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Very interesting WTA tennis betting starting on Monday, July 25th, with the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford USA. Four of the world’s top ten women are in action, including Maria Sharapova, as she starts her preparations for next month’s US Open. Along with Victoria Azarenka, two of the best players on the WTA over the past three or four months, the duo will start as favourites to duke it out. Starting as first and second seeds for the event (with Azarenka first seed), the two big hitters will be kept separate until the final. Right from the off that will be the expected final at Stanford in your WTA Bank of the West Classic this week. They are the class acts in the field and with them trading pretty evenly across the board at bookies, you can swing either way. So let’s take a look at the draw to start with. As top seed, Victoria Azarenka, the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic, who keeps knocking on the door of Major success, has a very comfortable looking quarter of the draw. The top seed she can meet is young rising star Dominika Cibulkova at the quarter final stage. Really do not see any kind of an upset happening here if Azarenka is on top of her game. As for her half of the draw, well Marion Bartoli, who has been enjoying a successful couple of months and Ana Ivanovic are in the mix from the second quarter. It really should be one of those two who would come through and meet Azarenka in the semi finals. If you have to pick a preference there, then it would be France’s Bartoli, who has carried some pretty good form of late. So Azarenka, ranked 4th in the world, dominates the top half of the draw.
In the bottom half, world number five Maria Sharapova, losing finalist at Wimbledon, starts as second seed for the Bank of the West Classic. Now, right from the off, the fourth quarter of the draw, which Sharapova is in, is way tougher than anything Azarenka will have to face. In fact, the bottom half of the draw is much more competitive as a whole than the top. Sharapova, who has played some incredible tennis this year, powering her way through tournaments, could meet Daniel Hantuchova in the second round, Serena Williams in the quarter finals, and then Sam Stosur in the semi’s. So definitely not an easy path for her. However, Sharapova is still worth a bet here, because no-one else has really been able to match her consistency and power for the best part of the season, and she really has to be considered. Looking at the draw, you would fancy Azarenka just a little bit more, as she has a safer passage to the final. But Sharapova can beat the best, and while there are tough competitors in her half of the draw, she is fully capable of beating all of them at the moment. As for Serena Williams, well she is still looking for match sharpness and fitness, and therefore remains vulnerable. The young German Julia Goerges, who has come on leaps and bounds this year, will probably be the biggest danger in Sharapova’s quarter. While Sam Stosur (who has been in the semi finals in the last two running’s of this tournament) and Agnieszka Radwanska are the seeded players in the third quarter of the draw, watch out for Sabine Lisicki, who is really starting to fulfil her potential after a long injury.
WTA Bank of the West Tennis Betting Odds
Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at SkyBet
Maria Sharapova: 4/1 at Victor Chandler
Serena Williams: 4/1 at Bet365
Marion Bartoli: 9/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 10/1 at Victor Chandler
Sam Stosur: 10/1 at Boylesports
Agnieszka Radwanska: 22/1 at Victor Chandler
Julia Goerges: 33/1 at Victor Chandler
WTA Bank of the West Classic betting tip: Well, we are going to stick with one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka here. The draw has been kind from her. From the other half of the draw, we are going to go Marion Bartoli, who keeps doing things right at the moment, but always flies under the radar. Bartoli also won this tournament back in 2009.
Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova 2011 Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting should produce a thriller. Azarenka is one of the most in form players on the WTA at the moment, while Kvitova is getting better and better all the time. So let’s start with Azarenka. Followers of our tennis betting guides on these pages will know that Azarenka has long been a favourite of ours here. That is because she represents great value as she still has an air of unpredictability about her. The tall Belarusian has power, pace and flair, and when she puts it all together, she can dominate the best in the game. She certainly has the potential to be riding near the top of the world rankings, but she is still waiting to make her Major breakthrough. She blew a big opportunity in the quarter finals of the French Open, but the very fact that she has bounced straight back and reached the semi’s of Wimbledon really shows that she has gotten over one of her big flaws, her inconsistency. She didn’t even start the season well because of that, but gradually she has built up a head of steam and is really motoring at the moment. She won’t be everybody’s cup of tea to watch, but we tipped her here because the draw for her at Wimbledon 2011 was very kind. She did play Daniela Hantuchova in the third round which was a work out, but other than that, she has played some very impressive tennis. Was a long shot at the start of the tournament, but here she stands a great chance. Will go for a lot of winners.
However, Petra Kvitova is another one of the young players on the WTA who we have been championing over the last twelve months. This is her second Wimbledon semi final, after surprising many by reaching the semi finals here last year. One downfall of Kvitova is that she perhaps loses a bit of focus at times during matches, and that is something which should get sorted out with experience. Her mental focus looked frail when she was 4-1 up in the second set tie-break after winning the first set of her quarter final match against Tsvetana Pironkova, but she pulled herself together to crush her opponent in what should have been an unnecessary third set. But, the Czech, eighth seed at Wimbledon 2011 has power in spades. She has a wonderful serve and wins a high percentage of her first serves and will trouble Azarenka. In fact, Kivitova won the only meeting between them this year, back in Madrid on clay. Kvitova is a joy to watch, and she has perhaps the smoothest action of hitting the ball of all WTA players. Many are calling her the complete player, and she looks at times as if she is playing in slow motion, or at least effortlessly. She just strokes the ball so fluently that she doesn’t look as if she is putting power into her ground strokes, but they fly away at speed nonetheless. Like to attack the baseline and hits some incredible winners. Immense winners, and this young girl is only getting better and better. Will she have learnt from last year’s Wimbledon semi final disappointment? She does look stronger mentally, and it won’t be a surprise to see in her Saturday’s final.
Tough call to make in Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting. This is 5th v 8th seed respectively. Both are 21 years old, have a similar year to date won/lost record (Azarenka 33/10, Kvitova 36/8) and Azarenka has won two tour titles this year, while Kvitova has won 3. Really tricky to split them, and the head to head record between them stands a two a piece. However, Kvitova has won the last two meetings between them, including victory in the round of 32 at Wimbledon last year. Both are better players than they were this time last year, so this should be close. As a tip, well, Kvitova has the serves, the power, and semi final experience here, but Azarenka, who has gone under the radar here could just edge this, so we are sticking with her. These are two young players, but there is a little more maturity about Azarenka's game. Should be a fantastic match, nonetheless.
Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 Tennis Betting
Victoria Azarenka to win: 11/10 at Paddy Power
Petra Kvitova to win: 5/6 at William Hill
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