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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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Very interesting WTA tennis betting starting on Monday, July 25th, with the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford USA. Four of the world’s top ten women are in action, including Maria Sharapova, as she starts her preparations for next month’s US Open. Along with Victoria Azarenka, two of the best players on the WTA over the past three or four months, the duo will start as favourites to duke it out. Starting as first and second seeds for the event (with Azarenka first seed), the two big hitters will be kept separate until the final. Right from the off that will be the expected final at Stanford in your WTA Bank of the West Classic this week. They are the class acts in the field and with them trading pretty evenly across the board at bookies, you can swing either way. So let’s take a look at the draw to start with. As top seed, Victoria Azarenka, the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic, who keeps knocking on the door of Major success, has a very comfortable looking quarter of the draw. The top seed she can meet is young rising star Dominika Cibulkova at the quarter final stage. Really do not see any kind of an upset happening here if Azarenka is on top of her game. As for her half of the draw, well Marion Bartoli, who has been enjoying a successful couple of months and Ana Ivanovic are in the mix from the second quarter. It really should be one of those two who would come through and meet Azarenka in the semi finals. If you have to pick a preference there, then it would be France’s Bartoli, who has carried some pretty good form of late. So Azarenka, ranked 4th in the world, dominates the top half of the draw.
In the bottom half, world number five Maria Sharapova, losing finalist at Wimbledon, starts as second seed for the Bank of the West Classic. Now, right from the off, the fourth quarter of the draw, which Sharapova is in, is way tougher than anything Azarenka will have to face. In fact, the bottom half of the draw is much more competitive as a whole than the top. Sharapova, who has played some incredible tennis this year, powering her way through tournaments, could meet Daniel Hantuchova in the second round, Serena Williams in the quarter finals, and then Sam Stosur in the semi’s. So definitely not an easy path for her. However, Sharapova is still worth a bet here, because no-one else has really been able to match her consistency and power for the best part of the season, and she really has to be considered. Looking at the draw, you would fancy Azarenka just a little bit more, as she has a safer passage to the final. But Sharapova can beat the best, and while there are tough competitors in her half of the draw, she is fully capable of beating all of them at the moment. As for Serena Williams, well she is still looking for match sharpness and fitness, and therefore remains vulnerable. The young German Julia Goerges, who has come on leaps and bounds this year, will probably be the biggest danger in Sharapova’s quarter. While Sam Stosur (who has been in the semi finals in the last two running’s of this tournament) and Agnieszka Radwanska are the seeded players in the third quarter of the draw, watch out for Sabine Lisicki, who is really starting to fulfil her potential after a long injury.
WTA Bank of the West Tennis Betting Odds
Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at SkyBet
Maria Sharapova: 4/1 at Victor Chandler
Serena Williams: 4/1 at Bet365
Marion Bartoli: 9/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 10/1 at Victor Chandler
Sam Stosur: 10/1 at Boylesports
Agnieszka Radwanska: 22/1 at Victor Chandler
Julia Goerges: 33/1 at Victor Chandler
WTA Bank of the West Classic betting tip: Well, we are going to stick with one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka here. The draw has been kind from her. From the other half of the draw, we are going to go Marion Bartoli, who keeps doing things right at the moment, but always flies under the radar. Bartoli also won this tournament back in 2009.
Maria Sharapova is trading as joint favourite for 2011 Wimbledon betting at the moment, and at a best price of 9/2 with Boylesports, she represents some good value. For starters, this is a tournament which she has won before, and that experience could prove vital. She went close in the French Open a couple of weeks ago, the only Grand Slam which she has never won. She has been pushing hard this since Indian Wells in March, when her season really got under way. She reached the semi finals there before reaching the final in Miami in her next tournament. She finally struck gold in Rome when she beat Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur on her way to the title there on clay. She had a great run at the French Open, and realistically the title was hers for the taking after the higher seeds tumbled. However, she just could not find a way to deal with eventual winner Na Li in the semi finals, which was a bit of a surprise to many. But one thing which Maria Sharapova will carry into Wimbledon 2011 is form and she is in the best form which she has been for a long time. That will make her a threat as her seeding will ensure her safe passage through to the quarter finals without meeting a seeded player. Maria Sharapova will start as joint favourite and therefore she is perceived as a big threat. The other women on the tour won’t want to particularly meet her at the moment.
