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22nd March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It’s another big week on the tennis circuit following on from the action at Indian Wells last week in California. It’s off to the other side of the country for the Miami Open on both the ATP and the WTA this week where all of the big guns are back out in actin in Florida, which starts on Wednesday.
Novak Djokovic claimed another title at Indian Wells and the world number one is looking for what would be his sixth Miami title as well. There doesn’t appear to be any slowing of the Serbian this year who is 22-1 for the season after his Indian Wells success. He has already won in Doha, at the Australian Open and now Indian Wells.
So it is on to the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event to the season season as the Tour hits Miami and he is a short 4/7 price to go out and get the job done yet again after having won there for the last two years. Djokovic won six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events last year and seems to keep going from strength to strength. He could be on course to meet Roger Federer in the semi finals, who is only back this week after surgery at the start of February.
Andy Murray steps out again this week in what has been a quiet season for him with his main appearance coming at the Australian Open. Murray lost in the third round of Indian Wells last week over three sets against World 53 Federico Delbonis. He goes on the opposite half of the draw to Djokovic with Rafa Nadal a potential semi final opponent there.
ATP Miami Open Betting Odds
Novak Djokovic 4/7, Andy Murray 13/2, Roger Federer 8/1, Rafael Nadal 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Stan Wawrinka 20/1, Milos Raonic 28/1, bar 40/1
The WTA got a little interesting on the weekend with Serena Williams missing out on that title at Indian Wells. That means, shockingly, that she remains without a title this season, even though she looks to be still right there on top of her game. It’s now back to back final defeats for Williams this season after going down against Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells showcase.
Williams was beaten in the final of the Australian Open by a stunning performance from Germany’s Angelique Kerber, but given the relationship that Williams has had with Indian Wells and having been in her first final there for fifteen years, it looked as if she let the occasion get to her against Azarenka. But losses are losses and she needs to find a way to hit back. She is an eight time champion in Miami, so she is likely to go close.
The last time that a player won in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season was Kim Clijsters back in 2005. So it’s not an easy task but the Belarusian has looked great on hard surfaces this year, although still she is temperamentally off key at times in her matches. Simona Halep seems to be gaining momentum having had to deal with injuries and illnesses this season which has seen her nowhere near her best. She looked much better at Indian Wells, but was stopped by Serena Williams in the quarters.
Australian Open Angelique Kerber is in the mix as well, but has been out of sorts since her win in Melbourne and is currently running on a three match losing streak. The German could collide with Karolina Pliskova who went to the semis of Indian Wells and the mighty serving skills of the Czech may be the one to back to go further in the tournament.
WTA Miami Open Betting Odds
Serena Williams 11/8, Victoria Azarenka 9/2, Simona Halep 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 12/1, Belinda Bencic 18/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Karolina Pliskova 33/1, bar 50/1
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17th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Hats off to young Belinda Bencic who made her way past both Serena Williams and Simona Halep to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto on the weekend. That was her 21st win in her last 25 matches and is within touching distance now of the world top ten after claiming the second title of her career (both this year). The bookmakers have had to react to that of course and Bencic is a 20/1 quote at online betting site Bet365 to walk out and cap what would truly be a remarkable fortnight by winning in Cincinnati.
That’s a big ask of the 21 year old Swiss player though, as she will be opposed by some heavy hitters in the game again. The whole top ten (apart from Ekaterina Makarova) is actually out in Ohio this week so a massively competitive feature. Bencic has a tough opener against recent Stanford winner Angelique Kerber in the first round and were she to get through that then she could be on a collision course with fourth seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals.
Serena Williams is likely to be one of the semi finalists from the top half of the draw and you can be she will be out for some redemption after her final four loss against Bencic in Toronto. Williams goes as heavy 6/5 odds on favourite to win the Western & Southern Open a price which is a long way shorter than second favourite Maria Sharapova who makes her return this week. Sharapova hasn’t played since the Wimbledon semi finals, missing Toronto because of an injury.
Toronto finalist Simona Halep is thankfully back on form on the hard courts. No other player has won more hard court matches or WTA titles this season than the young Romanian has done. In each of the last two season she has been in the quarter finals of Cincinnati, but she is back at a price of 9/1 after having to withdraw with an injury problem in the final of Toronto against Bencic. Halep would meet Sharapova at the semi final stage, but with injury concerns over both, it may be worth opposing them in quarters betting.
Victoria Azarenka is a nice 9/4 appeal to win the third quarter of CIncinnati over Halep for the same price as the Romanian. Sharapova, who hasn’t looked herself for most of the season has an easier quarter, but there are a couple of players in there who could surprise like Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky who are 7/1 quotes to beat Sharapova to the fourth quarter punch. Interestingly since the tournament began in 2004 there has been a different Champion each year. So look for someone who hasn’t won it (of the current crop that would count out Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova).
WTA Cincinnati Tennis betting odds
Serena Williams 6/5, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Victoria Azarenka 9/1, Simona Help 9/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 33/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 33/1, Angelique Kerber 40/1, Caroline Wozniacki 40/1, bar 50/1
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19th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Big draw on the WTA tennis betting this week, as Maria Sharapova is back out and expecting to defend her Stuttgart title. This is a clay event, a surface which given Sharapova’s performances this season, she will be happy to get too. The Russian darling of the tennis courts has won this title for the last three seasons running and goes as firm favourite in what is the oldest indoor clay tournament on the WTA.
