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2016 WTA Tour Calendar – Tennis Tournaments 2016

Tennis Betting

The WTA season, much like the ATP Tour, gets an early January start every year. The winter break between the back end of the previous season and the new one, isn’t all that long for players, who mostly take a short break and then get back into conditioning ahead of the new season. The tennis season set up simply demands that players come flying out of the blocks in early January because the first major of the season, the Australian Open is an annual January event so players have little time to get back to competitive action before taking on the gruelling two weeks of one of the four Grand Slams.

The Grand Slams are just the tip of a very big iceberg in terms of tennis tournaments that are played across the year on the WTA. You also have the highly ranked Premier Tier events as well as the rest of the regular season events and the International level tournaments as well. Naturally because of the higher ranking points on offer at the higher tiered events, most of the big stars of the women’s game gravitate towards the bigger tournaments. They don’t have to work so hard for ranking points as lower ranked players. But unlike the ATP, you will generally find that top players do spread themselves out across the lower tiered tournaments as well across the season.

It’s not too unusual to see players taking on an International level tournament for either prestige, practice or prize money. Whatever the motivation, there is usually at least a couple of tournament running each and every week throughout the calendar year, unless of course it is a Premier Tier or Grand Slam event in progress. The Season starts early in January and runs through to the end of October each year. Then it’s a short winter break to start all over again in the battle for titles and points ranking in a season which makes a swing right around the world on most continents.

As well as trying to hold the honour of being a top ten player in the world, there is also the annual Road To Singapore points chase going on. Players get awarded points from tournaments and the top eight at the end of the season make it through to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore where there is a mammoth prize fund on offer to round off the season with for the elite players. The WTA Elite Trophy is always the final event of the year and that is a tournament for tournament winners from across the season (those who didn’t qualify for the WTA Finals).

WTA Tour Calendar 2016

Date Tennis Tournament Venue
03.01.-09.01. Shenzhen Open Shenzhen
03.01.-09.01. Brisbane International Brisbane
04.01.-09.01. ASB Classic Auckland
10.01.-15.01. Apia International Sydney Sydney
10.01.-16.01. Hobart International Hobart
18.01.-31.01. Grand Slam – Australian Open Melbourne
08.02.-14.02. St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy St. Petersburg
08.02.-14.02. Taiwan Open Kaohsiung
15.02.-20.02. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Dubai
15.02.-21.02. Rio Open Rio de Janeiro
21.02.-27.02. Qatar Total Open Doha
22.02.-27.02. Abierto Mexicano Telcel Acapulco
29.02.-06.03. Abierto Monterrey Afirme Monterrey
29.02.-06.03. BMW Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
09.03.-20.03. BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells
14.03.-19.03. San Antonio 125K Series San Antonio
22.03.-03.04. Miami Open Miami
04.04.-10.04. Katowice Open Katowice
04.04.-10.04. Volvo Cars Open Charleston
11.04.-17.04. Claro Open Colsanitas Bogotá
18.04.-24.04. Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
18.04.-24.04. TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup Istanbul
25.04.-30.04. J&T Banka Prague Open Prague
25.04.-30.04. GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Rabat
30.04.-07.05. Mutua Madrid Open Madrid
09.05.-15.05. Empire State Open West Hempstead
15.05.-21.05. Internationaux de Strasbourg Strasbourg
15.05.-21.05. Nürnberger Versicherungscup Nuremberg
22.05.-05.06. Grandslam – Roland Garros Paris
31.05.-05.06. Bol Open Bol
06.06.-12.06. Aegon Open Notthingham Nottingham
06.06.-12.06. Topshelf Open Netherlands
13.06.-19.06. Aegon Classic Birmingham Birmingham
13.06.-19.06. Mallorca Mallorca
19.06.-25.06. Aegon International Eastbourne Eastbourne
27.06.-10.07. Grandslam – Wimbledon London
11.07.-17.07. Nürnberger Gastein Ladies Bad Gastein
11.07.-17.07. Bucharest Open Bucharest
18.07.-24.07. Bank of the West Classic Stanford
18.07.-24.07. Citi Open Washington D.C.
18.07.-24.07. Collector Swedish Open Bastad
25.07.-31.07. Rogers Cup Montreal
01.08.-07.08. Brasil Tennis Cup Florianopolis
01.08.-07.08. Nanchang Open Nanchang
15.08.-21.08. Western & Southern Open Cincinnati
22.08.-27.08. Louisville International Open Louisville
22.08.-27.08. Connecticut Open New Haven
29.08.-11.09. Grandslam – US Open New York
12.09.-18.09. Coupe Banque Nationale Quebec
19.09.-25.09. Toray Pan Pacific Open Tokyo
19.09.-25.09. Korea Open Seoul
26.09.-02.10. Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open Wuhan
26.09.-02.10. Tashkent Open Tashkent
03.10.-09.10. China Open Beijing
10.10.-16.10. Tianjin Open Tianjin
10.10.-16.10. Generali Ladies Linz Linz
10.10.-16.10. Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open Hong Kong
17.10.-23.10. Kremlin Cup Moscow
17.10.-23.10. BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open Luxembourg
24.10.-30.10. BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
31.10.-06.11. WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai

