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Serena Williams (USA)

2012 WTA Championships Betting Info
It is off to Istanbul for the big season-ender of the year’s tennis action from the WTA. This is an eight-woman tournament, who topped the list in the Race to Istanbul. Because of the ranking points earned over the course of the season, you are getting the best of the best going head to head against each other in the exciting tournament which kicks off with a round-robin event before moving on to the knock-outs. The World Number One Victoria Azarenka is there, along with the might of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Who will take the honours in Istanbul this year?

2012 WTA Championships Betting Defending Champion
The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova took the title here last year in an immense showing of power. The Czech was bang on top of her game last year, and while she has struggled with injury and illness in 2013, she is back and sounding confident of her chances. Even though she has been a bit below par for most of the season, she has still picked up two titles this season and made it to the semi finals of the Australian Open and the French Open this year. Petra Kvitova is a great indoor player. Perhaps the best on Tour. After a slow first half of the season, she was building momentum across the US swing of the season before a stomach bug struck her down on the Asian Tour. She is fit and ready to go though and both Kvitova and her coach know that there is more to come. The 2011 Wimbledon Champion beat Victoria Azarenka in the final of last year’s event. Because she hasn’t been on top form, she is an outside bet, but a good one at that. She will adapt better to the indoor game more than most and on the US swing, she was playing some pretty unstoppable tennis. If that Kvitova turns up, then there is a good chance for her. Petra Kvitova is trading at 11/1 with online bookmaker Paddy Power.
Kvitova has a winning career head to head records against Azarenka and losing ones against Sharapova and Williams.

2012 WTA Championships Betting Favourite
No, the world number one does not go as favourite, instead it is Serena Williams who heads the betting list. Ranked number three in the world, she has had an immense season, running up six titles and a hugely impressive 53-4 match record for the season. Including winning Wimbledon this year back in June, she went on a blistering 19 match winning streak. She responded to having her winning streak snapped by rolling back into action at the US Open and grinding her way past Victoria Azarenka in the final. Devastating power, Serena Williams will bring to the table and will be a force to be reckoned with.

She hasn’t had the easiest time of things in the WTA Championships though, with a 15-5 career record. Three of the last four years she has withdrawn because of injury. She has won this twice before, in 2001 and in 2009 and because she hasn’t played competitively since the US Open, she is going to be hungry and ready to power her way to the title. She has proven this year in consistently getting the better of Azarenka, that she is without doubt, one of the best still in the game. Williams is trading at a price of 5/4 at online bookmaker Paddy Power. Perhaps backing up the case for Serena Williams is this, she is 4-0 against Azarenka this season and 2-0 against Sharapova.
The only player in the field to have beaten Williams this season is Angelique Kerber.

Latest 2012 WTA Championships Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Serena William 5/4, Victoria Azarenka 15/8, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Petra Kvitova 11/1, Angieszka Radwanska 14/1, Li Na 16/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Sara Errani 50/1

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Other Contenders
Victoria Azarenka has to be counted into action here as she has hit a tremendous patch of form. This will be her fourth appearances at the WTA Championships, having lost the final last year against Kvitova The Belarusian has matched Williams by winning six titles this year, and broke through as a Grand Slam champion in taking the Australian Open. In the build up to the WTA Championships, while others have been taking a break, she has rattled off back to back titles in Beijing and Linz, the latter tournament being an important indoor title as a warm up. She has been delivering immense power and consistency and is looking right on top of her, hitting her peak at the right time. Significantly she beat Maria Sharapova in the final of Beijing easily. Azarenka is the front runner here alongside Williams without a doubt. In great form and looking hot right now.
From al the opponents in the Istanbul field, Azarenka only has a losing head to head against Williams Kvitova.

Maria Sharapova has picked up two Tour titles this year. More often than not this season, her greatest foe and thorn in the side has been Victoria Azarenka, having lost four finals to the Belarusian this season. If Serena Williams and Azarenka weren’t around then you wouldn’t have any problems in getting money down on Sharapova. She is the grittiest fighter on the WTA Tour and will pack a punch. Unfortunately when she goes up against either Azarenka of Williams she just can’t seem to match up well enough, nor consistently enough. No reason why she can’t be there or thereabouts in the final, as she has a pretty good track record at the WTA Championships. She has won it one, finished runner up once and made the semi finals twice. She withdrew from last season’s finals because of an injury.
Sharapova has losing career head to head records against Azarenka and Williams.

Poland’s Angieszka Radwanska has picked up three titles in a big season for her to climb to fourth in the world. She’s also in good form, reaching the final of Tokyo recently. A great player, perhaps not enough power to get through a tough, enduring event. China’s Na Li will entertain and she picked up her first title of the season in Cincinnati recently. Making her first appearance in the WTA Championships is Italian Sara Errani who has won four titles this season (all on clay).

