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Baltacha falls but the Australian Open Tennis live action keeps going with Unibet

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Well, Britain’s Number One Elena Baltacha has fallen from the Australian Open, in no disgrace as she battled hard against Justine Henin, who is one of the favourites to take the Women’s title. Kim Clijsters, who is the largely the outright favourite to take the title, made extremely light work of Dinara Safina in the first round, and looks very impressive. In the men’s draw, Andy Murray breezed through his first round, but there is nothing to get carried away with yet, while Rafael Nadal had a short game after his opponent retired, and Roger Federer is comfortably through to the second round as well. The action is coming thick and fast from Melbourne, as the world’s top tennis stars hunt down success in the first Grand Slam of the year. Online bookmaker Unibet are delivering a fantastic service for you tennis fans, and being one of the most highly rated bookmakers around, they are offering not only great prices and live in play betting, but you can watch live streams from Down Under as well. Head over to the tennis section on Unibet and you will see the opportunities which await you. Call up the Bet and Watch Live section and you will be presented with a calendar of the live action, and if there is a TV symbol beside the match, then you can click right in and watch the live tennis action.

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Baltacha v Kvitova US Open Tennis Betting Preview and Odds

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Britain’s Elena Baltacha, playing in the main draw of the US Open for the first time in her career, blitzed her way into the second round in just over an hour of play. Baltacha, who is ranked 57th in the World and is enjoying a very successful and progressive season, beat Petra Martic, the player who knocked her out of Wimbledon in the first round a couple of months ago. This time around Baltacha looked more comfortable and confident in winning 6-2 6-2 without any trouble whatsoever. Scot Baltacha is the main focus of British women’s tennis and has been carrying the flag all season so very well. She has scored impressive victories over top ten players like Li Na, Jie Zheng and French Open winner Francesca Schiavone. Now Baltacha has a chance to fire her way into the top fifty players in the world, an ambition of the positive and never say die approach she brings to the game. Perhaps the disappointment at Wimbledon has made her just that little bit stronger, and going into the second round where she plays Petra Kvitova. Baltacha will be well worth backing in the match, especially if she brings such a professional and clinical display, and she will have had a day’s extra rest over her opponent.

Baltacha to win: 6/4 at Stan James
Kvitova to win: 4/7 at SkyBet

One of the most noticeable improvements against Martic at Flushing Meadows, was the serving of Baltacha, who only lost two points in the whole match when she got her first serve in. Baltacha has picked up two titles this year, in something of a comeback year for her after suffering with a long injury in 2009. The 27 year old is the brightest spark on the WTA, and the prize for getting past the tough Czech opponent, will be a likely third round encounter against US Open defending champion Kim Clijsters. That would be a marvellous encounter for Baltacha on such a huge stage. Petra Kvitova, ranked 27th in the world will be an enduring test for Baltacha, but the Scot has beaten higher ranked opponents this year already, and is well worth backing in tennis betting for today. Kvitova was a surprise semi finalist at Wimbledon this year, where she fell to Serena Williams, but hasn’t been past the last 32 of a tournament since then.

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Elena Baltacha v Andrea Petkovic Istanbul Cup Tennis

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Baltacha downs Schiavone to reach WTA quarter finals

Britain’s Tennis star Elena Baltacha produced a fine display to oust number one seed Francesca Schiavone from the Istanbul Cup. Schiavone, the 2010 French Open winner, was a firm price to win through to the quarter finals, but as suggested here, Baltacha had what was needed to bring her down. This was another major scalp for Elena Baltacha, as her impressive season on the WTA continues, and warms the hearts of British Tennis fans. Baltacha struggled more in her first round match against a wildcard entrant than she did against Schiavone, stunning the Italian in a 6-4 6-2 victory to move ahead in the touranment. The match only lasted one hour and 25 minutes, as the Brit firmly got a grip on the game by dominating the Schiavone serve. Baltacha now moves ahead to her third quarter final place for the 2010 season on the WTA Tour, where she faces another of the tournament seeds, 6th seed Andrea Petkovic.

