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WTA Stuttgart Tennis betting Odds and Preview

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This a Premier tier event and it is drawing in extra focus this time around as Maria Sharapova is back in action after having served out her ban. This is part of the clay swing of the season now and so you will have different players coming to the head of the market and it is just going to be so interesting to see what Sharapova can pull off in this one. Sharapova is an 8/1 option at Bet365 in the WTA Stuttgart Tennis Betting market and this is a wide open field and anything can happen. What adds intrigue to this one is that Sharapova won the tournament three seasons in a row between 2012 and 2014 so has some strong history here. Angelique Kerber has won the last two editions of the tournament on home soil and the German is up at the head of the market as 9/2 outright favourite with bet365. She is probably going to enjoy things back on clay in what has been a pretty quiet season for her, her best recent result coming in Monterrey when she made it to the final where she lost against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in early April. Really there hasn't been enough from her this season to warrant throwing too much on her, apart from her recent tournament history of course. Karolina Pliskova is a 13/2 option and she has been going well lately with back to back semi final appearance in Indian Wells and Miami. She lost out in the quarter finals here last season and is a little more consistent on the hard surface than she is on clay. But she is in decent form nonetheless but then you have Simona Halep at around the same price and who is a constant frustration for punters. Once again, after helping Romania get past GB in the Fed Cup recently, she should be a strong option for this one. She is the second best performing player on clay in the whole of the WTA over the last two seasons on the Tour, bettered only by Garbine Muguruza. The thing about Halep is that she hasn’t taken things to the next level like she should have and Muguruza being in the field at 7/1 will take some attention away from her. Muguruza misfired here badly last season losing in the quarter finals against Petra Kvitova, never really getting into the match. She’s a lot better than that and again, you square her up against Kerber, Halep and Pliskova then the head of the market is pretty evenly matched out. Then you have Sharapova. Can she do it? It would be some come back of course, but there is always the factor of being match-rusty. You also have recent Miami-winner Johanna Konta coming in on a wild card as well in the bottom half of the draw which houses Halep and Pliskova. Going back to Sharapova, she is quality on the clay and she has tournament history on her side in Stuttgart. She’s unseeded of course and goes in the same quarter as Muguruza and could be on course for a quarter-final with the Spaniard and a potential semi against Kerber. So there’s a tough road ahead and really none of these have a comfortable run to the final at all. Out of all of them, Kerber has the best draw, but she’s not going great at the moment, so number two seed Karolina Pliskova, who is running in strong form at the moment, could be the one to watch in Stuttgart.

WTA Stuttgart Tennis Betting Odds

Angelique Kerber 9/2, Karolina Pliskova 13/2, Simona Halep 11/2, Garbine Muguruza 7/1, Maria Sharapova 9/1, Johanna Konta 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 18/1, bar 25/1

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WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Odds & Predictions

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It’s a quick turn around for some players coming off the back of the Olympics as the WTA Cincinnati tournament swings into action next week. There is a big field out for the Premier event which includes Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber and the number one spot in the world is up for grabs in this one. Williams will hold on to the the crown if she gets to the quarter finals, but if she loses out before then and Kerber wins in Cincinnati, then the German will be the new World Number one. So big stuff at stake here, but you wonder how much the Olympic excursion will have taken out the pair of them. Serena Williams went out of the competition early of course so will have had more time to get herself together for WTA Cincinnati, whereas Kerber had a run to the final where she claimed the silver medal against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig. So that was a lot of extra work put in by Kerber and that will probably attract punters from here this week and she goes into the tournament as 8/1 third favourite. After this there is the Connecticut Open before the US Open start in New York at the end of the month. So this is an important form tournament and Williams goes into the event as reigning champions having won it in the last two years. With her early departure from Rio, where she never looked comfortable at all as she was dumped out by Elina Svitolina, Williams may have a little advantage. But she looked a distraught figure in that defeat, almost breaking down in tears because it was so tough. She is 6/4 favourite for WTA CIncinnati, but you may question her mentally in this one. So that all brings us to Simona Halep who is a 5/1 poke to take the crown here. Halep skipped the Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus so she has had plenty of time to prep for this one. She recently claimed the Rogers Cup in Canada which means that she is bang in form at the moment and she made the final here last year, losing out to Williams. She is on a great stretch of form with 23 wins in her last 26 matches played and is on a 10-match winning streak. You can’t argue with that, but out of her, Williams and Kerber, she gets the tougher draw as Agnieszka Radwanska and Belinda Bencic could be knocking around in her quarter. Kerber and Halep are in the opposite half of the draw to Williams, and up in the top half to really oppose Williams you have Garbine Muguruza and Dominika Cibulkova. Of the two, you would have to side with the little powerhouse Cibulkova who can string together a nice stretch and challenge. Britain’s Johanna Konta is in the mix as well and could clash with Halep in the quarter final stage of the competition. Top seeds in the top half: Serena Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Dominika Cibulkova. Top seeds in the bottom half: Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Roberta Vinci.

