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Garbine Muguruza v Karolina Pliskova Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 21st, 2019 at 1:30 am This is a massive fourth-round clash at the Australian Open between two very strong challengers. It has already been a big effort from Spaniard Muguruza to have reached this stage. Will she be able to take out Pliskova, who is favourite for this match? There's no easy path forward now as the winner will face either Simona Halep or Serena Williams in the quarter finals.

Garbine Muguruza v Karolina Pliskova odds*

Karolina Pliskova 4/5 Garbine Muguruza * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Steady progress from Pliskova

Pliskova was always going to be a threat up in the congested top section of the draw. While a lot of the spotlight was, of course, focused on Serena Williams and Simona Halep in the section, Pliskova has been making steady progress. She took a straight sets victory in her opening match but was taken to three-set matches in the second and the third round. In her last two matches, Pliskova has put in some really strong performances in the final sets of her matches. Pliskova has her big service game working really well at the moment and the fact that she is running well at Melbourne Park is no great surprise. She warmed up this year by picking up a title at the Brisbane Open and while that wasn’t the strongest of fields that she prevailed in, it was a good five-match tournament of getting match-sharpness under her belt. After dropping the first set in the second round against Madison Brengle, she won the next two sets dropping only one game in total.

Muguruza shows some mettle

It is that service game which is going to be a threat to Muguruza in this one. The Spaniard had an easy opening match at the tournament but then was involved in that epic extended game against Britain’s Johanna Konta in the second round. Muguruza took a 7-5 result in the deciding set in that one. She found herself being challenged by Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky in the first set of the third round. But Muguruza took it on the tiebreak and that broke the resistance of her opponent.

Head to head

So there are two very strong players here, both with big serves and plenty of grit in their game. Pliskova does have a big 7-2 advantage in the head to head between the two players though. Their most recent meeting was back at the WTA Finals in 2017 with Pliskova taking an easy win. The Czech player has won seven of the last eight meetings, with Muguruza’s only win in that run coming at the Cincinnati semifinals in 2017. There has been just the one Grand Slam meeting between them, a first-round win for Muguruza a long way back at the 2013 French Open.


Pliskova looks sharp and her serve is, undeniably, going very well at the moment. There are going to be small margins in this one between these two heavyweights of the game. We are sticking with Pliskova who has a strong head to head against Muguruza. Pliskova to win at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm)

Timea Bacsinszky v Garbine Muguruza Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 19th, 2019 at 1:30 am Garbine Muguruza had that epic late (early?) finish against Britain’s Jo Konta in the second round of the Australian Open. How much of an effect will that have on her going forward? Because of that finish, it is going to be a quick turn around for her as she steps out against Timea Baczinsky for a place in the fourth round.

Timea Bacsinszky v Garbine Muguruza odds*

Garbine Muguruza 2/5 Timea Bacsinszky * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 10:52 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Muguruza’s second round match against Johanna Konta was a brilliant affair, arguably the best of the tournament so far. There was some high-class tennis played in a strange atmosphere, the two still going at it in front of a barely existent crowd at 3 am Australian time. But Muguruza got the win in three sets and she played some fantastic tennis. She had to be at her best to see off Konta. If she keeps up the levels then she is going to be a big threat at Melbourne Park in the draw. That was a big step up in the level of competitiveness for the Spaniard after her easy opening victory over Shuai Zheng. Will Murugurza be able to shake off that late finish and get back into the swing of things quickly as she faces Bacsinszky? Switzerland's Bacsinszky knocked out the 10th seed Daria Kasatkina in the opening round of action at Melbourne Park. It was then another straight sets victory for her as she took out another Russian in the form of Natalia Vikhlyantseva. Bacsinszky has never been past the third round of the Australian Open in six previous attempts and she may have a tough time getting to the fourth this season as well. Bacsinszky took part in the Shenzhen Open, the first tournament of the new season and lost in the first round there. So she stepped back out as a warm-up at the Sydney International and made a run to the quarterfinals where she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. So it hasn’t been the hottest of form from her. But if she is able to catch Muguruza with any kind of hangover from the Spaniard’s late finish in her second round match, then there could be a small window of opportunity for the underdog. There have been five previous meetings between the two players and Muguruza leads 4-1. Their most recent meeting was last year on clay with Bacsinszky taking a win in Madrid. Muguruza has owned the two previous hard court clashes, one of them back at the 2015 Australian Open.


