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WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Serena Williams (USA)
WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Info Another Premier level WTA event on the cards for this week and next, as the best in the world head to Miami, Florida for the next chapter of the season. Victoria Azarenka kept her unbeaten start to 2012 going with yet another win, taking the Indian Wells title over Maria Sharapova on the weekend. She will be favourite to win in Miami, but the field takes on a bit of a different complex here than last week. That is because there are some comeback stories to pay attention to, as Kim Clijsters and both Serena and Venus Williams step back into action, baking WTA Sony Ericsson Open Tennis betting a real treat for punters and fans alike. WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion Victoria Azarenka, if she needed any more backing up as favourite, is also the defending champion in Miami, winner her second career title there last year. Azarenka has rattled off the best start to a WTA season for fifteen years now, as she stands at 23-0 after lifting the title in Indian Wells. Has a comfortably looking quarter of the draw ahead of her, with Mario Bartoli being a probable quarter final opponent. You can look at the draw for potential semi final opponents, such as Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Agnieszka Radwanska and would just back Vika against all of them at the moment. That is how powerful and commanding she is at the moment. She almost stumbled early on at Indian Wells, but after rescuing a dire situation, simply got better and better. She has more chance of going out complacently in the early rounds than another top ten seed taking her out. WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Favourite Belarusian Azarenka also takes the title of ATP Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting favourite as well, trading at 13/8 favourite with Bet365. She is the star of the game at the moment, fully deserving of her world number one status and the one to beat at the moment. This draw is going to be harder, with some of the top class names coming back in, but they all have to try and catch up to Azarenka. Yes, her winning streak will end at some point. If she pulls another Miami win off here, the third of her career, then we could be in for a Djokovic like season from Vika. Other Contenders A top quality field, with Serena Williams trading as second favourite at 5/1 with Bet Victor. We haven't seen Williams since the Australian Open, but she has a fantastic record in Miami, having won the title five times. She is coming in cold, last playing competitively at the Fed Cup back at the start of February, ironically against Belarus (Azarenka didn't play). So, a last sixteen exit at the Australian Open didn't point to great thing, so you just don't know. She has the power, has the class. Does she have the fitness and match sharpness? Petra Kvitova comes back into action again as she looks to find her way back from illness. Didn't get too far as expected at Indian Wells last week, and she could play Venus Williams in the second round here. Because of lack of competitive matches, compared to the likes of Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, hard to back her with confidence. We know she has game, whether she is on top of it at the moment is a different thing. Maria Sharapova, losing finalist to Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells, just as she was at the Australian Open, will be a stronger option really than either Williams or Kvitova. She is in decent form, performing well, and would have big titles under her belt this season were it not for Azarenka. Comfortable draw, nothing really to worry about ahead until the semi finals where the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams could be lurking. If she got back to the final to face Azarenka, she has taken a set off the Belarusian in five straight defeats now. Still, if Azarenka goes, Sharapova is the strongest bet behind her. Sharapova has been losing finalist three times in Miami, including last year against Azarenka, who she must be sick of. Like Serena Williams and Kvitova, Kim Clijsters is back after injury problems as well. She is class personified, but lack of match sharpness is hard to over look, especially in humid Florida. Caroline Wozniacki sounds confident and is happily working on her game, but she doesn't have the big presence, the big threat any more at the moment. We need to see 20% more from her than we have for a while now for her to take a title. Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is up there alongside Sharapova and Azarenka as this season's best performers. Like Sharapova, she has been thwarted by Vika this season too often (three semi finals and one quarter final). Enjoy her game a lot, vastly improved and a very dangerous, in form floater on top of her game. Best Outside Bet We keep pumping for France's Marion Bartoli, because she is an awesome performer and we just want to see her grab one of these big titles. Came up a little short at Indian Wells in the quarter finals, but enough to build on to have a good run. There were a lot of good performers last week, like Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber but this is a tougher tournament, so would avoid dipping too far down the seedings. Latest WTA Miami Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Betting Prices Victoria Azarenka: 13/8 at Bet365 Serena Williams: 5/1 at Bet Victor Petra Kvitova: 11/2 at Bet365 Maria Sharapova: 8/1 at Bet Victor Kim Clijsters: 14/1 at Paddy Power Caroline Wozniacki: 22/1 at Bet365 Na Li: 25/1 at Paddy Power Sam Stosur: 28/1 at Stan James Marion Bartoli: 33/1 at Bet Victor Online Bookmaker Promotion Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free ÂŁ25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of ÂŁ25, with a free bet.

