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ATP World Tour Finals Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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It is down to the ATP World Tour Finals now for the last big event of the 2017 calendar year on the men’s tennis tour. The Finals have been deprived of some of its top talents with Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic all having to miss out before of injury issues. But both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are scheduled to play and not too surprising they are heading up the market as the biggest threats, with Federer trading as 4/6 favourites with William Hill and Nadal at 7/2.  Goffin v Dimitrov - ATP Finals 2017 Infographic

Qualification

Through the season, players pick up points from regular tournaments which count towards the ATP Race to London. Points are collected from 18 tournaments in total and of those, results at the 4 Grand Slam events and the 8 mandatory ATP Masters tournaments will all count, along with the best results from any other six tournaments which have ranking points. The eight players with the highest tally of points gets to go the ATP World Tour Finals. Rafael Nadal topped out the points on the Race to London, with Federer second. There will be three debutants at the event, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock.

Qualified Players

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Jack Sock.

ATP World Tour Finals Odds

Rafael Nadal 4/6, Roger Federer 7/2, Alexander Zverev 15/2, Grigor Dimitrov 10/1, Marin Cilic 12/1, David Goffin 20/1, Dominic Thiem 22/1, Jack Sock 22/1

The Draw

The eight players are split over two groups in a round robin format and from that, the top two from each group move through to the semi finals. The winner of the first group plays the runner up of the second and vice-versa. Pete Sampras Group: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin Boris Becker Group: Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Jack Sock

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has never actually won this tournament before. The closest he got was runners up spot against Roger Federer back in 2010. Recently at the Paris Masters, the Spaniard had to withdraw because of an injury and basically said that he would be trying his best to be ready for this. It has been a storming season from Nadal who has won six titles this year and two for those with two Grand Slams, the French Open and the US Open. He will finish the season a World Number One as well. Nadal has a positive head to head record over every player that is in the draw throughout his career, including a 23-15 match head to head lead over Federer. Nadal has a 67-10 win/loss record for the season. Is he fit though?

Roger Federer

Because of Nadal’s recent injury, backers could naturally gravitate towards Federer going all the way in this one. Like Nadal, Federer has won six titles this year with two Grand Slams included the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He decided not to even bother with Paris Masters last week to prepare for this. He’ll turn up and do the business and he is 49-4 for the season in matches. Surprisingly though he only has a positive head to head record against four of the other seven players, trailing Nadal and Thiem, while sitting level with Zverev. He has the tougher draw, just because Zverev is in his group and the German will give Federer a run for his money.

Alexander Zverev

The young German posted a 54-20 match record for the season and while he never really showed up in any Grand Slam this year. But he won five other tournaments, including two ATP World Tour Masters, collecting the Canada and Rome titles along as his biggest successes. So the rising star has really made big strides this season and he was the top qualifier for the ATP Next Gen Finals but skipped it to prepare for this. He has lost all three previous matches against Nadal, has held Federer to a 2-2 record from four meetings and of all the other players only has a positive head to head record against Cilic, Dimitrov and Goffin. But still, he hasn’t had all that many games against anyone in the field really. A genuine title contender.

Dominic Thiem

The Austrian has lost more matches this season than any other player in the Finals. That’s got to be a disadvantage for him going in this one you would imagine. The youngster has only picked up the one title as well this year which was outdoors on clay in Rio. It hasn't’ quite been the season of success that it could have been from him after winning four titles last season. Of further concern will be that he trails in head to heads against Nadal and Goffin, who he has to duel within the group.

Marin Cilic

The Croatian has only a head to head lead against Dimitrov of the other finalists taking part here. He trails all of the others in respective head to heads. He is a former Grand Slam Champion let’s not forget, so knows his stuff, but like Thiem, he only has one title this year, outside on the clay in Istanbul. He’s in the tough group with Federer and Zverev and will probably struggle to get through.

Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian could be the dark horse of the tournament here. He took an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Cincinnati to give his season a real boost and added to his wins in Sofia and Brisbane. So that’s three titles for him this season and the Cincinnati title was the biggest of his career. Dimitrov has a 44-19 record for the season, but only holds an 8-29 overall head to record from matches against all of the other competitors in the tournament. It’s unlikely that he would beat a fit Nadal, but could handle himself against Thiem and Goffin.

