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The WTA season is all but done. There is a great tournament this week though, the WTA Tournament of Champions, which gets a bit overlooked.

It is the understudy even of the WTA Tour Finals, which were won by Serena Williams on the weekend. The WTA Tour Finals is contested between the eight players who have amassed the most Tour points in the season. The Tournament of Champions is for six players who have won a WTA title this year, but didn’t qualify for the WTA Tour Finals. Two wildcards also get their spot.

Simona Halep, who lost in the WTA Tour Finals on the weekend against Serena Williams won this last year, so it is a tournament which showcases future talent. The tournament is being played in Sofia, Bulgaria, and who do we have on the card for your WTA Tournament of Champions tennis betting?

It is Ekaterina Makarova who is edging things at the head of the betting market as 4/1 favourite with online bookmaker Paddy Power.

The tournament is split into two Round Robin groups, the top two from each going through to the semi finals. What will help Makarova’s case here is that she is heading up the tougher of the two groups, as she takes on veteran Flavia Pennetta, as well as Alize Cornet and Garbine Muguruza. So if she tops the group, there will likely be an easy semi final and final ahead. It is likely that Russia’s Makarova, the world number eleven and a quarter finalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the US Open, will be in the final four.

Over in the group, Dominika Cibulkova will be expected to come out on top. The diminutive powerhouse has been struggling for form though over the second half of the season, after being so dominant out of the 2014 gates on the WTA Tour. Still, she packs a punch and goes up against Andrea Petkovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Tsvetana Pironkova.

Tough to find any great consistency of form from anyone here, but Bulgaria’s Pironkova has reached the quarters in her last two tournaments and could be a surprise semi finalist, especially with home support on her side. Tough to see anyone other than Cibulkova being a genuine title shot from the second group though.

WTA Tournament of Champions Betting odds

Ekaterina Makarova 4/1, Flavia Pennetta 5/1, Garbine Muguruza 11/2, Dominika Cibulkova 11/2, Alize Cornet 6/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 6/1, Andrea Petkovic 7/1, Tsvetana Pironkova 8/1

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26th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - 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

Sports Betting

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

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

Halep (Romania)

Rising WTA tennis star Simona Halep is running as a 9/1 shot to win the 2014 US Open later this year at Flushing Meadows. It has been a meteoric rise to the top of the women’s game from the young Romanian, who has now won eight career titles, and six of those came through her breakthrough season in 2013.

Halep has followed that up with a couple more titles this year, taking a win Doha back in February and then winning the inaugural Bucharest Open title in front of her home crowd. So while those rewards adds to her growing status in the game, it has been her performances at some of the big tournaments of the year which hints that Simona Halep US Open betting at a price of 9/1 could be very valuable.

There was a run to the quarter finals of the Australian Open, the semi final at Indian Wells, the final in Madrid, the final at the French Open and a semi final finish at Wimbledon. She has certainly been knocking on the door and now her attention will focus on the final Grand Slam of the Year. It really isn’t going to be that big of a step forward for her to join the elite club of being a Slam winner. It’s hard to deny that she is going to be a valuable each way shot.

The status of the current women’s game is going to help her too. Victoria Azarenka is still working her way back to full fitness, while Serena Williams has been faltering at Grand Slams this season, and punters may start to desert her. So Halep represents some fantastic value in 2014 US Open tennis betting because, she, along with Maria Sharapova look to be the strongest options in the field. Sharapova stopped Halep in the final of both Madrid and the French Open this year, so the Russian is likely to be Halep’s biggest stumbling block.

But the young Romanian looks to be the real deal and she is certainly trending towards a Grand Slam, especially when the rest of the field looks a bit weakened. That’s not taking anything away from her and looking ahead she is a 12/1 shot to win the 2015 Australian Open, 5/1 to win the French Open and a 10/1 shot to win Wimbledon. She is most at home on clay, which is why her French Open odds are short, but don’t be surprised if she rolls out her first Grand Slam before this year is out.

2014 US Open Odds at Bet365
Serena Williams 14/5, Maria Sharapova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 8/1, Eugenie Bouhcard 9/1, Simona Halep 10/1, Petra Kvitova 10/1, Li Na 11/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 24/1


16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Ana Ivanovic (Ser)

There’s some good WTA tennis betting action coming from Birmingham this week at the Aegon Classic. There are a couple of big names in attendance, but no-one from inside the top ten in the world, but three from the top twenty. Heading up the WTA Birmingham tennis betting is Ana Ivanovic who is the strongest looking option as the Tour switches over from clay to grass. It is a tricky transition, so you are probably going to want to look for one of the stronger players this week.

The Serb has been in some fine form this season, having hit three tournament finals, having won two of those. An early exit from the French Open at the third round snapped some decent clay form as well, but it will mean that she’s well rested and will have been training on grass ahead of this. She is the strongest option in the field by a country mile at 9/2 with Bet365.