WTA Dubai Duty Free Championships Tennis betting odds & preview

Victoria Azarenka
WTA Dubai Tennis betting Info It is yet another Premier Tier event on the WTA Tour this week, and that means after the thrills of Doha last week, we get another look at an incredibly strong field for our tennis betting. This is an outdoors hard court event, and the heat is going to be a factor out in Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. This is the 12th edition of this event and the big story is surrounding new world number one Victoria Azarenka who is doing a bit of a Novak Djokovic by going on an unbeaten streak since the start of the season. There is a very strong field in attendance in Dubai, providing some fantastic tennis betting opportunities. Who can stop the rise and rise of Vika? WTA Dubai Tennis betting Defending Champion It is Caroline Wozniacki who is the defending champion of this Premier event on the WTA Tour, but she has almost become a bit of a forgotten name. The young Dane, who was deposed as world number one by Victoria Azarenka, has not made it past the quarter final stage of any event this season. She was magnificent here last year though, not dropping a set on the way to lifting the title, but she truthfully looks a bit of a shadow of her former self. The defence, upon which her game is built, is not as fluid or a sturdy as it was when she was at her peak, and perhaps the burden of not winning a Major is telling on her. She is not at her strongest right now and after another disappointing week last week where she lost to Lucie Safarova in the second round in Qatar, she does need some kind of response. Does she have it in her. The bookies are paying less and less attention to her threat in tournaments at the moment, meaning that she is drifting out in the odds to where she would have been last season. She has the talent, has the class, and she just needs to break out of her slump in form and turn her game around. Trading at 7/1 with BetFred in Dubai Duty Free Championships Tennis betting, she is decent value, but still a bit of a long shot when you weigh up the status of the women’s game at the moment. WTA Dubai Tennis betting Favourite Little surprise that Belarusian Victoria Azarenka is the outright favourite here and by a long stretch. She is trading at 7/4 with Paddy Power to lift the title, and after going 17-0 for the season, capturing three titles including the Australian Open of course, she is the woman to beat at the moment. Make no mistake, Vika has worked hard to get where she is, finally focusing her young, exuberant enthusiasms into a complete player. She strikes the ball harder than most. Has great variety in her serve, and just is able to put her foot down now with consistency and produce her power tennis. Consistency is the big key here for Azarenka (for example, not dropping a set last week on the way to the title), as it was her big downfall before as she climbing the ranks. Now she is putting it together match after match and is just on a red hot streak at the moment, so is worth backing. Tiredness may catch up with her at some point, but right now she is the hot thing of the WTA. A look ahead at the draw for Victoria Azarenka, she is on a collision course with Caroline Wozniacki and that meeting would come at the quarter final stage. France’s Marion Bartoli is also in Azarenka’s quarter of the draw. Other Contenders Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska keeps knocking on the door and she is playing so well this season. She keeps running into Victoria Azarenka, like she did at the Australian Open and last week in Qatar, though. She, like everyone else, hasn’t been able to match Vika, but Radwanska will avoid the Belarusian until the final in this tournament though, so she makes a decent punt from the bottom half of the draw. Last weekend’s Doha finalist Sam Stosur goes again this week, and she will be looking to push ahead from her good form last week. She is one of those players though who is hard to back with a lot of confidence, because she either goes on great runs or just fades away against lesser opposition all too often. The Aussie star should be in a good frame of mind though, and its not too tough of a draw ahead for her. Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from this event, so Azarenka, Radwanska, Stosur and Wozniacki are the main focus here, but there is such an evenly matched chasing pack behind them. France’s Marion Bartoli has a rough draw, or else would have been a decent bet, but she would run into Azarenka early. She also pulled out of the semi final in Doha last week because of a calf strain that she didn’t want to push any harder for fear of a bigger injury. Shame, as she is really on her game at the moment. The top half is all about Wozniacki and Azarenka, so the best alternative is to look from the bottom half. Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, always popular, hasn’t ignited her season yet, while the likes of Dominika Cibulkova and Shahar Peer could be dangerous outside floaters from the bottom half. All in all though, expect Wozniacki and Azarenka to battle it out from the top half and then Radwanska to make a bit move in the bottom half of the draw. Latest WTA Dubai Tennis betting Prices Victoria Azarenka: 7/4 at Paddy Power Agnieszka Radwanska: 11/2 at Bet Victor [Caroline Wozniacki: 7/1 at BetFred Sam Stosur: 9/1 at Bet Victor Jelena Jankovic: 20/1 at SkyBet Sabine Lisicki: 25/1 at Bet365 Marion Bartoli: 25/1 at BetFred Online Bookmaker Promotion Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.

Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting odds

Maria Sharapova
Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting brings the potential of a highly competitive and close match. Young Belarusian Azarenka has been in superb form over the past few months, and after knocking on the door of Grand Slam finals last year, final crossed the threshold with a semi final win over Kim Clijsters. Azarenka had to play the partisan crowd at Melbourne Park, who were all behind Kim Clijsters in her final Australian Open, but it was Azarenka who showed some great early composure and dictated the game from early on. Azarenka is full of power and she has harnessed her aggression and passion into pretty much a complete package. It is not often that you see Kim Clijsters being bossed around on the court, but that is what Azarenka did in the first set. Clijsters punched back hard in the second set, taking it 6-1, but the new model of Victoria Azarenka, showed a tremendous amount of maturity to not crumble and struck back in the final set, taking it 6-3. That was a strong mental effort from Azarenka, matching her incredible power. She is one of the hardest hitters in the women’s game, and had incredible driving power in her backhands. When she gets behind them she looks unstoppable and she also had developed a very, very strong service game. So now the win over Clijsters, which sets up Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting, was the biggest of her career and there could be more to come. Azarenka will go into the final as favourite, just edging things over Maria Sharapova. Not only is the Grand Slam title on the line here, the world number one spot is too. The winner will overtake Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the WTA rankings after the Australian Open. While this is the first Grand Slam final for Victoria Azarenka, Russian Maria Sharapova has been here before. The young Russian (hard to believe that she is still only 25) has three career Grand Slam titles to her name. The only title she is missing is the French Open, and so as a previous winner of the Australian Open (in 2008) Sharapova has the big match experience. This is actually her third final at Melbourne Park, with one win and one defeat. That Grand Slam final experience really will count for a lot and it will be an advantage on her side of the court. There really is no substitute for having been there and done it all before. But there is not only that in Maria Sharapova’s game at the moment, she has been playing some incredibly consistent tennis throughout the rounds at Melbourne Park. She got her revenge over Petra Kvitova in the semi final, the player who had beaten her in the final of Wimbledon last season. Sharapova blitzed out a 6-2 lead taking the first set, but Czech star Kvitova hit back to take the second. We have said it before and will say it again, there is no tougher competitor in women’s tennis than Maria Sharapova. Forget all the glitz and glamour that surrounds the Russian queen, she is a tough, tough player. There is never a sign of her giving up, and is one of the best in the market when her back is against the wall, or she is playing against the odds. She epitomised her tough mental and physical prowess as she battled her way to victory in the third set, taking a close encounter 6-4 to reach the final. That is what makes Sharapova, who is well on top of her game and looking so confident, such a dangerous opponent. Because of all the hype and power surrounding the rise of one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka, don’t think for a moment that Sharapova is not going to have a big say in the final. She is slight underdog, but will have her chance. In the Head to head, it is evenly matched, with both players having won three matches against the other. They met twice last year, with Azarenka taking a win on the hard court in Miami and the Sharapova bouncing back with a win on clay in Rome. Really nothing much to chose between these on paper. Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova Australian Open Final tennis betting odds Victoria Azarenka to win: 4/5 at Bet365 Maria Sharapova: 11/1 at SkyBet This is it now, down to the wire for the Australian Open tennis final betting. Victoria Azarenka v Maria Sharapova betting. Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a tennis betting promotion running for the event. Place an in-running bet on the match winner, and if your bet loses, but the final point of the match is an Ace, then you will get your lost stake refunded. Remember, this applies to live in play betting only, and if your match selection there loses, you will get your lost stake refunded. Highly popular bookie Paddy Power offers a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.

Victoria Azarenka v Agnieszka Radwanska Australian Open Quarter Finals Tennis Betting

Tenis - Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
This should be a great match as we have enjoyed Victoria Azarenka v Agnieszka Radwanska betting already this season. The two players met in the semi finals of Sydney, which Azarenka took in three sets before going on to lift the title. Victoria Azarenka has looked mightily impressive through the rounds at Melbourne Park and she is living up to the billing of being one of the favourites to lift the title. The Belarusian has matured so much over the last twelve months and she is hunting her first ever Grand Slam title. Azarenka blitzed Britain’s Heather Watson in the first round and she hasn’t stopped looking powerful and impressive. Azarenka has dropped only twelve games throughout her run to the quarter finals, and she is serving powerfully and her all round game, which is developing so well, is serving her well too. Azarenka lacks some of the flair of other players in the field, but she has added more mobility to her game as well and it will be her power which is the key to beating Agnieszka Radwanska again. The intensity, but focused intensity of Azarenka is vitally important if she is going to go all the way to the Grand Slam title. Her Polish opponent is much more of finesse player and so we will get to see contrasting styles in Victoria Azarenka v Agnieszka Radwanska betting. We have to admit that Agnieszka Radwanska has been almost as equally impressive through her rounds at Melbourne Park. She had to battle from a set down against Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round, but once she had seen off her opponent there, the Polish star has not looked back. She crushed Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-1 6-1 in the fourth round to move through to the quarter finals in a much easier than expected victory. Radwanska and Azarenka are good friends on the Tour and this should be a good match up in contrasting styles. Azarenka will go as favourite as she is still on a tilt towards the title. The favoured Belarusian is good value as third favourite at 3/1 with Bet365 to win the AUstralian Open. There is an extra incentive for Azarenka, because if results go her way this week, then she could end up as world number one at the conclusion of the Australian Open. In the head to head between Azarenka and Radwanska, it is the Belarusian who leads 6-3 and has taken the upper hand in recent times, wining four of the last five matches against Radwanska. Their only meeting in a Grand Slam was back in 2006 at Wimbledon, which Radwanska took. The last three matches between these two have all gone the distance, so expect more of the same. Victoria Azarenka 4/9 at SkyBet v Agnieszka Radwanska 2/1 at Bet365 Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great online betting promotion running for the Australian Open. Their Free Bet Special covers your match betting from the action at Melbourne Park. Place a match bet in either the men’s or women’s draws and if your match selection loses, but the last point of the game was an Ace, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. That free bet can then be used  on another match at the Australian Open, so the tennis insurance does offer a great bit of coverage for your match betting. Popular bookie Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some great free betting cash to work with.