Baltacha, who knew she had nothing to lose against the top seed, and played with the trademark guts and commitment that is synonymous with her. There is still a lot of work to be done, but if Baltacha can beat Petkovic, there is only one other seed left in the tournament, and that is third seed Alisa Kleybanova who is down in the other half of the draw, and so wouldn’t meet until the final. To be honest, a place in the final would be nothing less than Elena Baltacha deserves, as well as a whole heap of credit for what she is doing for the game. Petkovic is a tricky customer and has been in a final this year, losing to Justine Henin in the final in the Netherlands. The two have met once before on the WTA tour, with the German winning. Realistically after her wonderful triumph, there is nothing which Baltacha should be afraid of, and she could press on.

Here is the tale of the tape for the two players to help sway your tennis betting. You should be able to get around 4/1 at BetFair on Baltacha to win the Istanbul Cup.

Progress 1st Round:
Baltacha v Buyukakcay 7-5 7-6(4)
Petkovic v Ozgen 6-2 6-1

Progress 2nd Round:

Baltacha v Schiavone 6-4 6-2
Petkovic v Makarova 7-6(5) 5-7 6-3


  Elena Baltacha Andrea Petkovic
World Ranking 59 38
Age 26 22
Height 5' 9" 5' 11"
2010 Match Record (w/l) 32-13 21-17
Career Match Record 264 - 185 201 - 127

British WTA interest at Wimbledon led by Baltacha

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Youngsters Robson and Watson look to impress

There is plenty of British interest at Wimbledon Tennis Championships this year. Andy Murray will get a lot of home support naturally, as he goes in search of his first ever Grand Slam. He has been going through tough times this season after reaching the final of the Australian Grand Slam and losing there to Roger Federer. He looks to be lacking a bit of confidence in himself, and needs to channel his aggression and little bit better. He is the only Brit in the top 100 of the ATP rankings, and naturally there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Likewise with the only British women in the top 100 of the WTA rankings, Elena Baltacha, who has been enjoying a wonderful season. Baltacha has picked up some notable wins this year, beating Jie Zheng, along with Na Li, and battled well in her first set against Sam Stosur in the quarter finals at Eastbourne. Baltacha is currently sitting at her highest ranking ever of 52, and she looks to be getting better and stronger all the time. There will be a lot of cheers for her at Wimbledon, as she takes on world #77 Petra Martic of Croatia in the first round. A win there would earn her a great tie against World Number 11 Marion Bartoli in the second round.

Two notable Brits have been handed wildcard entries into Wimbledon, and will be worth keeping an eye on, as they are the future of British tennis. Heather Watson, who seems to have a permanent smile on her face, is good future talent, having won the US Open junior title, and crushed Aleksandra Wozniak last year (who is ranked 296 places higher than her in the world standings). 18 year old Watson goes up against qualifier Romina Sarina Oprandi from Italy in the first round, who stands at 140th in the world rankings, and stands a good chance of progressing. But perhaps more eyes will be on sixteen year old Laura Robson, who will be taking centre stage on Monday. The powerful, talented youngster really has the tennis world at her feet. Robson is a former junior Wimbledon champion, and she steps out onto Centre Court for the first time ever as she faces number four seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round. That will be a huge moment for her, as she continues to grow and develop into such a promising player. The Aussie born Brit put on a great show last year when she took Daniela Hantuchova to three sets in the first round. Britain also have Anne Keothavong, Katie 0’Brien and Melanie South in first round action on the first two days.

Elena Baltacha to win: 7/19 at Bwin
Petra Martic to win: 5/2 at SkyBet

Jelena Jankovic to win: 1/8 at Boylesports
Laura Robson to win: 13/2 at 888Sport

Heather Watson to win: 9/10 at Victor Chandler
Romina Oprandi to win: Evens at Bet365