Grand Slams

These are the titles that everyone wants. This is the elite level of the game and because of the tough, big field that a player has to come through over the two weeks, it’s the ultimate tennis test of endurance, determination and skill. You tend to see the same old faces at the business end of WTA Grand Slams and one of the most familiar faces is that of Serena Williams. The American keeps on going strongly and she started the 2016 season just three title short of the current record for the most Grand Slam tournament singles title, held by Margaret Court. Williams, who won three of the four 2015 Grand Slam titles, started the year with 21, just one behind German legend Steffi Graf’s 22 and closing in on Court’s record of 24.

By and large though the women’s game is far more open (if you take Williams out of the picture) than the men’s. Over on the ATP you are looking at one of five players who can realistically win a Grand Slam but the playing field is pretty even in the women’s game, again without the presence of Williams. Maria Sharapova has claimed all four Grand Slam titles in her career but it took her almost ten year to accomplish that, completing the career slam with a French Open title in 2012.

It’s that tough to win Grand Slam but popular (and in some case surprise) winners like Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Petra Kvitova and even 2015 US Open winner Flavia Pennetta have shown that wins can pop up from anywhere on the women’s side of the Grand Slam. Whenever Serena Williams falls from a Grand Slam, the field gets blown wide, wide open and that’s not even mentioning new players coming through like Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic who could well be Grand Slam champions down the line.

2016 Grand Slam Start Dates

Australian Open – January 18th
French Open – May 22nd
Wimbledon – June 27th
US Open – August 29th

WTA Premier Events

Since 2009 the Women’s Tour has a range of Premier Tournaments of varying degrees of stature. There are the big four Premier Mandatory Events which are Indian Wells, Madrid, Miami and Beijing. There are 1000 ranking points going to the winner of one of those. They are kind of like mini-Grand Slams. There are also five Premier 5 events on the season which offers a 900 points ranking haul for the winner (Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal, and Wuhan) while there are twelve Premier events across the season which offers 470 total ranking points to the winner. Just to put all that into context, a player who wins a Grand Slam will pocket 2,000 rankings points for their effort.

Of all active players, Serena Williams holds the record for the most WTA Premier titles won by a single player. Going into the 2016 season, Williams had claimed 23 WTA Premier titles, six of those being Premier Mandatory events (the tally also includes end of season Championships titles of which Williams has four). Petra Kvitova, Martia Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki were holding joint second players in the list of all time WTA Premier League titles, with twelve each almost half as few as Williams has won during her career. As with the WTA Grand Slam tennis betting you are only going to see Serena Williams at the head of the market, but the Premier Mandatory events in particular follow a much similar betting pattern where you will see a handful of the same players occupying the places at the head of the market like Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza. Always pay attention to surfaces because some players perform better and raise their games on certain surfaces as opposed to others.

2016 Premier Mandatory Start Dates

Indian Wells – March 7th
Miami Open – March 21st
Mutua Madrid Open – May 2nd
China Open – October 3rd

British Interest

While Andy Murray pretty much takes up all interest on the British tennis scene, there of course are home-grown talents knocking around the WTA. The top promising players out of Britain for some time have been Heather Watson and Laura Robson, but both have failed to really set the game alight and live up to their respective potentials, largely it would seem, because of injury and illness issues that seem to crop up time and time again for the youngsters.

