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Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova US Open Tennis odds

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Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova is the most talked about match in the first round of the US Open. What a stunning, high profile showdown you have to look forward too in this one. Halep is 4/9 odds on favourite at bet365 to land the win in the match and march on in what is a pretty tough quarter which also contains outright third-favourite Johanna Konta who could be waiting for a quarter final showdown.

Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova US Open Tennis odds

Simona Halep 4/9, Maria Sharapova 7/4 This is Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam campaign since coming back from her ban. She has played four tournaments since her comeback but from a decent a run to the quarter finals of Stuttgart on clay, she has produced nothing of note. She has just the one hard court game under belt this season which was a first round win over Jennifer Brady in Stanford which took Sharapova three sets to pull of before withdrawing. But she has a 6-0 head to head record against Halep. The last time that Halep and Sharapova met was in the WTA Finals back in 2015 which, of course, Sharapova won. This will be the first meeting between the two at the US Open and only the second Grand Slam match up after their clash in the final of the 2014 French Open when the Russian had to dig pretty deep in the final set to hold off Halep. What is Sharapova's fitness going to be like? How match sharp is she going to be? There are questions over Halep’s mental strength and we have seen that again this year in losing the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and then in the quarter finals of Wimbledon to Jo Konta when Halep just couldn’t close out the second set and couldn’t hold herself together in the decider. Her Australian Open campaign this year ended in a first round loss. But Halep has been the far busier of the two in the build up and is carrying form. Halep lost a semi final duel with Elina Svitolina in Toronto at the Rogers Cup and then immediately turned around and won Cincinnati where she saw off Johanna Konta in the quarter finals before taking down US Open outright favourite Garbine Muguruza in the final itself. So maybe she is just peaking for this hard court challenge and is carrying the form to pull this off. This is a huge match for Halep, because if she gets through this, then just imagine what that will do for her mental fortitude going forward. This is a massive early test but Halep can pull it off. 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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US Open Betting 2017 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

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The field for the women’s US Open draw looks pretty evenly matched when you scan down the list of the main contenders. So the draw becomes all important here for your US Open tennis betting because that will be the thing which really is going to have a huge bearing on your picks here. For example, if you were thinking about backing Simona Halep or perhaps Maria Sharapova, then you are in a tough opener because they have been paired up in the highlight of the first round draw. That’s because Sharapova comes in as a wildcard for the tournament and created this heavyweight clash that neither of them will have wanted here. But on the up side of that, the winner of that one should have a pretty clear run to the fourth round, so there is value in taking a stab on one of them to actually go deep into the tournament. The big first round match coming out of the draw didn’t really have a huge effect on the post-draw odds at the US Open betting and just to add extra confusion into things, Jo Konta could be waiting down the line in that fourth quarter of the bracket as well. As cliched as it gets, the women’s draw is wide open and you are looking some big odds, even on the short priced front runner for the Flushing Meadows action. Here we will try and break it all down to see where the value lies.

US Open Betting 2017 Women Odds

Garbine Muguruza 4/1, Karolina Pliskova 13/2, Elina Svitolina 10/1, Jo Konta 11/1, Simona Halep 11/1, Madison keys 14/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, venus Williams 20/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Maria Sharapova 22/1, Jelena Ostapenko 25/1, Coco Vandeweghe 25/1, petra Kvitova 28/1, Sloane Stephens 28/1, bar 40/1

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1st Quarter Winner Preview

Karolina Pliskova 2/1, Coco Vandeweghe 8/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 8/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 10/1, bar 12/1 World number one Pliskova will be very happy with this draw. She was a runner up at last year’s US Open of course and she gets some easy games to open with back in New York. What that should allow her to do is just easier herself into the event nicely and get through the first week without breaking too much of a sweat and over-exerting herself. That’s a solid 2/1 at bet365 on her to win this quarter and it’s hard to really pull out a strong competitor. It’s a cruise to the fourth round of Pliskova and then naturally it gets tougher, of the contenders, Vandeweghe in front of her home support is more than capable of getting close.

