You don’t see this often outside of the Grand Slams, but the WTA Rogers Cup (aka The Canadian Open) has a full complement of the world’s top twenty women competing from the start. The opening round proved to be too tough for a handful of seeds who crashed out. Tenth seed Sam Stosur was the only seed to battle through her first round match (the top eight seeds has byes) while we lost 9th seed Marion Bartoli, 12th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (one of our favourite dark horses in WTA tennis betting) crashed out after being a set to the good. There was also a poor return to the game for Jelena Jankovic, who has just not gotten back to her best after an injury, and in her first outing since Wimbledon, the fifteenth seed was ousted from the tournament by Germany’s Julia Goerges who has been struggling for form herself. So this is a big, prestigious tournament, and with the US Open on the horizon, this is an important tournament for the players. Here is the 2011 WTA Rogers Cup tennis betting guide to the action from Canada.
Caroline Wozniacki 12/1 at BetFred
The usual hype about the world number one will be in effect. This will be an important tournament for her to build up some confidence ahead of the next Grand Slam, the US Open at the end of the month. She has failed again in all three Majors so far this year, so really needs to redeem herself. She looks much more relaxed, and therefore a bigger threat at tournaments like this, even though it is essentially a mini Grand Slam. She is the most successful player on the WTA this season, so always worth backing. She is also appearing for the first time following a shoulder injury. Has to go well here and has the tenacity to prove herself. Like Wozniacki’s draw much more than any of the other seeds, don’t see anyone really stopping her on the path to the quarter finals at least.
Kim Cljsters 12/1 at Victor chandler
Never expected too much of her at Wimbledon, and she did not deliver there. Has been a bad year for the defending US Open champion because of injuries. If she had been enjoying a regular season, injury free we would be jumping all over her and backing her outright in Rogers Cup WTA tennis betting. But she has to build up match sharpness, and although she is arguably the most accomplished player on the Tour, don’t fancy her chances in such a strong field at the moment. Needs comeback time. The draw for Clijsters is pretty challenging but not insurmountable. She could face the likes of Julia Goerges and Serena Williams in the third round, and perhaps Francesca Schiavone in the quarter finals. She would then likely have to squeeze past Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka. Too much on her plate at the moment.
Vera Zvonareva 12/1 at Victor Chandler
3rd Seed. Looks as if she may be coming back into the kind of form which could see her challenge for titles. We have been waiting for a long time to see the best of her again. Not sure if she is back to her very best to be able to fight her way through this. Definitely in a better frame of mind and match sharpness than she has been. A decent outside bet, but nothing more at the moment. The draw is not too bad for her to be honest, but the big battle in the quarter final against Petra Kvitova is likely to be the defining match. Would take her opponent at the moment.
Victoria Azarenka 10/1 at Boylesports
4th Seed. Still admire the strengths of the Victoria Azarenka, one of our favourites here. She has shown a lot more consistency in being able to deliver her true potential, but that inconsistency is still something which plagues here. A bet on Azarenka really is never a bad thing, because she can deliver against the very best. Will need to because she will very likely meet Maria Sharapova in the quarter finals. They are the two heavyweights left in the third quarter of the draw, and therefore, picking one of these two to go all the way does represent a lot of value.
Maria Sharapova 8/1 at Stan James
5th seed. Probably the most consistent and the most powerful player on the WTA all year and has to be well and truly in the frame for your 2011 Rogers Cup tennis betting. Her serve is just wonderful, and her bravery off the serve (not being afraid to attack with second serves) but her deceptive power is a joy to watch. Can be vulnerable if her serve isn’t working, but very hard to rattle and she is extremely hard to finish off once she is behind. Definitely worth a punt, and in the same boat as Azarenka, put perhaps just has the edge over the Belarusian.
Petra Kvitova 8/1 at Victor Chandler
8th Seed. The Wimbledon Champion can’t be overlooked and is a reason why WTA Tennis is so open compared to the men’s tournaments. Is growing in stature all the time and the left hander is rapidly becoming the best all round player on the WTA. Still needs more experience, and to iron out some inconsistencies but still, she has really risen from a crowded pack of young players who have massive potential, and she is blossoming early. Will likely have to tough her way past new top ten player Andrea Petkovic and Vera Zvonaerva is also a threat in her quarter of the draw. If the Wimbledon Kvitova turns up, none of them will stop her.
Serena Williams 3/1 at Stan James
She won her first WTA title in Stanford a week or so ago. That was just her third tournament back after almost 12 months away from the game. She is going to get better and better the more matches she gets under her belt. Kim Clijsters is on her early radar. Tough to call that one, but if she prevails the draw will open up for her. Will be a big threat.
2011 WTA Tennis betting TIP Rogers Cup
Really like the odds that Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are trading at. With them going head to head in the third quarter, big potential for either of them here, so worth picking one of them. Sharapova is likely the stronger, but it is splitting hairs.
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