Last season Johanna Konta stole much of the limelight of British interest. Konata’s run to the last sixteen at the 2015 US Open was a delight, the Brit beating out the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Andrea Petkovic in the main draw after having started her campaign way back in the qualifying round of 128. She lost her seventh game at the tournament, her round of sixteen battle with Petra Kvitova. But then Konta went on a tear, reaching the quarterfinals of Wuhan as well where she beat Victoria Azarenka and Simona Help before losing out to Venus Williams.

Konta started 2016 as the highest ranked British women on the WTA, inside the top fifty, followed by Watson. The next British talent which is likely to be making waves sooner or later is Naomi Broady and she started the season outside of the top 100, while because of all her time away from the game and upsets, Laura Robertson is down around the 500 ranking. You’ll find all the British players putting in most of their time at the International Tier tournaments.

Fed Cup (Federation Cup)

As well as the individual tournaments, there is some international action to come in 2016 with the Fed Cup. At the close of the 2015 season, Great Britain were ranked 23rd in the ITF Rankings, third from bottom with only Thailand and Croatia lower than then. Great Britain are in the Europe/Africa Zone for the regional competition and they take on Georgia and South Africa, in Pool B. The winner of the four pools then go to a play off to see which two then go through to the World Group II Play Offs. Basically Great Britain are a long way off competing in the Fed Cup World Group and are just trying to muscle their way into World Group II for a shot and then making a run at the World Group, the elite portion of the Fed Cup.

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Federation Cup Preview – Women’s Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

It’s the semi-finals of the Federation Cup this weekend with the Czech Republic taking on France and Russia up against Germany in Sochi.

The Russians are the marginal favourites for the tournament at a general 7/4 and have a strong line-up. World number two Maria Sharapova will play two singles matches against the Germans, as will Svetlana Kuznetsova. Either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Elena Vesnina will partner Kuznetsova in the doubles.

Russia has won three of their previous Federation Cup meetings with Germany but the teams haven’t faced each other since 2002 and the Germans shouldn’t be underestimated on the clay courts of the Adler Arena. They comfortably saw off Australia in the first round of the World Group and will make the four-times champions work hard for victory. Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Licki are all in the world’s top 20 and have made themselves available for this crucial tie. Barbara Rittner‘s team are a general 4/1 to go on and win the Federation Cup.

Petra Kvitova

At 9/5 with bwin, I like the look of the Czech Republic to successfully defend their Federation Cup title. The Czechs are bidding to reach a fourth final in five years and have developed into a formidable team under Petr Pala.

They showed their strength-in-depth in the first round when whitewashing Canada, even though they were without two of their best players. World number four Petra Kvitova returns for their semi-final against the French, along with Lucie Sarafova.

Player-for-player, they look in a different league to France and also have home advantage – the hardcourt of the Cez Arena looks tailor-made for Kvitova – though the French do have a better head-to-head historical record in matches between the countries. Amelie Mauresmo‘s team came back from 2-0 down to beat Italy in the first round but they won’t be able to give the Czech Republic any kind of a start in Ostrava and are rightly the outsiders of the remaining four teams at 13/2 with Coral. They might struggle to take even one rubber off the Czechs if everything goes to form and ranking.

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Petra Kvitova Australian Open odds strengthen ahead of Melbourne action

Sports Betting

With Australian Open favourite Serena Williams starting to drift in the outright winner market, one player getting shorter in the market in opposition to Williams is Petra Kvitova. The Czech star and two time Wimbledon Champion is looking extremely good value (especially as an each way wager) at a price of 9/1 at online betting site Paddy Power in Australian Open 2015 tennis betting.

Kvitova’s stock in Australian Open betting has been rising since the turn of the year. After making a run to the semi finals of Shenzen, she went better in her second tournament of the new year, by taking a win in Sydney, which was the 15th title of her WTA career. You can’t ignore players heading into a tournament who are carrying form, and Kvitova has an advantage there over some of the other front runners in the draw.

