WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Odds and Preview
Value in field behind out of form favourite Kvitova in Paris28th January 2013 / Lee A Jackson
WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Info
After the heat of Melbourne, the WTA stars out in action this week in Paris will be playing indoors. This is the first indoor stop on the calendar year for the WTA Tour and is the second biggest women’s tournament in the country behind Roland Garros. Big famous list of past champions at the event, but it was the rising star of Angelique Kerber which shone brightest last year. The young German isn’t back to defend her title, but seven of the world’s top twenty will be battling it out.
WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Favourite
Czech star Petra Kvitova goes as favourite in Paris tennis betting this week. The former Wimbledon champion took the title back in 2011 and so knows her way around here. She missed out on her title defence last year and this year she has suffered some very poor January blues, which may keep her from the trophy again. 2012 was a season of illness and inconsistency for her and she crashed out of the second round of the Australian Open against Laura Robson in three sets. That was her third tournament of the year, and followed a second round loss in Brisbane and a first round crushing defeat in Sydney prior to the first Grand Slam of 2013. So there are early troubles for the big hitting Czech and as favourite, there will be major hesitations about her. However, this could be a springboard because there is no better indoor player on the WTA Tour than Kvitova. She gets indoors, she usually goes deep. Kvitova is 7/2 favourite at online bookmaker Bet365.
France’s very own Marion Bartoli should be one of the front runners this week. The bubbly and bouncing Frenchwoman made it to the final last year, but couldn’t get the better of Angelique Kerber in three sets. Some decent early form from Bartoli who went to the quarterfinals of Shenzhen before losing in the round of 32 at the Australian Open against giant killer Ekaterina Makarova. Her run to the Paris final last year here came on the back of a semifinal appearance the season before. So is she going to go all of the way this year? Would run into Kvitova in the semi finals though.
The hit and miss performances of Germany’s Julia Goerges have shown up again in the early season. She fought her way to the round of sixteen at the Australian Open before bowing out to losing finalist Na Li. The big hitting Goerges didn’t find her feet in her two build up tournaments, so maybe again it is a momentum thing for her. She reached the quarter finals here last season and with the poor form of Kvitova, being in the same quarter as the Czech, there’s a good chance for Georges to produce this week.
Italy’s Sara Errani goes as top seed this week but the odds on her may be a bit flattering. Bombed in the first round at the 2013 Australian Open, but there’s the advantage for the diminutive Italian (a clay court specialist) who is in the other half of the draw from Kvitova. But also in the other half is Klara Zakopalova who is in much better form. The Czech, ranked 24th in the world reached the final of Shenzhen at the start of the season, beating Marion Bartoli along the way and there could be good value in taking her for a decent run. She was a semi finalist here last season.
Dominika Cibulkova looks as if she will be a big challenger too. The small, yet mightily powerful Slovenian found great form at Sydney, prior to the Australian Open. She powered her way to the final, beating Kvitova, Errani and Kerber along the way. She was destroyed 6-0 6-0 in the final by Agnieszka Radwanska though, and failed to carry that form through to the Australian Open. Rested and fit, she could go well.
Best Outside Bet
Germany’s Mona Barthel. Still knocking on the door of the big times, but so much potential. Great early season form in Auckland and Sydney. Lost in the first round of Melbourne Park though, so well rested. In the tougher half along with Kvitova, but that’s what she is, an outside bet at 20/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.
Latest WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Petra Kvitova 7/2, Marion Bartoli 9/2, Dominika Cibulkova 7/1, Sara Errani 7/1, Lucie Safarova 9/1, Klara Zakopalova 12/1, Mona Barthel 20/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 20/1, Roberta Vinci 20/1, Julia Goerges 25/1
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