WTA Cincinnati Outright Odds

Serena Williams 6/4, Simona Halep 5/1, Angelique Kerebr 8/1, Garbine Muguruza 8/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 16/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Johanna Konta 25/1, 33/1 bar

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WTA Cincinnati Predictions

The fact that Williams has taken a wildcard into this one says a lot about here. She is clearly keen to get over the shock of her Olympic loss and is ready to defend her world number one status. However, the value isn’t with the defending champion here, it all lies with Simona Halep who is running in some cracking form at the moment.
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Serena Williams v Angelique Kerber Wimbledon Final Odds & Preview

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Serena Williams won’t get a showdown against sister Venus at Wimbledon in the final after all. After having rolled back the years, Venus bowed out in the semi final stage against 2016 Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber. So now we get a rematch of that 2016 Australian Open Grand Slam final as it is Serena Williams v Kerber. Kerber really never even had to get into top gear to see of Venus Williams, who didn’t have a great day at the office from the get go. Kerber just put in a steady performance as she has done throughout Wimbledon this year, including a tight but straight sets win over Simona Halep in the quarter finals. So Kerber has made a run to the final without having dropped a set. As for Serena Williams she dropped a set in her second round match against Christina McHale but hasn’t looked back since then, breezing her way through the rounds to get to the final again. Williams of course is looking for her seventh Wimbledon title, whereas Kerber is eying up a shot at landing her first. Can she take anything away from the win over Williams at the Australian Open this year? Williams holds a 5-2 head to head record against Kerber and took the first set in that Australian Open final but came under pressure in the second set as Williams battled back. But it was Kerber with a lot of the momentum in the early stages of the third set, stretching out to a 5-2 lead that really put her in control and finally ran out winner with a 6-4 third set win. Williams is overwhelming 2/7 odds on favourite to win the Final with online betting site Bet365. That has left Keber a long way out at a quote of 11/4. Kerber is on top of her game at the moment and is well worth a flutter at that price and she has the game to eat into the serve of Williams, something a lot of players can’t do. You can take a punt on the game going to three sets as well at 7/4. Bet365 have a huge tennis betting promotion offer running for all tournaments including Grand Slams. Just land a winning tennis accumulator with them and you will claim up to a 50% win bonus! The offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. Register an account with ebt365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus from them.
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WTA Tour Madrid Tennis 2016 Betting Odds and Preview