Serena Williams looked very shaky at the Hopman Cup and has failed to impress in recent Australian Open challenges. World number three Simona Halep picked up some stomach problems forcing her out of Sydney. Eugenie Bouchard has yet to claim a career Grand Slam. Caroline Wozniacki was hampered by a wrist injury which saw her also pull out of Sydney and with punters perhaps cautious about Maria Sharapova’s lack of delivery in Grand Slam tournaments, then Kvitova suddenly looks a brighter.

Petra Kvitova Australian Open Odds backed by form

One of the failings of Kvitova has been her lack of focus midway through matches. She does switch off at times, but she seems to be fully focused on her build up to the Australian Open, and if she can carrying on powering her way through games with her first serve, the awkward left hander will pose a huge threat in the draw. Of the front runner challenges, Kvitova has made the most impressive impression so far at the start of 2015.

The draw of the Australian Open was made on Friday, and Kvitova heads up the second quarter of the women’s draw, trading at a price of 5/4 to progress to the semi finals from her section of the draw. Opposing her in the race to win the quarter is Agnieszka Radwanska, but Kvitova has a strong enough head to head lead over the Pole to suggest that the Czech star is going to be ready to deliver on that favouritism in that section of the draw.

Petra Kvitova Australian Open 2015 odds are looking very much more valuable than they would have been in the longer ant-post market just a couple of weeks ago. Suddenly her form makes her a big threat in the field and with only really Radwanska opposing her in the second quarter of the draw, and with punters deserting potential semi final opponent Serena Williams, then Kvitova could well be lined up for her third career Grand Slam.

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US Open 2014 Betting – Tennis Odds

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Novak Djokovic is a best 15/8 with BetVictor to win the men’s singles in the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September after winning Wimbledon. The Serb edged out Roger Federer in a five-set thriller on Sunday, winning 6-7 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-4 on Centre Court to win the title for the first time since 2011. He’s also back on top of the world rankings with Rafael Nadal failing to make the quarter-finals in SW19. Federer is up to third in the ATP rankings, above compatriot Stan Wawrinka whom he beat at the All-England Club, but Andy Murray has slipped to 10th, his lowest ranking for six years. The Scot is now in danger of missing out on the ATP Finals in London at the end of the year and will also face tougher tests in upcoming tournaments without a high seeding, though he didn’t play much tennis in the second half of last year which is in his favour when it comes to accumulating ranking points. Murray’s Wimbledon conqueror Grigor Dimitrov, fellow semi-finalist Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Juan Del Potro and David Ferrer have all moved ahead of the British number one in the list.

Roger Federer is 10/1 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes to win the US Open and has reiterated that he has no intention of retiring despite having managed only one Grand Slam win since 2010. Now 32, there were rumours that the Swiss wanted to spend more time developing his new academy but he made Djokovic fight all the way at Wimbledon and still looks to have a couple more years at the highest level.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal is 18/5 with bwin to win the US Open while 2012 winner Andy Murray is 11/2 with bwin, Unibet and 888sport. The up-and-coming Dimitrov and Raonic are 20/1 (Coral and Ladbrokes) and 40/1 (Ladbrokes and Skybet) respectively. Djokovic is 6/4 with Boylesports to win Wimbledon 2015 and Federer is 7/2 with Skybet to win another Grand Slam before he retires.

Serena Williams will keep her number one ranking on the WTA but is out to 14/5 with bwin to win the women’s singles at the US Open following her disappointing third-round defeat at Wimbledon. Those injury problems keep mounting and younger and fitter players are closing the gap on the American. Petra Kvitova is 12/1 with Betfred, Ladbrokes and William Hill to follow up her Wimbledon triumph in the States with beaten finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who has now reached the last four in all three Grand Slams this year, a 9/1 chance with bet365, Paddy Power, Skybet and sportingbet to go one better.

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WTA Carlsbad Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview 2013

Victoria Azarenka

WTA Carlsbad Tennis Betting Info 
There is a Premier Tier event in California this week, as the WTA heads to Carlsbad. This has attracted some big guns, three of the world’s top ten in fact. There would have been four, but Maria Sharapova pulled out. So the headline of the show here is the return of Victoria Azarenka to action, and also over in the doubles there is an even bigger return with one of the game’s greats, Martina Hingis, putting in an appearance. But betting action will be focused on the singles draw which we’ll preview here.