We don't see any immediate fall out from Muguruza’s match against Konta. That was some high-class tennis which is probably going to be difficult for her to replicate on a constant level. But she was serving well, produced some incredible returns at crucial moments and has to be in high spirits. She probably has too much for Baczinsky and we’ll stay with a Muguruza 2-0 in set betting at 11/10* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 10:52 pm).

Johanna Konta v Garbine Muguruza Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 17th, 2019 at 1:30 am This is something of a heavyweight showdown in the second round of the Australian Open 2019. Britain’s Johanna Konta survived a scare in the first round to grind her way through and now the more substantial challenge of Spain’s Garbine Muguruza stands in her way. This could be a really interesting clash.

Johanna Konta v Garbine Muguruza odds*

Garbiñe Mugalarre 8/15 Johanna Konta 6/4 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 15th, 2019 at 6:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Johanna Konta made hard work of her first-round match. She was against Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, a player she had already lost to this season, but Konta managed to survive a final set tie break. Konta had taken the first set on a tie break but just lost her way totally in the second. It wasn’t a game of high-quality tennis really. To be fair though Konta had to pull out of her warm-up tournament because of an injury concern. There was doubts about her full fitness going into the tournament. It was the way that she played more than the narrow result really that would be the worry. It wasn’t good stuff from Konta who was trying too hard at times. She wasn’t even really sticking to her own strengths as she was looking to mix the game up with drop shots and net approaches. She’s better staying back and pounding it out. The one huge positive is that her serve was looking sharp. Muguguara, the 18th seed at Melbourne Park had an easy time of things in the first round. She made sure of that. The Spaniard faced up Saisai Zheng And breezed through 6-2 6-3, relatively unchallenged. Much like Konta, 2018 wasn’t a great year for Muguruza by her expected high standards. The Spaniard pulled out of Sydney, her one warm-up tournament after having beaten Carla Suarez Navarro easily in the first round. It was a stomach illness. The 2017 Melbourne quarterfinalist has met up with Konta twice before and it is the Brit who holds a 2-0 lead from those game. Both previous meetings were back in 2015 with Konta taking a three-set win at Eastbourne. She then triumphed again in three sets when they met later in the year at the US Open.


Konta really doesn't look back on her game yet. She has powerful assets and she doesn’t seem to be able to call upon them. Her serve looks her best route of attack at the moment and Muguruza looks the clear favourite to win this tussle at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 15th, 2019 at 6:31 pm)

WTA Hong Kong Open Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Hong Kong Open Preview - October 8th - 14th, 2018 The next big stop on the WTA as the season winds towards the end of season championships in Hong Kong. This is the International level event with a field of 32 scrapping it out. US Open champion and current number two Naomi Osaka has had to pull out with a back injury. That’s a shame as she has been in cracking form. Ekaterina Makarova And fifth seed Lesia Tsurenko have also withdrawn ahead of the tournament.

WTA Hong Kong Open Odds*

Elina Svitolina 9/2 Garbiñe Muguruza 11/2 Jelena Ostapenko 8/1 Qiang Wang 10/1 S Zhang 10/1 Daria Gavrilova 14/1 Aleksandra Krunic 16/1 Zarina Diyas 16/1 Dayana Yastremska 20/1 Monica Niculescu 20/1 Saisai Zheng 25/1 Bar 25/1* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Saisai raises stock

Naturally, a lot of the focus is going to be on the big names in the field. There aren’t than many of them to be fair for this one. But we’ll start with Zheng Saisai who just battled through to an unexpected win at Zhengzhou over the weekend. She took out fourth seed Wang Yafan in that final, battling from a set down. So that has raised her stock a bit and is going off at 25/1 this week in Hong Kong* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm).