2nd Quarter Winner Preview

Elina Svitolina 5/2, Madison Keys 9/2, Angelique Kerber 7/1, Jelena Ostapenko 9/1, Anastasia Pavlyukova 14/1, bar 16/1 This is a tricky second quarter here although Svitolina is the favourite to win it outright and she’s not unappealing. Fortunately for her she really avoids most of the real dangers in the draw. There could be a second round match against Eugenie Bouchard, but that should be pretty easy for Svitolina to handle, given her recent form at the Rogers Cup and perhaps Daria Gavrilova in the third round could be one of those tricky competitors. It’s nothing that Svitolina should be sweating over but the a fourth round match against Madison Keys may be her big test. So then you have Ostapenko, Pavlyuchenkova and Kerber and young Daria Kasatkina all smacking around for supremacy in the other half of the second quarter. That’s a tough section to touch.

3rd Quarter Winner Preview

Garbine Muguruza 6/4, Caroline Wozniacki 6/1, Venus Williams 7/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, bar 20/1 A pretty stacked quarter here with tournament outright favourite Muguruza at 6/4 with bet365 to win it. That’s a short price on the Spaniard who really doesn't have a tremendous, world-beating game on the hard courts at all, despite a recent decent showing in Cincinnati. Fortunately for her, and this is important, is that William and Kvitova aren’t likely to be major threats going into the second week which will help the Spaniard out, which leaves Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane reached the finals of the Rogers Cup recently, a very good run and although she was torn apart by Svitolina in the final, it suggests a bit of form on the hard court and not terrible value to win this quarter to oppose Muguruza with.

4th Quarter Winner Preview

Jo Konta 7/2, Simona Halep 10/3, Sloane Stephens, Maria Sharapova 8/1, Dominika Cibulkova 14/1, Ashleigh Barty 16/1, Shuai Peng 16/1, bar 22/1. Where do you start with this one? This isn’t the greatest draw for Konta, but then again you look at everyone in contention in this quarter and there isn’t a better hard court player there than Konta. Her big tough challenge could be in Sloane Stephens in the fourth round. But Konta avoids the Sharapova/Halep winner until the quarter finals. Konta has a bit of prior with Halep this season, beating her in the quarter finals of Wimbledon, but she lost in the quarters of Cincinnati against her recently in two very tight sets. If that comes down to a mental battle on the big stage, then you would have to favour Konta in that one. Halep’s mental fortitude, which fairly is questionable after her missed chances at winning a Grand Slam this year, will have to be on point out of the gate against Sharapova. We are going to stick with Konta here simply because she has the hard court data to back her up, plus Halep is a bit flaky and Sharapova is just such a big unknown in this.

Outright Winner Preview

The playing field is so level in this one, but it should make for a great tournament and don’t be surprised to see early big guns fall in this one because there are a lot of good young players around like Ana Konjuh, Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Jelena Ostapenko, Daria Kasatkina and Katerina Siniakova which are some to watch out for. Of course, there is a high focus on that Halep v Sharapova match up. But both are worth looking past in terms of the outright winner. Time and time again Halep has fallen short because of what appears to be a lack of mental strength when the pressure is on and there has to be question marks over Sharapova's fitness and match sharpness. Muguruza isn’t worth the short price because of her lack of threat on the hard court so out of the front runners it’s easier to hone in on Konta, Svitolina and Pliskova. Svitolina is a future champion, no doubt, but right now with the edge in form, favouritism goes to Pliskova with a good back up bet on Konta.
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Sharapova 12/1 at bet365 to win the US Open 2017