Latest WTA Carlsbad Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Unibet 
Victoria Azarenka 11/8, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/2, Petra Kvitova 8/1, Sam Stosur 12/1, Ana Ivanovic 16/1, Roberta Vinci 18/1, Jelena Jankovic 18/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 18/1, Dominika Cibulkova 20/1

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WTA Carlsbad Tennis Betting Favourite 
World number three Victoria Azarenka heads the field this week and she really should dominate this event. However, the question mark over her this week will be her match sharpness, not her quality. This will be the first time that she has played since pulling out of Wimbledon mid way through the tournament because of an injury. Presumably because she is back playing, she is ready in herself. If she is fit and ready to go, then she really should crush the field. She really should breeze her quarter, and really, from her potential semi finalists, she should prevail. Has the best all round game, the best composure and power out of everyone in the field. Azarenka is 11/8 favourite to win at online betting site Unibet.

WTA Carlsbad Tennis Betting Tips 
Second seed this week is Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. She looked good on reaching the final of Stanford last week, and had the title in her reach before Dominika Cibulkova pulled out a tremendous fight back from the brink of defeat. This is the issue with Radwanska, she oozes quality, but just seems to lack that killer punch when she needs it most. She could be a bit heavy in the legs as well after her exertions last week too, and it will probably have been a bit of a knock in confidence for her. Just to make things worse for this draw, she is in a relatively packed bottom half.

Australia’s Sam Stosur is in the mix again, but her unpredictability keeps letting her down. Has the ability to win event, just not the consistency and is worth looking past. She goes in Radwanska’s quarter, alongside Daniela Hantuchova and Julia Goerges, so it should be competitive down there. Roberta Vinci, going as four seed is projected to be the one to meet Azarenka in the semi’s so that could put a dampener on the Italian’s tournament. She is also facing the likes of Ana Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova in her quarter.

Is Cibulkova worth a shot? The diminutive powerhouse had her massive forehand going so well last week on her way to the Stanford title. Tough ask to land back to back events though. So that leaves an interesting marker on Petra Kvitova, who goes as third seed. Still nowhere near her Wimbledon winning best, but still awkward to play against. Not a bad quarter of the draw for her going as third seed and has the potential to make a run here. This is the first time out for her since her quarter final exit at Wimbledon. Could meet the dark horse of the tournament, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter finals. The Russian is a previous winner of this event and looked menacing at the start of the year. Faded away, but likes this event.

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WTA Sony Open Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Serena Williams (USA)

WTA Sony Open Tennis Betting Info
The action in Miami is one of the biggest events on the calendar outside of the Grand Slams. There is Grand Slam quality field in attendance though for the Premier Mandatory event. Serena Williams is back in action this week after her boycott of Indian Wells over the past fortnight. That will mean that she is fresh and ready to go this week and she will start the event as favourite. But all the other big guns like Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova will be waiting to shut her down.

Latest WTA Sony Open Tennis betting odds at online bookmaker Unibet
Serena Williams 5/4, Maria Sharapova 3/1, Victoria Azarenka 7/2, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Li Na 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki

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WTA Sony Open Tennis Betting Favourite
This is Serena Williams all the way here. As powerful as she has been in the women’s game, this is one tournament where she has really been excellent. It is one of her most successful tournaments and that is the last thing that the others in the field need to heard. She has won the even five times before but hasn’t tasted Miami glory since back in 2008. This is the first outing for Williams since reclaiming her place as world number one in the rankings on February 18th. She hasn’t had things all her way this season though, because of injury largely, losing in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and then to Victoria Azarenka in the final of Doha. But this is Florida, her home turf and would expect to see her powering her way to the semi finals at the very least.

Other Contenders
Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova will take some extra backing this week as she stormed to the Indian Wells title on the weekend. In the California final she powered her way past Caroline Wozniacki, her low, powerful hitting totally destroying the Dane. That was a title that Sharapova really needed as she has been guilty of bottling it at the business end of tournaments when it matters most. That could just the confidence boost that she needs, and she moved up to world number two as well with the win. Something to put into context though is that she didn’t really meet any tough opponent along the way, although she still didn’t drop a set on her way to the title. She didn’t face anyone inside the top seven in the world to claim the Indian Wells title. It’ll be a bigger ask this week.