Big Guns Fail to Appeal

Elina Svitolina is the top seed for the event as she looks to put a strong finish to the season in. After her run to the round of sixteen at the US Open, she went out in Wuhan at the end of September and lost her first match there. She hasn’t really been on top of her game too much this season but at this level of tournament, you would really expect her to be getting somewhere close. She competed in this last year and lost her first match. Probably worth avoiding at those 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm). Another of the main contenders Garbine Muguruza is carrying a bit more form. She didn’t get up and running in Tokyo but got a couple of wins under her belt in Wuhan, China before losing to qualifier Katerina Siniakova in a tight scrap. That was at least a bit of forward momentum for the Spaniard. Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko hasn’t caught fire since the summer grass court swing of the season. She has played three matches on this Asian swing of the season and has won just one of them. It’s been a surprisingly slack defence from her, but it’s the end of the season so probably isn’t going to be as strong. So there are vulnerabilities there and a lack of form among the front-runners.

Underdogs Look Good

So this is looking like a tournament where it is worth looking for a bit of longer each way value. China’s Quang Wang ranked 28th in the world isn’t a bad option at all here. She has produced some cracking form recently with a semi final run in Hiroshima, a win at Guangzhou and then she powered her way to a great semi final place at Wuhan in a Premier 5 effort at the end of September. Aleksandra Krunic isn’t in bad form and recently went to the quarters in Guangzhou. She was out in Wuhan following that but ran into an early tough match against fifth seed Petra Kvitova and suffered a loss. Daria Gavrilova is pretty much the same with a round of sixteen appearance at Wuhan, having beaten Ostapenko in the opening round. Before that she met Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo and put in a great effort in a defeat, taking the fourth seed to three sets.


We fancy going against the top seeds in the event this week. There’s not a great deal of temptation in any of them. So we are going along with a look at Daria Gavrilova at 14/1 each way* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11pm). The other stand out player with the appeal is clearly Qiang Wang who is the most in-form player in the entire field and if she keeps up that hot momentum, can be well in contention.

WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Wuhan Open Preview There is more big action on the Asian swing of the WTA season as the attention shifts to Wuhan, China. This is Premier 5 tournament on the Tour with precious big points up for grabs in terms of qualification for the end of season Tour Championships. There is a big field in attendance as well as the WTA Wuhan Open including Simona Halep and the defending champion Caroline Garcia. This is a relatively young tournament on the Tour as it enters just its fifth edition.

WTA Wuhan Open Odds*

Simona Halep 13/2 Elina Svitolina 9/1 Angelique Kerber 10/1 Garbine Muguruza 12/1 Madison Keys 12/1 Caroline Garcia 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Petra Kvitova 16/1 Caroline Wozniacki 16/1 Julia Goerges 22/1 Jelena Ostapenko 25/1 Ashleigh Barty 28/1 Bar 40/1 * (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Muguruza and Garcia contend

There was an early-tournament casualty with Sloane Stephens suffering a shock first-round exit. That was down in the third quarter of the draw and the biggest benefactors from that will be Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia who are in that same quarter. The exit of Stephens leaves the top section of the third quarter wide open with no seed in there at all. Muguruza and defending champion Garcia would be meeting in the third round. When it comes to those two meeting it is Spain’s Muguruza who is 3-0 up over Garcia so that is a nice indicator of what could happen going forward and it lends a bit of value on Muguruza now to go and power her way to a deep run at the tournament. She was runner-up here in 2015 to Venus William. Muguruza was stopped in the second round of Tokyo in her last Premier event. Still, she represents decent 12/1 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) value in this one. As for Garcia, she had one of the biggest moments of her career twelve months ago here and hasn’t been in bad form. She just lacks that bit of edge to get to the winner's circle often enough. She will have fond memories but title defences are not easy and after a quarter final exit to Donna Vekic in Tokyo, we are passing over her. Karolina Pliskova will be full of confidence after beating US Open winner Naomi Osaka in the final of Tokyo on the weekend. That was a big win for Pliskova against the odds at the end of the day but we tend to avoid taking winners in back to back events because of the gruelling work involved in two big weekend.

