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Petra Kvitova

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.

Other Contenders
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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28th January 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Ana Ivanovic (Ser)

WTA Moscow Tennis Betting Info
This is the final week before the WTA Championships so we are not going to see an array of the word’s best out. But there is a strongly competitive field nonetheless out in Moscow this week as players look to finish the season on a high. This is the Kremlin Cup and there are three former Grand Slam champions in the field, the defending champion and two former world number one’s. So there is plenty of good action to look forward too from Russia.

WTA Moscow Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova went through a right battle to secure the first singles title of her career last season in Moscow. That was against Kaia Kanepi in the final and will defend a title for the first time in her career. So it will be about how well she handles that pressure. She has had some great moments this season, taking her second career title with a win in Carlsbad and finished as Runner Up in Barcelona. Cibulkova needs momentum behind her but she has gone off the boil a bit lately. She also had to retire from Beijing a couple of weeks ago in the first round because of injury. That makes her a bit of hit and miss to back solidly unfortunately. Cibulkova is trading at 33/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

WTA Moscow Tennis Betting Favourite
French star Marion Bartoli is trading as favourite in the field for the Kremlin Cup. Bartoli is an alternate for the WTA Championship field and she is in good form making a run to the semi finals of Beijing recently. She was stopped there by Victoria Azarenka, which happens to most people against the Belarusian. Bartoli goes as number two seed this week and just her sheer work ethic alone could propel her forward. She needs a strong end to the season because she has had fitness problems during 2012, just when it looked like she would really break into the top ranks. Bartoli is trading as 11/4 favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor but is in a tough quarter with Caroline Wozniacki and Cibulkova.

Other Contenders
Nadia Petrova all the way here to start things off with. The Russian will have the home support and won recently in Tokyo. That win, a big score over world number three Agnieszka Radwanska in the final seemed to take it out of her though as she lost her first match at Beijing the following week. The Russian rested up last week so really should make a strong charge here. Looks a very good option.

Australia’s Sam Stosur, who like Bartoli is an alternative to the Istanbul field next week went to the semi finals of the Japan Open last week and was expected to push for the title. However, she was unravelled in a three set loss against Chang Kai-Chen which was a big upset. That is the issue with Stosur, she is either hot orcold and very rarely is there any in-between with her. The disappointment of last week should spur her on, but it could also knock her confidence which could equally set her back. Unpredictable but till one of the stronger options in the field though.

Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one has found some momentum and a winning formula finally. She picked up her first title of the year when she beat Kaia Kanepi in the final of Seoul recently. She backed that up with a run to the quarter finals of Tokyo, but again her inconsistencies plagued her in Beijing where she only made it to the round of 16 where she was beaten by Angelique Kerber. That suggests a downward turn in form for Wozniacki and she is in the most competitive half of the field.

Best Outside Bet
Very interested by Ana Ivanovic this week.
She had a surprising run to the quarter finals of the US Open this season and the former world number one hit the quarter finals of Linz last week. Surprisingly she was brushed aside very easily by Kristen Flipkens which was totally unexpected. What is in her favour though, going as number four seed this week, Ivanovic has the easiest quarter of the lot, which is stuffed with qualifiers. So she could use that to her advantage Ivanovic is trading at 12/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Latest WTA Moscow Tennis Betting Betting Prices
Marion Bartoli 11/4, Nadia Petrova 7/2, Sam Stosur 4/1, Caroline Wozniacki 5/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1, Maria Kirilenko 22/1, Ekaterina Makarova 25/1, Francesca Schiavone 28/1, Lucie Safarova 25/1, Dominika Cibulkova 33/1

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15th October 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

Marion Bartoli

WTA Carlsbad Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Betting Info
The action is split this week between the Emirates Airline US Open Series and players staying in Europe on clay ahead of the Olympic Games. There is a good field out in Carlsbad, California for this one, including some of the top performers from last week, who will be hoping to carry over momentum. These are big preparation for the Olympic Games, with the hard court surface being easier to switch back to grass at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks for the players. This is all about momentum now for your tennis betting and getting a good look at players who could cause an upset at London 2012.

