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ATP and WTA Rome Tennis Winner Odds and Predictions

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ATP Rome Preview

The build-up to the French Open continues with more top action this week on the ATP and WTA. After the thrills and spills of Madrid it is on to Rome now for another ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Alexander Zverev got his hands on the title in Madrid over the weekend without dropping a set along the way. That means that the German has seen his odds cut for success out in Rome. Zverev is the 7/1 second-favourite* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018) for ATP Rome on the back of his performance in Spain, but it is a tough thing to go out and win back to back events. With that having been said though Zverev is the reigning champion on the dirt in Italy so will have that extra pep in his step as he goes in search of a title defence. Standing in his way is Rafael Nadal who set a new record during the ATP Madrid for the most consecutive sets won on clay. In his straight-sets win over Diego Schwartzman in the quarter finals, Nadal made it 50 straight sets won on clay ending John McEnroe's 34 year old record. It didn’t help Nadal get the title though as he surprisingly lost to Dominic Thiem in the semi finals. Nadal is the title leader in Rome with seven successes there before but he hasn’t got one in the bag since the 2013 season. It will be hard to not picture him at the business end of things as he fights back from his disappoint in Spain last week. Nadal is the 4/9 odds-on favourite with bet365* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018). Other players in the mix are Dominic Thiem who was runner-up in Spain on the weekend and is the only other man in singles figures going into the event. Novak Djokovic is back for another crack but he hasn’t looked anywhere near his best or ready to get back to the winners circle in his current form. Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic really make up the list of main contenders in Rome, but Nadal looks a decent proposition this week.

ATP Rome Winner Odds*

Rafael Nadal 4/9, Alexander Zverev 7/1, Dominic Thiem 9/1, Novak Djokovic 14/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 14/1, Marin Cilic 22/1, bar 33/1* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018)

WTA Rome Preview

Petra Kvitova created history on the weekend as she became the first lady to win three Mutua Madrid Open titles. The Czech star got the better of Kiki Bertens in an epic battle in Spain. She won't be competing in Rome this week after her efforts and heading up the market is Simona Halep at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018). Halep was stopped in the quarter finals of Madrid last week by Karolina Pliskova. Bertens incidentally had a great run in Rome last year and could be worth watching out for again. Going back to Halep, she was a losing finalist here last season as she took as surprise hit against Elina Svitolina, who claimed her second Premier 5 title in Rome. Both Pliskova and Svitolina are in the field which as it usually does in the women's’ game, looks wide open. A quick scan of the draw shows that Halep would have a tricky second-round match against either Victoria Azarenka or Naomi Osaka and opposing in her quarter of the draw is seventh seed Caroline Garcia. Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Jo Konta are the big guns in the second quarter of the draw and Maria Sharapova (two time champion) is knocking around there too. None of them really are looking great enough shape to go and launch a serious challenge at this title. Of them realistically it is Ostapenko, given her qualities on clay who could be expected to go the furthest of the lot at 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018). Muguruza, a great clay player did reach the semi-finals here last year but really struggled in Madrid last week. Pliskova has a tough quarter with Angelique Kerber in there and there would be a quarter-final duel with Elina Svitolina to come as well which would be pretty epic to look forward to. Serena Williams (who has won three of the last five editions) has withdrawn, but sister Venus is in the bottom half of the draw along with Caroline Wozniacki and the Dane has a pretty comfortable looking draw ahead of her really so could get up a head of steam.

WTA Rome Winner Odds*

Simona Halep 5/1, Karolina Pliskova 15/2, Elina Svitolina 11/1, Garbine Muguruza 11/1, Maria Sharapova 12/1, Caroline Wozniacki 14/1, Jelena ostapenko 16/1, Kiki Bertens 16/1, Daria Kasatkina 18/1, Victoria Azarenka 18/1, bar 25/1* (betting odds taken at 11:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2018)

Predictions

Back Nadal to get back to winnings ways in Rome, he won’t have taken the hit in Spain last week in great favour. As for the women’s field, it is wide open at the moment. Halep hasn’t quite gotten herself going on clay yet, so look for Karolina Pliskova, a final four finish in Madrid last week to get to the title.
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Monster tennis acca’s return £186k from £5 at Ladbrokes