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The 2016 WTA season has been all about Victoria Azarenka who is undergoing a renaissance. She is back at the top of her game. There is no Serena Williams in Madrid because of illness, which will lend more support towards Azarenka who is looking to make it three titles in a row for this season, after claiming victory at Indian Wells and then in Miami. She dropped just the one set over those two tournaments and beat Serena Williams in the final of Indian Wells and the Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in Miami. So Azarenka in the one to stop, however, she hasn’t gone very far on her last two visits to Madrid, losing against Williams in the round of sixteen last season, a round further than she managed in the previous year. She did get to the final in 2011 and in 2012 but lost out on both occasions there. The 2011 final was lost against Petra Kvitova and the Czech is running as second favourite in WTA Madrid Tennis betting this week. Kvitova couldn't handle Kerber in the semi finals of Stuttgart recently and is still looking for her first final of the term. She is a two-time winner of Madrid though, which makes her a threat for the 2016 edition but there could be better value elsewhere. Simona Halep is kicking around at a price of 5/1 and you’ll get the guts and fight from her whoever she is taking on and at what stage. Halep, like Kvitova hasn’t really caught first this season yet either with no final appearances. So clay expert Carla Suarez Navarro should have big appeal at a price of 8/1 as an each way bet. The Spaniard, who won in Doha this season and made the quarters of the Australian Open, was, like Kvitova, a victim of Angelique Kerber also in Stuttgart on her first clay event of the season. She went to the quarterfinals of Madrid last season where she was stopped by Serena Williams, but should be good value to go deep this term. Really, take Azarenka out of the Madrid field and this is wide, wide open with some top seeds having fallen early, including number one seed Agnieszka Radwanska who was ousted in the first round by Dominka Cibulkova. Angelique Kerber went out in the first round as well to Barbora Strycova. Azarenka and Kvitova are heading for a massive quarter final clash which could open things up even more in WTA Madrid tennis betting. Look for decent runs from Suarez Navarro, Cibulkova and Halep.

WTA Madrid Tennis Betting Odds

Victoria Azarenka 2/1, Petra Kvitova 7/2, Simona Halep 5/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 8/1, Madison Keys 10/1, Dominika Cibulkova 16/1, Ekaterina Makarova 20/1, Irina-Camelia Begu 25/1, bar 33/1 Take advantage of win bonuses on successful tennis accumulators at online betting site Bet365. Build a winning tennis acca of two or more selections to land a bonus. This applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event. Register an account with Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus from them.
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Miami Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview 2016

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It’s another big week on the tennis circuit following on from the action at Indian Wells last week in California. It’s off to the other side of the country for the Miami Open on both the ATP and the WTA this week where all of the big guns are back out in actin in Florida, which starts on Wednesday. Novak Djokovic claimed another title at Indian Wells and the world number one is looking for what would be his sixth Miami title as well. There doesn't appear to be any slowing of the Serbian this year who is 22-1 for the season after his Indian Wells success. He has already won in Doha, at the Australian Open and now Indian Wells. So it is on to the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event to the season season as the Tour hits Miami and he is a short 4/7 price to go out and get the job done yet again after having won there for the last two years. Djokovic won six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events last year and seems to keep going from strength to strength. He could be on course to meet Roger Federer in the semi finals, who is only back this week after surgery at the start of February. Andy Murray steps out again this week in what has been a quiet season for him with his main appearance coming at the Australian Open. Murray lost in the third round of Indian Wells last week over three sets against World 53 Federico Delbonis. He goes on the opposite half of the draw to Djokovic with Rafa Nadal a potential semi final opponent there.

ATP Miami Open Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/7, Andy Murray 13/2, Roger Federer 8/1, Rafael Nadal 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Stan Wawrinka 20/1, Milos Raonic 28/1, bar 40/1 The WTA got a little interesting on the weekend with Serena Williams missing out on that title at Indian Wells. That means, shockingly, that she remains without a title this season, even though she looks to be still right there on top of her game. It’s now back to back final defeats for Williams this season after going down against Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells showcase. Williams was beaten in the final of the Australian Open by a stunning performance from Germany’s Angelique Kerber, but given the relationship that Williams has had with Indian Wells and having been in her first final there for fifteen years, it looked as if she let the occasion get to her against Azarenka. But losses are losses and she needs to find a way to hit back. She is an eight time champion in Miami, so she is likely to go close. The last time that a player won in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season was Kim Clijsters back in 2005. So it’s not an easy task but the Belarusian has looked great on hard surfaces this year, although still she is temperamentally off key at times in her matches. Simona Halep seems to be gaining momentum having had to deal with injuries and illnesses this season which has seen her nowhere near her best. She looked much better at Indian Wells, but was stopped by Serena Williams in the quarters. Australian Open Angelique Kerber is in the mix as well, but has been out of sorts since her win in Melbourne and is currently running on a three match losing streak. The German could collide with Karolina Pliskova who went to the semis of Indian Wells and the mighty serving skills of the Czech may be the one to back to go further in the tournament.

