stick with the Russian here, even though Schiavone will be favourite. There really is unlikely to be too much between them. Schiavone is probably going to be a little better around the court and taking initiative moving in, while Pavlyuchenkova will have the upper hand with her very good and dangerous serving power. Compare Pavlyuchenkova of 2011 to Pavlyuchenkova of 2010 and you have a much more mature player, who will likely show up more and more in the latter stages of Grand Slam tournaments. Coming through in straight sets against the finesse of Jelena Jankovic should have given her a great boost, while Schiavone generally seems to make life hard for herself. Still, finishing off Schiavone is such a very difficult thing to do. But, the young Russian is who we shall hedge our bets on.
Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Head to Head
Well there have been four meetings between then, three of them having been won by Schiavone. It was Schiavone who knocked Pavlyuchenkova out in the French Open, but she was pushed hard. The Russian crushed her 6-1 in the first set, and Schiavone won the next two sets 7-5 to edge through. That was the second of two meetings on clay between them, with the Italian winning both. Pavlyuchenkova picked up her victory on hard court in 2010 in Miami. Pavlyuchenkova has a 32/16 match record for the season and one title, with Schiavone a 30/18 match record with no titles.
Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Betting Odds
Pavlyuchenkova to win: 3/4 at SportingBet
Schiavone to win: 23/20 at Boylesports
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Novak Djokovic v Alexandr Dolgopolov betting looks far more cut and dry than the actual prospect of this tennis match on court. World Number one Djokovic has really been looking the part as tournament favourite at Flushing Meadows, blitzing through his matches without breaking stride. The Serbian faced Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the third round, and it was another straight sets victory for Djokovic, in what was his sternest opponent yet. But Djokovic just ploughed through it, was that incredible defence and those punishing gear switches of turning defence into attack. You just don’t know where to hit the ball to Djokovic where it is safe. Finding space for winners is incredibly tough against the world number one, and he looks primed and ready to earn himself his third Grand Slam title of the year. Truthfully, out of the big four, he has been the most convincing at Flushing Meadows so far. You know, you think that at some point that he will face a tough situation in a match, but that isn’t likely to come until he at least hits the semi final here, where the likely opponent will be Roger Federer. With ninth Tomas Berdych retiring from his third round match, the path to the semi final got just that little bit easier for Djokovic you would think. But you just can’t see anyone apart from Federer in the top half of the draw, raising their game enough over five sets to even get close to breaking Djokovic down. It just does not look feasible that there is going to be a surprise upset. The next man standing in the way of the world number one is young Russian Alexandr Dolgopolov, the 22nd seed for the 2011 US Open. The youngster claimed his first ever ATP title this year, to great acclaim and there is so much positive press around him, that he is rapidly shaping up to be a very good top ten player. Now, fulfilling that promise and potential against the best in the world under the critical eye of the Flushing Meadows fans is a different thing.
Dolgopolov came through his third round match against Ivo Karlovic in four sets. The Russian dropped the first set on a tie break but his back very quickly and hard in the second match. Things were relatively tight for the rest of the match, but Dolgopolov managed to see things out. Even watching matches like that and thinking that Djokovic is next on the cards for the winner, you don’t see enough talent and power to realistically go on and cause Djokovic any kind of problem. Dolgopolov will come out with great energy you would think, and bursting with enthusiasm to take on the best, however that is not going to be enough, but should be fantastic for entertainment. That is why the betting odds on Djokovic winning against Dolgopolov are pretty outrageous, so you will be better served in looking for set betting. The two players have never met before on the ATP Tour and we are seeing nothing more than a swift progression through to the fourth round for Djokovic here. Dolgopolov has power and pace, but it is still not of the class of the world number one, therefore there is only likely to be one outcome. May as well take something like a Djokovic 3-0 win set betting for 4/11 at SkyBet in Novak Djokovic v Alexandr Dolgopolov betting. It is minimal but more bankable profit on him than outright betting.