So onto Victoria Azarenka, who has been having a fine season, defending her titles in Doha and at the Australian Open. She looked well on track for a title run in Indian Wells before she had to pull out of her quarter final match against Caroline Wozniacki with an ankle problem. It was a problem that had been niggling her even before the tournament had started and she decided that she didn’t want to risk it any further. The problem is tendinitis and inflammation, but the Belarusian has decided to head to Florida next week anyway. It does raise questions about her fitness and ability to go all the way though. It’s understandable that she’s being stubborn after winning twice before here. Despite two tournament withdraws because of injury, Azarenka has posted a 17-0 match record for the season.

There was a return to form for Germany’s Angelique Kerber last week at Indian Wells who made a run to the semi final. That is the best we have seen of the promising starlet and hopefully she can build upon that. She really should have gone better, being a set and a break up against Wozniacki in the semi final, but then Wozniacki started playing some incredibly unplayable stuff. Bit of a fluke result, but at least there was promising signs that Kerber is back to her best. It will be a bit of momentum with her. Another dangerous floater in the draw is former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who also blew a set lead at Indian Wells. That was in the quarter finals against Maria Kirilenko. But Kvitova, who win in Dubai in mid February should still be a threat.

It will also be interesting to see how Caroline Wozniacki reacts to getting to her first Premier Mandatory final for a couple of years. She was totally blown out of the water there by Sharapova, and there may be some work and way for the former world number one to go yet before backing her with any confidence of taking a big title like this. Italian Sara Errani continues her good form, going as number eight seed for the Sony Open. She took a quarter final place at Indian Wells last week before crashing into the brick wall defence of Maria Sharapova. The diminutive Italian is well on top of her game though.

Best Outside Bet
Seems a little strange to be calling Agnieszka Radwanska an outside bet, but she should be. She has gone off the boil after a blistering start to the new season. What may make her value though is that she recorded the biggest title of her WTA here at last season’s event. The conditions should suit and her and because of her dip in form will fly under the radar. With only Kvitova being a likely quarter final opponent, there’s a big chance for her to bounce back.

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WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Victoria Azarenka

WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Info
The first big field since the 2013 Australian Open will be in force at Indian Wells, for this Premier tiered tournament in California. The best in the world is out for this one, all except Serena Williams, who is still on her boycott of the event along with sister Venus. That leaves the defending champion Victoria Azarenka as outright favourite to go on and win this one. Can anyone stop the powerful and in form Belarusian at Indian Wells?

WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Victoria Azarenka 11/10, Maria Sharapova 4/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/1, Angelique kerber 18/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Sam Stosur 30/1, Mona Barthel 40/1

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WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Favourite
Victoria Azarenka has been taking some heavy backing for Indian Wells, especially with the absence of Serena Williams. It has been back to back titles for the Belarusian this season, after successfully defending her Australian Open title, she followed it up with a title defence in Doha as well. That was important because she actually beat Serena Williams in the final, snapping a long losing streak against the American. Definitely has looked on top of her game this season, has looked untroubled and powerful, confident serving is on her side. Favourable draw for her, really should dominate the top half of the 2013 Indian Wells draw.

Other Contenders
Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova should make her presence known. The problem with her is that she should steam through to the latter stages of tournaments, which she does, but then her game falls apart when it matters most. She was imperious through the early rounds of the Australian Open and then just didn’t turn up against Na Li in the semi finals. Still, an easy draw for her, so should go well to the semi finals. Was a finalist here last season, losing against Azarenka, who seems to be a very tough opponent for her to crack.

Sharapova could meet Sara Errani in the semi finals of this season’s tournament, and the Italian could be one of the surprise packages of 2013 Indian Wells. She actually wouldn’t be that much of a surprise package because she in good form. She landed four titles last season on Tour and has followed that up already this year with another. Errani won in Acapulco recently, but that was on clay, where she is something of an expert. Still, can’t ignore the fact that she has been in three finals already this season. Not as prominent on hard courts as clay, but form is with her.