WTA Miami Open Betting Odds

Serena Williams 11/8, Victoria Azarenka 9/2, Simona Halep 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 12/1, Belinda Bencic 18/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Karolina Pliskova 33/1, bar 50/1 There is a superb tennis accumulator bonus to be enjoyed at online betting site Bet365. Build and successful accumulator of two or more selections on select tennis markets and you will earn yourself a win bonus of up to 50%. The offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus from them.
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WTA Cincinnati Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

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Hats off to young Belinda Bencic who made her way past both Serena Williams and Simona Halep to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto on the weekend. That was her 21st win in her last 25 matches and is within touching distance now of the world top ten after claiming the second title of her career (both this year). The bookmakers have had to react to that of course and Bencic is a 20/1 quote at online betting site Bet365 to walk out and cap what would truly be a remarkable fortnight by winning in Cincinnati. That’s a big ask of the 21 year old Swiss player though, as she will be opposed by some heavy hitters in the game again. The whole top ten (apart from Ekaterina Makarova) is actually out in Ohio this week so a massively competitive feature. Bencic has a tough opener against recent Stanford winner Angelique Kerber in the first round and were she to get through that then she could be on a collision course with fourth seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals. Serena Williams is likely to be one of the semi finalists from the top half of the draw and you can be she will be out for some redemption after her final four loss against Bencic in Toronto. Williams goes as heavy 6/5 odds on favourite to win the Western & Southern Open a price which is a long way shorter than second favourite Maria Sharapova who makes her return this week. Sharapova hasn’t played since the Wimbledon semi finals, missing Toronto because of an injury. Toronto finalist Simona Halep is thankfully back on form on the hard courts. No other player has won more hard court matches or WTA titles this season than the young Romanian has done. In each of the last two season she has been in the quarter finals of Cincinnati, but she is back at a price of 9/1 after having to withdraw with an injury problem in the final of Toronto against Bencic. Halep would meet Sharapova at the semi final stage, but with injury concerns over both, it may be worth opposing them in quarters betting. Victoria Azarenka is a nice 9/4 appeal to win the third quarter of CIncinnati over Halep for the same price as the Romanian. Sharapova, who hasn’t looked herself for most of the season has an easier quarter, but there are a couple of players in there who could surprise like Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky who are 7/1 quotes to beat Sharapova to the fourth quarter punch. Interestingly since the tournament began in 2004 there has been a different Champion each year. So look for someone who hasn’t won it (of the current crop that would count out Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova).

WTA Cincinnati Tennis betting odds

Serena Williams 6/5, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Victoria Azarenka 9/1, Simona Help 9/1, Petra Kvitova 16/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 33/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 33/1, Angelique Kerber 40/1, Caroline Wozniacki 40/1, bar 50/1 There is a great tennis betting bonus available at online bookmaker Bet365. Build yourself a qualifying tennis accumulator with them and if your bet wins, then you will be paid out up to a 50% win bonus for your efforts. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup.  
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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Winner Betting Odds and Predictions