David Goffin

Only Nadal and Zverev have won more games this season than Goffin has (54-22) so that’ s a huge plus for the Belgian. He is in a tricky group with Nadal, who he trails in their head to head and Grigor Dimitrov who he also trails. He is up on Thiem but that may not be enough to get the Belgian out of this group. He has two minor titles under his belt this season, winning in Tokyo and Shenzhen.

Jack Sock

The American took a win at the Paris Masters against the odds, to get a place in London. That was a big effort, but it may have been a very different story if Nadal hadn’t have pulled out. Sock beat Filip Krajinovic in the final, the player who benefited directly from Rafael withdrawing from their quarter final match. Sock has won the least amount of matches this season of all eight finalists with a 36-19 win loss record for the season. It is going to be a big ask for him to get through to the semi finals.

Prediction

The most likely outcome is that Federer and Zverev will get out of the second group. Hard to tell what order because things are even in their head to head. Federer wasn’t quite himself in the build up to the US Open this season but will the extra rest since then have served him well? Federer has a 12-1 head to head record indoors on hard court against all of the other competitors in the field, his only indoor loss happening Nadal. That should count for something and is worth backing to edge the group, with Zverev even money at William Hill to qualify. The key to progress could be avoiding Nadal in the semi finals. There’s no clear picture of how sharp Nadal is now going to be because of his recent injury scare. Nadal is 8/13 to reach the Final. He’s worth a poke to get through the group stage, but either way, he’d have a tough semi final against either Federer or Zverev most likely. Grigor Dimitrov has appeal to put in a strong challenge here and may be worth a flutter at 5/2 with William Hill to win the group over Nadal. While Dimitrov makes our best dark horse, but the indoor experience of Federer tips it in favour of the Swiss legend in the outright market. ATP Finals 2017 Infographic
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Fed Cup Tennis Final 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The final of the Fed Cup is being played over the weekend of November 11th-12th and it will feature the USA v Belarus. This is the culmination of the yearly tournament which started at the quarter final stage back in February. The semi finals were them completed in April and it’s been a long wait now for the final to come around. The USA are 2/9 odds on favourites to win the title, with Belarus at 13/5 with Paddy Power. The Final is being hosted in Belarus and it features the home nation who are ranked second in the ITF Rankings, taking on the USA who are one place beneath them. Both have seen significant rises in the table at the expense of France and Switzerland having slipped back. Belarus beat Switzerland in the semi finals after the Swiss had taken down France in a heavyweight quarter final clash. Belarus had to see off fourth seeds Netherlands in their opener before meeting the French and now get a shot at the USA. The USA took out third seeds Germany easily in the quarter finals, before having a tough battle to get past the top seeds the Czech Republic in the semi finals.

Fed Cup Tennis Final 2017 Team Selections

Because of personal problems, Belarus’s top player Victoria Azarenka can’t play in the finals because she isn’t able to leave home in California at the moment because of a custody issue over her child. It’s a situation which led her to miss the US Open as well. So that’s a big blow for the chances of the Belarusians even though they reached the final without her. But she would likely have been called up to compete for her country. Belarus have selected Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Vera Lapko and Lidziya Marozava. On the other side of the table, the USA have neither Serena Williams or Venus Williams competing for them. The USA are going into the final with a strong line up for US Open champion Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske.

History & Head to Head

Belarus and the USA have only met once before in the competition and the USA won that one. It was a 5-0 victory over the USA in World Group II first round tie back in 2012. It has been 17 years since the USA last won the Fed Cup title, which was back in 2000 and that was their seventh victory. They are the most successful nation in the history of the Fed Cup and won it seven years on the bounce between 1976 and 1982. For Belarus, this is their first ever appearance in the final of the Fed Cup.