Petra Kvitova could be some interesting value at Indian Wells. She finally found her way back into the winners circles as she beat Sara Errani in the final of Doha. She beat Agnieszka Radwanska along the way as well. A little hit and miss because she has had early tournament exits this year, but will the Doha win have put her back in top gear? Actually because of Kvitova’s slight unpredictability, it could be worth looking at Dominika Cibulkova to take Kvitova’s quarter. Power personified, she has her consistency issues too, but could produce if she brings her A game.

But Agnieszka Radwanska could be the one to back from the bottom half off the draw. Started the season so strongly with back to back titles, and then lost in the quarter finals against Na Li at the Australian Open. She followed that up with a loss against Azarenka in the semi finals of Doha (and Azarenka has a firm hold over the Pole), but then bombed in Dubai losing in the quarter finals against Petra Kvitova, not being on top of her game there. But has the class and composure to play her way to the top of the quarter. Has to raise her game just another 10%.

Best Outside Bet
It has to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the moment. Unlike Errani, who has kept her levels up after a career season, Kerber hasn’t hit the heights she is capable of this season. Her best performance was a semi final in Sydney. She was a semifinalist at Indian Wells last season in her great year, where she lost to Azarenka. There has to be better to come from her at some point. Kerber is an 18/1 shot with online bookmaker Paddy Power in WTA Indian Wells tennis betting.

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Fed Cup 2013 Odds – Womens’ Tennis Betting

Maria Sharapova

For some of the world’s top men players, the Davis Cup is an inconvenience that has to be endured. A few will avoid the tournament if they possibly can unless it fits neatly into their schedule or preparations. Others regard it as an honour to represent their country. Novak Djokovic, for example, rarely misses one of Serbia‘s ties.

It’s the same in the women’s game as you often find the top-ranked players have something better to do when the Fed Cup comes around. Maria Sharapova, for example, won’t be lining up for Russia against Japan in the quarter-finals of the World Group next weekend but the Russians still look to have a very strong line-up this year and are fully deserving of their best 5/2 quote from Paddy Power to emerge as winners.

It’s inconceivable that they should lose to Japan in Moscow. The best Japanese player is Ayumi Morita and she is only ranked 60 in the world. That means she’s rated considerably lower than all four of the Russian team, two of which are in the world’s top 20 (Maria Kirilenko and Ekterina Makarova). The Russians were unlucky to come up against inspired Ana Ivanovic in last year’s Fed Cup semi-finals and went out in a close-fought encounter with Serbia. The Serbians will be a danger again at the 9/2 with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes but face no easy task in their quarter-final with Slovakia (25/1 with Ladbrokes). Promoted back to the World Group last year, Slovakia have won two of their previous three meetings with Serbia in the Fed Cup and Matek Liptak‘s team should enjoy the hardcourt surface in Nis.

Opinion is divided on Italy, who are rated 5/1 chances by Paddy Power but are only half those odds at Ladbrokes. Led by Sara Errani, they face the USA in the quarter-finals. The two teams have met 11 times since the inception of the Fed Cup in 1963 but it took the Italians until 2009 to get the better of the Americans. They won again in 2010, however, and were top seeds last year only to lose in the semi-finals to the Czech Republic. The USA might struggle again on clay in Rimini while the Czechs will be a danger to all again as they have home advantage in the quarter-finals against Australia. Petra Kvitova seems to love playing Fed Cup and has led her team to successive finals. They beat Serbia in the final last year and are top seeds this and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing a repeat at Ladbrokes’ 4/1 as they are only 9/4 with Paddy Power. The four losing quarter-finalists will play the winning World Group II winners to decide next year’s World Group line-up.

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WTA Open GDF Suez Paris Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

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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Women’s 2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

Venus Williams (USA)

What does the 2013 Australian Open Tennis betting have in store for the women’s draw? The action starts in Melbourne on January 14th, 2013 and with such competitive action in the WTA last season, who gain control early?