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The US Open Tennis is right around the corner and the women’s draw is going to be wide open for the action at Flushing Meadows. There is a good clutch of ten players or so who really have the potential to go and claim the title and interesting, one of those is Maria Sharapova, who is taking part in her first Grand Slam tournament following her ban from the game. Sharapova is a 12/1 option in the US Open betting market at bet365 and lets not forget that her biggest rival in the game, Serena Williams is on the sidelines for this one and Victoria Azarenka has pulled out early. So Maria Sharapova’s return to the Grand Slam stage is naturally going to raise plenty of interest. She served a ban from the game for a failed drug test, although she protests her innocence still. She claims that the drug, meldonium she had been using for a decade because of a heart condition and she and her staff had missed the email about it when it was added to the list of banned substances. Ignorance generally isn’t a great defence in situations like this though and she has had a really vocal opponent in Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard who has pretty much called the Russian a cheat. There is likely not going to be a bigger story at Flushing Meadows than Sharapova's Grand Slam return. She missed out at the French Open this year because of injury and wasn’t awarded a wildcard for Wimbledon, part of that being an awkward situation for the tournament making it easy for a former champion, yet one who has this doping stigma over her, to get back into the draw. There aren’t the concerns of that at the US Open because Sharapova is a big money draw. She is a five time Grand Slam Champion and will be riding her wildcard entry in New York. Sharapova has only entered four tournaments this season, reaching the semi final in Stuttgart, losing in the second round of Madrid to Bouchard, retiring in her second round game against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in Rome and then pulling out ahead of her second round match at Stanford. But would Sharapova be taking this risk on the big stage if she didn’t believe that she was ready? Her last appearance at Flushing Meadows ended in a round of sixteen defeat to Caroline Wozniacki in 2014. She has a 32-9 record at the US Open and her title there came in the 2006 event and she has had two other semi final appearance since then. So it isn’t the greatest of records there from her and remember that she is a wildcard so could have a big challenge in the draw against seeded players. Heading into the tournament, Garbine Muguruza is 9/2 outright favourite at bet365 followed by world number one Karolina Pliskova at 13/2 and then Simona Halep who has missed some big opportunities to get her first Grand Slam title this year an 8/1 price and the only other player in single figures is Britain’s Jo Konta at 9/1. But then that perhaps just adds some more appeal for Sharapova to come through in a field that is wide open and with no Serena Williams around to stop her, she will have her backers. 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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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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2016 WTA Tour Calendar – Tennis Tournaments 2016

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The WTA season, much like the ATP Tour, gets an early January start every year. The winter break between the back end of the previous season and the new one, isn’t all that long for players, who mostly take a short break and then get back into conditioning ahead of the new season. The tennis season set up simply demands that players come flying out of the blocks in early January because the first major of the season, the Australian Open is an annual January event so players have little time to get back to competitive action before taking on the gruelling two weeks of one of the four Grand Slams. The Grand Slams are just the tip of a very big iceberg in terms of tennis tournaments that are played across the year on the WTA. You also have the highly ranked Premier Tier events as well as the rest of the regular season events and the International level tournaments as well. Naturally because of the higher ranking points on offer at the higher tiered events, most of the big stars of the women’s game gravitate towards the bigger tournaments. They don't have to work so hard for ranking points as lower ranked players. But unlike the ATP, you will generally find that top players do spread themselves out across the lower tiered tournaments as well across the season. It’s not too unusual to see players taking on an International level tournament for either prestige, practice or prize money. Whatever the motivation, there is usually at least a couple of tournament running each and every week throughout the calendar year, unless of course it is a Premier Tier or Grand Slam event in progress. The Season starts early in January and runs through to the end of October each year. Then it’s a short winter break to start all over again in the battle for titles and points ranking in a season which makes a swing right around the world on most continents. As well as trying to hold the honour of being a top ten player in the world, there is also the annual Road To Singapore points chase going on. Players get awarded points from tournaments and the top eight at the end of the season make it through to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore where there is a mammoth prize fund on offer to round off the season with for the elite players. The WTA Elite Trophy is always the final event of the year and that is a tournament for tournament winners from across the season (those who didn’t qualify for the WTA Finals).