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There was a stunning tennis bet win at Ladbrokes this week as a punter turned £5 into just over £186,000. That was from an absolute monster of a wager, an 18-fold and a 17-fold acca to be exact. The punter had placed a £2.30 18-fold and a 18 15p 17-fold totalling to £5 on Tuesday, all of which came in to the sum of £186,574.91. In the epic tennis bets, there were a lot of short-priced and odds-on favourite selections in the bet, with the longest priced option at 2/1 on Kirstie Ahn’s success over Sam Stosur. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “This will go down as one of the biggest tennis bets we’ve seen in recent years. Having correctly predicted the outcome of 18 matches, seven of which were odds against, we can do little but take our hat off to this plucky punter.” BET IN FULL Guido Andreozzi to beat Stefano Travaglia – 6/5 Javier Marti to beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver – 2/5 Claire Liu to beat Magda Linette – 11/10 Taylor Townsend to beat Heather Watson – 11/10 Ashleigh Barty to beat Sofia Kenin – 11/10 Lara Arruabarrena to beat Beatriz Haddad Maia – 4/9 Elena Vesnina to beat Madison Brengle – 8/15 Irina-Camelia Begu to beat Georgina Garcia Perez – 1/2 Kristie Ahn to beat Samantha Stosur – 2/1 Nadiia Kichenok / Anastasia Rodionova to beat Monique Adamczak / Lyudmyla Kichenok – 8/11 Sara Errani to beat Eugenie Bouchard – 4/11 Tatjana Maria to beat Lauren Davis – 7/4 Alla Kudryavtseva / Katarina Srebotnik to beat Nicole Melichar / Kveta Peschke – 4/6 Caroline Garcia to beat Varvara Lepchenko – 4/9 Kristyna Pliskova to beat Katerina Siniakova – 6/4 Naomi Broady to beat Carol Zhao – 8/13 Jana Fett to beat Valentini Grammatikopoulou – 4/7 Stefanie Voegele to beat Dalila Jakupovic – 8/15 18 x 15p 17-folds RETURNS £74,367.99 £2.30 18-fold RETURNS £112,206.92 TOTAL RETURNS £186,574.91
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WTA & ATP Weekly Tennis Betting Preview and Predictions – 26th February, 2018

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ATP Dubai takes centre stage on the ATP Tour this weekend and there is a good chance to get on the side of the outright favourite who is Grigor Dimitrov at 11/4 odds with Coral* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018). The World Number four carries a W10 L3 match record into the tournament for 2018 as he goes in search of his first title this year. He has a bit of form though having gone to the quarters of the Australian Open and then to the final of Rotterdam where he lost out to Roger Federer. He has to have his first title this year in his sights here. His main challenger will be Lucas Pouille who went to the final of Marseille last weekend following up a title run in Montpellier so the Frenchman is carrying some great form with him at the moment. Whoever gets through the field this week, there will be a first-time winner at the event.

ATP Dubai Winner Odds*

Grigor Dimitrov 11/4, Lucas Pouille 13/2, Richard Gasquet 8/1, Roberto Bautista Agut 9/1, Karen Khachanov 15/2, 18/1 bar* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018) Acapulco has a pretty stacked field this week which is being headed up by Rafael Nadal. He was the runner-up last season at the tournament and this will be his first match back since the Australian Open. Nadal had to retire in the quarter finals of Melbourne through injury but has said that he is back fit and raring to go. He has an extra incentive too having just lost the World Number One spot to Roger Federer. Nadal is the 9/4 outright favourite at Coral* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018) but there are some stiff challenges coming in. The field is pretty stacked actually with Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem in there, as well as reigning champions Sam Querrey. So how to sort through that lot? The experienced Anderson is a little too short of a price to back, as is the 2016 Champion Dominic Thiem who hasn’t quite looked on top of his game for a while. So the field is narrowed a bit. Alexander Zverev should be a big threat and there is potentially epic semi-finals between himself and Del Potro coming down the line. Nadal has won this a couple of times before, but with question marks over his full fitness still he could be vulnerable at the end of the tournament and Alexander Zverev looks value to land the title.

Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open Winner Odds*

Rafael Nadal 9/4, Juan Martín del Potro 13/2, Alexander Zverev 6/1, Kevin ANderson 11/1, Dominic Thiem 11/1, Kei Nishikori 14/1, Sam Querrey 14/1, 20/1 bar* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018) It is a fairly quiet week on the WTA where only the Abierto Mexicano Telcel is going off. There are no players from the world’s top ten taking part in this one, but there is still an interesting draw which Sloane Stephens and Kristina Mladenovic really heads up. Aside from a run to the final of St Petersburg, Mladenovic really hasn’t shown up this season. Stephens has played only two matches this season and has lost them both. So it is really worth avoiding both of them. It is a wide open field, so we will side with the experience of Shuai Zhang who is in the same half of Stephens, but has beaten her already this season goes as a good 9/1 option at Coral* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018). But Belinda Bencic who is arguably the most talented player in the entire draw but has not played much at all this year could really be the biggest threat in the field. Belinda Bencic 11/2, Sloane Stephens 8/1, Shuai Zhang 9/1, Alize Cornet 12/1, Dair Gaviolva 12/1, Kristina Mladenovic 14/1, Monica Puig 14/1, Heather Watson 16/1, 20/1 bar* (betting odds taken at 7:48 p.m. on January 26th, 2018)
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WTA & ATP Weekly Tennis Betting Preview and Predictions – 19th February, 2018

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ATP Rio Open

After an astonishing week in which Roger Federer became the old man to ever hold down the number one spot in the world in the Open Era after taking a title win at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, things are dialled back a little bit this week. He takes a backseat this week with a well-earned rest after breaking more records in what has been simply an astonishing comeback from the legend. There are three ATP World Tour titles up for grabs this week and the highest ranking of them is in Brazil at the Rio Open. There is a strong bit of favouritism to look at as well in this one, which is part of the ‘Golden Swing” of South America and the field is headed up by Marin Cilic. This is the first time that the Croatian has played in the tournament and despite a potential early clash against Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarter finals, Cilic looks fairly unopposed in the top half of the draw. Cilic is just one of two players taking part in the tournament who are currently sitting inside the top ten in the world rankings at the moment. The other is Dominic Thiem, who as second seed goes in the opposite half of the draw. He actually has a slightly better track record in 2018 than Cilic does, as the Austrian has gone W12 L1 heading into the season, collecting a title already. Cilic is going into Rio on the back of a W8 L2 record for the season without a title, but he is currently ranked third in the world, the highest that he has ever been. Cilic was the one who fell to Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open while Theim couldn’t make it past the round of sixteen. Thiem's title for the season came on the weekend as he cruised to the Argentina Open win, taking down former British player Aljaz Bedene in the final. There is a decent chance that Cilic and Thiem will be meeting up in the final and that would be just the second game between them. Thiem won the previous meeting which was in the Brisbane quarter finals a couple of years ago. It is always a risk trying to get behind players to win back to back titles, but Thiem has a good shot here. His title in Argentina last week was on clay, just as Rio is and Cilic hasn’t been out on the surface this term. Back the young Austrian.

ATP Rio Open Winner Odds*

Dominic Thiem 5/2, Marin Cilic 5/1, Gael Monfils 9/1, Diego Schwartzman 12/1, Pablo Busta 12/1, Fabio Fognini 12/1, Fernando Verdasco, bar 16/1* (betting odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on February 19th, 2018).

WTA Dubai Duty Free

Some of the game’s heavy hitter on the women’s side are out for the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week, which is a Premier event. This should be a good one as well and it is Elina Svitolina who is heading back there as the reigning champion and 6/1 joint-favourite at Betfred* (betting odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on February 19th, 2018), and she will be pretty pleased with the section she has been drawn in to. She should run unopposed to the semi finals you would think, especially with eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic losing her opener and that was Svitolina's toughest opponent she could have potentially faced in the draw. At the semi final stage though in the top half of the draw is where things are really going to be lighting up. In the second quarter, there could be a huge tussle between Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals to then go on and meet up with reigning champion Svitolina. Of the two of them, you would probably have to swing with Germany’s Kerber who has been going so well in 2018 and the same can’t be said of Pliskova, who is just struggling to bring her consistent a-game. Jo Konta is out in action for Britain but she looks as if she really needs more tournaments under her belt on her journey back from injury. She could meet up with Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals which would be an interesting clash between the seventh and fourth seeds respectively. Like Konta, Ostapenko has had her injury issues and is working her way back to the top of her game. Then in the final quarter goes Garbine Muguruza who blasted her way to the final of the Qatar Total Open on the weekend, only to lose there against Petra Kvitova who has been carrying some form this term. So it is a really stacked draw and we are going to roll with the grit and quality of Angelique Kerber to come through the field. Last season at this event she lost out to Svitolina in the semi final stage and there could be a big rematch at the same stage this time around. Kerber just the looks the stronger of the two at the moment. Muguruza will have been pleased with her work in Qatar last week, but it was a long week and we are going to roll with Konta to string something together here from the bottom half. Konta has won the one previous match that she has had against Ostapenko and so could pull through that potential quarter final match here and that should steel her for a good run to the final as an each way option at Betfred.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Winner Odds*