Can Azarenka defend title?
The 2012 season started with a bang for world number one Victoria Azarenka, who toppled Maria Sharapova in the final, breezing to a 6-3 6-0 easy win. That was the breakthrough moment of Belarusian Azarenka’s career, taking her first Grand Slam title. It was a victory that set her up for a tremendous season which saw her take six titles and setting a new record for the most prize money during a single season on the WTA, finishing just short of $8 million. Azarenka is going to be worth a look for 2013 Australian Open Tennis betting, because she is at home on the hard court more than anywhere else. She also went on a tear to close out the season before falling in the end of season WTA Championships semi final to Maria Sharapova. Much like Andy Murray in the men’s game, Azarenka has to prove that she is not just one of the many one Slam wonders on the women’s Tour. If she steps up yet another level, then she will get very close to more in 2013. She had never been past the quarter final of the Australian Open before she landed the win last term, but being the reigning champion and the player closest to Serena Williams in terms of power, there is a bit of value in Victoria Azarenka 2013 Australian Open betting odds. She is trading at 3/1 second favourite with online bookmaker Bet365 at the moment.

Williams favourite for Melbourne
Vika is second favourite because of Serena Williams, who is dominating the Australian Open Tennis betting market. The American was stunning throughout the second half of the season. Once she had gotten her hands on the Wimbledon title (beating Azarenka in the semis), there was no looking back. Williams took five titles out of the next six events she entered, getting the better again of Azarenka in two more of those tournaments. Power personified, there doesn’t look like any reason why she won’t get back her number one spot in the world at some point during 2013, unless Azarenka overturns a poor head to head record against her. After not winning a Grand Slam since the 2010 Wimbledon showing, Williams blitzed her way to the Wimbledon and US Open titles last season. She is no stranger to the Australian Open title, winning it five times already in her career and in the 2013 draw, she will be the one to stop. Firm favourite and hard to look past. She fell at the fourth round last season, but that was before she had really gotten her foothold in the season. She is fit, she is powerful and she should be in the final. Serena Williams Australian Open tennis betting odds has her as overwhelming favourite at 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365, still offering some positive value.

Sharapova sights on second Australian Open title
Maria Sharapova will be hoping to build on a good season last term. With her Grand Slam title at the French Open, the Russian completed the set of winning each Grand Slam. That remains her only title since claiming the Australian Open back in January of 2008. Still, she is one of the top players around at the moment, her grit and determination pushing her close. She lost the final of the Australian Open last season against Azarenka and that is the issue which she needs to get over. She is superb behind her first serve and when that is working, so is she. However, when it came to the crunch matches against either Victoria Azarenka or Serena WIlliams, she ultimately falls a little short. The potential and talent is there, it is whether she can channel her aggression to really punch toe to toe with the other two big guns in the game. She is back in the pecking order for 2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting because of those issues.

Kvitova, Radwanska and Kerber potential
While the big three front runners should ultimately scrap it out for the title between them, it is worth looking at some longer shots. The threat of left hander Petra Kvitova, who showed glimpses of her best last season, could be there if she is on top of her game. She had the world at her feet when she won Wimbledon in 2011 and had a pretty good run in the Slams last year, despite some general patchy form and fitness over the year. She hit the semi finals of both the Australian Open and French Open last term and it is the power and awkwardness from the left hander which will make her a decent threat. She has improved by a round every season she has entered the Australian Open. The next step would be the final for her. The same can be said of Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska who was one of the most consistent players on the WTA, picking up titles and failing to grab her first Grand Slam title when she lost to Serena WIlliams in the final of Wimbledon. Immense potential, but questions over her game when it comes up against power.

One of the sensations of the WTA last season was Germany’s Angelique Kerber who had a breakthrough season in her career. The young German became a top 5 player and really showed her potential again by hitting the semi final of Wimbledon with a fantastic run. Still needs a bit more to her game, but she is not too far away from being a real challenger in the Grand Slams. She will have more expectation on her shoulders this time around and other players will be wary of her. Kerber was the only player to beat Serena Williams in a match from the start of Wimbledon to the end of the season. If there is an outside shot worthy of taking it, then it will be Kerber who guns for her first Slam success.

 

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Men’s 2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

 

2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Serena Williams 6/4, Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Li Na 16/1, Angelique Kerber 18/1, Sam Stosur 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 25/1

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