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Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson Winner Odds & Predictions

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Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson Preview - November 17th, 2018 Novak Djokovic was carrying some blistering from into the ATP World Tour finals with him this year, making him the firm favourite to go out and win the title for a record-equalling fifth time (Roger Federer). Given the way he has performed so far in London, there has been nothing to suggest that he won’t live up to his top billing as a favourite. Djokovic is strong 1/8 odds-on to win his semi final* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm).

Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson Odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/8 Kevin Anderson 5/1 * (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"] It has been fairly routine for Novak Djokovic so far at the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals. He won all three of his round-robin fixtures in straight sets and most of them were easy in terms of holding his serve. His closest duel in a set was needing a long tie-break to claim the first in his game against Marin Cilic. Djokovic is the only one to have dropped a single set in the round robin stage of the tournament. Djokovic is a four-time winner of the ATP World Tour Finals and will pull level with Roger Federer if he can get his hands on it again. Djokovic is looking for his first ATP World Tour Finals title since 2015. With Roger Federer always favourite to win his round robin group (which he did) it was going to be a close call between Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori to see who would join him in the semi-final. It was set to be a tight race right down to the wire but wins over Thiem and Nishikori got Anderson across the line, losing against Federer. Anderson’s case was helped out by Thiem beating Nishikori in the final group match. Anderson was fourth seed for the tournament (all of the top four seeds have made the semi’s) and this is the debut ATP World Tour appearance for Anderson.

Head to Head

Not too surprisingly the head to head is well in favour of Djokovic. From the eight previous matches that these two have played, Djokovic is 7-1 ahead. They have met twice this year with wins for Djokovic over the South African at Wimbledon and then more recently the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai. That’s seven straight wins for Djokovic now over Anderson, having lost their first ever meeting back in 2008. Djokovic has won six of his seven victories over Anderson without dropping a set.

Predictions

The head to head says it all. The current form says it all. It would be a shocker if Djokovic didn’t win his way through this one. A straightforward Djokovic 2-0 option in set betting* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm) should be all that it takes.
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Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev Winner Odds & Predictions

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Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev Preview - November 17th, 2018 The first semi-final of the ATP World Tour Finals sees Roger Federer go as the 4/9 odds on favourite* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm) to beat young German Alexander Zverev. Will Federer make it through to his 11th Final in the competition or will Zverev make his first appearance in one?

Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev odds*

Roger Federer 4/9 Alexander Zverev 7/4 * (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"] Much has been made about the standings in Group Lleyton Hewitt because things have been tight and the tie-breaking format isn’t all that straight forward. Federer opened his campaign with a really sloppy, below par defeat against Kei Nishikori. But then he roared his way back to life beating Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win the group in the end. All without the confusion of having to look percentage of sets and games won. Federer is a five-time ATP World Tour champion but he hasn’t gotten his hands on the title since 2011. While he meets up with Zeverv in the semi-final, the bigger problem could be down the line in potentially meeting Novak Djokovic in the Final itself. Zverev was in the Group Guga Kuerten where he had some really tight scraps. He lost heavily against Novak Djokovic and then needed two tie-break set wins to beat Marin Cilic and a tie break in his first set en-route to the victory of John Isner. Overall he took a 49.2% game win percentage across his three group games, with Federer up at 56.9%.

Head To Head

This will be the first time that Federer and Zverev have met this season. Three times they went up against each other inn 2017 and Federer came out 2-1 ahead in those matches. One of those was at last year’s ATP World Tour Finals, Federer winning a round-robin match in three sets. Overall in the head to head between Federer and Zverev, Federer narrowly leads 3-2.

Prediction

Federer looked much more like his old self after getting that poor match out of the way against Nishikori. Maybe he got some of the rust out. The fact that Zverev was easily beaten by Djokovic has to leave us leaning on Federer. It may be worth pushing for the 2-1 Correct Score at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 10:31 pm).
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ATP Paris Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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The Rolex Masters in Paris is underway and in the French capital, there is a big battle for the world number one spot going down between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It is a simple case of whichever of them progress further, will get the top ATP Ranking. This is the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season.