WTA Carlsbad Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Agnieszka Radwanska took the title here last year, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final. That was the first WTA Tour title for the Polish star for three years, and how she has propelled herself forward since then. Radwanska, who was the defeated Wimbledon finalist against Serena Williams, is not back in California this week to defend her title though, as she is resting up and fine tuning for a run at at an Olympic medal.

WTA Carlsbad Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Betting Favourite
With Radwanska not back in attendance, it has left the field open for Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to be installed as outright betting favourite. Bartoli goes as top seed in California. Bartoli went to the quarter finals in Stanford last week, a better performance from her in a quiet year. She hasn’t hit the heights of 2011 yet, not helped out by injury and fitness problems, but the gutsy French star can produce. Not been at her best for a good three or four months, but it would only take one strong tournament run for her to get her confidence back. After crashing out in the second round of Wimbledon, she needs a bit of a fillip. Bartoli is trading as 3/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Dominika Cibulkova also went to the quarter finals of Stanford last week, so in decent form. We always seem to just be waiting for the Slovakian to break out and really start landing titles with her incredible potential. She was trucking along with very solid four quarter finals in four tournaments before she hit Wimbledon and then it all fell apart in the first round against Klara Zakopalova. But she got herself back on track in Rhode Island last week, and she looks a pretty strong bet here. She is carrying more form than Marion Bartoli at the moment, and her all round game could get her pretty close to the title this week.

Nadia Petrova will be looking back at the history of Carlsbad and will see that three of the last four titles have been won by Russians. That could put the ball in her court, and with a title win just last month out in S’Herteogenbosch, Netherlands (where she beat Dominika Cibulkova along the way), should put her in pretty good stead. This is a field in which she can make a big impact and should be pretty evenly matched up against the likes of Bartoli and Cibulkova, so the Russian has every chance here.

Belgian Yanina Wickmayer made a solid impression at Stanford last week, before succumbing to the inspired Coco Vandeweghe. That means that Wickmayer has now leap-frogged the great Kim Clijsters as the top ranked Belgian in the world. Wickmayer can grind out results and she had a really strong start to 2012 before fading away. There have just been a couple of signs that she is getting back on top of her game, and should be a decent shot for the quarter finals at the very least this week in California.

Other names in the field include former world number one Jelena Jankovic, who has now lost four straight matches after crashing out of Stanford last week. There is the class of Daniela Hantuchova in the mix as well, and we haven’t seen much of her lately, but always brings a competitive game. There is also American Coco Vandeweghe who impressed so much in Stanford last week. Coco downed Jelena Jankovic and Yanina Wickmayer last week in Stanford, losing out to Serena Williams in the final. It was the first time since 2005 that a lucky loser had made it all the way to the final of a WTA event. So kudos to her and she will be looking to ride her big wave of form. What helped her last week was getting off to a strong start and then running hot.

Best Outside Bet
Young Romanian Sorana Cirstea is our favourite outside bet for the week though. Bags of potential and she hasn’t hit her career peak yet. Faded a little after a solid start to the new season, but responded very well with form at Stanford last week where she made it to the semi finals. That could have been a big step forward for her. Cirstea is trading at 16/1 with online bookmaker Bet Victor.

Latest WTA Carlsbad Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Betting Prices
Marion Bartoli 3/1, Dominika Cibulkova 6/1, Nadia Petrova 6/1, Yanina Wickmayer 7/1, Jelena Jankovic 8/1, Christina McHale 10/1, Sorana Cirstea 16/1, Chanelle Scheepers 20/1, Daniela Hantuchova 20/1, Coco Vandeweghe 25/1

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16th 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

Tenis - Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Info
With less than a week to go before the French Open, there are a couple of WTA event this week, but not a lot of the major players are out. This is good news largely, because it narrows down your tennis betting options in more limited fields. Out of Brussels and Strasbourg this week, the Brussels line up is for more interesting and there is actually a really nice competitive balance to it. There are just two top ten players in attendance, Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli, but we should still be in for some great tennis.