Best Outside Bet
Angelique Kerber will be favourite outside bet all the way here. This is the German’s first crack at the WTA Championships and she deservedly booked her place. She has been the big surprise success package of the season. She was the fifth player to book her place in the end of season tournament, picking up two titles this season,the first of her career. She jumped from a ranking of 32 this time last year in the singles, up to a current high of 6th in the world. She has come that far. There has been few players more consistent than Germany’s Kerber this season. She has scored victories over the best in the world along the way as well If she’s fit (she recently retired from Beijing) then she could surprise the entire field.

Head to Head Stats: This is where the story will tell a big tale for your 2012 WTA Championships betting. You need to look at who has done well against the others of the elite 8 appearance in Istanbul in 2012. Azarenka has a 14-5 record this season against the others in the field, while Serena Williams has a 9-1 record. The only other with a positive record is Maria Sharapova with a tight 11-8.


20th October 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Info
There is a big chance of an historic five-peat happening in the WTA this week, that is because former World Number One Caroline Wozniacki is gunning for her fifth straight title here. The Danish starlet has dominated the event recently, and is back as one of the main highlights of the tournament for 2012. This will be the final preparations ahead of the action at Flushing Meadows next week and the 2012 US Open. So there is only four of the top ten players in the world in attendance this week at New Haven. Still, there are plenty of good betting opportunities out there to take advantage of.

WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Caroline Wozniacki, as we have touched upon is the defending champion here, however, she is going to be a long way from being the favourite. Which is strange considering her track record at the event. Why is that? Well it is because the former world number one has been a long way short of her best this year. She has had promising runs, like her recent semi final in Montreal where she pushed hard against eventual winner Petra Kvitova, but then she followed it up with a routine round of sixteen defeat in Cincinnati last week. So she has not looked close to a title since her runner up effort at Copenhagen back in April. That was a long time ago. Her defence is not what it was, she is perhaps burned out a bit and not looking supremely confidence as she did when she was on top of the world. Still, if a title is going to come her way this year, with her track record, you would assume that her best chance will be here. She is trading around 3/1 at online betting exchange BetFair. 

WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Favourite
Petra Kvitova has been making a welcome return to the WTA spotlight. After scrapping it out with Na Li for the title in Montreal, she went straight through to the semi’s of Cincinnati last week. Good to see her back on her game and a much stronger prospect here really than Wozniacki. Kvitova has had a tough year, but she has shown some resilience in getting back to the kind of form she was in twelve months ago. It’s been hard work, but she has been putting in the hours and it is paying off again and could be just peaking at the right time to take on the US Open at Flushing Meadows next week. Kvitova is in good shape at the moment, serving well and has the power to go all of the way here. Kvitova is trading at a price of 2/1 with online betting exchange BetFair. 

Other Contenders
Great field out this week, despite only four of them being from the top ten. Agnieszka Radwanska is one of those from the top ten, but is just struggling to find that ruthless edge at the moment. She isn’t one of the biggest hitters and just looks perhaps as if she is running out of a bit of steam after such a long season. She is bursting with class though and after a disappointing couple of weeks she will be keen to get her touch back ahead of the US Open and that could just make her a danger here in the field. She goes as top seed and the number three in the world wouldn’t hit Kvitova until the final itself.

Italian Sara Errani had a phenomenal season on the clay court swing of the season, picking up four titles. She is a really scrappy little player and this isn’t too difficult of a field for her to conquer. Confidence shouldn’t be a problem for her really, the only question is over her surface ability. She is immense on clay, but has taken a while to transition back to the hard court where she is less comfortable. Still, is she gets into gear, could make an interesting challenger.

Marion Bartoli is just tempting to have a punt on. The Frenchwoman had a tremendous season last year, but has been struggling with injury and therefore maintaining her status. There were signs in July that she was back on the right back, making the quarters of Stanford and then the final of Carlsbad. She hasn’t matched up well against the big guns this season, but this is not an overly competitive field so she could string a run together. Not too bad of a shout really and could run into Errani at the quarter final stage.

Dominika Cibulkova will be one to watch out for as well as she is in decent shape and goes as sixth seed. She is in the loaded top half of the draw where Wozniacki, Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko are all residing. She won in Carlsbad ahead of the Olympics and had to retire with an injury concern from Cincinnati last week. She came through her New Haven first round match though and there is tough draw ahead of her. Dangerous outsider if she is fit.

Best Outside Bet
Young German starlet Mona Barthel is in the mix and could be a threat to Radwanska in the top quarter of the draw. Barthel is one of the best young players on the WTA Tour and very well likely be the next big thing in a couple of years. Has tasted victory on the WTA this season already and took out the experienced Daniela Hantuchova in the first round here. Probably the most dangerous floater in the field. Barthel is trading at 37/1 with online betting exchange BetFair.