Halep coming back fresh

Simona Halep is coming in a bit fresher than the rest and the Romanian is the 13/2 odd favourite* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) and should rightly have plenty of backing. It isn't the easiest of draws though because Daria Kasatkina could be a third-round opponent and then Elina Svitolina could be waiting for her in the quarterfinals. So not the easiest of runs for the favourite. It is the difficulty of the draw which makes her odds a little unappealing. Caroline Wozniacki didn’t deliver in Tokyo the last time out in premier action and is worth a pass because it has been a while since we have seen her at her best. Angelique Kerber is in the mix but the German didn’t make the quarterfinals last season, but she is always a threat but there is the dangerous Petra Kvitova waiting in her path to potentially slip her up.


We are going to take a chance on Muguruza this week who has decent tournament history, even if her form isn’t quite there at the moment. With the early exit of Stephens, there is a big chance ahead of her at getting a deep run and we like her chance. As a long shot this season we are going to have a look at Jelena Ostapenko who was a semi finalist twelve months ago and makes for a 25/1 each way bet if Pliskova’s title on the weekend takes a toll on her this week* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm).

Wimbledon Betting 2018 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

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The new edition of Wimbledon starts on Monday, July 2nd and it is Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who is the defending champion. The biggest story heading into the Championships is that Serena Williams is not only making her return to the grass courts of SW19 but she has, to the chagrin of other players, been seeded (albeit down in 25th). That didn’t go down too well after having spent over a year away from the game and subsequently having had her rankings drop. It is Simona Halep, who won her first career Grand Slam title this year at the French Open, who goes as the top seed. But it is Petra Kvitova who has been backed into 9/2 favouritism* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) ahead of the tournament.

Women’s Wimbledon 2018 WInner Odds*

Petra Kvitova 9/2 Serena Williams 6/1 Garbine Muguruza 8/1 Angelique Kerber 12/1 Simona Halep 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 16/1 Sloane Stephens 16/1 Madison Keys 16/1 Caroline Wozniacki 20/1 Maria Sharapova 201/ Elina Svitolina 25/1 Ashleigh Barty 28/1 Venus Williams 40/1 Jelena Ostapenko 40/1 Magdalena Rybarikova 40/1 Naomi Osaka 40/1 Bar 50/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm)

Top 8 Seeds

Simona Halep Caroline Wozniacki Garbine Muguruza Sloane Stephens Elina Svitolina Caroline Garcia Karolina pliskova Petra Kvitova

Serena Williams

Let’s start with the inclusion of Williams who enters as the 25th seed and she has ended up in the bottom quarter of the draw. In her section, she will be opposed by fifth seed Elina Svitolina and 10th seed Madison Keys. Williams made her Grand Slam reappearance at the French Open this year and she exited in the fourth round. She was always going to need some time to work her way back to the top but she is going to be a dangerous floater. She is a seven-time Wimbledon champion let’s not forget, and won the 2015 and 2016 edition before stepping away in 2017. Her seeding means that she won’t get to face another seeded player until the third round and the draw hasn’t been all that unkind to her really. The first seed she could meet is Elina Svitolina. Svitolina has never won on grass and Williams has a 4-1 head to head lead over the Ukrainian. There is still a lack of game time behind Williams and her Wimbledon challenge but she could start to play her way into form. We are unsure about her going all the way on her comeback, however at 13/8 odds to win the fourth quarter* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) that will have some appeal, because as mentioned, it hasn’t been all that bad of a draw for her. Really beyond Svitolina in the quarter, it is only the potential challenges from Madison Keys and Caroline Wozniacki that Williams looks to really have to worry about.

Simona Halep

The pressure will be off the shoulders of the Romanian after finally making that breakthrough in getting her first ever Grand Slam title. She did that at Roland Garros earlier in the summer. There has been nothing wrong with her form this season at all with a couple of titles to her name and a 36/6 match to take into Wimbledon with her. She has bowed out of Wimbledon at the quarter finals stage in the last two years though and he best ever run at the tournament was a semi-final appearance in 2014. It’s not her best surface but she is the top seed but with a potentially tricky draw ahead as Jo Konta is in her section and there are big threats like Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko in her quarter.