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
The Brussels defending champion is actually Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Peng Shaui in the final. However, the Dane is not back for the defence of her title, instead she is away fine tuning her preparations for Roland Garros. So we have no defending champion this week.

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska tops the bill in Brussels, which is naturally a clay court even just ahead of the French Open. This is a Premier Level event and she will be using this event as a confidence booster, because it all went wrong in Rome last week where she crashed out in the second round to Petra Cetkovska. That was a major blip on her record because Radwanska has been fantastic this season and is rightly the favourite in Belgium. Radwanska has two titles to her name this season, beating Maria Sharapova in the final of Miami in March, and taking out Julia Goerges in the final of Dubai. However, she has been knocked out of six tournaments by world number one Victoria Azarenka at either the quarter or semi final this season. Vika stopped her most recently in the semi finals of Stuttgart and Madrid, and the Pole will be happy that Azarenka isn’t around. She is the top player in the field and has been in terrific form throughout 2012. She may be happy that she got that anomaly out of her system last week, just allay any fears about complacency ahead of the Grand Slam. Great player, great athlete and the world number three is a good shot as favourite in Brussels. Radwanska is 6/4 favourite at Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli is in the field and like Radwanska suffered a shock exit in the second round in Rome last week. Bartoli hasn’t quite gotten back to her very best this season after injury niggles, which is a shame because it is at tournaments like this where she should be charging hard. On top of her game, she is good enough for a Grand Slam, but just is not in her rhythm at the moment. This is likely to be nothing more than a confidence tournament for her, because she needs it.

So it may be worth skipping over Bartoli, who is trading as second favourite and look at Kaia Kanepi. The young Estonian started off the season with a bang, destroying the field in Brisbane with some of the best tennis we have seen on the WTA this year. She was away for a while after the Australian Open recovering from injury and is just warming up nicely again. She reached the quarter final of Copenhagen, before charging through to take the title in Estoril. Kanepi fell flat in Madrid at the beginning of May, and this is the first time we have seen her since then. So she should be coming out fresh and sharp, and has the game to take down the field here if her concentration is in the right place.

Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova is a rising star on the circuit with bags and bags of potential. She is still a bit hit and miss with her consistency though. We saw her in fine form in Barcelona, losing out in the final to Sara Errani, and after disappointing efforts in Stuttgart and Madrid, she bounced back in Rome where she made the quarter finals (albeit thanks to a walkover in the third round against Victoria Azarenka. Cibulkova is probably going to hit the next level sooner rather than later, just needs as much tennis as she can get. Like her fit for Brussels this week.

Best Outside Bet
We are going to plump for Romania’s Simona Halep. She exited Madrid and Rome after running into Venus Williams in the first rounds, but has had some good runs this season, like a quarter final in Barcelona and a semi final in Fes recently. Just into her twenties, there is still time for her to really make a big name for herself. She was one of the hottest young prospects around the ITF circuit and needs to mature in the WTA. There are promising signs of that and could be worth a look here.

Latest ATP Brussels Open Tennis Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Agnieszka Radwanska 6/4, Marion Bartoli 5/1, Kaia Kanepi 13/2, Dominika Cibulkova 9/1, Nadia Petrova 12/1, Simon Halep 20/1, Yanina Wickmayer 18/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 33/1

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

Serena Williams (USA)

WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Info
Another Premier level WTA event on the cards for this week and next, as the best in the world head to Miami, Florida for the next chapter of the season. Victoria Azarenka kept her unbeaten start to 2012 going with yet another win, taking the Indian Wells title over Maria Sharapova on the weekend. She will be favourite to win in Miami, but the field takes on a bit of a different complex here than last week. That is because there are some comeback stories to pay attention to, as Kim Clijsters and both Serena and Venus Williams step back into action, baking WTA Sony Ericsson Open Tennis betting a real treat for punters and fans alike.

WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Victoria Azarenka, if she needed any more backing up as favourite, is also the defending champion in Miami, winner her second career title there last year. Azarenka has rattled off the best start to a WTA season for fifteen years now, as she stands at 23-0 after lifting the title in Indian Wells. Has a comfortably looking quarter of the draw ahead of her, with Mario Bartoli being a probable quarter final opponent. You can look at the draw for potential semi final opponents, such as Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Agnieszka Radwanska and would just back Vika against all of them at the moment. That is how powerful and commanding she is at the moment. She almost stumbled early on at Indian Wells, but after rescuing a dire situation, simply got better and better. She has more chance of going out complacently in the early rounds than another top ten seed taking her out.

WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Belarusian Azarenka also takes the title of ATP Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting favourite as well, trading at 13/8 favourite with Bet365. She is the star of the game at the moment, fully deserving of her world number one status and the one to beat at the moment. This draw is going to be harder, with some of the top class names coming back in, but they all have to try and catch up to Azarenka. Yes, her winning streak will end at some point. If she pulls another Miami win off here, the third of her career, then we could be in for a Djokovic like season from Vika.

Other Contenders
A top quality field, with Serena Williams trading as second favourite at 5/1 with Bet Victor. We haven’t seen Williams since the Australian Open, but she has a fantastic record in Miami, having won the title five times. She is coming in cold, last playing competitively at the Fed Cup back at the start of February, ironically against Belarus (Azarenka didn’t play). So, a last sixteen exit at the Australian Open didn’t point to great thing, so you just don’t know. She has the power, has the class. Does she have the fitness and match sharpness?

Petra Kvitova comes back into action again as she looks to find her way back from illness. Didn’t get too far as expected at Indian Wells last week, and she could play Venus Williams in the second round here. Because of lack of competitive matches, compared to the likes of Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, hard to back her with confidence. We know she has game, whether she is on top of it at the moment is a different thing.

Maria Sharapova, losing finalist to Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells, just as she was at the Australian Open, will be a stronger option really than either Williams or Kvitova. She is in decent form, performing well, and would have big titles under her belt this season were it not for Azarenka. Comfortable draw, nothing really to worry about ahead until the semi finals where the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams could be lurking. If she got back to the final to face Azarenka, she has taken a set off the Belarusian in five straight defeats now. Still, if Azarenka goes, Sharapova is the strongest bet behind her. Sharapova has been losing finalist three times in Miami, including last year against Azarenka, who she must be sick of. Like Serena Williams and Kvitova, Kim Clijsters is back after injury problems as well. She is class personified, but lack of match sharpness is hard to over look, especially in humid Florida.

Caroline Wozniacki sounds confident and is happily working on her game, but she doesn’t have the big presence, the big threat any more at the moment. We need to see 20% more from her than we have for a while now for her to take a title. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is up there alongside Sharapova and Azarenka as this season’s best performers. Like Sharapova, she has been thwarted by Vika this season too often (three semi finals and one quarter final). Enjoy her game a lot, vastly improved and a very dangerous, in form floater on top of her game.

Best Outside Bet
We keep pumping for France’s Marion Bartoli, because she is an awesome performer and we just want to see her grab one of these big titles. Came up a little short at Indian Wells in the quarter finals, but enough to build on to have a good run. There were a lot of good performers last week, like Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber but this is a tougher tournament, so would avoid dipping too far down the seedings.

Latest WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Prices
Victoria Azarenka: 13/8 at Bet365
Serena Williams: 5/1 at Bet Victor
Petra Kvitova: 11/2 at Bet365
Maria Sharapova: 8/1 at Bet Victor
Kim Clijsters: 14/1 at Paddy Power
Caroline Wozniacki: 22/1 at Bet365
Na Li: 25/1 at Paddy Power
Sam Stosur: 28/1 at Stan James
Marion Bartoli: 33/1 at Bet Victor

Online Bookmaker Promotion
Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.