Elena Baltacha moves on to Eastbourne Quarter Finals

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Britain’s number one tennis player, Elena Baltacha, moved onto the third round of the WTA AEGON International at Eastbourne yesterday. After moving past Na Li in the first round after her opponent had to retire hurt, Baltacha continued her fine season, by taking out another Chinese tennis star, Jie Zheng. Both Na and Zheng reached the semi finals of the Australian Open Grand Slam at the start of the season, and now Baltacha has claimed both scalps of the Chinese women. Baltacha picked up her first WTA victory over a top ten seed when she beat Na Li at Indian Wells, and now she has another big feather in her cap, beating Zheng in three sets. Baltacha is in the last eight of the tournament on grass, which is the precursor to Wimbledon. Baltacha now faces Australian Samantha Stosur (7/2 at Stan James), who was tipped here to win the tournament as she is in great form. Stosur is ranked 7th in the World, and is the only seed left in Baltacha’s half of the draw, so there is huge incentive to move forward.

In the top half of the draw, only two seeds remain. Kim Clijsters (11/8 at Stan James) continues to look mightily impressive and could be worth an ante-post bet on her winning at Wimbledon. She has only dropped three games on her passage to the last eight. Now she faces her toughest task as she goes up against Victoria Azarenka (8/1 at Ladbrokes), who looks as if she is rediscovering her form at the right time as well. This is match worth keeping an eye on, as it will give good indications for the both of them heading to the Grand Slam. Azarenka is the real wild card in the pack, loaded with talent, fantastic to watch, but a bit self destructive. Italy’s Marion Bartoli (25/1 at Stan James) is the other seed left in the tournament, and she takes on Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (16/1 at Bet365) in her quarter final match, which is a tough one to call. So Elena Baltacha hopefully marches on, if she can claim her biggest ever victory.

Match Odds

Sam Stosur to win: 2/7 at William Hill
Elena Baltacha to win: 3/1 at Paddy Power


Baltacha Through To Second Round at Eastbourne

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Baltacha Progresses as WTA seeds tumble at Eastbourne

Some interesting developments from the WTA action at Eastbourne, as the ladies warm up for Wimbledon. As expected, the draw was just a little too tough for young Danish starlet Caroline Wozniacki, as she fell in the first round to plucky French star Aravane Rezai (10/1 at BetFred) . Also pushing on through, was Victoria Azarenka (16/1 at Ladbrokes), who toppled four seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round, and now Vika, as she is more affectionately known, should progress to an expected quarter final match against Kim Clijsters (2/1 at Stan James), who blew away Yanina Wickmayer much easier than expected. There are signs of Clijsters hitting the grass court running ahead of Wimbledon, and she did start the tournament as favourite in the betting odds. She should be fresh as she has been resting since mid April, so could be timing her comeback to action to perfect. If she meets Azarenka as expected, then it should be a good test for both, and should give some betting pointers to where both are ahead of Wimbledon.

Betting tip for the tournament, Australia’s Samantha Stosur (4/1 at Bet365) is safely through to the second round, while sixth seed Flavia Pennetta had a bit of a shocker against qualifier Ekaterina Makarova. What does that mean in terms of the draw? Well, as French Open winner Francesca Schiavone went out in the first round as well, it leaves Stosur as the only seed in the bottom half of the draw, making her an even stronger bet for the AEGON International at Eastbourne, than when initially tipped here. But, even better news, is that Britain’s number one Elena Baltacha (100/1 at Ladbrokes) is through to the second round after progressing against seventh seed Na Li. Baltacha lost the first set in an incredibly close contest against the World Number 11, but the Chinese star had to retire through injury ahead of the second set, so that moved Elena forward. She now takes on China’s other tennis star, Jie Zheng (22/1 at Bet365) in the second round. If she gets through that, then she will probably meet Samantha Stosur, which, from a tennis point of view, one would really fancy seeing.

One other piece of WTA Tennis news ahead of Wimbledon, is that World Number 5, Elena Dementieva has, sadly, had to pull out of the Grand Slam through injury. The calf injury, which she picked up in the semi final of the French Open (from which she had to retire) will sadly keep her out of this year’s tournament. That is a huge shame for the Russian, who would have been up there challenging for the honours, after reaching the semi finals for the past two years there.