Petra Kvitova v Victoria Azarenka WTA Championship Final Betting Odds – 30.10.11

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The finale of the 2011 WTA Tennis Championships out in Istanbul Turkey serves up a treat on Sunday. It has been a fantastic week of indoor tennis to see who is crowned the end of year champion. Not only is it a matter of who wins this end of season showcase, but also who finishes the year second and third in the World Rankings. This is a great conclusion to the WTA season and fortunately we have seen the two best form players reach the final, as we take a look at Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova. Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova topped her group, seeing off Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska. The young Czech leftie has come back into form just at the right time for this, and it was her impressive opener against Caroline Wozniacki which really set the tone for her great run, and she is the only player to remain unbeaten in the tournament. There were good signs that Kvitova, who has been very quiet since her Wimbledon triumph, was going to peak for this, and she is back to her powerful best, of punishing ground strokes and some excellent serving variety. Kvitova squared off against Sam Stosur in the semi finals. After going a set behind, Kvitova finally stepped up the gear and blitzed through the next two sets to move ahead to a deserved place in the final. As for Azarenka, she beat Li Na and Sam Stosur comfortably in her group, but the big clash against Maria Sharapova never emerged, as the Russian retired from the tournament. That meant that Azarenka had to face alternate player Marion Bartoli in her third and final match, which had no bearing because Azarenka had already qualified. Anyway, she lost the match against the fresh and rested Bartoli, but bounced back with an aggressive display against Vera Zvonareva in the semi finals. The tall Belarusian has really been the pick of the tournament, showing a great deal of maturity and strength in her play. No doubt she deserves her place in the final alongside Kvitova, because they have been easily the best two players of the eight that started the tournament. If you had to try and split hairs and pick the best, then all round, it is Azarenka who has played the better tennis, but Kvitova came through a much tougher group than Azarenka did. Kvitova also has a fantastic indoor record this season. So, only one place to go with this and that is looking at the head to head for our Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova betting. It is Kvitova who actually has the edge in the head to head with a 3-2 lead, so let’s look at that a little deeper. The two have met twice this year, with Kvitova getting the best of both of those meetings. Kvitova won the final of Madrid against Azarenka this year, and then knocked her out of the Wimbledon semi final. Interesting though, that two of Kvitova’s three wins have been on grass, where Kvitova is naturally strong. Azarenka won their only meeting on hard court, but if you are looking for an edge, Kvitova is the better indoor player of the two. The overall match records for these two stood at 52/15 for Azarenka with three titles and 53/13 for Kvitova with five titles at the start of the tournament. These two really are evenly matched. Petra Kvitova v Victoria Azarenka WTA Championships Betting Petra Kvitova to win: 4/5 at William Hill Victoria Azarenka to win: 5/4 at Ladbrokes Could be a bit of value in taking Exactly 3 Sets for 11/8 at Victor Chandler as a side bet to picking a winner from above. Tough to call after watching all of their games this week. It is going to come down to very fine margins. Online bookmaker Victor Chandler run a great tennis betting special. The VC Bet Gain, Set & Match offer, pays out refunds if a backed player loses a match in a final set tie break. Back any player in match betting in any main draw for a WTA or ATP event, and if your selection is edged out in a tie break in the final set, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. We haven’t had a final set tie breaker yet in the 2011 WTA Championships, but the way Kvitova and Azarenka are playing, they should be evenly matched right down to the wire. Victor Chandler offer a free £25 bet as a sign up bonus for new customers registering an account, and with this offer, they are a great place to hit up for your Tennis betting.

TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Istanbul, Turkey October 25-30