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

Sports Betting

WTA Paris Tennis Betting Info
Paris is the host of the Open GDF Suez tournament, and this year sees the 20th edition of the very popular event. This is a Premier Level event and therefore there is a strong crop of the world’s best players in contention, looking to pick up points for the world rankings and the Tour Championships. There are three players from the current top ten in the world rankings, with Russian queen Maria Sharapova stepping back into action for the first time since her loss in the final of the Australian Open to Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova was pencilled in to play here last season, but she withdrew before the start of the event. Granted the field is not as strong as it was last year, because the likes of Kim Clijsters (who had just won the Australian Open) and Petra Kvitova are not there. However, because of the three players from the top ten, and whole bunch more from the top 25 in the world, it is going to be a competitive field, and it gives us a great chance to  look at some of the youngsters, the rising stars of the game as well. Sadly there is going to be no scheduled appearances from Sabine Lisicki or Kaia Kanepi, which would have made things very interesting. But still, a good competitive line up, which should serve up a good tennis betting treat for the week.

WTA Paris Defending Champion
This time last year, the pretty much unknown force that was Petra Kvitova was picking up the biggest WTA Tour title of her career. This was the third title of the young Czech’s career, and how she blossomed from there. She beat out Kim Clijsters in last year’s final to take the WTA Paris title and surprised a lot of people in WTA Paris tennis betting back then. She is not back to defend her title this time around. Defeated finalist Kim Clijsters isn’t back either. Remember Amelie Mauresmo? Well, the retired star of French tennis is still the tournament record holder with three titles.

WTA Paris Betting Favourite
Little doubt as to who goes as favourite in WTA Paris tennis betting this week, and that is the highest ranked player in the field, and the top seed, Maria Sharapova. She was in fantastic form at Melbourne Park and will be expected to carry that through here. Although she lost and was totally overpowered in the final of the Australian Open, she is still pretty much a class above the rest in the Paris field here, she has the power and tenacity to make an impact here. Trading at 11/8 with Bet365, it is the Russian tennis queen who is pretty much dominating the betting markets for this one. As mentioned, she missed out on her chance here last season, but she won her Fed Cup week 1 match for her country on the weekend comfortably, which will have been a nice warm up. As for Sharapova’s draw, nothing to worry about and genuinely shouldn’t be tested until the semi finals where she could face fourth seed Jelena Jankovic. There is the hovering presence of Lucie Safarova in Sharapova’s quarter. Why is that notable? The only player in the current field taking to the courts in Paris (one of two stops on the regular Tour in the French Capital) to have been in the final of the event before is Czech leftie Lucie Safarova who is actually a double finalists here.

Other Contenders
Well you have to pay attention to the only other two players from the top ten in the field for WTA Paris betting. Chinese star Na Li is generally pretty strong at the start of the year, and this is her first time out since that crushing defeat against an injured Kim Clijsters from such a strong winning position at the Australian Open. This will be a test of her mentality. Fantastic hitter of the ball, powerful and flat, yes she is a Grand Slam winner, however she does tend to trip up against lower opposition in situations like this. So the world number nine is a decent shout, but perhaps not the strongest. Another factor here is looking at players on home turf and therefore Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli has to be considered for your tennis betting. Bartoli, the world number nine, did have a bit of a disappointing Australian Open, but she is powerful at tournaments like this and pretty reliable. Bubbly, bouncy, energetic and gutsy all rolled into one. A joy to watch (and exhausting to watch as she never keeps still), Bartoli, who could meet Na Li in the semi’s maybe just the better value. This is the first time she has ever been inside the top eight players in the world rankings too, following the Australian Open, so she is bound to be confident. Those are definitely the strongest players in the pack. Are there any good outsiders to take a look at? Would consider an outside look at Lucie Safarova for tournament history sake, and while it is still a little early in the season to really gauge form, Jelena Jankovic may be worth an outside bet. Capable of beating the best, and has been alright this season.