Latest WTA New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Betting Prices at online betting exchange BetFair
Petra Kvitova 2/1, Caroline Wozniacki 3/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 4/1, Dominika Cibulkova 19/2, Sara Errani 19/2, Marion Bartoli 10/1, Maria Kirilenko 20/1


22nd August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Info
The WTA Tour stars will next be focused on the US Open which starts later in the month. So these tournaments over the next couple of weeks are going to be big preparation events ahead of that. Your tennis betting this week is held out in Cincinnati, which is a joint event for both men and women. There are a decent crop of big names out in force, despite almost overlapping with Montréal which had a Monday finish with the women’s event. Where is plenty of good value around this week, in a competitive field all queueing up behind Olympic gold medal winner Serena Williams.

WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Russia’s Maria Sharapova
overcame Jelena Jankovic in Cincinnati 12 months ago, in an epic marathon final. However the Russian tennis queen, who picked up a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics is not back to defend her title this week.

WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams, without much surprise is trading as favourite in WTA Cincinnati betting. The American will be looking to settle down back onto the hard-court ahead of the action to come at Flushing Meadows for the US open. Williams is on a run of 17 straight wins, collecting the titles at Wimbledon, Stanford and then at the Olympics. At the London 2012 games, she destroyed top rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. However, Williams has an odd history in Cincinnati because she has never made it to the final of the event. Williams is just looking very powerful at the moment and will be expected to at least book herself a place in the semifinals again. There could be a quarter-final match-up against Germany’s in form Angelique Kerber. However with a form of Williams at the moment proving unbeatable over the last three events she has entered, the American star is simply trading as a strong favourite in the tennis betting this week.

Other Contenders
The Czech Republic’s former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will bring some confidence with her to Cincinnati after a run to the final in Montréal for the Rogers cup. It has been quite a while since we have seen Kvitova really pushing hard for titles, but there have been many positive signs over the past few weeks that she is getting somewhere near her very best. She has had a quiet, understated and patchy season, not helped by injury, but in Canada she looked to be moving much more freely and striking the ball with much better timing than she has for a while. With the draw set out in front of her, considered the should easily make the quarter-finals. However you have to weigh up the fact that she played the final of Montréal on Monday so tiredness could be an issue with her. She would run into Caroline Wozniacki at the quarter-final stage and then most likely Serena Williams in the semifinals. Williams is trading as strong 4/5 favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will be looking to close the gap on world number one spot with a good performance this week. After a surprise first-round exit at the Olympics, Radwanska bounced back to reach the quarter-finals of Montréal last week. However she ran into China’s Na Li who was in blistering form, and Radwanska only managed to take three games off her opponent in that match. However both of them had already played a match earlier in the day before they had their coming together, so it is hard to read a lot into it. Radwanska has been one of the most consistent performers on the WTA this season and is due a good run at a final. Radwanska has good looking draw, with only Na Li to really concern her in her quarter of the draw, but the Polish star should be a lot fresher of the two.

Because of her form in Montréal for the Rogers cup, China’s Na Li deserves to be taken into consideration. The thing is with Li so she can be patchy with her form. But when she is on song she has explosive with her flat ball striking, which suits the hard-court very well. But like Petra Kvitova, Na Li’s success in Montréal in reaching the final may come back to have a detrimental effect on her run at Cincinnati this week. However there is not too bad of a draw in front of her, but may have to go through Marion Bartoli and Agnieszka Radwanska to make the final. That could be a bit of a tall order this week.

Denmark’s former world number one Caroline Wozniacki needs to be mentioned as well after raising her game at the Rogers cup in Montréal last week. Wozniacki, who has been having a difficult and indifferent 2012 reached the semi-final in Montréal and lost in three sets to Petra Kvitova. But there were some good positives from her run, as we saw her dig deep and not get bullied around like she has done this season. Wozniacki goes in Petra Kvitova’s quarter of the draw, which means that there will probably be a semi-final match-up against Serena Williams should she get that far. With Williams’ dominance in the game at the moment, a semi-final appearance this week as well from Wozniacki would be a pretty good triumph for her.

Best Outside Bet
There are a couple of interesting outside bets to have a look at, and you would normally start with Germany’s Angelique Kerber. However because she is in Serena Williams’ quarter of the draw that will put the German star at a disadvantage. So some attention may be due to French star Marion Bartoli, who reached the final of Carlsbad in July. She is in the top two for the US open series rankings and she was undone by Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Masters cup last week. There should be more to come from the scrappy, bouncy Bartoli though. She is in a position to capitalise on Na Li’s tiring run to the final Montréal, which could leave just Agnieszka Radwanska in her way in reaching the semi finals. Bartoli is trading at a price of 50/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Latest WTA Western and Southern Open Winner Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Serena Williams 4/5, Petra Kvitova 5/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 7/1, Na Li 9/1, Sam Stosur 12/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1

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13th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Maria Sharapova

WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Info
Big post-Olympic tennis tournament as some of the top players on the Women’s circuit leave London to head to Montreal for the lastest edition of the Rogers Cup. This is part of the US Open series, and only Wimbledon and the US Open have a deeper, richer history than this tournament. This is a Premier Tier event on the WTA circuit, which means that there will be plenty of stars out in force, and we even get to have a look at two recent Olympic medallists.

WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Serena Williams took the Rogers Cup title last year, however, the recent double gold winner at the London 2012 Olympics is not in attendance this year.

WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Favourite
With Williams out of the picture, that leaves Belarus star Victoria Azarenka as the betting favourite. Williams crushed Azarenka, the current world number one in the semi finals of the Olympics, but Vika did bounce back to grab the bronze medal with a win over Maria Kirilenko. She also struck gold in the mixed doubles with partner Max Mirnyi so her confidence shouldn’t be too dented. Azarenka has four titles to her name this year, including the Australian Open, but after blitzing all before her at the start of the season, she has found the going harder as the season has worn on. The last time she tasted victory was back in March at Indian Wells. Nothing wrong with her game really and has a decent enough track record to have a good go at things in Montreal, as she has been a three time semi finalists of the Rogers Cup. If she gets her powerful all round game going then she should be in the final four at least. Azarenka is trading as 3/1 favourite with online bookmaker Stan James.

Other Contenders
Maria Sharapova will want to shake off the nightmare that beset her in the final of the Olympics, She managed to take just one game off gold medallist Serena Williams in terribly one sided match. That was a big shock because Sharapova is usually full of power herself, but neither she nor Azarenka was able to event make a dent in Williams’ defences at the Olympics, with the American just about being unplayable Still, Sharapova gained the silver medal in her Olympic début and there is some good incentive for her this week. Sharapova is close to Azarenka in the world rankings, and the 2012 French Open Champion could gain the number one spot this week. The Russian’s best finish at the Rogers Cup was a runner up back in 2009, and while this is a decent field, her power behind her first serve as well as her defence should get her deep into things this week.

Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska is trading well and that is because she should be really well rested. She was shocked in the first round of the Olympics as she went down in the first round against Germany’s Julia Goerges. Was expecting a lot more from the Pole who has been one of the best and most consistent players on the WTA this season. She sounds confident enough and will be happy to get back on hard courts. She has three titles on the WTA Tour this season, two of them having come on the hard court. Definitely a big threat and will want to prove herself after her the Olympic disappointment, especially after having made it to the final of Wimbledon prior to that.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber is still just about the hottest ticket on the WTA at the moment, and she had a good run tot he quarter finals of the Olympics where she ran into Azarenka in a tough match. But the German star has wrapped up two Tour titles this year and is ranked 7th in the world. She has had a tremendous season really and holds a 48-14 match record for the season heading to Montreal She has a pretty comfortable draw as well which she should capitalise on. Dominika Cibulkova finally made the breakthrough for the season that her potential has warranted. She went all the way in Carlsbad taking the title, but suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Olympics. She’s better than that and could bounce back. Petra Kvitova slowly looks to be getting back to her best and she is in the field as well.

Best Outside Bet
Sara Errani, going as eight seed has had a tremendous season. She recently arrived in the top ten after picking up four titles on the clay court swing of the season. That is her best surface, but she has an OK 11-7 season record on the hard court. The diminutive, plucky Italian doesn’t have a big serve and that’s why she likes slower courts. Shouldn’t be too much to trouble her on the way to the quarter finals though and she is a real fighter. Outside shot at 28/1 with online bookmaker Stan James.

Latest WTA Montreal Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Prices at Stan James
Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Maria Sharapova 7/2, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/2, Angelique Kerber 8/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Sam Stosur 18/1, Na Li 22, Sabine Lisicki 22/1

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7th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

WTA Baku Cup Tennis Betting Info
Naturally with the Olympics right around the corner, things are going to be a little understated for your tennis betting this week. The big guns are all resting up and fine tuning their Olympic ambitions, while only a handful of the WTA players are in action this week. This gives us a look as some other names for a change and still some good tennis betting options.

WTA Baku Cup Tennis Betting Defending Champion
There was a decent crop of challengers for the Baku (Azerbaijan) title at this time last year, and it was Russian Vera Zvonareva who took the honours. She has almost gone invisible at the game at the moment, as she just can’t hit the levels that she was producing which took her close to Grand Slam titles. She’s not playing here to defend her title.

WTA Baku Cup Tennis Betting Favourite
With Zvonareva gone, along with some of the better quality that was seen here last year, it is Russia’s Ksenia Pervak who is trading as the outright favourite. If this is one of the cases of a player fitting a tournament, then she should go well. She was in storing form here last season (helped along with a walkover past Aravane Rezai) but took her chances and booked herself a spot in the final. She was outclassed and out-powered by Zvonareva at that point, but still, she returns to Caucasus as the top seed. This isn’t a player you would normally look at, but during 2012 she has put in some decent runs at Bad Gastein, Indian Wells and Miami and the rest of the season has pretty much been early exits from tournaments. Still, the draw is all set for Pervak, who is ranked 68th in the world. There is no player inside the top 100 in her half of the draw, so with a bit of focus she could well be back in the final, and this is on the hard surface, where she raises her game.