The 2011 WTA Championships, the end of season event on the Tour, which sees the top eight players who earned the most points over the course of the season. The race for Istanbul was closed out on the final week of the regular season, with Pole Agnieszka Radwanska grabbing the final spot of the eight. The tournament, which runs from October 25 to October 30 for the first time in Turkey, will see the eight players split into two groups of four for the event, played in a round robin format. The top two players from each group then move forward to a semi final knockout. Last year’s winner Kim Clijsters is not in attendance, the second half of her season having been interrupted by injury. This is a tough field of eight to make tennis betting calls from, especially in the Red Group which is wide open. Although, when you start breaking down the draw and planning your predictions through the tournament, we can draw some conclusions. Tournament favourite Victoria Azarenka is worth of holding that mantle at the moment, but there is also the race for the World Number One spot between current holder Caroline Wozniacki and current number two Maria Sharapova. There is also a mathematical, albeit outside chance that either Kvitova or Azarenka could take number one spot too. TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships betting is pretty competitive and hopefully we will get to see a Wozniacki v Sharapova meeting at some stage during the end of season finale. Here we take a look at the groups, the betting odds, and the competitors for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships betting. Eight Qualifiers 1st Caroline Wozniacki, 2nd Maria Sharapova, 3rd Petra Kvitova, 4th Victoria Azarenka, 5th Li Na, 6th Vera Zvonareva, 7th Sam Stosur, 8th Agnieszka Radwanska. Round Robin: October 25th-28th Semi Finals and Finals: October 29th and 30th Red Group: Wozniacki, Kvitova, Zvonareva, Radwanska Really fascinating group, as Wozniacki and Zvonareva are the big names here, but Radwanska and Kvitova are the form players. So this group could be wide open. Would still fancy Wozniacki getting through though, because she is tougher than a lot of people give her credit for. Out of the other, if they were all on top form, would back Kvitova as the Estonian as a much better all round game. She is more of a complete player and has an edge of aggression and power when needed. But Zvonareva has a 2-1 head to head record over Kvitova this year, including a comfortable recent semi final win in Tokyo against her. But then Zvonareva lost to Radwanska in the final there, so it’s really pick a name out of a hat. Red Group Prediction: We’d stick with Wozniacki and Kvitova to battle through. Red Group Winner: Kvitova 13/8, Wozniacki 11/5, Radwanska 4/1, Zvonareva 4/1 at Bet365 To Qualify from Red Group: Wozniacki 8/15, Kvitova 8/15, Radwanska 6/4, Zvonareva 6/4 at Stan James White Group: Sharapova, Azarenka, Na, Stosur Well, on paper Sharapova and Azarenka, the world number 2 and 4 respectively should qualify through this group. Don’t seem much form or threat coming from Stosur or Na. Interestingly the head to head between Azarenka and Sharapova is at three each, and they have met twice this season, both players winning one. Perhaps most notable was Azarenka win which was in the final in Miami on hard court. Sharapova’s win was a walkover due to Azarenka picking up an injury in the match in Rome. White Group Prediction: Victoria Azarenka has the big guns and form to edge this group. White Group Winner: Azarenka 11/10, Sharapova 9/4, Stosur 4/1, Na 8/1 at Bet365 To Qualify from White Group: Azarenka 1/3, Sharapova 4/6, Stosur 5/4, Na 5/2 at Stan James 2011 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Betting Odds Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at Bet365 May be surprised to not see Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the betting list, especially in a field of eight players? Well, don’t be. Azarenka holds the favourite crown for the WTA Championships, because she is the one of the eight who has really ramped up her game over the second half of the season. She won last week in Luxembourg as well, making that her third WTA title of the year. She made it to the semi finals of Wimbledon, but that first Grand Slam title has eluded her so far. But she has grown so much in stature this year, is much more in control of her temper than she used to be, and maturing very well. The young Belarusian is strong off her serve, she is not one of the bigger flair players, but is a big momentum player. Has been plagued with inconsistency before, but she seems to be getting on top of that. If you are backing form, Azarenka is your woman. Holds a 9-1 match record over her last three tournaments (after withdrawing from Beijing with an injury). WTA Championships History: 2 Previous Appearances, Best Result Round Robin stage 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Finalist Petra Kvitova: 5/1 at Coral The big leftie fully fulfilled her potential at Wimbledon this year, beating tournament favourite Maria Sharpova in the final. Kvitova, who won in Linz recently, has picked up five titles on Tour this year, and is a tremendous ground stroke player. Her forehands look pretty much effortless and carry a lot of power, even though she doesn’t seem to hit the ball hard. Very good off the serve, yes, a little inconsistent at times, but has proved herself on Tour for most of the year. Had a bit of slump in form after her breakthrough Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon, but her recent win see her back on her game. Will always be a threat against the big guns and she makes her first appearance here. Her recent Fall series victory is what is keeping her short in the prices, but pretty good value as she looks to be in pretty good shape and confident. WTA Championships History: First Appearance 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Semi Finalist Maria Sharapova: 7/1 at Victor Chandler We saw the consistent, powerful best of Maria Sharapova this season, something we haven’t enjoyed for a long time. For all of her great form, she just couldn’t land another Grand Slam title this year, but did pick up two Tour titles in Rome and Cincinnati. She is the only player in this year’s eight to have previously won this end of season finale. That was back in 2004 though, and she has been quiet in the Fall series of WTA tournaments. She showed up in Tokyo recently, her only outing after the US Open, and she lost to Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals of Tokyo. She is going to be pretty rested though, but did pick up an ankle injury in Tokyo though, but has apparently fully records. On a whole, the 24 year old Russian, who seems to have been around forever, has arguably been one of the strongest, if not the strongest player of the WTA season. Surprised maybe she hasn’t won more titles when it has come to the crunch. Should be helped by being in the easier of the two groups, with Azarenka likely being the toughest challenge. Could end up as World Number One if she makes it to the final of the WTA Championship this week, depending on how well Wozniacki does. WTA Championships History: 4 Previous Appearance, Best Result Winner 2004 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Semi Finalist Caroline Wozniacki: 7/1 at Victor Chandler Not sure where the great, all conquering Wozniacki has gone. She has been one of the busiest women on the WTA this season, and she remains as the World Number One. She has earned herself a WTA best of six Tour titles this season, edging out Kvitova who has won five, but that first Grand Slam title still eludes her. It is something which she really needs, and really deserves to get under her belt. Wozniacki still doesn’t have the big gun, the big weapon to pull out of the draw when she needs it, she just does everything very well. Her defence is perhaps the most remarkable part of her game, and she is very tough to break down. She really had a dip in form after Wimbledon, but pulled it back a bit for the US Open, where she was overpowered by Serena Williams in the semi finals. In her most recent tournaments, Wozniacki lost in the third our of Tokyo against Kaia Kanepi, and then in the quarter finals of Beijing against Flavia Pennetta. Nothing too much wrong with Wozniacki’s game. She may be lacking a bit of confidence, her opponents may have found a way to combat her a bit, so this will be a test of her character in a tough field. She also has the added pressure of needing to make it to the final of the WTA Championships (and with winning two of her three round robin matches) to guarantee that she will hold the World Number One spot at the end of this week. Wozniacki’s long reign is under threat from Maria Sharapova, who could overtake the Dane is she reaches the final. WTA Championships History: 2 Previous Appearances, Best Result Runner Up 2010 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: Finalist Agnieszka Radwanska: 10/1 at SportingBet The last player to book her spot at the WTA Championships, edging out Marion Bartoli in the end. This is officially the first time she has made it to the finals on merit, but she has been here before as an alternate player, playing one match in 2008 and 2009. Radwanska really hit the Asian swing of the WTA season hard, winning back to back titles recently in Tokyo and Beijing, which was pretty impressive and she holds an 11-1 match record for the fall series, although she crashed in the second round of Moscow last week. But she has earned herself three titles for the season, and clearly in a bit of form. Shot selection has been a bit of weakness for her before, but she seems to be getting on top of things, especially as late. Looking down the list, she would be one of the outsiders, but can’t be dismissed because of her recent form. She could make things interesting in the Red Group. WTA Championships History: First Qualifying Appearance 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R Vera Zvonareva: 12/1 at SportingBet The Russian is another one of those players who has not lived up to their form of 2010. While the likes of Azarenka and Kvitova have really pushed on, Zvonareva has appeared to stand still just a little bit. Not sure why totally, but she knows she hasn’t raised her game enough. She hasn’t look quite as fired up for her matches as she was last year.  Still, she has earned herself two WTA titles this year, perhaps not against the strongest fields, and her best run at a Grand Slam was to the semi’s of the Australian Open at the start of the year. She has had some battles this season against lower class opposition, so it will be interesting to see how she fares against this tough field. Would never totally dismiss her, but failing to win in Moscow on her home turf last week, losing out against youngster Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter finals, was a blow for Zvonareva’s confidence. It is going to be a tough group for her to pull through. WTA Championships History: 3 Previous Appearances, Best Result Runner Up 2008 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R Sam Stosur: 16/1 at Bet365 This year’s surprise US Open winner. The Australian always seems to be on the fringe of things, and when you scan competitive tournament fields for shock upsets, you kind of always look to her to be a victim. She clearly has game, because she won a Grand Slam, but she really doesn’t have the power, nor the consistency of the likes of Sharapova or Wozniacki over sustained periods of times to really rack up titles. The US Open has been her only title on the tour this year, and her Fall series record is nothing to write home about either, losing in the second round of both Tokyo and Beijing. Tough group for her, because she has never beaten Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka before in her career. WTA Championships History: 1 Previous Appearance, Best Result Semi Final 2010 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R Li Na: 28/1 at Sportingbet The Chinese star started the year so strongly, reaching the final of the Australian Open, and then went one better at the French Open, winning her first career Grand Slam title. Na is a flat, powerful hitter, who really puts tremendous power in her shots. However, she remains inconsistent, for example not making an impact in the other two Grand Slams of the year, and her only appearance in the Fall series was a first round exit in Beijing. She has the capability of pulling off upsets with her power, but doesn’t look to be in the kind of form, nor hold the kind of consistency to get her through this. WTA Championships History: First Appearance 2011 WTA Championship Prediction: R/R