Latest WTA Paris Tennis Betting Prices
Maria Sharapova: 11/8 at Bet365
Na Li: 4/1 at Stan James
Marion Bartoli: 6/1 at Paddy Power
Jelena Jankovic: 20/1 at Bet Victor
Julia Goerges: 20/1 at Stan James
Lucie Safarova: 25/1 at Bet Victor

Online Bookmaker Promotion
Online bookie Victor Chandler run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.

6th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Petra Kvitova

Could this be the week when Caroline Wozniacki’s place at the top of the World Rankings slips away from her? It is a star studded line up in Sydney this week, the final event ahead of the Australian Open Grand Slam, and nine of the World’s Top Ten women are in action and vying for the title. The only name missing from the top ten is Kim Clijsters, who pulled out of Brisbane last week with a hip injury and is recovering for the defence of her Grand Slam title. But if Petra Kvitova pops up and wins in Sydney, then the Czech star will be crowed the new world number one. So a big moment here for Wozniacki and for the first time this season we will see what she has in the tank. This is an incredible line up and this tournament needs to be paid attention to ahead of the Australian Open Grand Slam betting. There should be some good indicators from this one and the stars will be wanting to find form and confidence ahead of Melbourne. But the race for the World Number One is the big headline story here and with the increasing force that Petra Kvitova was showing last year, then this could be a big battle throughout the season. It is not only the great crop of seeded players in the draw here for WTA Sydney tennis betting, but it is the strong crop of unseeded players like Andrea Petkovic who have to be watched out for as well. Both Kvitova and Wozniacki have byes through to the second round of the tournament. Here is a WTA Sydney tennis betting guide to the top action to come from next week.

Petra Kvitova: 9/4 at Totesport
With five titles under her belt last season, including her first career Grand Slam at Wimbledon and the end of season WTA Tour Finals titles, Kvitova could be the one to catch this season. She is the most complete all round player, but can be beaten when her head is not totally in the game. However, that said, has the potential to be a multiple Grand Slam winner in her career, and can’t deny her chance at being world number one. Has tremendous forehand ground strokes and backs up well behind a great serve. Simply on the back of the great form she came back into at the end of last season, she is favourite here. Well worth a punt, and has an easier run at the final than Wozniacki. Kvitova will be faced with Sam Stosur, Na Li and Vera Zvonareva in her half of the draw. She can take all of them.

Victoria Azarenka: 11/2 at Ladbrokes
As exciting and as important this year is going to be for Petra Kvitova, it is arguably going to be next season for Belarusian Victoria Azarenka as well. Azarenka is still waiting her breakthrough Grand Slam title, but took big steps of development forward last season. She has always had the potential to go on and win a lot in the women’s game, she is quick and powerful but unpredictable at the worst times of tournaments. She had fantastic form in the latter half of last season, and the biggest factor to take from all of that, was her much improved consistency, usually her biggest weakness. Last year was definitely a year of maturity for Azarenka’s game after a slow start, and hopefully, as one of our favourites here, she will push on. Will always be a threat to the very best. Is in Wozniacki’s half of the draw, and would most likely be the semi final line up in the top half. Would back Azarenka over Wozniacki at the moment.

Caroline Wozniacki: 8/1 at Bet365
Well all eyes will be on Wozniacki in WTA Sydney tennis betting, because her slump in form over the last quarter or so of 2011, and failure to make an impact in the Grand Slams as world number one, people are not quite as expectant of her. However, she cannot be dismissed, because she was still one of the leading title takers on the WTA Tour last year, and that is because she barely rests. She needs to manage her tournament selection better but we can be expected to come out to a strong start. She has to come out and prove to herself as much as she has to her critics that she is has not only been at the top of the world because of argued lower standards in the world games in the last two years up until now. A big season of confidence building ahead for Wozniacki. Not as strong as Kvitova or Azarenka at the moment, but the undeniable talent of anticipation and defence is all there. Needs to develop a big attacking killer shot, other than that only confidence is lacking.

