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WTA Finals Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
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.

Format

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.

Predictions

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.
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WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
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
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Garbine Muguruza v Venus Williams Wimbledon Final 2017 Odds

Tennis Betting
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.
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