ATP Paris Masters Winners odds*

Novak Djokovic 10/11 Rafa Nadal 6/1 Roger Federer 8/1 Alexander Zverev 11/1 Kei Nishikori 16/1 Dominic Thiem 22/1 Karen Khachanov 22/1 Marin Cilic 25/1 Kevin Anderson 25/1 John Isner 25/1 Borna Coric 33/1 40/1 bar * (betting odds taken on October 30th, 2018 at 4:19 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Novak Djokovic

Without question, it is Novak Djokovic who is the one with the form heading into the Paris action. He has won each of the last three tournaments that he has entered (Cincinnati, US Open and the Rolex Shanghai Masters). So there is little question over his 10/11 odds-on favouritism at the head of the market* (betting odds taken on October 30th, 2018 at 4:19 pm). None whatsoever. His record in Paris isn’t bad either having won the title four times before, most recently back in 2015 when he beat Andy Murray in the final. He is the second seed so means that he could only meet rival Nadal in the final.

Rafa Nadal

Nadal is back for the first time since having to pull out of the US Open semi-finals because of a knee injury. He realistically only holds a 35 point lead over Djokovic in the ATP Rankings which is basically nothing. The Spaniard has been top of the ranking since June but now the pressure is on here in the 52nd week of the yearly cycle that the ATP Rankings run on. Whichever of these goes at least one round better than the other this week will be top. The actually final ATP Rankings for the year will be decided at the ATP Finals held in London on November 11th-18th where there are 1,500 points up for grabs for a player who can win the title without defeat along the way in the round robin stage. Nadal has never won the Rolex Paris Masters. It could be a big ask for him to do so after his injury-forced break.

Roger Federer

Federer is down in the bottom half of the draw in opposition to Djokovic. There is not a particularly easy path ahead for Federer really. For example, if he were to get to the quarter finals then there could be either Kevin Anderson or Kei Nishikori there, the latter looking for respective big performance because he needs points to try and earn their places at the ATP Finals. Federer does have a bit of form behind him though having won the Swiss Indoors title for the ninth time recently. He only made a run to the semi-finals in the most recent ATP 1000 Masters in Shanghai. His only previous title in Paris happened back in 2011 when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Because he is on a semi-final path to meet Djokovic, that puts him at the disadvantage and is risky at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 30th, 2018 at 4:19 pm).

Other Contenders

There is fourth seed Alexander Zverev with three career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles under his belt. He would meet Nadal in the semi finals and isn't a bad 22/1 each way option to win outright* (betting odds taken on October 30th, 2018 at 4:19 pm) by any stretch of the imagination. There are only two places up for grabs in the ATP Finals and while it looks likely that they will go to Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem (both of which are in action this week) their places aren’t secured. Kei Nishikori and John Isner are the ones in the draw with that big incentive of a deep run to try and muscle their way in. Because of that, they are worth having a look at to raise their respective games this week.

Prediction

We have to stick with the front runners and look at that battle for number one between Djokovic and Nadal. Our prediction for the ATP Paris Masters is Djokovic clear and simple. He has the current form behind him and four of his indoor titles has been at this very event. Considering that Nadal is going to be a bit rusty and that the Spaniard has only one indoor title to his name in his entire career, paints a clear picture. Of the outside contenders, it has to be Zverev considering he is the main opposition to Nadal in the top half of the draw.
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WTA Finals Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Finals - October 21st to 28th, 2018 It is off to Singapore for the start of the 2018 WTA Finals which is a week-long event for the eight players who have done enough over the course of the season, to qualify. This will be the final year that Singapore hosts the indoor event before it moves on. It is US Open winner Naomi Osaka who is the 10/3 favourite for the WTA Finals 2018* (betting odds taken on October 18th, 2018 at 5:42 pm).

WTA Finals 2018 Odds*

Naomi Osaka 10/3 Caroline Wozniacki 5/1 Petra Kvitova 5/1 Angelique Kerber 11/2 Karolina Pliskova 13/2 Sloane Stephens 8/1 Elina Svitolina 8/1 Kiki Bertens 10/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 18th, 2018 at 5:42 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Tournament Format

The format of the tournament sees the eight players split into two groups of four. The groups are then played on a round-robin format. The top two players from each of the groups move through to the semi-final knockout stage. The first-placed player of one group faces the second-placed finisher of the other group and vice-versa.