Fed Cup Tennis Final 2017 Prediction

This likely to go all of the way. Belarus are on a nine-tie winning streak in Fed Cup action which has carried them to the biggest moment of their history. That winning streak goes back to a Europe/Africa Zone Group I victory against Georgia in 2015. That shows how far they have come. They are led by 19 year old Aryna Sabalenka who got the vital point in the semi final against the Swiss to put her country in the final for the first time. Aliaksandra Sasnovich has been a rock for them, winning all four of her singles matches in this year’s tournament. The USA were carried through their semi final by Coco Vandeweghe who contributed to all three points in the match to get through. The USA will be less overawed by the occasion and have the extra quality in Vandeweghe and Stephens. They can get across the line as 2/9 odds on favourites.
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ATP Next Gen Finals 2017 Tennis Winner Odds & Preview

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The ATP World Tour Finals will be coming up soon, but before that, this week features the ATP Next Gen Finals which is a 21-and-under tournament for the rising stars in the men’s game. This is an eight man field and this rewards the best singles players from over the course of the season who are 21 and under. This is the inaugural tournament and it is being hosted in Milan and presents a good look at the future of the game.

Qualification

Qualification for the ATP Next Gen Finals was through the Emirates ATP Race to Milan throughout the season. Points were earned for performances throughout the regular season at events and the top seven players amassing the most points automatically qualified for the ATP Next Gen Finals. The eighth spot at the tournament was held back for an Italian wildcard to add a bit of home interested into the event (which is rank outsider Gianluigi Quinzi). The tournament will stay in Milan for five years.

Qualified Players and Withdrawals

Alexander Zverev was the clear front runner in qualification, amassing over 4,000 points and being ranked number four in the ATP Tour anyway, he was going to cruise to a place in the Next Gen Finals. But he has passed it up for preparations ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals instead. Andrey Rublev and Karan Khachanov are the only two players then to have qualified for this tournament with more than 1,000 points in the Race to Milan. Qualified players (world ranking in brackets) Andrey Rublev (35), Karan Hahanov (44), Denis Shapovalov (49) Borna Coric (51), Jared Donaldson (54), Chung Hyeon (55), Daniil Medvedev (64), Gianluigi Quinzi (56).

Rules and Technology

The rules are a little different for this tournament because these matches will be the best of five sets but only the first to four games in each set. There will be a tie break if a set goes to 3-3 and in a tiebreak it will be a No-Ad format (no advantage) which means that it is a race to just four points instead of the usual having to win a tie break by two clear points and the receiver will choose which side of the court he wants to return from should the tie break get to deuce. There will be just a five minute pre-match warm up on the court before the game starts, there will be a 25-second shot clock and a limit on medical timeout and coaching. This is all done to speed up the game and make it more intense and entertaining for the fans. There will also be no line judges at the tournament either, with all line calls being made by hawk-eye technology. There will still be an umpire. Only foot fault calls can be challenged by players.

Group A

Andrey Rublev The Russian has had some season, winning his first ever ATP World Tour title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag after getting in as a lucky loser. He has an 18-16 win/loss record for the season and had a notable run to the quarter finals at the US Open, but has done very little since then. Denis Shapovalov The Canadian has shown up well down the back stretch of the regular season in having reached the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Masters Rogers Cup, beating Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal along the way. He got to the fourth round at the US Open a well. Definitely, a threat in the field and has an 11-11 win/loss record for the season. Chung Hyeon Hyeon goes off as tournament favourite at a price of 7/2 with bet365 and carries a 24-18 win/loss record for the season. So he has been busy but is still awaiting his first ATP Tour title but has made it to three quarter finals this term, Munich, Barcelona and Winston Salem. Gianluigi Quinzi Rank outsider and not likely to raise much of a challenge in the tournament at all. A low way below the ranking quality of everyone else in the field. He’s only played two matches on the ATP World Tour this season, winning one, losing one.