WTA Tennis Betting Odds – Luxembourg and Kremlin Cup

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WTA Luxembourg: It is the final week of the regular season on the WTA Tour calendar, and this week we have some players trying to sharpen up their game ahead of the season finale in Istanbul (in which the top eight ranked women points earners qualify for from over the season), and attempting a last gasp effort to get to Turkey. We have two very interesting looking tournaments for your WTA betting to round off the season with as well. First stop is Luxembourg, where we have the fiery Victoria Azarenka leading the field which contains five of the world top twenty. Vika has climbed her way up to world number three after a wonderful season, particularly the second half, and while the Grand Slam titles have just eluded her, she has definitely progressed in her game. She has already booked her place in Istanbul for the third season in a row. The powerful Belarusian had to withdraw from her last tournament in Beijing  a couple of weeks again because of a foot injury, but is fit and ready to go in search of her third title of the year. Worth getting behind Azarenka, as we always say on here. She has a good all-round game, not as much flair of some, but she seems to be carrying through a lot of momentum and form at the moment. Her service games are key for her, because is she wobbles there then she gets herself into trouble. Great draw ahead for Azarenka, a competitive one, but one which she should conquer. Could meet Maria Kirilenko in the quarter finals, but the semi final stage is where it could get really interesting. There is a potential meeting against in form Flavia Pennetta, which will be a tough match, or young German Julia Goerges, who was a runner up here last season. You can catch some live tennis streams from WTA Luxembourg with online bookmaker Bet365. The popular bookie is streaming live matches from the event, and is a good way to back up your live in play betting as you can see the action right there on your computer as well. Highly rated bookmaker Bet365 offers a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The Azarenka withdrew against in Beijing, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is one of our favourite dark horse bets always in WTA betting. Ranked 15th in the world, she is the youngest player in the top twenty in the world, and has made steady progress as well this year. She has three career titles under her belt and goes as second seed, meaning she wouldn’t meet Azarenka until the finals in BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open tennis betting. Pavlyuchenkova may have a slightly friendlier looking draw ahead and would fully expect to see her in the semi finals without too much stress. Potential semi final opponents are Daniela Hantuchova and young German Sabine Lisicki, the latter being the favourite to make it through. Inconsistency plagues Pavlyuchenkova a little bit, but she has a very good all round game and some smart ground strokes in her arsenal. Should only get better and a great chance here for her in Luxembourg and would heartily consider a good run from here. We can’t ignore the presence of Sabine Lisicki, who should meet the experienced Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter finals. Lisicki has rocketed up the world rankings this season after picking up a couple of titles. Lisicki didn’t get going in Linz last week, crashing out in the round of 32, which was a huge disappointment. Has been struggling to pick up her form since the US Open, but expect a bounce back soon. Italian Flavia Pennetta is always a dangerous floater in the draws, as proven when she reached the semi final of Beijing a couple of weeks ago, beating Caroline Wozniacki along the way. But she had to withdraw from Linz last week in the second round. If she is fit, then she should go deep. We should look at Julia Goerges here too, who has tournament form. She lost in the final against Roberta Vinci last season here, but is a better player than she was a year ago. The young German, another of the rising stars like Lisicki has potential, but still concerns over inconsistency. Should be looking at favourites Azarenka and Pavlyuchenkova here. Tip: Pavlyuchenkova BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open tennis betting odds: Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Ana Ivanovic 5/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 9/1, Maria Kirilenko 9/1, Daniela Hantuchova, Julia Goerges 14/1, Flavia Pennetta 14/1 at Victor Chandler WTA Kremlin Cup: Over in Moscow we have the Kremlin Cup running, the final WTA Premier event of the season, with six of the world’s top twenty in action, in a pretty good field. The red hot Agnieszka Radwanska is back in action, after winning back to back titles recently on her Asian swing of the season. The young Pole blitzed her way through the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the China Open to put herself in with a great chance of making the end of season finale, the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Those wins has pulled her up into eight place in the Race for Istanbul, and she looks pretty certain to take that final spot. Cannot argue about the form of Radwanska at the moment, and should be a strong contender at the Kremlin Cup. Not too bad of a draw for her either, with Francesca Schiavone (who won this title a couple of years ago) or Svetlana Kuznetsova looking a likely semi final opponent. Up until that point, really don’t see anyone troubling the in form Pole. But it will Russian native Vera Zvonareva, world number 5, who will be the star attraction on home soil. Zvonareva goes off as top seed for the Kremlin Cup, with her place in Istanbul already secured. Zvonareva has been struggling for form for a large part of the season, with 2011 paling into comparison to what she achieved last season. However, she is fighter and has a good draw. Dominika Cibulkova, who Zvonareva could meet in the quarter finals, made it to the final of Linz last week (losing to Petra Kvitova), awaits her first title and could be a tricky  opponent. However it is probably that we could see Zvonareva square off against a tougher opponent in the semi finals. The top half of the draw for the Kremlin Cup looks great. Particularly the top half. At the quarter final stage we could see a big match up between Marion Bartoli and Jelena Jankovic. Serbian Jankovic went to the semi final stage in Linz last week, a good turn around in form for her, while Bartoli, the bubbling bundle of energy, has been in great shape all season. Bartoli picked up the title in Osaka last week, beating US Open champion Sam Stosur in the final, a tournament which Bartoli had to win to keep her hopes of making the WTA Championships alive. She did that in style, and will be a threat here. The outside chance that Bartoli has of making it to Istanbul, means that she needs to win here at the Kremlin Cup as well to earn enough points, and she needs Agnieszka Radwanska to not get past the second round in the Russian capital. An outside chance at best for the energetic Frenchwoman, but probably a little too late for her. Tip: Radwanska WTA Kremlin Cup Tennis Betting Odds Vera Zvonareva 2/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/2, Jelena Jankovic 5/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 6/1, Marion Bartoli 7/1 at Victor Chandler Popular online bookmaker Victor Chandler run a great tennis betting promotion for both your WTA and ATP tennis betting this week. 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WTA Tokyo Toray Pan Pacific Tennis Betting Odds