Other Contenders
Down in the bottom half, it is going to be worth taking a look at world number 72 Alexandra Panova. She has also been able to produce some decent moments this year, including reaching the final of Bogota and hitting the quarter finals of Strasbourg. The Russian does split some of her time between the ITF and the WTA, but looks to be the biggest threat to Pervak walking off with the title. She is on the up, hasn’t been in the strongest form of late in better quality fields, but this level should suit her to a tee.

Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski. Surprised we really haven’t seen a bit more from her as a force, still she’s only twenty and has some promise to her game. She is ranked at 97 in the world, and still some development to do, but has potential. She could easily go well here, she is tested enough against top players to make an impact in an event like this. So wouldn’t be too surprised to see her making a charge this week in an evenly matched field.

Best Outside Bet
Nina Bratichikova, another of Russia’s rising stars is also going to be a bit of value as well. She has been racing up the world rankings lately and she has a massive game from the baseline. She is very hard hitting, perfectly suited to the hart courts and has scored victories against the likes of Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta this season. Still not really come close to a title, but her ranking was stuck at 143 for 2010 and 2011 but is now just outside the top 100. Experienced on the ITF and worth a good shot here.

Latest WTA Baku Cup Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Ksenia Pervak 7/2, Alexandra Panova 6/1, Bojana Jovanovski 10/1, Alberta Brianti 10/1, Mandy Minella 16/1, Lesia Tsurenko 16/1

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23rd July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Mona Barthel (Germany)

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Info
With some of the WTA stars deciding to take on the USA hard court swing of the season, a bunch have stayed behind in Europe after Wimbledon to get back on to the clay court surface. The London 2012 Olympic Games tennis tournament is right around the corner and these matches will be valuable preparations for the return to Wimbledon for the second time this year. So a good field, competitive, just as it was in Palermo, Italy last week, and a lot of familiar faces are back this week. The Sony Swedish Open was only launched back in 2009, and it replaced the Stockholm Open.

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Youngster Polona Hercog won the Sony Swedish Open here last year, beating Sweden’s own Johanna Larsson to take the title. Hercog is back for the defence of her title, but the likelihood of that happening really is not strong looking at her form. It has, by and large been a very disappointing season for her, not yet stepping up to that next level of performance. That is why the 21 year old is well out in the betting, she never pushed herself on from the title late year and she out at 50/1 with online bookmaker BetVictor.

WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Favourite
Italian Sara Errani is the outright favourite for the Swedish Open and it is hard to look past here. The diminutive Italian has had an incredible season, on clay at least. With a win in Palermo on the weekend, she picked up her fourth clay court title of the season, and she also reached the final of the French Open at Roland Garros as well. She is a star on the red stuff and looks untouchable at the moment. She now holds a 29-4 win loss record on clay this season, which is remarkable. She is the hot property of the clay court season, so it is no wonder she stayed where her strengths are. She became the first Italian to win four titles in a year, can she make it five? Errani is trading as 7/5 firm favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
There are some great clay court players in the field, and we’ll start with a look at Germany’s Julia Goerges. Was one of the favourites to go all the way in Palermo last week, but again, her unpredictability got the better of her. She is one of the players who has the potential to take titles like this, and when she brings her A-game, she looks such a solid all round player. Sadly, it doesn’t happen often enough. A quality player when she is in the mood and will be looking to go better than she did in Italy last week, and has the potential to do so.

A couple of strong names who have early tough tests in Sweden this week are Anabel Medina Garrigues and Roberto Vinci, both clay court specialists Because of their surface skills, either one could make a run at the final, but the Spaniard Medina Garrigues does look the better option. She finds her feet and controls games just that little bit better than Italian Vinci Roberta Vinci, second seed in Palermo last week, crashed out in the second round to Britain’s Laura Robson (who is also back in action this week in this event). Robson was in splendid form last week, reaching her first ever WTA semi final. As for Vinci, she has the experience to clay and grind her way back from that result in Palermo.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova put in the best week of her 2012 season to make it to the final of Palermo last week. The Czech player was the one who finally halted the run of Laura Robson in the semi finals. Zahlavova Strycova is not one of those players who show up very often, so any bit of confidence and form, which she has at the moment, could be worth riding for a few games into the tournament and then going from there. Out of the chasing back though, it really looks as if Anabel Medina Garrigues has the stuff to pull out a good tournament.

Best Outside Bet
Germany’s Mona Barthel is going as out outside bet of the week for the Swedish Open tennis betting. The youngster is touted as being one of the most highly rated rookies in the WTA, with potential to really become something special. She showed her ability in winning Hobart right at the start of the season, beating Medina Garrigues, Angelique Kerber and Yanina Wickmayer en route to her victory. She has also made the quarter finals of Paris, Copenhagen and Stuttgart this season. A tremendous prospect, pushed Vera Zvonareva hard in the first round of Wimbledon but fell in three sets. The bookies like her for Sweden and there has been good interest in the young German.