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki got her second title of the year recently as the Dane collected a grass court title at Eastbourne. That will put her in good stead for her Wimbledon challenge but she has a pretty poor track record at Wimbledon really, never ever having made it past the fourth round. But then she did go out and win this year’s Australian Open with little form in recent seasons there. She has a decent enough chance of making it the fourth round again because the draw has been favourable to her. Any rounds beyond that will be bonuses.

Garbine Muguruza

The Spaniard is, without question, the best grass court player around. She has yet to pick up a title on the tour this season, which is a little surprising. She gets an opener against Britain’s Naomi Broady so won’t have the crowd behind her. Another interesting stat about the Spaniard is that Muguruza has never before managed to successfully defend a title. With that said she should be a lock for the fourth round where the dangerous Daria Kasatkina (who has beaten Muguruza this year) could be waiting. Loves a good Wimbledon performances does the Spaniard and overall, looking at the draw she isn't bad value at all to win outright.

Johanna Konta

She is one of the better players on the Tour on grass and maybe that will help her string something positive together here. She went to the final of Nottingham recently and failed to deliver and then was stopped in a high profile clash with Caroline Wozniacki at Eastbourne. Konta made a great run to the semi finals of Wimbledon last year through sheer grit and determination. We can’t quite see her getting back to that stage and the draw won’t help her.

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has been one of the stand-out performers on the WTA this season with five titles to her name and she is a former winner of Wimbledon as well. She collected the title in 2011 and in 2014 and she looks to be in pretty good shape to launch another assault in this one. She is at 15/8 odds* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) to win the first quarter. No-one is going to want to face her and she is going to have time to work her way into this tournament with a nice draw ahead through the first few rounds.

1st Quarter

This is a congested battle in the first quarter because you have Petra Kvitova, Simona halep, Maria Sharapova, Johanna Konta and Jelena Ostapenko there. So at the end of the day you are going to have to try and pick a semi-finalists out of that. Out of them, we do see Halep and Kvotiva having the easiest runs to the fourth round to set themselves up with a good chance. We are going to roll with Kvitova because she delivers on grass and has massive form.

2nd Quarter

We like Garbine Muguruza for the second quarter because while there are some tough battlers in this section, like Belinda Bencic, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Garcia, we are going to roll with the experience of Muguerza to come through and take the quarter. The biggest threat we can actually see to her is Daria Kasatkina and the youngster is raising her stock all the time. Kasatkina got the better of her opponent in both meetings this season. There is an each way appeal at 12/1* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) on Kasatkina coming through and topping this quarter.

3rd Quarter

All of the tournament's big threats that we can see are in the top half of the draw. Sloane Stephens heads up the third quarter as 3/1 favourite* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) with Karolina Pliskova hot on her heels. This should be a pretty competitive quarter as Venus William, Julia Goerges, Victoria Azarenka and impressive youngster Aryna Sabalenka is in there. This is a tough one to call, but we are going to roll with Sloane Stephens to hold form together better on the grass.

4th Quarter

Serena Williams heads up the fourth quarter. It's still hard to judge where she is at because of so little tennis behind her. But the draw ahead for her sees Williams open against No.107 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands and then she would move on to face either No.136 Viktoriya Tomova or No.167 Tereza Smitkova in the second round. So there is room in this for her to open with and ease her way into things, instead of having been a wildcard and pitted against a top seed. In the third round, she would be Magdalena Rybarikova or Madison Keys. You would have to imagine that she can handle that and then there could be Wozniacki to come in the quarters.