Qualification

Points are collected from the four Grand Slam Tournament, four Premier Mandatory events and then the best two results from the Premier 5 level tournaments count. The points from their best six finishes from other events are then added.

Halep Withdraws

The tournament has lost World Number One Simona Halep. The Romanian won her maiden Grand Slam title this year and was the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals. She also qualified with more points than anyone else. She has withdrawn because of a back injury in a recent training session ahead of Wuhan.

Naomi Osaka

The biggest return of points for Osaka was her US Open win, which came out of the blue. That landed her a massive 2000 points and it added to her 1000 collected from a victory at Indian Wells in a Premier Mandatory as well. So those really are the big success which put her in her first WTA Finals. She reached one other final across the course of the season on the WTA Tour. She was carrying form on the recent Asian swing of the season, reaching the final of the Toray Pan Pacific and then the semis of the China Open. But then she withdrew from a Japan event because of injury.

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki started the season with a bang in beating Simona Halep in the Australian Open final. She reached the WTA Finals with the third-best points haul of the eight as she also won in Beijing and at the Eastbourne international in the summer. However, it has to be said, the form of the Dane largely slipped away over the second half of the season, looking less and less of a threat to anyone. That was until she stormed back with a win in Beijing. Will that revival at the China Open at the start of October put her in good stead? She is the reigning champion of the WTA Finals.

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova collected three regular titles this season on the two, but a Premier 5 and the Madrid Premier Mandatory title. So quietly the Czech star put a lot together. But all of it was over the first half of the season. Much like Wozniacki she slipped out of the limelight over the second half of the season. Kvitova produced four disappointing appearances at the Grand Slams this season. Kvitova won the Finals in 2011 and was a losing finalist in 2015.

Angelique Kerber

The German had another successful season under her belt. She claimed the Wimbledon title over Serena Williams and her other title for the year came in January in Sydney. But she had a semi-final at the Australian Open and a quarter final at the French Open. She reached the quarter finals in two of the four Premier Mandatory events and two-quarter finals in the Premier 5. Very steady, very consistent and should be a threat. Kerber’s best finish in a WTA Finals was a losing finalist in 2016.

Karolina Pliskova

Pliskova couldn’t build on her big 2017 and it has been relatively muted from her. She was pretty consistent in the big events, collecting two quarter-final places at the Grand Slams. She got two quarter finals and a semi-final appearance in the four Premier Mandatory events. Her two titles came at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in April and the Toray Pan Pacific in September. Pliskova was a losing semi-finalist last year on her debut.

Sloane Stephens

Like Osaka, two big results got Stephens to the WTA Finals. For her, it was the points haul from winning Miami (Premier Mandatory) and her run to the final of the French Open where she was beaten by Halep. She reached one other final, which was that the Premier 5 level at the Rogers Cup in Canada. This is her debut.

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina gambled in not paying in the final week of the season, the chance at points. It worked out for her though as she clung on to her place at the WTA Finals. Svitolina won three titles during the course of the season, the highest of them being the Italian Open (Premier 5). Her best Grand Slam finish was a quarter final at the Australian Open. A bit like Pliskova, she didn’t push on after a successful 2017. Didn’t get out of the group last year on her debut.

Kiki Bertens

The Dutch player gets into the WTA Finals for the first time ever because of Halep’s withdrawal. She has had a strong season, winning three titles (one Premier 5) and she reached the final of Madrid (Premier Mandatory). It is a big occasion for her and she is the first Dutch player to make it to the top ten in the world since 1996.