Novak Djokovic v Alexandr Dolgopolov betting odds
Djokovic to win: 1/25 at William Hill
Alexandr Dolgopolov: 16/1 at Bet365
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic US Open tennis betting is really only expected to go on way. The demolition job that Serena did on fourth seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round said a lot about the genuine chances of the American here. Williams totally crushed Azarenka, who let us not forget, has been in great form over the past couple of months, but Serena just powered her way through the challenge. Even when Azarenka put up some resistance to almost take the second set, there was still enough in Serena’s tank to get through. Right now it is generally difficult to see where a genuine challenge is going to come from for Serena Williams at the 2011 US Open tennis betting, and is looking like she is justifying her position as outright favourite, despite her lower ranking in the seeds. She just does not look as if she has been away from the game at all. The immense power that she can serve up is just too classy for most players and there appears is if there is going to be a big mismatch in Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic tennis betting. The power factor will come into effect here in the fourth round. Only in that second set against Azarenka, when the Belarusian started fighting back, have we seen Serena Williams under any kind of pressure so far in the tournament. She is still on a collision course with Caroline Wozniacki in the semi finals, because if Williams moves past Ivanovic, either Francesca Schiavone or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would be waiting for, and you would have to back the American against them on the form which she is in. Williams came into Flushing Meadows on the back of two consecutive titles, and her momentum does not look as if it is going to slow any time soon. The only questions will come when someone takes her a long way in a gruelling match, and then questions over her fitness and endurance may creep in after being away for so long. If Azarenka had taken that second set tie breaker, we could well have been talking about a different match up here.
Does Ana Ivanovic stand any kind of a chance here in Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic betting? Well, it is hard to see, even though Ivanovic is a former world number one. She has sort of become more recognisable for her swimsuit shoots for Sports Illustrated than her real chances of winning a Grand Slam again. She is a former Grand Slam winner at the French Open, and has challenged deep into others, but she has never ever been in the quarter finals of the US Open. It looks as if she may again miss out on that opportunity. Ivanovic has recently changed coach and she is all about looking forward and admittedly not playing her very best. She has not always looked the most confident of players has the young Serb, and has clearly been trying to tweak her game to find that world beating form she once has. Granted she is heading in the right direction, but asking her to take out Serena Williams at this stage of the US Open looks to be a bit of a tall order. But victory over young American Christina McHale in the previous round should have done Ivanovic a world of good. That was a high pressure match, a lot of intensity on Ivanovic against one of the best up and coming youngster in the world (who had recently beaten Caroline Wozniacki). But Ivanovic got her forehand working so very well, which was too much for the inexperience of McHale, and Ivanovic needs that raw forehand power to fire again if she is going to match Williams. Ivanovic plays with a smile and a great enthusiasm but this is such a step up, such a huge test in taking on Serena Williams.
Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic Head to Head
The two have only ever met before, once back in 2006 and once in 2009. No great surprise that Williams has won both of them. Williams has two titles and a 16/2 match record this season, Ivanovic has a 21/16 match record and no titles.
Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic betting odds
Williams to win: 1/9 at William Hill
Ivanovic to win: 9/1 at Victor Chandler
Serena Williams v Ana Ivanovic betting tip: No surprise that we have to back Williams. Ivanovic will probably be out powered and just returning those powerful serves is going to be a headache for the young Serb. Williams will take Ivanovic’s natural game of playing on the forehand away from her, and that will leave Ivanovic very empty. Williams to win.
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
World number one Caroline Wozniacki squares off against her toughest opponent so far in the top half of the women’s US Open tennis draw. The young Dane, who is still looking for her first ever Grand Slam title, despite being the highest ranked player for a long time, runs into former US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wozniacki had little trouble in negotiating her way past American Vania King in the third round to set up this expected clash. While Wozniacki is moving along smoothly, clearning having gotten a bit more confidence back in her game, there is still a tough road ahead for her at Flushing Meadows if she wants to taste Grand Slam success. Should she beat Kuznetsova, then there could still be Andrea Petkovic and Serena Williams ahead of the final to come for Wozniacki. If she is going to win the 2011 US Open, then she is certainly going to have to do it the hard way, without a doubt. Now the real test begins as we hit the second week of the tournament. Wozniacki is moving well, that incredible defence is still in play but you still feel a bit borderline as to whether she has enough potency to go all the way. But Wozniacki has undeniable talent, no-one has won more titles in the WTA season than her, but she has yet to prove her mental acuity in the pressure cauldron of a Grand Slam. It will be very interesting to see how she handles the pace and power of Svetlana Kuznetsova. The likelihood is that Wozniacki will be out served in this match, but then again, Wozniacki always looks more comfortable when she is receiving than most players in the world. That is something of her forte, and what breaks the backs of so many of her opponents. She always seems to be ahead of the game, in the right place at the right time to make telling returns, forcing the attacking player into unforced errors.