We can’t put a lot of stock in Serena Williams going all the way. There just hasn't been enough games under her belt to suggest that she is going to withstand the rigours of two weeks at Wimbledon. This year’s US Open has to be a more serious target for her. So if not Williams then who? The top quarter is going to be such a slog that we can see whoever prevails there, going all the way. We are rolling with 2/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) on the Wimbledon winner being whoever wins that 1st Quarter. If you are looking at form this season, if you are looking at the proven track record on grass, then we can’t look past the 15/8 odds on Petra Kvitova To Reach The Final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm). Our big underdog for the tournament is Daria Kasatkina who is 12/1 odds to win that second quarter* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm).

WTA Finals Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The top eight players for the season on the WTA will be heading to Singapore to kick off the WTA Finals on October 22nd. Across the season, points are collected for tournament performances and the top eight players in the qualification points ranking get to compete at the Finals. The points come from sixteen tournaments and the four Grand Slams, the four Premier Mandatory events and the best results from two of the Premier 5 events must be included in the sixteen. The event has gone through some changes in its history and this is actually the 47th edition of the WTA Finals. The whole thing goes off at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Along with the main singles event, there will be a doubles event running alongside as well. The reining singles champion is Dominika Cibulkova who couldn't make it back to the event this season after struggling for most of the campaign. There are World Ranking points up for grabs in this one and the top seven seeds are all in contention to end the year as number 1. It’s that tight. Simona Halep is trading as 4/1 favourite at William Hill for this latest edition.


The tournament starts off with a round robin event of two groups of four. Each player plays each of the other players in the group and the top two from each group then advances to the semi finals. The winner of each group will face the runners up from the other group. What will split players if things are tied are the greatest number of wins, then the greatest number of matches played and then head-to-head results if just two players are tied. If three players are tied it will go to things like highest percentage of sets won.

Qualified Players (in order of seeding)

1 Simona Halep, 2 Garbine Muguruza, 3 Karolina Pliskova, 4 Elina Svitolina, 5 Venus Williams, 6 Caroline Wozniacki, 7 Jelena Ostapenko, 8 Caroline Garcia

WTA FInals Winner Odds

Simona Halep 4/1, Garbine Muguruza 7/2, Karolina Pliskova 11/2, Caroline Garcia 6/1, Elina Svitolina 11/2, Jelena Ostapenko 7/1, Caroline Wozniacki 8/1, Venus Williams 9/1.

Simona Halep

The Romanian posted a very good 44-15 record over the course of the season. She has had something of a character building season after disappointments last term and she has been one of the most consistent performers all season. But she has only collected the one title this year and that was a title defence at the Mutua Madrid Open. She also got to the French Open Final and came runner up in three other events (Rome, Cincinnati and Beijing). Over 60% of her points, this season in the world rankings happened on clay. She is back in the WTA Finals for the fourth season running, so has consistency. It was a strong season because she only won two matches through January and February. Muguruza is probably her biggest challenge in this tournament as she trails 1-3 in the head to head against the Spaniard.

Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza has collected two titles this season, destroying Halep 6-1 6-0 in the final of Cincinnati and winning Wimbledon. So overall, strong stuff from the young Spaniard and she carries a 46-19 record for the season into this one and only Pliskova and Svitolina have won more matches than she has this season. Like Halep, she has had her time as World Number One this season. She’s always fun to watch as she plays some seriously high-risk tennis which of course, doesn't’ always pay off but she is less reserved than Halep is although clay is her preferred surface. Muguruza's biggest threat is Pliskova as she holds a poor 2-6 head to head record against the Czech player.

Karolina Pliskova

At one stage of the season, Pliskova looked unstoppable. There have been three titles for her this season, beating Johanna Konta and Caroline Wozniacki on the way to winning Eastbourne, beating Wozniacki in Doha after opening with a title in Brisbane in her first tournament of the year. She hasn’t been in any great form particularly though since a quarter final run at the US Open and there were signs of tiredness creeping into her game towards the end of the season. She also has had time as World Number One this season. The good thing for Pliskova, who is taking in a 51-16 record for the season, is that she has a positive head to head leads over Muguruza and Svitolina. But she trials Halep badly with just one win ever over the Romanian.

