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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

You can enjoy great free live tennis streams all season long at online betting site Unibet. They offer a fantastic live streaming service, and it serves up a treat alongside their great live in play betting offerings as well. New customers registering with the highly popular bookie can also get up to a free £50 bet as well, with the bookie matching the value of your initial deposit up to that amount.


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

Sports Betting

A clutch of big guns will be out at the WTA Mutua Madrid Open this week, with Serena Williams leading the way as Even money favourite. Little surprise there as she is looking to win for the third season on the bounce. She will be pretty happy with the draw too, sitting in the top half as top seed. This is just her second clay court event of the season and she lost her previous match on the surface back in Charleston at the end of March against world number 78 Jana Cepelova. Wouldn’t read a lot into that though and she is actually running as good even money value and well worth a punt this week to defend her title.

Not a lot of threat for her in the top half of the raw. Petra Kvitova is floating around, as is Jelena Jankovic and the ever improving Simona Halep, who is probably the best outside shot in the entire field at 12/1. Well worth an easy way punt on here. She would avoid Williams until the semi final.

Down in the bottom half of the draw, with Angelique Kerber withdrawing from her first round match,there is probably good reason to jump on Agnieszka Radwanska to win her quarter. The Polish star still hasn’t managed to win a title this year and the reason why she wouldn’t be backed heavier in the Madrid field is because Maria Sharapova will probably be in her way at the semi final stage. The two met back in Stuttgart on clay towards the end of April, and Sharapova breezed it in two sets.

Sharapova is running well enough at the moment, after a semi final appearance in Miami and a win on clay in Stuttgart to suggest that she will be knocking around the final four this week. At a price of 5/1 to win a tournament, then there is big value in the Russian. After all, she did make it to the final here last year, stopped by Serena Williams. It is not a stretch of the imagination to see that happening again this term although there could be a tricky quarter against Li Na to deal with first.

WTA Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Odds
Serena William Evens, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Li Na 6/1, Simon Halp 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Ana Ivanovic 25/1, Bar 33/1

You can catch great free live tennis streams all season long at online betting site Unibet. They offer a fantastic live streaming service, and it serves up a treat alongside their great live in play betting offerings as well. New customers registering with the highly popular bookie can also get up to a free £50 bet as well, with the bookie matching the value of your initial deposit up to that amount.

 


6th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

Couple of WTA Tennis betting events going on this week, one in Marrakech, and one in Stuttgart. It is the Stuttgart one which is going to be grabbing all of the attention this week as there is a far more interesting field out, including some top ten players. Maria Sharapova is back in action and trading as 4/1 favourite as the season shifts from hard court over to clay. This will be the 21st WTA level tournament of the year and the action will be on the red stuff for the next seven weeks, all building up to the French Open of course.

Sharapova is the defending champion having won it for the last two years, so she is going to be a big draw. This is the first time that she has been out since an appearance in Miami in mid March where she lost in the semi finals against Serena Williams. So she may be a bit rusty out of the gates and there and she could have a very early test against Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter finals. Poland’s Radwanska is trading at 5/1, just behind the threat of Sharapova, who is holding supremacy because of her track record at the event.

Radwanska has been going along nicely this season and in only two of her outings has she fallen short of the quarter finals. While she keeps getting close to titles, an issue which has plagued her a bit is actually converting when the title is in sight. He last action was a couple of wins on clay against fairly low ranked opposition in the Fed Cup in mid April, so nothing to gauge from that. Would back Sharapova probably if these two meet in the quarters, just because of the heavier hitting and better defence.

Another one of the seven top ten players that are in Germany this week is Simona Halep, who has been having a glittering season. She hasn’t played since her semi final loss to Radwanska at Indian Wells in early March, so expect some transition time to clay. The other one to watch would have been Dominika Cibulkova, who has really been on top of her game this season, but she, along with Caroline Wozniacki withdrew. It could leave a nice opening for Germany’s own Angelique Kerber to have a good run this week.

WTA Stuttgart Tennis Betting Odds
Maria Sharapova 41, Simona Halep 5/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 6/1, Angelique Kerber 8/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Jelena Jankovic 10/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1.