WTA Tour Calendar 2016

DateTennis TournamentVenue
03.01.-09.01.Shenzhen OpenShenzhen
03.01.-09.01.Brisbane InternationalBrisbane
04.01.-09.01.ASB ClassicAuckland
10.01.-15.01.Apia International SydneySydney
10.01.-16.01.Hobart InternationalHobart
18.01.-31.01.Grand Slam - Australian OpenMelbourne
08.02.-14.02.St. Petersburg Ladies TrophySt. Petersburg
08.02.-14.02.Taiwan OpenKaohsiung
15.02.-20.02.Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsDubai
15.02.-21.02.Rio OpenRio de Janeiro
21.02.-27.02.Qatar Total OpenDoha
22.02.-27.02.Abierto Mexicano TelcelAcapulco
29.02.-06.03.Abierto Monterrey AfirmeMonterrey
29.02.-06.03.BMW Malaysian OpenKuala Lumpur
09.03.-20.03.BNP Paribas OpenIndian Wells
14.03.-19.03.San Antonio 125K SeriesSan Antonio
22.03.-03.04.Miami OpenMiami
04.04.-10.04.Katowice OpenKatowice
04.04.-10.04.Volvo Cars OpenCharleston
11.04.-17.04.Claro Open ColsanitasBogotá
18.04.-24.04.Porsche Tennis Grand PrixStuttgart
18.04.-24.04.TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul CupIstanbul
25.04.-30.04.J&T Banka Prague OpenPrague
25.04.-30.04.GP SAR La Princesse Lalla MeryemRabat
30.04.-07.05.Mutua Madrid OpenMadrid
09.05.-15.05.Empire State OpenWest Hempstead
15.05.-21.05.Internationaux de StrasbourgStrasbourg
15.05.-21.05.NĂĽrnberger VersicherungscupNuremberg
22.05.-05.06.Grandslam - Roland GarrosParis
31.05.-05.06.Bol OpenBol
06.06.-12.06.Aegon Open NotthinghamNottingham
06.06.-12.06.Topshelf OpenNetherlands
13.06.-19.06.Aegon Classic BirminghamBirmingham
13.06.-19.06.MallorcaMallorca
19.06.-25.06.Aegon International EastbourneEastbourne
27.06.-10.07.Grandslam - WimbledonLondon
11.07.-17.07.NĂĽrnberger Gastein LadiesBad Gastein
11.07.-17.07.Bucharest OpenBucharest
18.07.-24.07.Bank of the West ClassicStanford
18.07.-24.07.Citi OpenWashington D.C.
18.07.-24.07.Collector Swedish OpenBastad
25.07.-31.07.Rogers CupMontreal
01.08.-07.08.Brasil Tennis CupFlorianopolis
01.08.-07.08.Nanchang OpenNanchang
15.08.-21.08.Western & Southern OpenCincinnati
22.08.-27.08.Louisville International OpenLouisville
22.08.-27.08.Connecticut OpenNew Haven
29.08.-11.09.Grandslam - US OpenNew York
12.09.-18.09.Coupe Banque NationaleQuebec
19.09.-25.09.Toray Pan Pacific OpenTokyo
19.09.-25.09.Korea OpenSeoul
26.09.-02.10.Dongfeng Motor Wuhan OpenWuhan
26.09.-02.10.Tashkent OpenTashkent
03.10.-09.10.China OpenBeijing
10.10.-16.10.Tianjin OpenTianjin
10.10.-16.10.Generali Ladies LinzLinz
10.10.-16.10.Prudential Hong Kong Tennis OpenHong Kong
17.10.-23.10.Kremlin CupMoscow
17.10.-23.10.BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg OpenLuxembourg
24.10.-30.10.BNP Paribas WTA FinalsSingapore
31.10.-06.11.WTA Elite TrophyZhuhai

Grand Slams

These are the titles that everyone wants. This is the elite level of the game and because of the tough, big field that a player has to come through over the two weeks, it’s the ultimate tennis test of endurance, determination and skill. You tend to see the same old faces at the business end of WTA Grand Slams and one of the most familiar faces is that of Serena Williams. The American keeps on going strongly and she started the 2016 season just three title short of the current record for the most Grand Slam tournament singles title, held by Margaret Court. Williams, who won three of the four 2015 Grand Slam titles, started the year with 21, just one behind German legend Steffi Graf’s 22 and closing in on Court’s record of 24. By and large though the women’s game is far more open (if you take Williams out of the picture) than the men's. Over on the ATP you are looking at one of five players who can realistically win a Grand Slam but the playing field is pretty even in the women’s game, again without the presence of Williams. Maria Sharapova has claimed all four Grand Slam titles in her career but it took her almost ten year to accomplish that, completing the career slam with a French Open title in 2012. It’s that tough to win Grand Slam but popular (and in some case surprise) winners like Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Petra Kvitova and even 2015 US Open winner Flavia Pennetta have shown that wins can pop up from anywhere on the women’s side of the Grand Slam. Whenever Serena Williams falls from a Grand Slam, the field gets blown wide, wide open and that’s not even mentioning new players coming through like Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic who could well be Grand Slam champions down the line.