Group B

Karen Khachanov Another strong Russian in the field and he got his first ATP Tour Title last year at the Chengdu Open. He has been consistent through all season with a 25-29 win/loss record with notable runs to the quarter finals at Barcelona and in Lyon and he went to the semi finals at the Gerry Weber Open, beating Rublev along the way. Borna Ćorić Croatia’s Coric has an ATP World Tour title, gained back in April in Marrakech and he got the best ever match win of his career when he beat Andy Murray at the Mutua Madrid Open, with Murray world number one at the time of the match. Coric is 21-25 for the season. Jared Donaldson The American has had a very solid season and could turn out to be a decent threat in the field. He has been working hard for consistency, but really has produced more of it than anyone else in this field. He has reached the quarter final of the Western & Southern Open and the Chengdu Open in the last couple of months. He’s improving all the time and is 21-22 this year. Daniil Medvedev Medvedev is 22-24 for this season and one of those wins was over Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon. He has actually been to six ATP World Tour quarter finals, while his best effort was a semi final at the Aegon International. The Russian may just struggle against the opposition in this group though.

ATP Next Gen Finals Winner Odds

Hyeon Chung 7/2, Borna Coric 9/2, Denis Shapovalov 4/1, Andrey Rublev 5/1, Karen Khachanov 13/2, Daniil Medvedev 15/2, Jared Donaldson 9/1, Gianluigi Quinzi 25/1

ATP Next Gen Finals Predictions

These are players that a lot of punters probably won’t have followed the seasons of all that closely which makes it tricky. There's a couple of strong Russians in the field with Karen Khachanov having produced some good stuff this term and has appeal while compatriot Rublev is right there. Perhaps the most mature looking player in terms of performance level is Shapovalov and looks good value to sting the field. He's also carrying strong end of season form as well and is a 4/1 value at bet365. The dark outsider should be Donaldson.
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ATP Shanghai Masters Tennis Winner Odds & Preview

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The famous and popular ATP Shanghai Masters Tennis action is back with us this week on the ATP World Tour. We are edging ever closer to the ATP Finals and so far only Nadal and Federer have qualified for it. They are the two headlining acts for the ATP Shanghai Masters this week and surprisingly there isn’t too much winning history between them at this event. Nadal has never won it but he is the 5/2 favouirte at Unibet, while Federer has claimed it once, back in 2014. They are the top two seeds for the tournament for the first time. They are on opposite sides of the draw, therefore. Top Seeds: 1 Rafael Nadal, 2 Roger Federer, 3 Alexander Zverev, 4 Marin Cilic, 5 Dominic Thiem, 6 Grigor Dimitrov, 7 Pablo Carreno Busta, 8 David Goffin

ATP Shanghai Masters Tennis Odds

Rafael Nadal 5/2, Roger Federer 5/2, Alexander Zverev 10/1, Nick Kyrgios 14/1, Marin Cilic 16/1, Juan Martin del Potro 16/1, Grigor Dimitrov 20/1, Dominic Thiem 22/1, David Goffin 25/1, Kevin Anderson 33/1, bar 50/1

Rafael Nadal

Despite being an ever present at the tournament apart from 2012, the Spaniard doesn’t have a great record there. He is 12-7 at the event and his best ever finish was second place in 2009. However, he is bang in form at the moment having claimed the Beijing title on the weekend against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal is 56-9 for the season and 22-5 in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He has six titles to his name this season having claimed the Madrid and Monte Carlo Masters 1000 titles. He is the man to beat at the moment without question.

Roger Federer

The Swiss master is back in action for the first time since the US Open where he got to the quarter finals. His lone title win at the Shanghai Masters came in 2014 and he holds an overall 13-4 career record at the event. He was last here two years ago when he crashed out in his first match. He has collected five titles this year with a 39-4 season record. He should be pretty fresh of course after his extended break. He is actually the only former champion in the field this year.

Alexander Zverev

The world number four needs some points to get himself closer to the ATP Finals. Since his victory at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, he hasn’t been in great form. He lost in his opening match in Cincinnati, then only won just the one game each at the US Open and at the Shenzhen Open. He is third seen and therefore goes in Federer’s half of the draw and he also has Dominic Thiem in his quarter and could meet Juan Martin Del Potro in the round of sixteen. Tough draw.