Latest WTA Bastad Tennis Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Sara Errani 7/4, Mona Barthel 9/2, Julia Goerges 6/1, Anabel Medina Garrigues 10/1, Roberta Vinci 14/1, Klara Zakopalova 14/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 14/1, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 22/1, Laura Robson 50/1

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16th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)

XXV Italiacom Open Palermo Tennis Betting Info
The hard-court US swing of the WTA season is kicking off in California this week, but some of the players on the Tour have opted to stay in Europe. The Olympics will be coming up in a couple of weeks, but in between the thrills of Wimbledon and the Olympiad, there is still some good tennis betting around to enjoy. This is a clay court event and therefore you can look for some specialists to rise to the occasion. That is what makes this field, although not a particularly strong one in terms of ranking, very interesting.

XXV Italiacom Open Palermo Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues jumped to the fore as the WTA’s leading clay court title holder after winning here last year She beat out Polona Hercog last year and she was looking a pretty inspired player. She looked like she was enjoying herself here last year, and Garrigues is a clay court specialist and therefore makes for some good value in your Italiacom Open Palermo tennis betting. Strangely though we haven’t even seen the best of her on clay this season, making nothing better than the quarter finals She lost out in the second round of Wimbledon as well, and isn’t carrying great form. She will be happier with her game on clay, but the defending champion is trading out at 10/1 with online bookmaker Boylesports. However, she has won here five times before and holds a 32-3 match record in Palermo. Strong history.

XXV Italiacom Open Palermo Tennis Betting Favourite
Going as the favourite this week is diminutive Italian Sara Errani. Not only is she playing on home soil, and will have the crowds behind her, she has been phenomenal on clay this season. She really is the stand out player in the crowd and she has won here before as well. She lifted the title in 2008 and failed to defend her title losing in the final in 2009. What will make her a strong contender is that she notched up a fantastic 16 match clay court winning streak earlier in the season, and she made it to the final of the French Open at Roland Garros on clay. She goes at top seed in Palermo, but was destroyed in the third round of Wimbledon when she became the first woman in the Open era to fail to record a single point during in a set as she crashed to Yaroslava Shvedova. She’s better than that, way better than that on clay. Would face Medina Garrigues in the semi final.

Other Contenders
Germany’s Julia Goerges usually shows up well on clay because she has good footwork and the game suited to the red stuff. Huge potential but not quite consistent enough. She seems to be a big momentum player, so if she gets off to a strong start then she should be able to roll along nicely in Palermo. She is looking for a bit of form though, and she seems to be having difficulty stepping up a level to fulfil her potential. Lost in the third round of Wimbledon after allowing Ana Ivanovic to battle back and beat here. She however has a pretty good draw ahead of her and shouldn’t be challenged until the quarters. Decent chance.

Roberto Vinci, another Italian, small and powerful like Errani, makes for great value here. In the bottom half of the draw as second seed and like her compatriot, is superb on clay. She has also had a decent run to the fourth round of Wimbledon. However, she doesn’t have quite the potency of Errani but is still more than enough of a handful to make a strong charge here. The draw and the home support will certainly help her.

Best Outside Bet
Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro is the hit and miss outside bet for this one. A much better clay court player than on any other surface, and she did reach the final of Estoril earlier in the season on clay. Not too bad of a draw, but Roberta Vinci is a likely quarter final opponent. Needs to be at the top of her game, looks the best of the outside shots at a price of 10/1 with online bookmaker Boylesports.

Latest XXV Italiacom Open Palermo Tennis Betting Prices at Boylesports
Sara Errani 7/4, Julia Goerges 4/1, Roberta Vinci, Anabel Median Garrigues 10/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 10/1, Alice Cornet 18/1, Irina Camelia Begu 20/1, Silvia Soler Espinosa 20/1, Polona Hercog 25/1, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 25/1

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9th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Heather Watson

WTA Stanford Bank of the West Classic Stanford Tennis Betting Info
With the flourish of Wimbledon having passed us by, the next bit target on the list of the top tennis stars in the world is going to be the Olympic Games. Most of the big stars are taking a break after the SW19 Grand Slam action, and while the Olympics of course will be back on grass, the hard-court swing of the of US starts out in Stanford, California this week. Big history here as this is the longest running all-women tennis tournament in the world. There has been an illustrious list of winners here in the past and while the field is not all that deep this year, there are some good names to look out for.