2016 Grand Slam Start Dates

Australian Open - January 18th French Open - May 22nd Wimbledon - June 27th US Open - August 29th

WTA Premier Events

Since 2009 the Women’s Tour has a range of Premier Tournaments of varying degrees of stature. There are the big four Premier Mandatory Events which are Indian Wells, Madrid, Miami and Beijing. There are 1000 ranking points going to the winner of one of those. They are kind of like mini-Grand Slams. There are also five Premier 5 events on the season which offers a 900 points ranking haul for the winner (Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal, and Wuhan) while there are twelve Premier events across the season which offers 470 total ranking points to the winner. Just to put all that into context, a player who wins a Grand Slam will pocket 2,000 rankings points for their effort. Of all active players, Serena Williams holds the record for the most WTA Premier titles won by a single player. Going into the 2016 season, Williams had claimed 23 WTA Premier titles, six of those being Premier Mandatory events (the tally also includes end of season Championships titles of which Williams has four). Petra Kvitova, Martia Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki were holding joint second players in the list of all time WTA Premier League titles, with twelve each almost half as few as Williams has won during her career. As with the WTA Grand Slam tennis betting you are only going to see Serena Williams at the head of the market, but the Premier Mandatory events in particular follow a much similar betting pattern where you will see a handful of the same players occupying the places at the head of the market like Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza. Always pay attention to surfaces because some players perform better and raise their games on certain surfaces as opposed to others.

2016 Premier Mandatory Start Dates

Indian Wells - March 7th Miami Open - March 21st Mutua Madrid Open - May 2nd China Open - October 3rd

British Interest

While Andy Murray pretty much takes up all interest on the British tennis scene, there of course are home-grown talents knocking around the WTA. The top promising players out of Britain for some time have been Heather Watson and Laura Robson, but both have failed to really set the game alight and live up to their respective potentials, largely it would seem, because of injury and illness issues that seem to crop up time and time again for the youngsters. Last season Johanna Konta stole much of the limelight of British interest. Konata's run to the last sixteen at the 2015 US Open was a delight, the Brit beating out the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Andrea Petkovic in the main draw after having started her campaign way back in the qualifying round of 128. She lost her seventh game at the tournament, her round of sixteen battle with Petra Kvitova. But then Konta went on a tear, reaching the quarterfinals of Wuhan as well where she beat Victoria Azarenka and Simona Help before losing out to Venus Williams. Konta started 2016 as the highest ranked British women on the WTA, inside the top fifty, followed by Watson. The next British talent which is likely to be making waves sooner or later is Naomi Broady and she started the season outside of the top 100, while because of all her time away from the game and upsets, Laura Robertson is down around the 500 ranking. You’ll find all the British players putting in most of their time at the International Tier tournaments.

Fed Cup (Federation Cup)

As well as the individual tournaments, there is some international action to come in 2016 with the Fed Cup. At the close of the 2015 season, Great Britain were ranked 23rd in the ITF Rankings, third from bottom with only Thailand and Croatia lower than then. Great Britain are in the Europe/Africa Zone for the regional competition and they take on Georgia and South Africa, in Pool B. The winner of the four pools then go to a play off to see which two then go through to the World Group II Play Offs. Basically Great Britain are a long way off competing in the Fed Cup World Group and are just trying to muscle their way into World Group II for a shot and then making a run at the World Group, the elite portion of the Fed Cup.