David Goffin

Goffin will be carrying some form into this one as the Belgian swept his way to the Shenzhen Open title on the weekend, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final. He is in Federer's quarter of the draw though so the odds would be stacked against him getting all the way in this one. Dominic Thiem hasn’t really looked like getting close to a title since the middle of the season and is in the stacked bottom half of the draw. Juan Martin del Potro should be a strong contender in that bottom half of the draw as he is fresh having not played since the US Open, just like Federer. He has to be a decent outside shot though with some good appeal for each way at 16/1 with Unibet. Up in the top half, it is difficult because Nadal is just on fire this season and looks unstoppable. It's a big risk finding someone to oppose him at the moment. Grigor Dimitrov is charged with taking him on in his quarter, while Marin Cilic will be the popular option to go through and meet him in the semi's. Nick Kyrgios showed some good form to get to the final of Beijing on the weekend, but he blew up again, his temperament over a line call letting him down in the match.
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ATP Beijing Tennis Winner Odds & Preview

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Only two spots are filled for the ATP Finals through the Race to London and the only two certain to be heading there are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. So there’s a lot of other points to be made up by players taking part at ATP China this week. Nadal is the star attraction in Beijing this week and he trades as 6/4 favourite at bet365 in the field. This is the first time that Nadal has been out in competitive action since winning the US Open and he doesn't have the easiest of draws, probably one of the trickiest he could have gotten for the event with Lucas Pouille (who beat him at the 2016 US OPen) rising star Karen Khachanov could be a potential round of sixteen opponent while the big serving John Isner a potential quarter final opponent.

ATP Beijing Winner Odds

Rafael Nadal 6/4, Alexander Zverev 11/2, Nick Kyrgios 7/, Juan Martin del Potro 11/1, Girgor Dimitrov 11/1, Tomas Berdych 12/1, Roberto Bautista-Agut 14/1, John Isner 14/1, bar 25/1 So tricky work ahead for Nadal, but then, with the season that he has had, he isn’t going to be counted out here. Nadal did turn up last year but was stopped in the quarter finals by Grigor Dimitrov but he did win the event in 2012 and lost two subsequent finals against Novak Djokovic at the event. Given that he avoids the other real front runners at WTA Beijing until a potential meeting with Juan Martin del Potro in the semi finals, Nadal will be backed well. Del Potro, a wild card entrant, will have a tough opener against third seed Grigor Dimitrov. That early heavyweight clash, along with being in the same half of the draw as Nadal, has left both of them out around the 12/1 mark in the bet365 ATP Beijing tennis betting. Alexander Zverev is the 11/2 second favourite at bet365. Zverez is in the other half of the draw which means that there would only be a meeting between them in the title match if they both get that far. That should be something if it happens. Nadal has won all three previous matches against Zverev, including one at the Australian Open earlier this year. The German is looking for his sixth tile of the year and he himself has a tricky run too, including a potential showdown against Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals and then Nick Kyrgios in the semi finals. Kyrgios is the 7/1 third favourite for the tournament, only one of three going into the event in single figures. Zverev was on the wrong end of a major upset last week as he was dumped out by sixth seed Damir Dzumhur in the quarter finals.
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WTA China Open Winner Odds & Preview

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There is another big step on the Road to Singapore and the WTA Finals this week as the WTA China Open is contested in Beijing. There is a big competitive field out, but sadly British interest was ended early as Johanna Konta lost in the first round against Monica Niculescu. Well, she didn’t lose, she was dismantled by the Romanian who landed her first-ever win over a top 10 player. There were some surprise results around in Wuhan last week with scrappy French youngster Caroline Garcia taking the teht title. It means that the race to end the year as World No 1 is wide open. Garbine Muguruza leads the way still (but retired from her first round match in this tournament against Barbora Strycova), but now Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova are all within sight. So this is another big competitive tournament and the usual suspects are at the head of the market, starting with joint favourites Pliskova and Svitolina who are 8/1 at Ladbrokes to go on and claim the title this week. Along with the race for number one spot, there are two places left for the Singapore WTA Finals this season. Starting this week in seventh is Jelena Ostapenko, the French Open champion getting a great win over Muguruza in the quarter finals of Wuhan. So there is a lot going on in this one and a good look at the draw is going to be all important and the bottom half of the draw is the one where things are a little bit tougher. That's because Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sharapova are all squished into it. So there's going to be an epic battle for someone to reach the final from there. It leaves things a little wider open perhaps in the top half which suits Svitolina. Karolina Pliskova 8/1, Petra Kvitova 8/1, Elina Svitolina 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 13/2, Maria Sharapova 10/1, Simona Halep 10/1, Elena Ostapenko 16/1, Ashleigh Barty 18/1, Coco Vandeweghe 18/1, bar 20/1