WTA Stanford Bank of the West Classic Stanford Tennis Betting Favourite
Serena Williams beat Marion Bartoli here last year in the final, and here, fresh off her Wimbledon victory on Saturday, the American is back and gunning for more glory. There was a tougher field in operation here last year as well, but Williams powered here way through untroubled. She looks back to her dominant best, picking up her 5th Wimbledon title and now she has shot back up to number four in the world. Nothing too much ahead in the draw to worry about for her, so it may be a question of fitness levels after her long fortnight at Wimbledon. But her hitting power really get her out of most situations and anything less than a semi appearance at Stanford would go down as failure. Naturally she goes as favourite at a price of 3/4 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli is a good fit for the tournament have been runner in 2008 and 2011, and having won the title in 2009. So she has good history here. The bubbly player, who is never short of energy, has had a very quiet season though. It looked as if last year she was just building up huge momentum to be a genuine Grand Slam contender as we was trading punches with the best in the game very well. However, that has all fallen a way a bit, not helped by injury and we just haven’t seen the clinical side of her for a long time, which is a shame because she is a quality player when she brings her A game. Has the game to hit the semi’s here, but confidence does not look too high.

Dominika Cibulkova hit the semi finals here last year and therefore will be worth a look. The young Slovakian was undone by Marion Bartoli there, but you would bank on her being the better player in California this week Had a surprising first round exit from Wimbledon which she will have been disappointed about, because she has been in good form this season. A very strong player and in another year or so, she should be a very solid top ten player (she is 13th in the world at the moment). She is growing all the time. The big problem for Cibulkova is that she will run into Williams in the semi finals, so that puts her at a disadvantage, but if Williams is suffering any tiredness and slips up, the Cibulkova should be the one to capitalise

Jelena Jankovic, like Cibulkova needs to pick herself up from a Wimbledon first round exit. Like Marion Bartoli, she has hit nowhere the kind of standards that she was in being a former world number one. The last 18 months or so haven’t been too good to Jankovic, but she has experience to call upon. She went to the final of Birmingham at the start of June in a similar quality field and being in the easier bottom half of the draw for Stanford, could have a chance to put a good tournament together. She should be well rested after her Wimbledon exit against Kim Clijsters.

Best Outside Bet
Heather Watson. Yes, going for the young Brit here who has reached a new ranking high of 79 after reaching the third round of Wimbledon. She is in the bottom half of the draw, and could end up with an easy run if Bartoli crashes early. A long shot to go all the way and win it, but could have a very strong quarter. All the way out 50/1, but look for a good couple of wins on her way to the quarters, where she could meet a below par Bartoli.

Latest WTA Stanford Bank of the West Classic Stanford Tennis Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Serena Williams ¾, Marion Bartoli 5/4, Dominika Cibulkova 11/2, Marina Erakovic 10/1, Chanelle Scheepers 20/1, Jelena Jankovic 20/1, Sloane Stephens 20/1, Heather Watson 50/1

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9th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Petra Kvitova

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Info
Sunny Eastbourne in England is the scene of the the AEGON Open where there is a whole lot of quality heading the field. Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season starts next week and therefore, this will be the last chance of a warm up for the players involved here. The big, big guns are not in attendance, but there is a great crop of quality to look at in your betting options. We’re not going to get carried away and look at British interest on home soil here, but it should be a pretty competitive week ahead of Wimbledon.

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Defending Champion
It was the plucky French star Marion Bartoli who waltzed to glory on the grass at Eastbourne last season. She had a great run at the even, beating Victoria Azarenka, Sam Stosur and then Petra Kvitova in the final. She is back to defend her title, and the bubbly Bartoli will be looking to pick her form back up. She was strong in the first half of the season, but was hugely disappointing during the clay court swing of the season. She hasn’t been out since Roland Garros and the French Open, so we’ll get to see how she transitions to grass. She is a fantastic player, so energetic and reaches very deep for her points. You’re not backing her on current form, but tournament history from last year. That is why she is trading at 8/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Favourite
Tall, left handed Czech Petra Kvitova goes off as favourite on the grass for Eastbourne. You will remember that Kvitova broke through to the Grand Slam winners club at Wimbledon last season, when she was in unstoppable form. Hopefully we will get to see some of those kind of levels from her over the next few weeks. Kvitova has had her season hampered by injury just a little bit, but she has been slowly improving all the way. She had a good run on clay, reaching the semi finals of the French Open, losing there to Maria Sharapova. Kvitova has all the tools in her arsenal to win tournaments like this. She has been working towards the top of her game now and if she is fully fit and match sharp, which she is looking at the moment, then she is going to be worth a punt here and rightly favourite at 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Agnieszka Radwanska is back in action for the first time since Roland Garros. She didn’t go well there surprisingly, but she still has had one of the strongest seasons of all WTA Players. She should be a good fit for the grass at Eastbourne, the pace of the game will just be a little bit quicker to suit her mood. Radwanska is a quality act and the peak of her career right at the moment. Remarkably, there just hasn’t been any let up in the quality or consistency of her performances this season and she should be well rested for her first steps on grass this season. Great player, full of enthusiasm and touches of class at the moment, and should be in the mix of the final four.