Elina Svitolina

The Ukrainian has a 52-12 record for the season, which is brilliant and that gives her more wins this season than any of the other eight. She has also claimed five titles this season as well. She can’t be counted out of this and qualified comfortably for the Finals. She hasn’t really done anything of note on her brief appearances since the US Open, but she has plenty in the tank to really make a strong challenge at the tournament. She has a great mental approach and she matches up evenly with most of the field going into this one aside from Pliskova who she trails 1-5 in the head to head against, so will be hoping to avoid her. She makes a good option

Venus Williams

It has been a fantastic season from Williams who just keeps going and going at the top level. She hasn’t landed a title this year but she has had her moments. She lost to her sister at the Australian Open, got the semi finals of Miami, the final of Wimbledon where she lost to Muguruza and reached the semi’s of the US Open as well where she was stopped by Sloane Stephens. It’s been a fine season from the 37 year old. She has won the tournament once, back in 2008 and finished runner up in her only other appearances at the finals the following year.

Caroline Wozniacki

The Dane has quietly had a pretty good season and carries a 56-20 season record into the WTA Finals. She has picked up a title this year and it was in the recent Asian swing as well when she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of Tokyo. Her previous appearance at the WTA Finals was in 2010 when she finished runner up to Kim Clijsters. Going into this one she has never won a game against either Svitolina, Williams or Ostapenko so may struggle to go all the way in the tournament.

Jelena Ostapenko

The surprise package of this year got to the WTA Finals remarkably and that is on the back of her main success which was the Grand Slam title at the French Open. Ostapenko has been a revelation this season with brave hitting and just tireless running. She proved that her Grand Slam win wasn’t a fluke as she took the Seoul title as well recently and she went to the quarter finals of Wimbledon as well. She has also been to the semi finals of Wuhan and the semi finals of Beijing on the Asian swing. As good of a dark horse bet that you will find in WTA Finals beting at William Hill at the moment. Stacks of value on her as an underdog.

Caroline Garcia

The young French battler has had a tremendous end to the season and so she is going to be popular because of her form. She is an underdog for the tournament though but her back to back titles in Wuhan and Beijing puts her at the top of her game at the moment. It was her run in Beijing which really impressed though because she beat Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and then Simona Halep in the final of the tournament. That was some statement from her. She doesn’t have a positive head to head record against any of the other seven players in the tournament though.

WTA Finals History

Martina Navtaivoa is the most successful player in the history of the WTA Finals, having won the title eight times. Of current players, Serena Williams is the leader with five titles and she is level with Steffi Graf in this history of wins at the tournament. Venus Williams is the only other player in this field who has happened to have won it before. Caroline Garcia, JeÄĽena Ostapenko and Elina Svitolina are all making their debuts in the event this year.


Young Ostapenko can really have a great run at this and is value to book a place in at least the semi finals in this one. She is just carrying form and the other one is Garcia. Whether Garcia can sustain now against the best in the game is going to be the question surrounding her. As for the big guns in the field, the battle between Halep and Muguruza may well be the key factor. Halep has done a lot of good work this season and would be a justifiable winner, but her mental strength in clutch matches is still in doubt. Muguruza has the form over her so is the pick of the top two at William Hill.

WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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There were some big tournament exits in the opening round of the Wuhan Open with reigning champion Petra Kvitova exiting against Shuai Peng, while Britain’s Johanna Konta lost out to the unseeded Ashleigh Barty. US Open finalists Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens both went out at the first stage as well. Throw in early exits for Kristina Mladenovic and Angelique Kerber then the top order has taken a bit of a battering. The big story from Wuhan will be the chase for the world number one spot between Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova ahead of the China Open next week. The other important factor here for the tournament is the race for Singapore and the WTA Finals. Seven of the eight spots are still open heading into Wuhan this weekend and notably the early exits for Mladenovic, Konta and Stephens, all of which are on the bubble of the eight qualification spots won’t have been helped with their early exits. That's a lot of potential points having gone begging for those. So that really has left a three-way tussle for supremacy between Halep, Muguruza and Pliskova at the event, the only remaining players trading in single figures for the match. So the draw is all important here and it favours Halep of the three. Muguruza heads up the first quarter while Pliskova is in the second quarter. Pliskova’s case in that quarter will have been helped by the early departure of Konta. But it does mean that the course could be a Muguruza v Pliskova semi final showdown. As for Halep, she looks to have pretty plain sailing right through to the quarter finals where she could meet someone like Dominika Cibulkova or Caroline Garcia, so could have a scrape on her hands there. But the bottom half of the draw isn’t packing as much of a punch as the top one is and so you would have to side with Halep to power her way to the Final. Halep is the 13/2 outright favourite at William Hill to win the tournament. Muguruza did run to the semi finals of Tokyo recently where she was stopped by Caroline Wozniacki but she has been pretty consistent since her win at Wimbledon having made it to at least the quarter finals in four of her five tournaments since then. But Halep should be fresh. After her win over Muguruza in the final of Cincinnati, she had that first round exit at the US Open against Maria Sharapova and this is her first action since then. Pliskova fell in the quarterfinals of Japan recently after a semi final at Cincinnati and a quarter final appearance at the US Open. Of the three she has been the who looks to have been running out of steam a little bit more as the season starts to get down the final stretch and the form of the other two are probably stronger. The great outside shot in this one is Caroline Wozniacki who has been in cracking form. With a defeat in the Final of Bastad, she kicked off a strong sequence of tournaments, by reaching the final of the Rogers Cup, the quarters of Cincinnati and shield the US Open was a total bust for her, she bounced back to win in Japan, beating Muguruza in the final four. So at a price of 10/1 at William Hill, the Danish competitor has to be worth a look as he goes in the third quarter, which means that she should avoid trouble until the semi finals where she could meet Halep.

WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Odds

Simona Halep 13/2, Garbine Muguruza 5/1, Karolina Pliskova 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Ashleigh Barty 14/1, Ekaterina Makarova 18/1, Jelena Ostapenko 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Shuai Peng 25/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 25/1, bar 28/1

Garbine Muguruza v Venus Williams Wimbledon Final 2017 Odds

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The home crowds were hoping to see Johanna Konta contesting the final of the women’s draw this year, but the British number one fell in the semi finals to Venus Williams. Age is clearly not an issue for the older of the Williams sisters as the 37-year-old will step out onto Center Court for the second Grand Slam final of this season. She lost in the Australian Open showcase match to her sister Serena earlier in the season. So will Williams be able to capture the title as she goes into the game as bet365 11/10 underdog against Spain's Garbine Muguruza? Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and if she gets her hands on the title on Saturday, this will be her first success since 2009 in a Grand Slam. There really is not a lot of pressure on her to come out and deliver the win against the younger player, but she still loves the big stage and she will turn up and be competitive in the Final. It has been a good resurgence from Williams this season, much as Roger Federer has come back to the top this term. Muguruza goes as 5/6 favourite at bet365 for Saturday’s showdown. Muguruza has a Grand Slam title to her name after having won in France last season, but she has had a difficult time building on that success over the last twelve months though. She made a big break through back at Wimbledon 2015 when she ran to the final before being stopped by Serena Williams there and after last year’s second round exit, she deserves credit for scrapping it out and getting back to the Saturday final. Muguruza had to fight back from a set down against world number one Angelique Kerber in the last sixteen and the took down Magdalena Rybarikova in a lopsided semi final. So can Muguruza get some degree of revenge over the other Williams sister for her loss to Serena a couple of years ago? It won't be easy because Williams is keeping points short and her serve has been fantastic on the grass and is so difficult for opponents to handle. It may be worth looking for the match to go the distance and 5/4 on three sets in the match will be a nice value. Williams leads the head to head over Muguruza 3-1 but it was the Spaniard who won the most recent meeting between the two, back in Rome this season in the quarter finals on clay. Prior to that, Williams had won all the previous hard court meetings. Muguruza has a clear and direct game plan of her own and if this one does go the distance then things will favour her just that little bit more. A Muguruza 2-1 set victory will have appeal at a price of 3/1. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. 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. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.