WTA Championships Tennis Betting Odds and Forecasts
Defending champions Williams favourite for Istanbul success22nd October 2013 / Lee A Jackson
WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Info
There is some high quality tennis betting action this week for the end of season showcase that is the WTA Championships. The top eight qualified players go head to head in Istanbul and things are a little different in the tournament format from the usual, as the first round goes across two round robin groups. So great match betting up for grabs here.
Latest WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Serena Williams 8/13, Victoria Azarenka 4/1, Petra Kvitova 15/2, Li Na 9/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, Jelena Jankovic 33/1, Sara Errani 150
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WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Favourite
The outright favourite, and by some margin, is Serena Williams. The American has racked up ten titles this season, including two Grand Slams. It is pretty tough to see anyone taking her out, not after having posted a 73-4 match record over the course of the season. This is her eighth appearance at the WTA Championships and she is the reigning champion as well. Her head to head against the rest of the group (Radwanska, Kvitova and Kerber) is 13-1. That pretty much sums everything up and is red hot favourite to win the Red Group at 2/9. Everyone is going to want to avoid her, at least until the finals. Williams is trading at 8/13 with Paddy Power to win the event.
WTA Tour Championships Tennis Betting Tips:
The main challenger to Williams is going to be Victoria Azarenka. She has at least gotten a win against Williams this season and will be hoping for another crack at the American. Azarenka has taken three titles this season, including the Australian Open. This is her 5th appearance at the WTA Championships, where she only has a 7-8 record. Hasn’t been at her best in the fall though, but she will be highly geared up for this one. You would expect her to at least come out of the group which contains Na Li, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic.
Looking at groups you can sort of predict things ahead. Williams is likely going to take top spot in the red group and Agnieszka Radwanska is likely to follow her through. Radwanska has played well over the fall swing of the season with an 11-2 two record and has won three titles across the season. Her head to head record against her other group members is not great, and she can’t find what she needs against Williams. It is a tough group because of Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber being lefties. If a surprise is going to come from one of them, you would look to the power of Kvitova more. Not a whole lot of consistency or winning edge from Kvitova this season, while Kerber just hasn’t hit her very best, but has improved towards the end of the season.
Prediction: Williams/Kvitova straight forecast for 2/1 at Paddy Power
If Azarenka is firing then she should win the White Group (the easier of the two). The way to sort this out is by looking at the Jankovic and Errani who really may not have enough to throw down a serious challenge for a top two spot. Errani is a tremendously gutsy player and finds great consistency when she gets up a head of steam. She’ll dig in and can cause a surprise, and while there has been a real resurgence from Jankovic this season, she is still likely to finish bottom of the pile. That leaves Li Na, who will likely follow Azarenka through out of the group. She has the power game to deliver, as long as she comes out of the blocks fast enough.
Prediction: Azarenka/Li straight forecast for 7/4 at Paddy Power
At the end of the day, the presence of Serena Williams is just too powerful for the rest of the field. She should power through her group and if the forecasts pan out, that puts her up against Li in the semi finals. If Azarenka tops her group as expected, she would be strong favourite against Radwanska or Kvitova. Hopefully punters will get to see a great Azarenka v Williams match up in the final, and it would be pretty fitting for the top two in the world. Even though Azarenka beat Williams in the final of Cincinnati, she has lost three other matches against her this season and trails the overall head to head 13-3.
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