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There are two great semi finals for WTA Tokyo tennis betting to look out for. The WTA Tokyo Toray Pan Pacific event is a big one, attracting a large portion of the top ten players in the world to battle it out for a generous monetary prize. It is an odd time of the season for the players, with all Grand Slams having passed, so the next target is the end of season finale event, the WTA Championships which get underway at the end of October. Only the top ranked players in the world get there, so there is a chance to pick up late points to make it to the season closer. World Number One Caroline Wozniacki went into the tournament as one of the favourites, but was undone by a fight back from Kaia Kanepi in the third round. Kanepi has had a tough year, especially after being such a highly praised young talent, but she had enough in her to respond to the challenge of Wozniacki this time. Maria Sharapova was also one of the front runners but she was another who crashed out before the semi finals, going down to Petra Kvitova in the quarters finals, in a repeat of the Wimbledon final, which Kvitova won as well. So we have had surprises, and here is a tennis betting preview for the semi finals of the WTA Tokyo Toray Pan Pacific tennis event. Agnieszka Radwanska v Victoria Azarenka Belarusian Azarenka, who has come on leaps and bounds this season, secured her place in the semi final with a win over France’s Marion Bartoli. After a tight first set, Azarenka blitzed through the second set without dropping a game, and looks in fine shape. She was playing some very smart and intelligent tennis. She doesn’t have the flair and finesse of others, but what she does well, serving and playing from the back hand court, and she is growing. She faces Radwanska, who has shown good form, and beat Wozniacki’s conqueror Kanepi in the quarter finals. Radwanska also beat Jelena Jankovic, so she is moving quite well and a threat. However, while it could be a big power match, Azarenka should have the upper hand here and makes for a great overall winner bet in the tournament. The Belarusian has not dropped a set yet in the tournament, and while her talent looks a little raw at times, especially on the forehand, has the tools to go all of the way. Well worth backing Azarenka to lift the title and is good value, even as favourite of the remaining four. Match Winner: Azarenka 4/9, Radwanska 2/1 at BetFair Vera Zvonareva v Petra Kvitova This looks like a great match up for a place in the final. Vera Zvonareva, who has disappointed quite a bit this season, finding it hard to live up to the success of last, made her way into the semi finals after seeing off Maria Kirilenko in the quarters. Zvonareva is still blowing a little hot and cold, and she held a perfect head to head record against Kirilenko ahead of this encounter too. The Russian has shown good patches of form in the tournament, but there is still a vulnerability about her. It will be interesting to see how she fares against Petra Kvitova. Kvitova was handed a semi final place when her quarter final opponent Maria Sharapova had to retire because of an ankle injury in the first set. We really haven’t seen the best of Kvitova since her triumph at Wimbledon. The big left hander is a wonderful talent, and is not far away from being one of the most complete players on the WTA Tour, and plays wonderful passing ground strokes. Neither of these have been in hot form, so it could be an enduring trial. Kvitova has power, Zvonareva just never gives up. Kvitova may be aided by the bit of extra rest though, and would edge her serve just to take this. Match Winner: Zvonareva 7/10, Kvitova 5/4 at BetFair WTA Tokyo Toray Pan Pacific Tennis Outright Winner Betting Victoria Azarenka: 6/4 at SportingBet Vera Zvonareva: 11/4 at Boylesports Petra Kvitova: 4/1 at Totesport Agnieszka Radwanska: 13/2 at Boylesports Both of the semi final matches, as well as the doubles semi’s can be seen at BetFair Live Video streams. The online betting exchange gets you closer to the action, giving their customers the chance to watch the tennis tournament, while enjoying some live in play betting at the same time. This is part of a great live streaming service which BetFair provide. So if you want to see the WTA tennis action, head to BetFair for the live streams. Betting Exchange BetFair offer a £25 no risk free bet for new customers registering an account with them.