Match Odds
Jie Zheng to win: 4/11 at Bet365
Elena Baltacha to win: 9/4 at Ladbrokes


WTA Tennis Betting Eastbourne AEGON International

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Baltacha Revisits Glory Moment in First Round at Eastbourne

We are lucky enough to be enjoying an overdose of Women’s tennis at the moment, as the build up to Wimbledon continues. Six of the top ten women in the World at playing in the UK at Eastbourne this week, the traditional build up tournament ahead of the Grand Slam. Wimbledon starts on June 21, and this for most of the players, will be the last chance to warm up, after making the recent switch from the clay court section of the season. Britain have already had one casualty at the AEGON International with Anne Keothavong falling in the first round to the experienced hand of Daniela Hantuchova. Britain’s Number One Elena Baltacha (150/1 at SkyBet) goes on Tuesday in her first round match, as she takes on Na Li, who Baltacha famously beat at Indian Wells, claiming her first ever World Top 10 scalp. Baltacha has been enjoying a fantastically impressive season, as she continues her efforts to climb up the World Rankings. Playing on home turf, should inspire her to recreate probably the best result of her career so far. Queen of the court Caroline Wozniacki (7/1 at SkyBet) will start the tournament as one of the outright favourite, as the young Dane is a class act and full of promise. For being the top seed though, she has a pretty tough quarter of the draw. First up she takes on Aravane Rezai, who came from nowhere in Madrid to beat Venus Williams in the final on clay. That’s a tough opening match, and awaiting them in the second round is Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez who beat the talented Vera Zvonareva in the first round. Still, Wozniacki is second in the World rankings thanks to a very good season and is worth backing, but probably not the best bet to take with imposing draw. The ever improving Aussie Sam Stour (9/2 at SkyBet), however is. After losing the final of the French Open Grand Slam recently to Francesca Schiavone, the cool and collected Stosur will be a threat at Eastbourne with a nice draw working in her favour. Flavia Pennetta is in her half of the draw, along with the fiery Schiavone, but one thing Stosur does possess, is the grit and determination to come back from defeat, which makes her a great bet here. The top half of the draw is packed with talent, and you can almost draw a name from a hat. Kim Clijsters (7/2 at SkyBet) is in the mix, along with Marion Bartoli and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. Radwanska actually is involved in one of the most anticipated first round matches at Eastbourne, as she goes up against one of my favourites, Victoria Azarenka (16/1 at SkyBet), who is looking to discover some of her top form. A few months ago, Azarenka would have been one of the top seeds at a tournament like this, but she has lost her way a little bit. She is mightily talented though, and if she gets past Radwanska (who actually is a bet well worth taking herself at 16/1 at SkyBet), then Azarenka is well worth an outside shot at the title here. Looking over the odds, Kim Clijsters may be worth a little punt, even though she has been out of action since April. She has all of the talent, but may be a little rusty and a little surprising she’s favourite in betting. But, for WTA Tennis betting tips this week, the prime candidates really are Samantha Stosur, simply because she is so cool on whichever surface she is playing on, and the longer shot to look out for, Flavia Pennetta out at 25/1 at SkyBet. Match Odds Na Li to win: 1/4 at Boylesports Elena Baltacha: 3/1 at Bet365

Sharapova heads strong tips in WTA AEGON Tennis Classic

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AEGON Classic WTA Tennis Betting Preview: With the thrills and spills of the French Open done and dusted, it is time to step out onto the grass portion of the season, and the top tennis players are heading to the UK for that. Yes, Wimbledon is right around the corner, and starts later in the month, so players will use the time now to find their feet again on grass. No, no-one saw outsider Francesca Schiavone winning the clay court final at Roland Garros, and last year’s winner of the AEGON Classic was just as much of a surprise, with thirteenth seed Magdalena Rybarikova beating Na Li in two sets. But it is back to business now, and this tournament has a couple of outstanding candidates to get behind on your tennis betting for the week. The grass action starts at the AEGON Classic at Birmingham, and here we will provide a guide as the best tennis bets to take for the WTA week.