Angelique Kerber 6/1, Elina Svitolina 6/1, Garbine Muguruza 6/1, Karolina Pliskova 7/1, Caroline Garcia 14/1, Jelena Ostapenko 18/1, Elise Mertens 22/1, bar 28/1* (betting odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on February 19th, 2018).
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WTA & ATP Weekly Tennis Betting Preview and Predictions

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It is the first WTA Premier 5 event of the new season as Qatar Total Open fires up this week. All but one of the top ten are set for appearances in the Doha field and extra some extra spice to proceedings is that the number one spot is up for grabs once again. Current number one Caroline Wozniacki will be hoping to hold off challenger Simona Halep but the Dane has a tough road ahead of her at the tournament.

Doha Each Way Options

Immediately off the bat, largely because of injuries and not having gotten their seasons up and running yet so far in 2018, Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta are all worth a pass in this one. That narrows things down just a little bit. Karolina Pliskova is another one who is under a bit of pressure to perform but she should be fresh as this is her first game back since losing to Halep in the Australian Open quarters. The best each way options for the tournament are Julia Goerges and Elina Svitolina at 22/1 and 12/1 respectively at Unibet* (betting odds taken January 12th, 2018 at 00:55 a.m.). Svitolina is the reigning champion here and this is the event that twelve months ago, really put her on the map. An injury ruined her Grand Slam run in Melbourne, but if she’s back fit she will contend. Julia Goerges continued her great form this year with a run to the semi-finals in St Petersburg recently. She’s up in the top ten now for the first time in her career and has some momentum.    

Kerber to contend

Angelique Kerber is back to her very best and she is the one who can take the shine off both Wozniacki and Halep. She has been outstanding so far this season and is looking for her second title this year and no-one is going to want to face the German at the moment. Wozniacki was stopped in the quarter finals in St Petersburg as expected after her epic Grand Slam win in Melbourne, while Halep has been to the final of both tournaments played this year. There’s some big in-form players around at the moment including Petra Kvitova who came from nowhere to land the St Petersburg title recently. Overall though it is main contender Halep who has the best-looking draw ahead of her as Wozniacki and Kerber could clash in the quarters with potentially Svitolina lurking at the semi-final stage. Halep shouldn’t have as many challenges and can power her way to a victory.

Qatar Open Odds*

Angelique Kerber 6/1, Simona Halep 7/1, Petra Kvitova 9/1, Caroline Wozniacki 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 9/1, Karolina Pliskova 11/1, Elina Svitolina 12/1, Maria Sharapova 13/1, Madison Keys 20/1, bar 22/1* (betting odds taken January 12th, 2018 at 00:55 a.m.).

Federer headlines Rotterdam

There are some minor tournaments knocking around the ATP this week with the New York Open and the Argentina Open both 250 World Tour Events. It leaves the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Rotterdam as the headlining act. 2017 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is back to defend his title. However, everyone else is going to be overshadowed by the appearance of Roger Federer in the draw who has to reach the semi-finals to remarkably get back to number one in the world. Both Federer (2012) and Wawrinka (2015) are previous winners of the event. Interestingly Federer could face his fellow Swiss competition Stan Wawrinka in the quarter finals. Alex Zverev is in the top half of draw and could be a decent semi final punt if he can get up ahead of steam which has been lacking a little bit this year from him. Down in bottom half the draw, things are headed up by second seed Grigor Dimitrov who has a pretty handy run ahead of him. There could be a tricky quarter final scrap against Lucas Pouille, but other than that it should be plain sailing for Dimitrov. The top half of the draw is going to be the toughest to come through so things favour Dimitrov a bit in this one and the Bulgarian looks handy value to Reach the Final with Unibet for the Rotterdam event. Given the class that Federer has though plus the incentive of getting back to world number one, it would surprise exactly zero people if Feds won it.
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WTA & ATP Tennis Weekly Betting Preview and Predictions