Predictions

Who fits the bill the best? The tennis season is long and players like Kvitova can come out strong and fade away. So you are looking at form over the second half or even the final third of the season really. Wozniacki had gone quiet but her recent win at the China Open and with her being the reigning champion, gives her renewed appeal. A lot of it. The same can be said of Pliskova who raised her end of season appeal with a win at Toray Pan Pacific over Osaka. That was out of the blue, much like Wozniacki's win in China. The fact that it was over the in-form Osaka says a lot about Pliskova when she is on her game. So we are simply going to stick with that successful current form and tip her to have a good run as well. As for splitting them, Wozniacki did a little more in her recent title and we are going to go with a WTA Finals title defence, which isn’t unusual at this event. Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Serena Williams have all achieved that since 2002.
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WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Moscow Preview - October 15th, 2018 Simona Halep returns to the Kremlin Cup and this is her first time at the tournament since winning the title in 2013. She goes as the 9/4 favourite* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 29018 at 8:33 pm) for this week’s action in Russia. However she has been a bit hampered recently with her back injury which threatened at one point to keep her out of the end of season WTA Finals. Reigning champion Julia Goerges is not back to defend her title. [toc heading_levels="2"]

WTA Moscow Odds*

Simona Halep 9/4 Karolina Pliskova 4/1 Sloane Stephens 9/2 Kiki Bertens 10/1 Anett Kontaveit 16/1 Anastasija Sevastova 20/1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 20/1 Elise MErtens 20/1 Dari Satakina 22/1 Johanna Konta 22/1 Kristina Mladenovic 25/1 Mihaela Buzarnescu 25/1 Bar 28/1* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 29018 at 8:33 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Halep Returns to Moscow

Back in 2013, Simona Halep was on a hot streak of form and she claimed the title in Moscow. Her form isn’t hot at the moment because she is trying to battle through a back issue that she has had, which has seen her suffer early exits in recent tournaments. That includes having to retire at the end of September in Beijing in her first round match. She gets a bye in this one and this year’s French Open winner may be worth a pass until we see her get back to full fitness and her form return.

Bertens needs a boost

Kiki Bertens is going to be showing up this week with the bit between her teeth. She goes as fourth seed and she needs to at least make the semi-finals in Moscow to shove either Karolina Pliskova or Elina Svitolina out of the eight that will be heading to Singapore for the WTA Finals. Bertens, this year’s Cincinnati champions is as short as 10/1 to make a winning run here* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 29018 at 8:33 pm). Pliskova is competing this week and she gets to the final four of the Kremlin Cup then she will guarantee herself a place at the end of season finals. So she has a big incentive to make a strong run as well this week and she goes as the second favourite behind Halep. Pliskova who won in Tokyo at the end of September slipped to a defeat in her first match out in Wuhan against Qiang Wang. Sloane Stephens booked herself a place at the WTA Finals for the first time, so she can relax this week a bit. She gets her spot at the finals on the back of Elina Svitolina not playing anywhere this week. She hasn't been in the great of form to be fair on this Asian swing of the season and with nothing at stake like Bertens and Pliskova, we feel it’s worth looking past her. Daria Kasatkina was the losing finalist here last year so will be enjoying some fairly fond memories of this tournament.

The Draw

Halep and Pliskova are the first and second seeds respectively for the tournament so they are on the opposite side of the draw and would only meet in the final. It is Kasatkina who is in Halep’s quarter and could be worth a flutter to cause an upset by winning that section. Kiki Bertens as fourth seed heads up the second quarter with 7th seed Elise Mertens (who opens against Jo Konta in a big first-round match). With question marks over Halep that could end up being a good draw for Bertens who needs that deep run. The third quarter has Anett Kontaveit opposing third seed Sloane Stephens. Then making up the fourth quarter is second seed Karolina Pliskova and fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Predictions

We see the path ahead for Karolina Pliskova being a big factor at the Kremlin Cup and as she needs a good run to guarantee a place in the WTA Finals, we like the 4/1 odds on her* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 29018 at 8:33 pm). She would meet a Qualifier/Lucky Loser in the second round after her first round bye. From the top half, again because of the necessity of turning up on form, Kiki Bertens has to have appeal in the tournament.
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WTA Hong Kong Open Winner Odds & Predictions

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

WTA Hong Kong Open Odds*

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

Saisai raises stock

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

Big Guns Fail to Appeal

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

Underdogs Look Good

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

Predictions

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

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ATP Shanghai 2018 Preview - October 7th - 14th, 2018 The ATP Tour moves on to its penultimate Masters 1000 tournament this week with the action in Shanghai starting up. So there are more big points up for grabs for those players still looking to muscle their way into the end of season Championships. Four spots remain open there and that puts pressure on some of those in the field this week.