Na Li: 16/1 at BetFred
The Chinese star, and French Open winner from last season, is the defending Champion in WTA Sydney tennis betting. Li beat out Kim Clijsters in last year’s final, which sparked a great run at the Australian Open for both of them, as they met there as well, with Clijsters coming out on top. Na Li has great footwork and hits the ball extremely flat with power, but is great when she steps in off the baseline to attack the net. Had a fantastic year of highs last year, but there were so many disappointing tournament exits from her in between all that, that you just never know with her. Has the scrapping ability to hang around with the best, but has the tendency to slip up against lower opposition. Still, tournament history is always worth looking at for your tennis betting on the Apia International in Sydney, and Na Li obviously has that.

The Field: A good crop of players in the chasing pack, and we’ll get a look at the likes of Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva. There is a deep field for WTA Sydney tennis betting, but would take a very good look at 8th seed Frenchwoman Bartoli who could well spring a surprise with her energy.

Samantha Stosur: 14/1 at Bet365
Vera Zvonareva: 14/1 at Totesport
Marion Bartoli: 20/1 at Paddy Power
Andrea Petkovic: 25/1 at Paddy Power
Svetlana Kuznetsova: 28/1 at Ladbrokes
Jelena Jankovic: 33/1 at Bet365
Flavia Pennetta: 40/1 at Paddy Power

Online bookmaker Victor Chandler have a great WTA Tennis betting promotion running, one which carries on throughout the season. Back any player to win a match in the main draw of any WTA event, and if your selection loses their match in a final set tie break, then the bookie will soften the blow by refunding your lost stake. That provides some good coverage on your match betting, especially in the women’s game which produces a lot of tight matches. Online bookmaker Victor Chandler offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, with a free bet up to the maximum value of £25.

8th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The WTA Tournament of Champions Tennis betting has hit the semi final stage. The field of eight was has been cut in half, and we have had surprises already. You can catch all the action from Bali with online bookmaker Bet365 for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions who are providing live tennis streams. The tournament, which is accessible for some of the WTA’s winners from this season, lost its favourite, when Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli crashed out in the first round against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues. There was absolutely nothing in the form books or on paper to suggest that was ever going to happen, but the number one seed had to retire with the match poised at one set all with an ankle injury. So, with second seed Shuai Peng along with fourth seed Roberta Vinci crashing out as well, we have a pretty surprising semi final line up for your Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.

In the top half of the draw, Medina Garrigues goes up against the only remaining seed, Sabine Lisicki, who powered past Daniela Hantuchova in the first round. The young German Lisicki is now firm favourite to go and lift the title, and it would be fair reward for the great, enterprising season which she has  had after coming back from injury. Down in the bottom half of the draw, we have last year’s Bali winner Ana Ivanovic facing off against Nadia Petrova. Ivanovic beat out dark horse tip Roberta Vinci, and will now be favourite to muscle her way into the final. Out of the remaining four, Lisicki really played the best tennis in the first round, and is rightly worth backing as firm favourite. A Lisicki v Ivanovic final now looks on the cards.

If you want to catch the live action from Bali as the final four enter Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting, then head to online bookmaker Bet365. Once again the highly rated bookie is providing live streams of a top sporting event. You need to be a registered and funded customer at Bet365 in order to gain access to the live streams, and if you are not a member yet, then there is a treat in store. The online bookmaker offers a £200 free bet as a welcome sign up bonus. The bookie will simply match the value of your first deposit on a new account, up the maximum value of £200! So that is a lot of potential free betting money to get stuck into, and that of course essentially means free profit! Check out your tennis betting this week at Bet365 for coverage of Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions tennis betting, and also access to live streams from the event.

Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Semi Final Tennis Betting Odds
Ana Ivanovic 8/15 v Nadia Petrova 9/5
Sabine Lisicki 2/9 v Anabel Medina Gerrigues 4/1

Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Outright Winner Odds
Lisicki 5/4, Ivanovic 15/8, Petrova 4/1, Medina Garrigues 12/1

5th November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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