Australia’s Sam Stosur is in the mix as second seed, meaning that should would avoid Ivanovic until the final. But you can just never back Stosur with any kind of confidence as she is so hit and miss. Last year’s winner Daniela Hantuchova could be waiting in the quarter finals and then potential Lucie Safarova in the semis. Stosur is never worth covering in anything more than an each way shot.

America’s Sloane Stephens is the other top twenty player and she goes in the second quarter of the draw, which would put her in the firing line of Ivanovic at the quarter final stage.

WTA Birmingham Outright Winner Odds at Bet365
Ana Ivanovic 9/2, Sam Stosur 8/1, Sloane Stephens 9/1, Camila Giorgi 14/1, Lucie Safarova 14/1, Daniela Hantuchova 16/1, Heather Watson 25/1, bar 33/1

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10th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Punters will have been happy with the two semi finalist favourites at the French Open coming through their trials. That was Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, who will now meet up in the final of Roland Garros on Saturday.

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With Serena Williams out of the way early in the tournament, Maria Sharapova hasn’t taken her eye off the prize at all, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for her to the final. The Russian tennis queen has dropped sets in each of the last three rounds. She got off to slow starts in both the 4th round, quarter final and semi final by losing the first set in each of those matches. But this is Sharapova, who has fight in spades and it has shown through with her battling her way to her third French Open final on the bounce.

She just doesn’t stop, digging deep to produce tremendous resilience and grit. The power of her defence when it matters most, is simply astounding and the experience of the fight-backs should set her up well for the final. It just proves that she can’t be counted out, even if Halep does get a set on the board. Once Sharapova had levelled set in her semi final against Eugenie Bouchard, she just stepped on the accelerator to crush her opponent in the decider. That has happened in exactly the same pattern in the last three rounds.

World number four Simona Halep took a much more straight forward win in her semi final against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. Young Romanian Halep has yet to drop a set at the championships and after cruising to an easy opening set, she was challenged hard by Petkovic in the second, Halep taking it 7-4 on a tie break. So now, the hottest ticket in tennis, Halep, who was 2013’s most improved player on the WTA, is in her first ever Grand Slam final.

Halep will be going as underdog for the match at a price of 6/4 with online betting site Paddy Power. That is due to her going up against the experience of Maria Sharapova who is odds on at 8/13. That and Sharapova’s tremendous fight of course. Sharapova also leads the head to head against Halep 3-0 and the two have faced each other once before already this season. That was in the final of Madrid on clay, and again a familiar Sharapova pattern occurred, with Halep winning the first set and then the Russian fighting back to take the victory.

There is a pretty high chance of this one running to three sets. Halep doesn’t look as if she is going to get overawed by the occasion at all. She has shown tremendous maturity and composure, but we have yet to see her under the real pressure of dropping a set. If that happens against Sharapova in the final, then it will be a whole different story for her. Halep’s best chance at landing her first Slam is probably by the route of a clean sweep of sets. If Sharapova gets on the board, then the experience of the 2012 champion should probably take the edge.

Sharapova’s two titles that she has won on the WTA this season have both been on clay (occurring in her three tournaments immediately prior to the French Open), while Simona Halep’s sole title was on hard court. That should be another advantage to swing back to Sharapova.

 


5th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - 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.

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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

Over on the WTA Tennis betting this week, there is an interesting tournament in Germany. The big excitement of the Premier Tier action that has been happening lately dies down a bit this week, with this being a clay International tier ever. This event was played after the French Open last year, but is has been moved up, so some prep work can be put in by players attending, and the top seed this week is Angelique Kerber, a German national and the world number 9 is the only top ten player in the field.

It just hasn’t been happening for Kerber at all this season and she hasn’t won a clay court match yet (one retirement) leading into the tournament. So it means that while she is top dog this week in Germany, she isn’t worth backing, certainly not at the short odds of 2/1 that have been placed on her. So you should be looking further afield and down in the other half of the draw, Eugenie Bouchard could be a good shot at 5/1. The young Canadian has struggled in her last couple of clay outings, but did run to the semi’s in Charleston.

Young French player Caroline Garcia has received some backing after her wonderful run to the quarter final in Madrid recently. The World 46 got some help along the way with a retirement from Angelique Kerber in their first round match, and then a walkover after a withdrawal from Maria Kirilenko in the second round. But Garcia did beat clay specialist Sara Errani and then pushed Agnieszka Radwanska to three sets in the quarters where she lost out. But her odds may be a little too short for value.

There are a couple of good young Germans in the field, with Mona Barthel at 12/1 and Annika Beck at 20/1. The latter is carrying the better form of the two, with Barthel simply not having lived up to her high expectations this season at all. Beck, along with Polona Hercog, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina aren’t names which are going to jump off the page for your regular WTA Tennis betting, but they could offer some good each way value this week.

WTA Nurnberger Tennis Odds at Unibet
Angelique Kerber 2/1, Eugenie Bouchard 4/1, Caroline Garcia 5/1, Mona Barthel 12/1, Polona Hercog 14/1, Karolina Pliskova 14/1, Elina Svitolina 16/1, Annika Beck 20/1, Bar 33/1

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20th 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

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










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