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WTA Australian Open 2016 Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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Even though tennis players head off to their winter break pretty late in the calendar year, there’s not a lot of time to rest really. The new seasons steps in during the first week of 2016 so players are right back at it. It is a massive challenge as well, because just two weeks into the new year, starting on January 18th, is the first Grand Slam of the season. yes, the 2016 Australian Open is right here with us and it is time to take look a look at a preview for the WTA side of things. Serena Williams is back to defend her Australian Open title. It's not the first time that she has been in this position heading back to Melbourne Park, but only once before has she actually managed to successfully defend the title in the following year. So do that give some wiggle room for one of the other players in the field to make a run at the title? Maybe so when you consider that there have been four different winners in the last five editions of the famous trophy. Australian Open 2016 Women - Infographics

WTA Australian Open 2016 Favourite

It is Serena Williams who is WTA Australian Open 2016 Favourite. No surprise there then of course. With three of last season’s four Grand Slam titles to her name, she is the one to beat still in the game. She is trading as 15/8 outright favourite to claim what would be here seventh Australian Open title. If she does go all the way again this year then it would be her 20th Major Singles title, so impressive. She beat out Maria Sharapova in last season’s final, which wasn't a  great surprise considering the immense head to head lead that Williams has over the Russian (18-2). You have to question who can stop Williams when one of the best fighters on the WTA can’t get close to Williams. However, she has suffered some big upsets in recent appearances as the Australian Open. 2012 and 2014 saw her crash out at the fourth round stage (versus Ekaterina Makarova and Ana Ivanovic respectively), while 2013 she didn’t make it past the quarter finals, getting dumped out at that stage by fellow American Sloane Stephens. So it’s unexpected defeats more than high-profile exits against other contenders which seems to trip Williams up the most. Frankly if she gets to the semi finals stage of the competition then you don’t expect anything but for the title to end up in her hands. She has never lost an Australian Open final and with having won four of the last five Grand Slam titles on offer, she’ll still take some stopping in Melbourne.

WTA Australian Open 2016 Main Contenders

Victoria Azarenka 6/1 Two Australian Open Final Appearances, Two Titles Out of the main contenders, only Azarenka looks most capable of taking down Williams (not considering the upsets against low-ranked players that Williams has suffered recently at Melbourne). But that requires the Belarusian being on top of her game. She was working her way back to the top last year after illness and injury set backs but she has a good record at Melbourne Park nonetheless with those two titles. She only made it to the fourth round last season as she was ousted by a gusty Dominika Cibulkova. So even with looking at Azarenka as Williams’ main challenger at the US Open, she has failed to beat the American at the last four attempts. Because of Azarenka’s absence from the game last term it meant that she was a dangerous, lower-seeded floater in the field and clashed into Williams early in both the French Open and Wimbledon and would have done so at the Australian Open if she had won her fourth round match. With a better draw and a positive start to the new season, she could make her way to the final four. Avoiding Williams is paramount as Williams leads Azarenka 17-3 in the head to head. Maria Sharapova 7/1 Four Australian Open Finals, One Title The Russian can be so frustrating at times. After all the defeats that she has suffered against Williams in her career, you would think that she could come up with something different to try and beat the American. She can’t seem to find her step against Williams at all, just can’t get in the games and stay there. When Sharapova doesn’t have her first serve working for her, suddenly she can look fragile. Still, you will be hard pushed to find anyone who digs deeper than Sharapova when her back is against the wall. She won the 2008 Australian Open over Ana Ivanovic but lost two of her other final appearances in Melbourne against Serena Williams and one against Azarenka. She has a Career Grand Slam of Major titles but since 2009 she has only claimed the French Open title. She has less of a shot than Azarenka does because such a great player should be winning Slams more consistently, which suggests a blockage somewhere. Simona Halep 9/1 No Australian Open Final Appearances This is where we will probably contradict what was said about Azarenka being the only one capable of taking down Williams. Help, out of the main contenders and here is why. In contests against Williams, Halep has looked far less overawed by the stature of her opponent than when say Sharapova or Azarenka goes up against Williams. Halep trails Williams 6-1 in the head to head, yes, but has pushed the American very hard, just because of her aggressive approach to the game. A lot was expected in last season’s Grand Slam from Halep but it didn’t quite pan out that way until she made the semi finals at the US Open. The Romanian has made the quarter finals in the last two seasons at the Australian Open and would expect her to at least be there again. She’ll be running off less pressure, less expectations this time around after her brilliant 2014 season felt flat in 2015. That will make her more dangers and looks a tremendous each way wager to go all the way and claim her first Slam. It has to happen sooner or later that she'll put everything together. Petra Kvitova 12/1 No Australian Open Final Appearances Usually a dangerous floater in the field and has had her issues with confidence and fitness. Her best ever run at Melbourne Park was a semi final appearance in 2012 and she has only made it past the third round on one other occasion. Kvitova, an awkward left hander with a lot of height advantage, should be doing better than that. She is a two-time Wimbledon Champion of course so has the moxy to go all the way in Grand Slams. However, her hard court record in Slams in terrible really with just two quarter final appearances and one semi final from fifteen appearances combined at the Australian and US Open during her career. Really you would expect her to be more of a consistent quarter finals at Slams, but she’s not, so it’s a long stretch to see her go all the way.