Sharapova has not won a Grand Slam since 2008, but her hard work over the last two years has fired her up the rankings to sixth in the world. She has certainly gained a lot of momentum in her game over the last twelve months or so after falling in anonymity. The change in coach looks to have done wonders for her, and it is easy to forget how much she has accomplished in her career and she is only still 24 years old. He was meant to turn up at the AEGON International at Eastbourne, where a host of top seeds stepped out on grass in preparation. The Russian withdrew there because of illness, but should be fit and raring to go for Wimbledon. This will be the eighth appearance for Sharapova at Wimbledon, and she has valuable experience there. She has attracted a lot of betting action ahead of Wimbledon, even though it has been seven years since she won there as a 17 year old. If you are thinking of betting on Sharapova at Wimbledon 2011, then it is good to look at her grass court game, which is very good. The players don’t get a lot of time on grass, throughout the course of the year, but Sharapova has a game to match the surface. She is way more powerful than she looks, and keeping the ball low and flat over the net will work to her favour. She is moving very well at the moment, anticipating well, and while most of the top ten players in the world cannot boast having a Grand Slam to their name, Sharapova has three. She is on top of her game at the moment, but still looking to get better, so she could make a great run at the Wimbledon 2011 title here and worth looking at in tennis betting.
Maria Sharapova Wimbledon 2011 betting is pretty good value right now. Another major aspect of Sharapova’s game is her doggedness. There is no better player in the WTA when her back is a against the wall. She will grind out points down to the very last drop of sweat in her to get something out of it. Her defence is usually pretty solid, and likes punching from the baseline with weighty shots that somehow belie her small frame. But if things are tight in matches, if things are going down to the wire under high pressure, then Sharapova is usually the one to turn to. Yes, there are the added factors of both Williams sisters bringing something else to the draw, but Sharapova is a winner, a champion and will be hungry to get back to Centre Court on the final Saturday. She should be well rested after pulling out of Birmingham. This will be a great test to see if she really is back on top of her game, as she hasn’t made it past the fourth round in her last four attempts at the All England Club. That hasn’t stopped punters backing her, and bookies installing her as favourite to take the title. She is arguably playing the best tennis since she returned to the game after her shoulder injury a couple of years ago. Worth a punt at the moment as a favourite, with joint favourite Serena Williams working her way back into the game. Along with the two Williams sisters, Sharapova is the only other Wimbledon Champion in the field this year, and that really has to count for a lot.
2011 Wimbledon Women's Draw
Tournament favourite Maria Sharapova has a fascinating draw ahead. The Russian starts off fellow country woman Anna Chakvetadze in the first round, and Britain’s Laura Robson could be a second round opponent for Sharapova. The first seed that Sharapova can meet is Lucie Safarova (31st seed) who is in pretty good form at the moment. Potential fourth round opponent for Sharapova is likely to be Samantha Stour (5th seed). Things get really interesting then for Maria Sharapova and her quest to win her second Wimbledon title, as the 2011 Women’s Draw has landed her in a tough half. Sharapova could well meet world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter finals (or French Open Champion Na Li). A match against Wozniacki would almost feel like a final at that point, with the world number one facing the tournament favourite. Should Sharapova bet the one to deny Wozniacki her first Grand Slam there, there could be an equally tough clash against Serena Williams in the semi finals. Those two are just two of three women in the entire field who have won at Wimbledon before (the other being Venus Williams). So there is an incredible top half of the draw coming for the fortnight as momentum will build towards major clashes. From the other half of the draw, potential finalists could be five times winner Venus Williams, second seed Vera Zvonareva, the red hot Victoria Azarenka, or top outside bet Petra Kvitova. Should be a big two weeks ahead in the 2011 Wimbledon Draw at the All England Club.
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Women’s Wimbledon 2011 Outright Winner Tennis Betting
Maria Sharapova: 9/2 at Boylesports
Serena Williams: 5/1 at Unibet
Na Li: 8/1 at Totesport
Venus Williams: 17/2 at Victor Chandler
Petra Kvitova: 10/1 at Blue Square
Caroline Wozniacki: 12/1 at SkyBet
Vera Zvonareva: 20/1 at Victor Chandler
Samantha Stosur: 28/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 33/1 at Totesport
Daniela Hantuchova: 40/1 at 888Sport