Karolina Pliskova

Was stopped in the quarter finals of Wuhan last week by Ashleigh Barty and never looked really that comfortable or threatening in the tournament before that. Not carrying the greatest of form anymore since her run to the quarters at the US Open. She hasn’t looked close to getting a title on the board since then. Last year she got to the round of sixteen in Beijing where she was stopped by Johanna Konta. Hasn’t quite been at her best and in a tough quarter, maybe worth a miss.

Petra Kvitova

A risky one as Kvitova could be on for a showdown as early as the round of sixteen against Caroline Wozniacki who has been in decent form lately. That’s tough match to get through and Coco Vandeweghe could be waiting in the quarters. Not the easiest of sections for Kvitova and aside from a decent crack at the US Open hasn’t really been in the mix for a title lately.

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina won in Toronto at the Rogers Cup recently but followed that up with some disappointing runs in Cincinnati and the US Open. Skipped on Wuhan so should be fresh to make a run in this one. She has a decent draw ahead of her as well. Wuhan winner Caroline Garcia is in there but Garcia’s win last week probably took an emotional toll and Svitolina would be favoured. She has a nice draw in front of her and really should be a lock for the semi finals.

Caroline Wozniacki

The Dane has been in great form lately but surprisingly slipped last week in the second round of Wuhan against Maria Sakkari who made that surprising run to the semi finals. That will have been a dent in Wozniacki's recent form, but she has, by and large, looked positive down the back stretch of the season. She could have that clash with Kvitova early but should be competitive in the top section of the first half.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian is just going to be a dangerous floater in the draw, but she is squashed down in the really competitive bottom half of the draw and there would be a really tough path ahead. What’s interesting is that she could meet Halep in the round of sixteen, a rematch from the US Open first round which Sharapova won. Still not back 100% match sharp and on point tactically and worth a pass.

Simona Halep

One of the contenders for the world number one spot at the end of the year, so you would imagine that she would be up for this challenge. Unfortunately for the Romanian, her form is not going to give anyone confidence. Following her loss in the final of Cincinnati, she has made a first round exit at the US Open and in Wuhan last week. The pressure looks to be getting to her again and a potential early clash with Sharapova isn’t going to be easy and that will be on her mind as a distraction.

Elena Ostapenko

The youngster, who won the French Open this season is going to be worth a flutter. She is carrying a bit more form than those around her and at 16/1 with Ladbrokes has to be value. She got to the semi finals last week in Wuhan beating Garbine Muguruza along the way and she is on the outskirts of making it into the WTA Finals so needs to keep some momentum going. There is a decent enough draw for her here with only Pliskova potentially stopping her from getting another semi final berth this week.

Predictions

Ostapenko who has a bit of momentum behind her as well as a comfortable draw, looks a decent wager this week in Wuhan. So too does the fresh legs of Elina Svitolina who like Ostapenko has a comfortable looking draw in the less congested top half of the tournament looks some decent value to back this week.
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WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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

WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Odds

Simona Halep 13/2, Garbine Muguruza 5/1, Karolina Pliskova 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Ashleigh Barty 14/1, Ekaterina Makarova 18/1, Jelena Ostapenko 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Shuai Peng 25/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 25/1, bar 28/1
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Madison Keys v Sloane Stephens US Open Final Tennis Betting Odds & Preview

Tennis Betting
This will be the first all-American women’s final at the US Open since the Williams sisters battled it out back in 2002. Venus was on the brink of making an appearance in this year’s final until she was edged out at the end of a gripping third set against world 83 Sloane Stephens in the semi finals. This has been nothing short of a remarkable run for Stephens. Back at the start of the year she had foot surgery and could barely walk, but here she is in her first Grand Slam Final appearance.