Stats to consider for 2016 Australian Open betting

Looking at the final stages of last season’s Australian Open, there was a definite trend going on through the matches. Of the seven matches from the quarter finals onwards at the 2015 Australian Open, only one of them went to three sets. So it is worth, when the latter stages of the 2016 edition come around that you seriously consider the 2-0 option in set betting for the matches that come up, in particular where Williams is concerned. Williams dropped sets in both the third round and fourth round last season (both the opening sets against Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza) then cruised through from the quarter final stages. Williams knows how to make it work when the business end of things comes along at Melbourne Park. Dropped sets haven’t been a big occurrence in recent finals of the Australian Open. Of the last ten finals contested at the Australian Open, only three of them have gone to three sets. Of Serena Williams’ six Australian Open finals though, things have been split evenly with three of them having gone over three sets. Three of her last four Australian Open titles though have been straight-sets victories.

WTA 2016 Australian Open Winner Odds

Serena Williams 15/8, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, Maria Sharapova 7/1, Simona Halep 9/1, Petra Kvitova 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 20/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Eugenie Bouchard 20/1, Madison Keys 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 28/1, 40/1 bar Head to online betting site Bet365 and open an account with them and you will receive a 100% matched deposit bonus as well as access to a great tennis betting promotion. Place a successful pre match tennis accumulator 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 and you will earn a win bonus. The more selections that are in your winning bet the bigger the bonus!
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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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Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova Wimbledon betting odds and preview

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Had the draw not been top-heavy in the first half, this could well have been a fitting final for the women’s draw this season. As it is, the heavyweight clash of the former SW19 champions goes off in the semi-finals and not too surprisingly Williams is going as the heavy favourite for the win. That’s not too surprising given the resilience which she has shown before and the fact that she has dominated Maria Sharapova throughout her career. Sharapova hasn’t had a particularly great season by her standards, having fallen short a fair few times in the big events in 2015. She holds a 10-9 win/loss record in Grand Slam semi-finals so it is a big hit and miss with her at this stage. You have to stack that up against the 24-3 win/loss record that Serena Williams has in semi-finals of the majors. Sharapova, who will be back up to world number two at the end of the tournament, has actually never managed to beat Serena Williams when Williams has been ranked number one in the world. From nineteen previous meetings between these two, Sharapova has won just the two matches. Unfortunately, those two wins came in the first three meetings between the two of them, all back in 2004, including Sharapova’s win over Williams in the Wimbledon 2004 final. So the Russian queen of the courts is now on a massive seventeen match losing streak against Williams. It’s understandable that Sharapova is a 4/1 underdog at Titanbet for the semi-final scrap. Williams has been shaken and rattled at this year’s Wimbledon. She was so nearly ousted from the tournament by Britain’s Heather Watson, racking up 33 unforced errors in that game. She was on the ropes early against Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals too, having lost the first set. But as Williams does, she fought back to take the match to the Belarusian and managed to win through. Whatever she seems to get herself in, whether it is a strong start and crushing opponents, of finding herself having to defend against an opponent serving out for a win over her, or fighting back from early losing positions, she seems to find a way. With a meeting against either Agnieszka Radwanska or Garbine Muguruza in the final, the Serena Slam is looking more and more probable right now and she is 1/6 odds on favourite to beat Sharapova. Online betting site Titanbet are running a great Tennis Treble Insurance promotion at the moment. The bookmaker will refund your losing stake up to £10 if just one leg of your tennis is 3-fold lets you down. It’s a great way to try and save yourself some money and the minimum qualifying bet is £5. Max refund as a free bet token is £10 per bet.
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ATP and WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