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Big draw on the WTA tennis betting this week, as Maria Sharapova is back out and expecting to defend her Stuttgart title. This is a clay event, a surface which given Sharapova’s performances this season, she will be happy to get too. The Russian darling of the tennis courts has won this title for the last three seasons running and goes as firm favourite in what is the oldest indoor clay tournament on the WTA. While you haven’t seen the best of Sharapova this season, you can expect too this week in WTA Stuttgart tennis betting. She is up as 3/1 joint favourite for this week’s action but she won’t be too happy with the draw because she could run into Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who recently won a title on clay in Charleston, in her first match. So not the kind of start that she would have wanted, but should she win, it would be a massive bolster for her confidence to run all the way. But with so much dominance in Stuttgart, why is Sharapova not outright favorite? That is because of Simona Halep, who sits in direct opposition also at a quote of 3/1 with online betting site Bet365. Halep has been in immense form this season, that is why she is joint favourite with the proven track record of Sharapova. Halep, who has won three titles already this season, is actually better on clay than on the hard court, because her game, like Sharapova’s is more naturally suited to the dirt. That’s a scary thing for the rest of the WTA for the clay swing of the season. You would say the draw ahead for Halep is tricky, not insurmountable. The likes of young Garbine Muguruza, clay veteran Sara Errani and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska are all crammed in Halep's quarter of the draw. Then there is the likes of clay specialist Carla Suarez Navarro a potential semi final opponent down the line. This should be a great test for both Sharapova and Help of their clay credentials, in what can be considered as the real start to the Roland Garros French Open build up.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Winner Betting Odds

Maria Sharapova 3/1, Simona Halep 3/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Ana Ivanovic 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 10/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 16/1, Caroline Wozniacki 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, 28/1 bar You can enjoy some superb live in-play tennis betting with online bookmaker Bet365. The bookmaker opens up some fantastic live markets packed with value and the bookmaker also provides superb live tennis streams throughout the season as well. New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet bonus through their sign-up offer.
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WTA Tennis Betting Odds and Preview – Charleston and Katowice

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Couple of interesting WTA tennis betting tournaments to enjoy this week. The intensity dies down a little bit after the thrills of the Premier Tier back to back events of Indian Wells and Miami. So naturally a lot of the big guns are going to be taking a break after all that, but regardless the WTA Tour moves on to Charleston in the USA and Katowice in Poland this week. Over in Katowice, Agnieszka Radwanska, who has been struggling for form this season heads up the market by a considerable distance, running as 7/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. But given the way that she has been playing this season, there is a dangerous field around her which diminishes the value on her. Alice Cornet, the reigning champion is bigger value at 4/1 and she is the one who knocked out Radwanska here last season. But there are other big dangerous players (at this level) in the mix as well. Camila Giorgi is in pretty good nick at the moment and reasonable each way value at 8/1, and the likes of Magdalena Rybarikova and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova are hanging around in there. No easy path to the final for Radwanska, so look elsewhere. At WTA Charleston Eugenie Bouchard is one of the headliners at the Family Circle Cup. The season really hasn’t kicked off for the young Canadian yet, and that may detract punters from here. Reigning Champion Andrea Petkovic looks more dangerous at the moment and with the heavy hitting of Sloane Stephens in there as well, plus the in-form Jelena Jankovic, the draw looks pretty stacked. You can also have a good look at young Caroline Garcia who is in the mix and with this being on clay, that should bring the Sara Errani into the picture as well, along with Angelique Kerber and Sam Stosur too as a reasonable outside shots in the field. Great action on the cards this week for your WTA Tennis betting. Dip into live in-play tennis betting at online bookmaker Bet365, who provide a superb service. On top of that, they consistently deliver free live tennis streams throughout the season and new customers registering an account with them can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus too!
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WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