So what will Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova betting serve up? Well the big Russian has pretty much cruised through. She beat Elena Baltacha in the second round and then easily dispatched of Akqul Amanmuradova in the third round to set up this clash. She will go into the match as underdog, but this could turn out to be a closely ran thing. Kuznetsova is very accomplished, and a former Grand Slam winner here at Flushing Meadows. Yes, it was a few years ago, and she hasn’t exactly lived up to those heady heights since, but she is a big threat. She is quick around the court, and very good on the back hand returns down the line. She will have to be on top of her service game, mixing up the raw pace with some nice sliders to send Wozniacki as wide as possible. The fewer long rallies Kuznetsova can get into, the better served she will be in the duration of the match, that is because Wozniacki has remarkable ability to grind opponents down, just because of her defence. Kuznetsova needs to punch quickly and powerfully.
Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova Head to Head
So to the head to head between these two. There have been six meetings in the WTA between them, stretching back to 2008. That first meeting was won but the Russian, back when Wozniacki was a mere 47th in the world rankings. Since then, the young Dane has won four of the other five meetings. They met once this year, back at the start of the season in the final of Dubai, which Wozniacki won very easily, dropping just four games. Wozniacki has won the past three meetings between them, all on hard court. Wozniacki has a WTA leading six titles on the year and a 53/12 match record, while Kuznetsova has not lifted a title this year, and holds a 27/17 match record.
Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova Betting Odds
Wozniacki to win: 1/3 at SportingBet
Kuznetsova to win: 11/4 at SkyBet
Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova Betting Tip: Have to take Wozniacki because of the head to head record. She still looks as if she has another gear to go, and think her defence will win out on the day.
4th September 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Sabine Lisicki v Vera Zvonareva 2011 US Open tennis betting is the top draw fourth round clash of the women’s draw. Flushing Meadows has already seen some fantastic tennis, and because of upsets to Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova, the door is wide open in the bottom half of the draw for some one to step through. Now, Russian Vera Zvonareva is the second seed for the tournament, but she is nowhere near her best. She has had a pretty tough year, struggling for form and just looks to be missing that spark. She was the first big seed through to the fourth round though, so that it is to her credit, but you have to look at her performances. She really struggled through her second round match against Kateryna Bondarenko, and it was not plain sailing against Anabel Medina Garrigues in the third, in what was a tight match. However, she is battling her way through at the moment, and her mistakes are being forgiven a little bit because of the quality of opposition which she has faced. Zvonareva is talented, she is passionate and there is no argument about that, but she is just not the same player she was twelve months ago and you wonder if, by reaching back to back Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, whether or not she reached her peak and had nowhere else to go. She has been found wanting this year. But enter Sabine Lisicki, who last year was not on the radar at all, after spending time on crutches for a bad injury. She missed seventh months from the game, but this year has come back with a bang. She troubled Zvonareva at the Australian Open and her opponent on the ropes before fatigue overtook her body. But German Lisicki has simply stepped on the gas and got better and better. This is genuinely a potential top ten (or higher) player on the WTA Tour. She is young enough to get better and better still with experience, and she has a huge heart for the game. There is also such a dangerous service weapon from her, as she carries a lot of power. Inconsistency may still be a little bit of an issue, but she plays some fantastic tennis most of the time, and she is one of the most form players in the WTA draw for 2011 US Open tennis betting at the moment. Therefore, for Sabine Lisicki v Vera Zvonareva tennis betting, you seriously have to take a good long hard look at Lisicki. While she has a massive first serve, the tennis she serves up behind that main assault is very smart tennis. There is natural talent there to take her very far. This really could be a huge moment in the year for her. Knock out Zvonareva and then a quarter final place awaits in the half of the draw which is there for the taking. On current form and confidence at the moment, Lisicki really should take out Zvonareva.
Sabine Lisicki v Vera Zvonareva Betting
Lisicki to win: Evens at SportingBet
Zvonareva to win: 11/10 at VC Bet