Maria Sharapova (7/4 at William Hill) is one to watch out for, as she has won the tournament before, most famously back in 2004 when she backed it up with victory at Wimbledon. She has been steadily getting better and more consistent this season, picking up a couple of WTA tour titles along the way. She is probably a degree or two short of being able to really challenge for a Grand Slam this season, but this is the perfect kind of tournament for her. She is ranked 13th in the world, but comes into the tournament as second seed. She reached the semi finals last season, somewhat impressively as she was still recovering from an absence from the game due to a shoulder injury. After looking steadily impressive on the clay court this season, Sharapova, who suffered a major shock at the Australian Open by going out in the first round, is better than that. She has found a new consistency and looks sharper than she has done for a while. This is one of her favourite tournaments, having won here twice, and has the ability to make that quick switch from clay to grass, giving her the leg up over the competition.

Aravane Rezai (8/1 at William Hill) is well worth keeping an eye at Birmingham. She goes as number 4 seed (ranked 19th in the World) as she recently rose to the top of her game after winning the Madrid Open to some surprise. The French star is a feisty one, and makes for a good bet, as her seeding puts her in a nice quarter of the draw. As does third seed Yanina Wick Mayer (10/1 at William Hill), who we were about to enthuse. But she goes up against young British star Laura Robson in the second round, and patriotic tennis betting will want the future British hope to shine and win through. Robson is a sparkling young talent, and continues to prove herself in the climb up the rankings. She was ahead when her first round opponent retired injured, so she should be fresh for the tough challenge of Wickmayer. Belgian Wickmayer is ranked 16th in the world, and will, therefore be no pushover. She has probably the easiest quarter of the draw to navigate, out of the top four tournament seeds (which are kept apart) but if she progresses, then should meet Sharapova in the semi’s. Wickmayer is worth an outside bet here.

What of Britain’s Women’s Number One Elena Baltacha (33/1 at William Hill). She has been seeded 12th for the tournament, as she continues her fine season, and there will be a lot of hopeful eyes on her having a great run at Wimbledon this year. After winning her first grass court tournament of the season, the AEGON Trophy in Nottingham with consummate ease, Baltacha faces a qualifier in the first round, and the first seed she could bump into, is seventh seed Olga Govortsova from Belarus. Hopefully Baltacha will be able to fire herself through to the Quarter Final stage at least, where she will meet Chinese star Na Li. That would be highly interesting, as Baltacha claimed her first ever Top Ten scalp when beating Li at Indian Wells over three sets. That should give Baltacha some great motivation and drive to get her grass season rolling along very well. Baltacha is always a nice bet in these types of tournaments, although she will remain on the outside of the favourites. Tournament favourite is Na Li (7/4 at William Hill), as the World Number 12 looks to rediscover some of the early season form that took her to the semi finals of the Australian Open. Li didn’t get far at the French Open, but prior to that, reached the Quarter Finals at Madrid, and the Semi’s at Warsaw. Has the ability to win it, but better odds can be found for Rezai and Wickmayer.


Good outside bets in WTA French Open Tennis Betting

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French Open Tennis Betting Preview: If you are looking for a good outside bet for the WTA French Open Grand Slam, then keep an eye on hometown favourite Aravane Rezai. She genuinely represents the best of French hopes at Roland Garros, and she has perhaps gotten her timing just perfect, after racking up a surprise, but nonetheless impressive victory in Madrid. They clay surface can be a tough on players, but Rezai looked pretty accomplished in her tournament victory and makes a good case for an outside bet. She breezed confidently through her first round match, winning 6-1, 6-1. Britain’s Elena Baltacha bowed out in the first round, after receiving a tough draw against eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Baltacha lost the first set heavily 6-0, but put up a stirling performance in the second set, but was narrowly edged out of that 7-5. There has only been one real surprise in the first round so far, and that was the defeat of 10th seed Victoria Azarenka to Argentina’s Gisela Dulko. Azarenka, one of the genuine shots for the title, played an error strewn game and lost heavily in two sets.