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The Dubai Open this week will be without both Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard, so your WTA tennis betting is being headed up by young Romanian Simona Halep, who is 3/1 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power to launch an assault at the title. This is one of the Premier events on the tour with a huge prize purse on the line. Seven of the world’s top ten are out in action and.this week and it should be pretty interesting to watch just how Halep goes. She blitzed her way to nine wins from nine matches to open the season with, but then reached unexpectedly against Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter finals of the Australian Open and then slumped to a Fed Cup defeat against Garine Muguruza. Reason to run away and desert her? No. She is full of grit and you aren’t going to find anyone more determined to get a win on the board this week than Halep. She goes as top seed and she could run into Makarova again in the quarterfinals of the competitions with Caroline Wozniacki or Angelique Kerber the most likely to be semi final opposition for Halep. So a decent chance in the field here for Halep to get back to winning ways and if she starts picking up quick momentum there is going to be reason why she can’t deliver solid each way value. Petra Kvitova is the one to watch behind her though, going off in the opposite half of the field. Kvitova is a 6/1 quote for the title, but it may be worth waiting to see if she can get past her first match though. Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai winner has lost in the first round in three of her last four appearances here. The time that she didn’t she went on to lift the title. Wozniacki is another former winner in the field, not having been out since the Australian Open second round. So what about reigning champion Venus williams? She has put up a tremendous 11-1 record for 2015 and she has tournament history on her side in Dubai. Williams has won the title on each of her last three appearances at the tournament, which puts her on a fifteen match winning streak in Dubai. She has only lost just the one set in that run as well, and that was against her sister in the 2009 semi finals. Williams is one of the hottest players on the WTA at the moment for form, and may have appeal out at 14/1 for punters.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Betting Odds

Simona Help 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 8/1, Ana Ivanovic 10/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Venus Williams 14/1, Ekaterina Makarova 16/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, bar 28/1. There Is a great tennis betting promotion running at online bookmaker Paddy Power. Place five or more bets of £5 or more and you will receive a free £5 bet back from Paddy Power! Great way to try and boost your winnings from your tennis betting, especially in such a big week on the WTA.
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WTA Tournament of Champions Betting Odds and Preview

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The WTA season is all but done. There is a great tournament this week though, the WTA Tournament of Champions, which gets a bit overlooked. It is the understudy even of the WTA Tour Finals, which were won by Serena Williams on the weekend. The WTA Tour Finals is contested between the eight players who have amassed the most Tour points in the season. The Tournament of Champions is for six players who have won a WTA title this year, but didn’t qualify for the WTA Tour Finals. Two wildcards also get their spot. Simona Halep, who lost in the WTA Tour Finals on the weekend against Serena Williams won this last year, so it is a tournament which showcases future talent. The tournament is being played in Sofia, Bulgaria, and who do we have on the card for your WTA Tournament of Champions tennis betting? It is Ekaterina Makarova who is edging things at the head of the betting market as 4/1 favourite with online bookmaker Paddy Power. The tournament is split into two Round Robin groups, the top two from each going through to the semi finals. What will help Makarova’s case here is that she is heading up the tougher of the two groups, as she takes on veteran Flavia Pennetta, as well as Alize Cornet and Garbine Muguruza. So if she tops the group, there will likely be an easy semi final and final ahead. It is likely that Russia’s Makarova, the world number eleven and a quarter finalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the US Open, will be in the final four. Over in the group, Dominika Cibulkova will be expected to come out on top. The diminutive powerhouse has been struggling for form though over the second half of the season, after being so dominant out of the 2014 gates on the WTA Tour. Still, she packs a punch and goes up against Andrea Petkovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Tsvetana Pironkova. Tough to find any great consistency of form from anyone here, but Bulgaria's Pironkova has reached the quarters in her last two tournaments and could be a surprise semi finalist, especially with home support on her side. Tough to see anyone other than Cibulkova being a genuine title shot from the second group though.

WTA Tournament of Champions Betting odds

Ekaterina Makarova 4/1, Flavia Pennetta 5/1, Garbine Muguruza 11/2, Dominika Cibulkova 11/2, Alize Cornet 6/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 6/1, Andrea Petkovic 7/1, Tsvetana Pironkova 8/1 Place five or more £5 bets on tennis markets in one day and get a free £5 bet to use on the next day’s tennis action! Pretty good offer for your tennis betting at online bookmaker Paddy Power, you can’t get much better than a free bet. Good tournament action here and the action does look as if it will be pretty competitive in Sofia. It may be a case of who can stop Makarova though.
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