Fallen former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, we need to see back winning titles. Completely anonymous through the clay court swing of the season, which was no great surprise really. It was a shame that the clay came, because she was just starting to find her feet on the hard court. She is pretty comfortable on grass and we could see a strong week from her. She needs one, she really needs to get her hands on a title so that her confidence can get back up to where it belongs. That is at the top of the game. So steady improvement in her game before clay, what can she do on the grass ahead of Wimbledon? She actually makes a decent prospect and would expect a final four appearance.

There are couple of other good names which you may want to look out for. Lucie Safarova is a leftie, who is very awkward to play against and is in decent enough form. Then there is the quality and experience of Daniela Hantuchova, who can surprise the big guns.

Best Outside Bet
The best outside bet at Eastbourne is going to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber. What a season she has had and there doesn’t seem to any signs of it slowing either. She was pretty solid on clay, and reached the quarters of Roland Garros. Kerber has grown in stature so much in 2012 and is really peaking at the moment. She has broken the top in the world this season and there just looks more to come from this very exciting, enterprising and energetic German. Well worth a punt to come through the field.

Latest WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Petra Kvitova 6/4, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli 8/1, Angelique Kerber 15/2, Lucie Safarova, Daniela Hantuchova

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19th June 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)

WTA Hertogenbosch Tennis Betting Info
Well, at least the Netherlands can enjoy watching some good tennis, as their national football side embarrassingly crashed out of Euro 2012. The build up here is of course for the third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon, which is right around the corner. The grass court swing of the season is very short, and players have to adjust quickly. So this tournament, known as the UNICEF Open is a great way for players to get their footing in ahead of the action at the All England Club which starts next week. This is not too deep of a field, as most of the big guns are resting up ahead of Wimbledon, but there are some big names to follow

WTA Hertogenbosch Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Italian Roberta Vinci
took the tile here in Holland last year, and she is up there making decent value in the betting. The gutsy, diminutive players has actually had a pretty good season. She is a clay court expert, making some good runs on the surface this season, but she switched over well enough recently to grass where she hit the quarter finals of Birmingham. She is hard to just breeze past, as she runs tirelessly and is a fantastic competitor. Turning out in levels of tournaments like these are her best shots at glory, but then again she really still doesn’t make a particularly strong outright bet, even though there is value in her price of 12/1 with Bet365. An each way on her may be better served.

WTA Hertogenbosch Tennis Betting Favourite
The class act of Kim Clijsters is actually is as favourite with online bookmaker Bet365. The Belgian star did have to come from a set down to win her first match on the weekend, and this is the first time that she has been out in action since the clay court swing of the started. She had to sit out the entire clay part of the season with an injury and looked strong enough in the opening exchanges, until she blew a 4-1 lead to lose the first set against Romina Oprandi. Still, she picked herself up and showed why she is one of the best in the world, but whether her true level of fitness and match sharpness is there, remains to be seen. On paper, when she is fit and on top of her game, she should breeze through tournaments like this. The question is not over her ability, it is over her fitness. Still, at 5/2 with online bookmaker Bet365 not a bad price.

Other Contenders
Dominika Cibulkova has slowly been getting and better through the season. The young Slovakian star has the ability to go far, and she reached three quarter finals in a row in her last three outings. Those were all on clay, granted, but it was her fourth round performance at Roland Garros which saw the very best of her true potential. In the round of 16 at the French Open, Cibulkova downed world number one Victoria Azarenka in brilliant performance. If Cibulkova performed to that quality, the best of potential at the moment, then she would be picking up titles. She has a fantastic all round game, and would put her in as favourite ahead of Kim Clijsters here actually. She has looked sharp and is not too far away from stepping up another level in her career. Because of her form, and with Clijsters having been missing in action lately, the Slovakian at 3/1 looks a great bet.

Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta is also going to be worth looking at. She is class act, more known for the countless titles she has picked up in doubles, but is a threat in her own right. The thing about Pennetta is that you always expect more from her, but then at times she just fails to deliver. She can be a bit hit and miss, but Pennetta has the quality to at least book herself a semi final place at a tournament like this. Worth a decent look behind the two outright favourites.

Best Outside Bet
Well, Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic has to be worth a shot as an outside bet. The former world number one has looked nowhere near her best over the last eighteen months, largely because of injury problems. However, she went to the final of Birmingham last week, and while she got stunned in the final by rank outsider Melanie Oudin, Jankovic will have done her confidence and game a world of good by putting in a solid week’s worth of work. Therefore, out at 14/1, she looks the best outside shot.

Latest WTA Hertogenbosch Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Kim Clijsters 5/2, Dominika Cibulkova 3/1, Flavia Pennetta 8/1, Nadia Petrova 8/1, Roberta Vinci 12/1, Yanina Wickmayer 12/1, Francesca Schiavone 14/1, Jelena Jankovic 14/1

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18th June 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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