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So the Australian Open is in the bag and Women’s winner Caroline Wozniacki is scheduled to put in an immediate appearance out in St Petersburg this week. Maybe she hadn't really planned on going the distance in Melbourne? Anyway, she is the 11/2 favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds took on January 29th, 2018 at 7:03 p.m.) to go and follow up her first Grand Slam title with a success at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy this week. However, there should be plenty of value in actually opposing her this week. You could see in her Australian Open Final just how much the tournament and it’s crazy temperatures had taken out of her. Both Wozniacki and Halep were feeling the heat badly and to immediately turn around after such an exhausting and emotional fortnight and be expected to win another tournament is a bit of a big ask. At short odds, Wozniakci certainly isn’t worth taking a look at particularly in this one. So where could value lie? Kristina Mladenovic is the main player opposing Wozniacki in the top half of the draw. The French woman is the reigning champion at the tournament as well and we like that bit of tournament history to get behind her. She is a big old 18/1 price at bet365* (Betting Odds taken on January 29th, 2018 at 7:03 p.m.) though to win this, but that leaves her at great each way value to at least reach the final. If Mladenovic can negotiate the way past the second round where she could have a scrap against Dominika Cibulkova, there’s no reason why she can’t reach the showcase match from the top half of the table. Down in the bottom half of the draw there is Julia Goerges, Caroline Garcia and Jelena Ostapenko all with a decent amount of equal appeal to make a run. Of them, Goerges is the one with the better form in the new year having claimed a title already. But young Ostapenko is worth a look here at 8/1 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds taken on January 29th, 2018 at 7:03 p.m.) to win the tournament. That will be based on the dynamics of the draw. She has such an easy quarter to get through as it contained three wild cards and a lucky loser, that the young Latvian could make a decent run in the tournament.

WTA St Petersburg Ladies Tennis betting odds

Caroline Wozniacki 11/2, Julia Goerges 11/2, caroline Garcia 7/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Jelena Ostapenko 8/1, Dominika Cibulkova 14/1, Katerina Siniakova 14/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 18/1, Daria Kasatkina 18/1, 25/1 bar There is nothing happening on the ATP Tour this week as the first round of the 2018 Davis Cup is played on February 2nd through to the 4th. Great Britain will be starting as third seeds for this years even and they have a tricky opener against Spain out in Marbella on the clay. At least they won’t have to face the injured Rafael Nadal anyway.
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Paddy Power stung by Nadal Australian Open withdrawal

Paddy Power
Rafa Nadal wasn’t 100% at full fitness going into the Australian Open having been nursing a knee issue that had been bothering him from last year. He has had his fair share of injuries in his career, and he couldn’t last the distance at the Australian Open, having to pull out of his battle with Marin Cilic in the quarter finals in the deciding set. While he has had his problems, it isn’t very often that Rafa has not gone on to actually complete a match. However, anyone who had backed him to do a number on Cilic in that quarter final duel in Melbourne will have been happy about Paddy Power’s tennis retirement money back special. With the world number one deciding enough was enough in the match, it triggered a refund of free bets for punters who had staked on him to win the match. In the end it ended up costing Paddy Power roughly £50,000 in free bet stakes. The tennis retirement fund offers some insurance for punters who are backing a player in any ATP, WTA and Grand Slam matches for win single bets only. If a backed selection retires from the match after the first set has been fully completed, then the bookmaker issues a lost stake refund as a free bet (maximum free bet refund of £50,000). See full details of the Tennis Retirement Refund offer at the Paddy Power website.
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Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open 2018 Final