Madison Keys v Sloane Stephens US Open Final Odds

Madison Keys 1/2, Sloane Stephens 2/1 Stephens won 6-1 0-6 7-5 against Williams in the first of the two semi finals. Stephens only made her come back to the game this year at Wimbledon when she was ranked 957th in the world because of her 11 month absence from the game. Just two months on her, she has put together some stunning form to win 14 of her 16 games and she looks stronger than ever. Her foot doesn't seem to be an issue and she has looked pretty quick and dynamic is has to be said. She showed plenty of grit in hat final set against Williams as well and with her back against the wall at 30-30 and 5-5 in that last set, she produced some of her best tennis to battle through and break the Williams serve before closing out the match, winning 10 of the last 11 points. But those wobbles in her serve, particularly in the second set will be of some concern going into this one against the powerful Keys. Madison Keys will also be making her Grand Slam Final debut in this one and she barely had to break a sweat in her semi final against fellow American Coco Vandeweghe. Keys dropped just three games in the match to powder her way through in what was just the second Grand Slam semi final for the 22 year old in her career. She totally dominated Vandeweghe who had knocked out the top seed Karolina Pliskova in the previous round. So the final should be a fantastic spectacular between two young players who are in a fearless mode at the moment. There has only been the one previous clash between the two players and that was a couple of years ago in Miami, with Stephens winning that tussle in straight sets early in the tournament. There is a price of 6/4 at bet365 on the game going over 2.5 sets which looks tremendous value for the match. Based on what the two of them produced in their respective semi finals, it is Keys who gets the nod for us in this all-American showdown. She looks phenomenal against Vandeweghe and while Stephens faced the tougher semi final opponent, that may work against her in terms of the extra energy and emotional energy she had to put into that to get through. Keys looks the sharper of the two and can attack the serve of Stephens and a Keys 2-1 victory in the set betting at bet365 fetches a good price of 11/4. 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 ÂŁ100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro US Open Tennis Betting Odds & Preview

Rafael Nadal (Spain)
As expected, Rafael Nadal made pretty light work of his quarter final duel with youngster Andrey Rublev. It only took the Spaniard an hour and 37 minutes to crush his 19-year-old opponent and the gulf in class between the two was evident right from the off. There was much expectation that for the first time ever, we would get to see a Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer clash at the US Open in the semi finals this year, but instead, Nadal will meet Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned Federer in four sets in their quarter final battle. Federer hadn’t quite looked his sharpest throughout the tournament and he struggled to keep pace with the big-hitting Del Potro in their final eight duel. Del Potro got the first set on the board and after Federer had fought back to level the match in the second, there was a pivotal moment in the third set tie break when Federer wasted chances in the tie break to take the advantage of the match, but when Argentine Del Potro got his chance, he took it. Nadal is 2/5 odds-on favourite at bet365 to move through to the final from this match, with Del Potro at 13/5. It’s been a tremendous run from Del Potro, who has suffered through illness to come through some big matches. He is a former US Open winner from back in 2009 and with having had four surgeries on his hand since then, it has been a long way back for him. The victory over Federer came just 48 hours after his epic fourth round win over Dominic Thiem with him having saved two match points in the fourth set to fight back for the victory. So now we have a Nadal v Del Potro showdown and many punters will be expecting the winner of this semi final to go on and lift the title. These two last met at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Del Potro winning in three. The Argentine has won the last two meetings with Nadal. But it is the Spaniard who is 8-5 up in the overall head to head. They have met at the US Open before, back in the 2009 title run for Delpo after beating Nadal in the semi finals. They have met once at Wimbledon and once at the French Open in their other Grand Slam clashes and Nadal won both of those. From previous hard court meetings, Delpo has won 5 of the nine clashes with Nadal on the surface. This may well be a battle that goes on and on, but Nadal 3-1 in set betting looks good value at 11/4 with bet365. Del Potro has put in much heavier work during the tournament than Nadal has, will that catch up with him? 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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