ATP Shanghai Winner Odds*

Novak Djokovic 7/4 Roger Federer 10/3 Juan Martin del Potro 8/1 Alexander Zverev 10/1 Kei Nishikori 12/1 Marin Cilic 14/1 Dominic Thiem 16/1 Kevin Anderson 20/1 Nick Kyrgios 22/1 Milos Raonic 25/1 Stan Wawrinka 25/1 Bar 40/1 * (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Djokovic and Federer Return

Novak Djokovic is the joint title leader alongside Andy Murray in Shanghai. Murray is out of action for the rest of the season while Djokovic is going into this as the 7/4 favourite* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm). Djokovic has been resting up since his US Open title success where he got the better of Juan Martin del Potro in the final. So the most that can be said about the Serbian is that he is coming back fresh. He also has that strong tournament history as well. This is a tournament which the big guns have historically dominated so it may not be worth digging down the field too much really. Roger Federer comes back into action in Shanghai as he looks for his first Masters 1000 title of the season. He has lost two Masters 1000 finals this season including the Western & Southern Open back in August. At the back end of the season, it may tough to warrant backing him.

Delpo's hard court stats a good fit

The courts are expected to play quick in Shanghai though and therefore he is going to need to get his serve working well. He could be having a massive semi-final clash against Juan Martin del Potro to deal with down the line. Del Potro has been on top of his game for a while now and his hard court stats warrant looking at him. He did get to the final of the China Open on the weekend. That’s usually a bit of a red flag because of fatigue after a long week. But he had a walkover in the semi-finals so should be pretty well rested ahead of this one. His hold of serve percentage is very strong on the hard court surface over the last six months and with form clearly there, he is well worth a look at that nice 8/1 price* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm).

Other Contenders

Alexander Zverev looks so short of a price the way that he has been playing lately, which hasn’t been great. Zverev, along with others like Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson and Martin Cilic are those looking to secure a place in the NITTO ATP Finals at the end of the season and need points. Nikkori just got to the final of Tokyo to give himself a good boost of breaking into the top eight. He needs a big points haul here. Cilic is lined up in Zverev’s quarter of Shanghai and of the two we would back Cilic to win that quarter over the German. Anderson has the potential problem of a much worse draw. He could run into Djokovic in the quarter finals which would leave him as heavy underdog there.

Predictions

Of the two front-runners (Djokovic and Federer) then we have to side with the front-runner that is Djokovic. He has looked better and better the longer season has gone on and he could close to within 35 points of Rafael Nadal in the battle for Number One in the Race To London with a win in this one. Federer has won this twice before, but we just imagine that Djokovic is going to be sharper and stronger. The best of the rest is clearly going to be Juan Martin Del Potro. Just because he is up against Federer potentially late in the tournament and comes in off a busy week, there is enough in the 8/1 odds on him* (betting odds taken on October 7th, 2018 at 3:11 pm) to have an each way flutter.
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WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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

WTA Wuhan Open Odds*

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

Muguruza and Garcia contend

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

Halep coming back fresh

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

Predictions

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

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ATP Shenzhen Open 2018 Preview The ATP moves on with some top British interest going off in Shenzhen this week as the Asian swing of the season continues. This is one of four ATP events which are held in China and this is a fairly recent introduction to the Tour as well as it was only started in 2014. Andy Murray won that inaugural edition of the event and he is back for another crack and he is the 9/2 joint-favourite alongside David Goffin* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm).

ATP Shenzhen Winner Odds*

David Goffin 9/1 Andy Murray 9/2 Denis Shapovalov 6/1 Stefanos Tsitsipas 11/2 Borna Coric 6/1 Damir Dzumhur 12/1 Fernando Verdasco 12/1 Alex De Minaur 12/1 Bar 25/1 * (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Murray and Goffin headline