While you haven’t seen the best of Sharapova this season, you can expect too this week in WTA Stuttgart tennis betting. She is up as 3/1 joint favourite for this week’s action but she won’t be too happy with the draw because she could run into Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who recently won a title on clay in Charleston, in her first match. So not the kind of start that she would have wanted, but should she win, it would be a massive bolster for her confidence to run all the way.
But with so much dominance in Stuttgart, why is Sharapova not outright favorite? That is because of Simona Halep, who sits in direct opposition also at a quote of 3/1 with online betting site Bet365. Halep has been in immense form this season, that is why she is joint favourite with the proven track record of Sharapova. Halep, who has won three titles already this season, is actually better on clay than on the hard court, because her game, like Sharapova’s is more naturally suited to the dirt. That’s a scary thing for the rest of the WTA for the clay swing of the season.
You would say the draw ahead for Halep is tricky, not insurmountable. The likes of young Garbine Muguruza, clay veteran Sara Errani and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska are all crammed in Halep’s quarter of the draw. Then there is the likes of clay specialist Carla Suarez Navarro a potential semi final opponent down the line. This should be a great test for both Sharapova and Help of their clay credentials, in what can be considered as the real start to the Roland Garros French Open build up.
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Winner Betting Odds
Maria Sharapova 3/1, Simona Halep 3/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 10/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, 28/1 bar
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7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Couple of interesting WTA tennis betting tournaments to enjoy this week. The intensity dies down a little bit after the thrills of the Premier Tier back to back events of Indian Wells and Miami. So naturally a lot of the big guns are going to be taking a break after all that, but regardless the WTA Tour moves on to Charleston in the USA and Katowice in Poland this week.
Over in Katowice, Agnieszka Radwanska, who has been struggling for form this season heads up the market by a considerable distance, running as 7/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. But given the way that she has been playing this season, there is a dangerous field around her which diminishes the value on her.
Alice Cornet, the reigning champion is bigger value at 4/1 and she is the one who knocked out Radwanska here last season. But there are other big dangerous players (at this level) in the mix as well. Camila Giorgi is in pretty good nick at the moment and reasonable each way value at 8/1, and the likes of Magdalena Rybarikova and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova are hanging around in there. No easy path to the final for Radwanska, so look elsewhere.
At WTA Charleston Eugenie Bouchard is one of the headliners at the Family Circle Cup. The season really hasn’t kicked off for the young Canadian yet, and that may detract punters from here. Reigning Champion Andrea Petkovic looks more dangerous at the moment and with the heavy hitting of Sloane Stephens in there as well, plus the in-form Jelena Jankovic, the draw looks pretty stacked.
You can also have a good look at young Caroline Garcia who is in the mix and with this being on clay, that should bring the Sara Errani into the picture as well, along with Angelique Kerber and Sam Stosur too as a reasonable outside shots in the field. Great action on the cards this week for your WTA Tennis betting.
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16th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The Dubai Open this week will be without both Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard, so your WTA tennis betting is being headed up by young Romanian Simona Halep, who is 3/1 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power to launch an assault at the title. This is one of the Premier events on the tour with a huge prize purse on the line.
Seven of the world’s top ten are out in action and.this week and it should be pretty interesting to watch just how Halep goes. She blitzed her way to nine wins from nine matches to open the season with, but then reached unexpectedly against Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter finals of the Australian Open and then slumped to a Fed Cup defeat against Garine Muguruza. Reason to run away and desert her?
No. She is full of grit and you aren’t going to find anyone more determined to get a win on the board this week than Halep. She goes as top seed and she could run into Makarova again in the quarterfinals of the competitions with Caroline Wozniacki or Angelique Kerber the most likely to be semi final opposition for Halep. So a decent chance in the field here for Halep to get back to winning ways and if she starts picking up quick momentum there is going to be reason why she can’t deliver solid each way value.
Petra Kvitova is the one to watch behind her though, going off in the opposite half of the field. Kvitova is a 6/1 quote for the title, but it may be worth waiting to see if she can get past her first match though. Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai winner has lost in the first round in three of her last four appearances here. The time that she didn’t she went on to lift the title. Wozniacki is another former winner in the field, not having been out since the Australian Open second round.
So what about reigning champion Venus williams? She has put up a tremendous 11-1 record for 2015 and she has tournament history on her side in Dubai. Williams has won the title on each of her last three appearances at the tournament, which puts her on a fifteen match winning streak in Dubai. She has only lost just the one set in that run as well, and that was against her sister in the 2009 semi finals. Williams is one of the hottest players on the WTA at the moment for form, and may have appeal out at 14/1 for punters.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Betting Odds
Simona Help 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 8/1, Ana Ivanovic 10/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Venus Williams 14/1, Ekaterina Makarova 16/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, bar 28/1.
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26th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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20th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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22nd September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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28th July 2014 / Lee - Category:
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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16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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