Venus and Serena Williams
So where are the favourites for this prime tennis betting event? Roland Garros is the second of four Grand Slam tournaments on the year, and naturally there is a great competitive edge to all the players. With the fantastic French atmosphere, there is some fantastic tennis action to enjoy over the next couple of weeks. Excluding injuries, all of the World’s top players are obliged to attend in this tennis showcase, but the tournament will be missing Kim Clijsters who would have been right up there in the betting. Naturally the duo who are up there in the betting are the Williams sisters. World number one Serena Williams has had limited appearances this season, but did win the Australian Open. Sister Venus has been the more dominant figure this season so far on the whole though, reaching four finals. Venus Williams did just reach the final of the Madrid Open, so it shows she is fine on clay, but lost there to some surprise against the aforementioned Aravane Rezai. Undoubtedly she is in all honesty, the strongest bet to get behind for the tournament.

Justin Henin

The diminuitive Justin Henin should be a threat, as she holds the record for the most clay court titles of current active players on the WTA tour. Since making her comeback from retirement, she has been in fine form, and should not be ignored in the betting. The clay court surface brings the best out of her, as it is perfectly suited to her game. She is looking as powerful as ever in her understated way, and out of all the players on the tour, she has the best and most proven consistency on clay, which will make her a strong bet to lift the title. As good as she is, she looks even more elevated in stature on clay.

Jelena Jankovic

At the Rome Open, Indian Wells winner Jelena Jankovic beat both Williams sisters on her route to the finals, but is another who fell to the inspired Rezai at Madrid. Jankovic comfortably won her first round match, and she is one of the most accomplished movers on the court. She has perfect balance and control on all surfaces, and her speed around the court will give opposition plenty of problems. She is a winner and could very well go all the way, as she must be high on confidence at the moment. Jankovic has been a beaten semi finalist twice at Roland Garros, in 2007 and 2008. Can she make the step up? She is a great price and a great potential bet for the French Open.

Caroline Wozniacki

The young Danish star is the darling of the court, and she has enjoyed a successful season, climbing up to number two in the world. She looked unstoppable around the end of March, beginning of April, where she reached the final of Indian Wells, losing to Jankovic, but rebounded to win well in Ponte Verde. Has been struggling to make deep runs in tournaments since then, particularly on clay, but has the undisputed talent to win Grand Slam. Went out at the quarter final stage in Madrid to China’s Jie Zheng. She easily made her way through to the second round.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

The defending Champion is safely through to the second round, but has not, in any way shape or form, produced any form this season which suggests that she will be capable of defending the much coveted title. She hasn’t been past the last sixteen in any of her tournaments this year, and after falling in the last 64 to Shahar Peer at Madrid, she suddenly becomes a very long shot.

Other Contenders

The leading chasing pack should be Baltacha’s conqueror Agnieszka Radwanska (100/1 at Boylesports), who has made solid yet steady improvements over the year. Along with her, Samantha Stosur has shown a great deal of grit and determination this year too, but whether she has the Grand Slam winning credentials is a different matter. Elena Dementieva will be somewhat expectant of a good run, as she is a class act, but falling below expectations this year. Her progress will have been made a bit easier thanks to the early exit of Azarenka. Dinara Safina really should be in the latter stages of the tournament, but has been struggling with injuries this year. Still a threat though, and if she is at a decent price at your online bookmaker, she may well be worth an each way bet.

Former World Number One Ana Ivanovic (40/1 at Bet365) is another kind of outside wild card bet to take notice of. There have been signs that she is getting back to the kind of form and ability that took her to the top of the tennis world a couple of years ago, before suffering a huge fall in the rankings. Along with Jankovic and Azarenka, she is one of the best movers on the court with superb footwork. Maria Sharapova (66/1 at SkyBet) is also showing much improved signs in her game, picking up two titles this year, but in the tough half of the draw is unlikely to make too much of an impact.

The Roland Garros Draw

Always look at the draw for tennis tournament betting. Seeding numbers are in brackets for the quarters of the French Open draw. It has been broken down in the four main quarters of the draw, with the top seeds in each. The winners of each quarter will bump into each other in the quarter final stage, meaning that Quarter 1 winner will meet Quarter 2 winner at that stage, just to help in aiding your betting decisions. So, as can be seen below, the top half of the draw looks the toughest to get through.