Murray and Goffin are the headline acts at ATP Shenzhen 2018 and they are both previous winners of the tournament. Murray got the inaugural edition title while Goffin heads back into the event as the reigning champion. Belgium’s Goffin is the top seed at the event and what makes this draw pretty interesting is that he could meet Murray in the second round. That is because Murray is entering as a wild card. So we could have a tremendous early showdown in the tournament and the winner of that expected clash will be favourite to go on and lift the title. So where is the advantage if the two of them do happen to clash at Shenzhen? Well the head to head form between the two of them is fully with Murray who holds a 5-0 lead over the Belgian from previous meetings. This would be their first meeting since ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai in China back in 2016. Murray hasn’t dropped a set in any of his matches against Goffin before. Of the two though it is Goffin with the form at the moment. In the US Open swing of the season, he got to the quarters of the Citi Open in Washington, reached the semi finals of Cincinnati where he had to retire against Roger Federer and then he made it to the round of sixteen at the US Open itself. So it has been pretty solid form from Goffin who is the 9/2 joint-favourite alongside Murray* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm). Murray, who is ranked down at 308th in the world basically has no form to speak of anywhere. In the US Open swing of the season, he pulled out of a quarter-final against Alex De Minaur at the Citi Open, lost in the first round of Cincinnati and then was knocked out in the second round of the US Open. This isn’t about wins and titles for Murray this is just all getting valuable court-time to continue his rehabilitation after his surgery this year. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is the 6/1 third favourite for Shenzhen* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) but he is squashed in that top half along with Goffin and Murray. So that has to work against him in the long run. That is all in the top half of the draw. So anyone down in the bottom half of the draw is going to be expecting to put something positive together. It is a half of the draw that is so hard to call though because it’s a pretty level playing field down there with the top seeds being fourth-seed Damir Dzumhur and second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Dzumhur could be the pick down there because he was a semi finalist last year.

Shenzen Predictions

At the end of the day, it would be a surprise if either Goffin or Murray didn’t get the win on the board in this one, with Shapovalov a close third to get in the frame. The top half of the draw is stacked with the best talent and we can take a nice 5/4 option on the Winning Quarter being the 1st Quarter* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm). Of the big duel which could happen between Murray and Goffin, we would go against form and back the Belgian to edge to it as he has much better current form than Murray does.
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WTA Tokyo Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Tokyo Tennis Preview - September 16th, 2018 The WTA is on its Asian swing of the season at the moment and there is some good action coming from Tokyo over the next week. This is a Premier level even on the WOmen’s Tour and it has attracted some big names as well. Heading into the action among the favourites is former winner Caroline Wozniacki and recent US Open winner Naomi Osaka.

WTA Tokyo Winner Odds*

Caroline Wozniacki 11/2 Naomi Osaka 11/2 Sloane Stephens 11/2 Karolina Pliskova 8/1 Garbiñe Mugartza 9/1 Caroline Garcia 12/1 Victoria Azarenka 12/1 Ashleigh Barty 14/1 Bar 25/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) This has been Caroline Wozniacki's tournament over the last couple of years as she has picked up back to back titles there. That naturally puts her in the front-runners circle because of that strong tournament history. She hasn’t particularly been carrying great form though and she fell in the second round at the US Open recently to the unseeded Lesia Tsurenko. She really hasn’t hit any form since Eastbourne back in the summer. So Wozniacki is worth opposing at those short 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm). This will be such a big moment for Naomi Osaka who steps out for the first time after her Grand Slam success at Flushing Meadows. That pinnacle of her career has to have taken something out of her and it may be difficult to hit those levels again so soon, particularly because of emotions. So we are looking past her. Sloane Stephens was playing some good stuff at Flushing Meadows but then just totally collapsed and lost all rhythm and mental focus in her quarter-final duel with Anastasija Sevastova. She is still at those 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) though with the others, but we see her having a decent run. Karolina Pliskova was looking somewhere near back to her best at Flushing Meadows but she still doesn’t quite look the powerful and confident version of herself that we saw last year. There are some other combative names in the field like Caroline Garcia, Victoria Azarenka, Dominika Cibulkova and Johanna Konta who are all about in the same boat looking for a good run to get a title under their belt and put some shine on their underwhelming seasons.

Prediction

We are going to drop down the field through to Garbine Muguruza at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) as the Spaniard did reach the semi-finals here last season before she was stopped by Caroline Wozniacki. She hasn’t been in great form and has had some illness and injury issues which has prevented her from hitting top levels. After all the pressure of the Grand Slams gone, she can be more relaxed here and have a good crack at a wide open tournament.
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