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Another big week on the tennis betting circuits as the men and women are both in Rome for top tier events. Over on the women's’ side of things, the rapid build up to the French Open continues with top protagonists Serena Williams and Simona Halep looking to build some momentum. Petra Kvitova stunned the field with a big win in Madrid last time out and the Czech is running at 6/1 to make it a double Premier Tier hit with a win in Rome this week. Kvitova toppled Williams on her way to the win in Madrid, while Maria Sharapova almost got her clay swing going but was ousted before the final by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kvitova’s win in Madrid has shaken things up because the clay powerhouses of Sharapova, Halep and Williams now have another threat to deal with besides each other. Williams and Sharapova are on course for a semi final clash in the top half of the draw, with Victoria Azarenka dangerously floating around Shara’s quarter. It leaves a very nice path to the final for Halep whose big challenge may not come until the semi’s where Kvitova could be waiting.

WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Serena Williams 7/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, bar 16/1. Andy Murray has suddenly come to life with back to back clay court titles. After landing his first career title in Germany recently at a lower tier event, he went out and rocked the tennis world by landing the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid title. Not many would have seen that coming, many especially would not have seen it coming seeing that it was Rafael Nadal who Murray took down in the final. So can Murray make it a remarkable three in a row on clay after waiting for so long just to win one in his career? Murray is running as 10/1 third favourite for the ATP Rome title this week, with Novak Djokovic up at as 4/5 favourite, with Rafael Nadal sandwiching them at a quote of 3/1 with Sportingbet. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and is going for his fourth Rome title, while Nadal is looking for his eighth! Murray has never been to the final of Rome (his best showing a semi final in 2011) while Roger Federer is missing this title from his large trophy cabinet. The upturn in Murray’s clay fortunes has made things pretty interesting now and while he has a manageable quarter with David Ferrer the top player opposing him, Murray could meet Djokovic in the semi final stage and that is where all bets may be off for Murray, because he hasn’t figured out how to beat the Serbian for a long, long time now.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 3/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Kei Nishikori 10/1, Roger Federer 14/1, bar 20/1 Check out some fantastic live in play tennis betting at Sportingbet for the Rome Masters. It adds a great dimension to your tennis betting and they have a great acca insurance running for your tennis betting as well. Build yourself a fivefold or bigger from tennis selections and if just one leg of your bet lets you down, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet from Sportingbet!
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WTA Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

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Big week in the Premier Tier event on the Women’s Tour in Spain that is the Mutua Madrid Open. All of the big guns are out and already one has fallen, as Romanian powerhouse Simona Halep crashed in the first round against Alize Cornet. That blew the field up a bit and the result of it has just thrown more favouritism to Serena Williams who is 5/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. Williams cruised her way through her first round match in powerful style, conceding just one game against Madison Brengle in a bit of a non-contest. Williams, who herself has said that she wasn’t as ready for the clay swing of the season as she should be, has won the Mutua Madrid title in two of the three previous years, 2012 and 2013. It was Maria Sharapova who took the title last season, beating out Simona Halep in the final, after Williams had lost in fourth round against Petra Kvitova in a shock upset. Sharapova is a fantastic clay court player, probably better than Williams, but the Russian hasn’t been out her best this season and even on the switch to clay she lost in the first round of Germany against Angelique Kerber, a tournament which Sharapova has owned in recent years. Still Sharapova is running as 6/1 second favourite in the WTA Mutua Madrid tennis betting market after the collapse of the out-of-sorts Halep. Beyond those then you are really digging around to pick out some value, with Williams and Sharapova the two heavy hitters left in the field. The demise of Halep has opened the draw up for Maria Sharapova, who has seen what would have most likely been her semifinal opponent, exit the tournament. Kerber also lost out in the first round against Sam Stosur, opening up the draw even more for Sharapova down in the bottom half. Caroline Wozniacki is 10/1 third favourite, with Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka running at 12/1 with online betting site Bet365. Azarenka won a big battle of former world number one’s in the first round, as she beat out Venus Williams on the Madrid clay. All season long you can dip in and enjoy free live tennis streams with online betting site Bet365, who provide tremendous coverage. The live streams tie in brilliantly with their live in-running tennis betting markets too. New customers registering an account with online betting site Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.
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