Caroline Wozniacki
There was an epic duel between Simona Halep and 216 Australian Open Angelique Kerber as their semi final match played out to an intense finish. Halep got the first set on the board against the German in Melbourne, and she was a break up in the second but then let things go as Kerber fought her way back into the match to level things up. Halep then had a chance to seal out the match with two match points in hand at 5-4 in the deciding set, but again Kerber hung in there and then she herself had a couple of match points just two games later. It was Halep’s turn to show some resilience as she stuck in there and the match was decided when the Romanian powered a forehand away for a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory. Halep, the world number one has missed opportunities before in her career to get a Grand Slam title, her mental focus letting her down time and time again. But she seems pretty dialled in and ready to fight all the way because she has overcome some battles at the Australian Open, including facing an injury scare in her opening match and facing match points in her third round tie against Lauren Davies. So as she continues her search she goes up against Caroline Wozniacki who will also be looking for her first Grand Slam. Whoever wins the match will also get the world number one ranking as well. Wozniacki was far more comfortable in her semi-final duel as she took out unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens in straight sets. Wozniacki, who is the second seed at the Australian Open landed the first set 6-3 and despite a late rally from Mertens in the second set, largely out of tension from Wozniacki as she tried to seal the match at 5-4 in the second. For the first time Wozniacki’s impressive serve deserted her and as she phoned in some pretty weak second serves, she found herself facing two set points which she saw off to force a tie-break. The Dane came out strongly, taking an advantage of an early break to reach what is her third Grand Slam final, the first one at the Australian Open.

Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki head to head

Wozniacki is 4-2 up in the head to head against Halep. The Dane has won each of the last three meetings, the most recent of which was at the 2017 WTA Finals, dropping just the two games in a crushing victory. Three of the last four meetings between them have been over three sets and from the fourth previous meetings on hard court surfaces, things are even at two wins each.

Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki Outright Winner Odds

Simona Halep 4/6, Caroline Wozniacki 5/4

Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki Prediction

Simona Halep has been a bit of a roller coaster at times throughout the tournament but the amount of grit that she has produced when it has been needed most, shows clearly that her desire and her head is totally in the right place. If she gets this Grand Slam title it will have been a long time coming for her. She has been really impressive in spells, but then Wozniacki has shown a lot more stability. Wozniacki has had her serve going so well throughout the tournament and hasn’t given up very much in defence. She has looked supremely confident and really only when she was trying to close out against Mertens have we sent her a little shaky in Melbourne. This is a match which will likely go to the distance and over 2.5 sets is 11/8 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken January 25th, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.) is a decent option. As for a winner, it’s a really close call. Halep, with her grit, will have another chance at a Slam title, and if she does it, she will be the first woman to have fought off match points in two different matches during a title-winning campaign. There were crucial long rally wins for Halep against Kerber which just tipped the balance in that semi final duel and she has been digging really deep. She has the fight in her and she looks a far happier camper than we have seen in other title challenges. Back the favourite.
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Hyeon Chung v Roger Federer Australian Open Winner Odds and Prediction

Hyeon Chung
What a tournament it has been from South Korea Hyeon Chung. He has powered his way into the semi-final of the Australian Open with some style. The youngster, who won the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals at the back end of last year, sailed through to the semi-finals of the Grand Slam with a straight-sets victory over the unseeded American Tennys Sandgren. 21-year-old Chung becomes the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam semi final for eight years now. He is ranked down at 58th in the world and therefore is the lowest-ranked player to get to the final four in Melbourne for 14 years. This hasn’t just been a case of him getting through matches against lower ranked opponents because he has overcome some top talent. He ditched the fourth seed Alexander Zverev out of the competition in a huge upset in the third round and he was waiting to deliver an even bigger upset down the line. In the fourth round of competition, he was paired up against six-time Australian Open title winner Novak Djokovic. Chung took him down in three sets. It was a huge win for the South Korean as he dumped Djokovic out, although they Serbian clearly wasn’t at ease with his troubled elbow at all in the match. Still, Chung had to win the match and he did and then he made easy work of Sandgren. Roger Federer made it through to his 14th Australian Open semi-final as he moved past Tomas Berdych in straight sets. It means that the 36-year-old has moved through the tournament without dropping a set so far and that’s important because it keeps him fresh. It has been a fairly simple exercise for him in Melbourne as he goes in search of what would be his 20th Grand Slam title. Will the master tame the student?

Federer v Chung head to head

This will be the first ever match up between the two players.

Federer v Chung Winner Odds

Federer 1/7, Chung 9/2* (betting odds taken on January 24th at 10:37 p.m.).

Prediction

It has been fantastic stuff from Chung and he is clearly a future star. However, something that is so precious on occasions like this is experience. Federer has it in spades and his ability to keep calm in situations is likely going to keep the young challenger at bay. Federer is the master at coming up with tactics to suit the occasions and Chung may leave the tournament, but with his head held high still. You wouldn't put it past Feds to roll out a straight sets victory at William Hill for 5/6*(betting odds taken on January 24th at 10:37 p.m.).
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