Quarter 1

Serena Williams (1st)
Samantha Stour (7th)
Maria Sharapova (12th)

Quarter 2

Jelena Jankovic (4th)
Agnieska Radwanska (8th)
Dinara Safina (9th)

Quarter 3

Svetlana Kuznetsova  (6th)
Caroline Wozniacki (3rd)

Quarter 4

Elena Dementieva (5th)
Venus Williams (2nd)

French Open Tennis Outright Odds

Justine Henin: 2/1 at Bet365
Serena Williams: 5/1 at SkyBet
Jelena Jankovic: 13/2 at Boylesports
Venus Williams: 9/1 at Bet365
Aravane Rezai: 14/1 at Stan James
Svetlana Kuznetsova: 20/1 at Stan James
Elena Dementieva: 22/1 at Coral
Samantha Stosur: 25/1 at Bet365


Baltacha in the mix for WTA Tennis Betting Tips for the Week

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WTA Tennis betting: Two WTA tournaments are taking place this week, with some fine action for some tennis betting. First up is the Polsat Warsaw Open in Poland. Two strong bets are here to back, and those are Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Dementieva, but with those being the top two seeds in the tournament, there is some opportunity to pick up an outsider. Wozniacki is the gem of the WTA tour so far this year, as she has climbed up to second in the World Rankings with some fine performances. She has picked up victories this year and has largely dominated tournaments where there have not been so many of the top ten players in them. Dementieva is a class act, who simply has not delivered in tournament wins, but again, in a tournament where there is not such stern opposition as she would face in the premier tour events, she is a great one to back. She has recently climbed to 5th in the world rankings.

If you are looking around to pick up an outsider at the Polsat Warsaw Open, which is an outdoor tournament on clay, then look no further than Alona Bondarenko. She has been busy, and won the final in Hobart right at the start of the season, but the young Ukrainian  hasn’t done much to suggest that she will conquer the world. However, she reached the final here last year where she lost to Alexandra Dulgheru. Dulgheru is also in the tournament, in line to meet Dementieva, so could be worth a punt. Other than that, you will need to look at the two Chinese entrants, La Ni and Jie Zheng, who should both be good enough to get deep into the tournament. Both players, La Ni in particular hit a bit of a wall after reaching the semi finals at the Australian Open, (British tennis fans may recall Elena Baltacha’s great victory over World Number 10 La Ni earlier in the season), but should be a threat, with Zheng having the slightly harder draw.

Polsat Warsaw Open Outright Odds
Caroline Wozniacki: 15/8 at Stan James
Elena Dementieva: 9/4 at Bet365
Na Li: 9/2 at Bet365
Alona Bondarenko: 10/1 at BetFair
Alexandra Dulgheru: 16/1 at Stan James
Jie Zheng: 20/1 at Bet365

Britain’s Elena Baltacha is on the rise again, as she progressed through to the second round of the Strasbourg Open, as players warm up for the coming French Open at Roland Garros. Baltacha had a great victory over Sorana Cirstea in the first round, who was a semi finalist at Estoril last week. She is in a great position to go deep into the tournament, looking at the draw, and won’t meet a seed until the semi finals. Baltacha has been in inspired form this season, and making waves through the WTA with her progress after coming back from a long injury. She is currently 62nd in the World and on the up. As for the winner of the tournament, then most betting will lean towards Maria Sharapova, who has suddenly made a comeback from nowhere. This is only her fifth appearance of the season, which started with a first round exit at the Australian Open to Maria Kirilenko. Sharapova did win the title in Memphis, but on her comeback last week in Madrid, failed to make it past the last 64.

Sharapova would be a decent bet here (9/4 at BetFair), and will lead things in that department. She showed glimpses of her old self in the early round in Madrid, but came undone. The same level of competition isn’t here in this one, and as proved in Memphis, under much the same circumstances, she does know how to deliver. Outside of that, Virginie Razzano (23/5 at BetFair) looks a good outside bet, although if you’re backing Elena Baltacha (18/1 at BetFair), be aware the two of them would meet in the quarter finals. Try a betting Exchange like w for outright and match odds on this smaller tournament.