You can catch great free live tennis streams all season long at online betting site Unibet. They offer a fantastic live streaming service, and it serves up a treat alongside their great live in play betting offerings as well. New customers registering with the highly popular bookie can also get up to a free £50 bet as well, with the bookie matching the value of your initial deposit up to that amount.


22nd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)

There looks to be a bit of a banker in this week’s WTA Tennis betting at the Malaysian Open. That is because Dominika Cibulkova is in the field and is trading as overwhelming 11/10 favourite to lift the title at Bet365. The diminutive Slovak powerhouse has been in top form this season, reaching the final of the Australian Open and taking a title win in Acapulco. She has only failed to make it to the quarter finals of a tournament once this season.

This is just an international tier tournament, so she is the biggest seed out in action this week and the rest of the field should be found wanting. There really doesn’t look to be any big problems on Cibulkova’s way to the title, with Karolina Pliskova (the reigning champion) and Donna Vekic trading as joint second favourites at a price of 9/1, a long way back of Cibulkova.

If you are looking for some live tennis streams this week, you can head on over to Bet365 who are giving their customers a great chance to watch the action, which in turn affords some great opportunities to get some live in-running tennis betting done during the week. The Bet365 streaming service is one of the great features of the highly rated bookmaker, and new customers registering an account with them can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.

WTA Malaysia Tennis Betting Odds
Dominika Cibulkvoa 11/10, Karlina Pliskova 9/1, Donna Vekic 10/1, Shaui Zhang 11/1, Kimiko Date Krumm 16/1, bar 20/1


14th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Victoria Azarenka

Some great action coming up for your WTA Tennis betting, which heads to Indian Wells for the Premier Tier tournament. It means that all of the big guns are out in force, well all apart from one, as Serena Williams misses the event. It leaves the top seed for the BNP Paribas Open as Na Li, who will be hoping to continue her impressive start to the year.

The Chinese star picked up the Australian Open title as well as picking up a title in Shenzen before that. She holds a 13-1 record for the year after losing out in the round of sixteen in Qatar at the start of February. Still, big hard court tournaments are her forte but there’s a tricky route to the semi’s for her.

Although Li Na is top seed, she is 4/1 second favourite for the tournament behind Victoria Azarenka. Has only been out twice this year, but has great form at Indian Wells, having won her last nine matches at the event and her last twelve competitive games which she has managed to complete without injury. Definitely should be one of the stronger options for your betting this week and looking at what is ahead in her quarter of the draw, she shouldn’t have too much trouble reaching the last eight whatsoever. There would be a potential semi final there against Agnieszka Radwanska most likely.

Azarenka’s is a massive 5/2 favourite, with Radwanska, who has looked a bit physically tougher this season, is out at 12/1 to have a title shot. Maria Sharapova will be hoping to kick start her season because things really haven’t gotten going for her this term, falling early in the Australian Open and only making it to the semi finals of her other two tournaments. There are some gritty and tough opponents in her quarter though, like Sorana Cirstea and Sam Stosur. Angelique Kerber, who has had a busy season is a potential quarter finalist opponent. Kerber can be hit and miss, but powerful when she gets going.

The thrills of WTA Indian Wells tennis betting could largely rest on match betting and following some of the high value chasing pack in the outright market. You are looking at Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova and Jelena Jankovic in particular here as they all look to have the potential to cause upsets. Cibulkova is up to a career high of 11th after winning in Acapulco last week. Simona Halep had that big run to the quarters of the Australian Open and then took a win in Doha, knocking out three top ten players on her way to the title. Could be a massive season for the Romanian youngster.

Keep an eye on alternative betting options, like Winning Quarter, To Reach Final and To Win Quarter as well as your match betting, for some great value.

WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds at Unibet
Victoria Azarenka 5/2, Li Na 4/1, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 10/1, Simona Halep 11/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Jelena Jankovic 28/1, Dominika Cibulkova 28/1, Ana Ivanovic 33/1

You can catch great free live tennis streams all season long at online betting site Unibet. They offer a fantastic live streaming service, and it serves up a treat alongside their great live in play betting offerings as well. New customers registering with the highly popular bookie can also get up to a free £50 bet as well, with the bookie matching the value of your initial deposit up to that amount.


5th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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