WTA Bank of the West Classic Tennis betting Odds & Preview

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Very interesting WTA tennis betting starting on Monday, July 25th, with the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford USA. Four of the world’s top ten women are in action, including Maria Sharapova, as she starts her preparations for next month’s US Open. Along with Victoria Azarenka, two of the best players on the WTA over the past three or four months, the duo will start as favourites to duke it out. Starting as first and second seeds for the event (with Azarenka first seed), the two big hitters will be kept separate until the final. Right from the off that will be the expected final at Stanford in your WTA Bank of the West Classic this week. They are the class acts in the field and with them trading pretty evenly across the board at bookies, you can swing either way. So let’s take a look at the draw to start with. As top seed, Victoria Azarenka, the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic, who keeps knocking on the door of Major success, has a very comfortable looking quarter of the draw. The top seed she can meet is young rising star Dominika Cibulkova at the quarter final stage. Really do not see any kind of an upset happening here if Azarenka is on top of her game. As for her half of the draw, well Marion Bartoli, who has been enjoying a successful couple of months and Ana Ivanovic are in the mix from the second quarter. It really should be one of those two who would come through and meet Azarenka in the semi finals. If you have to pick a preference there, then it would be France’s Bartoli, who has carried some pretty good form of late. So Azarenka, ranked 4th in the world, dominates the top half of the draw.

In the bottom half, world number five Maria Sharapova, losing finalist at Wimbledon, starts as second seed for the Bank of the West Classic. Now, right from the off, the fourth quarter of the draw, which Sharapova is in, is way tougher than anything Azarenka will have to face. In fact, the bottom half of the draw is much more competitive as a whole than the top. Sharapova, who has played some incredible tennis this year, powering her way through tournaments, could meet Daniel Hantuchova in the second round, Serena Williams in the quarter finals, and then Sam Stosur in the semi’s. So definitely not an easy path for her. However, Sharapova is still worth a bet here, because no-one else has really been able to match her consistency and power for the best part of the season, and she really has to be considered. Looking at the draw, you would fancy Azarenka just a little bit more, as she has a safer passage to the final. But Sharapova can beat the best, and while there are tough competitors in her half of the draw, she is fully capable of beating all of them at the moment. As for Serena Williams, well she is still looking for match sharpness and fitness, and therefore remains vulnerable. The young German Julia Goerges, who has come on leaps and bounds this year, will probably be the biggest danger in Sharapova’s quarter. While Sam Stosur (who has been in the semi finals in the last two running’s of this tournament) and Agnieszka Radwanska are the seeded players in the third quarter of the draw, watch out for Sabine Lisicki, who is really starting to fulfil her potential after a long injury.

WTA Bank of the West Tennis Betting Odds

Victoria Azarenka: 4/1 at SkyBet
Maria Sharapova: 4/1 at Victor Chandler
Serena Williams: 4/1 at Bet365
Marion Bartoli: 9/1 at Boylesports
Sabine Lisicki: 10/1 at Victor Chandler
Sam Stosur: 10/1 at Boylesports
Agnieszka Radwanska: 22/1 at Victor Chandler
Julia Goerges: 33/1 at Victor Chandler

WTA Bank of the West Classic betting tip: Well, we are going to stick with one of our favourites, Victoria Azarenka here. The draw has been kind from her. From the other half of the draw, we are going to go Marion Bartoli, who keeps doing things right at the moment, but always flies under the radar. Bartoli also won this tournament back in 2009.


Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 Tennis Betting Odds & Tips

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Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova 2011 Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting should produce a thriller. Azarenka is one of the most in form players on the WTA at the moment, while Kvitova is getting better and better all the time. So let’s start with Azarenka. Followers of our tennis betting guides on these pages will know that Azarenka has long been a favourite of ours here. That is because she represents great value as she still has an air of unpredictability about her. The tall Belarusian has power, pace and flair, and when she puts it all together, she can dominate the best in the game. She certainly has the potential to be riding near the top of the world rankings, but she is still waiting to make her Major breakthrough. She blew a big opportunity in the quarter finals of the French Open, but the very fact that she has bounced straight back and reached the semi’s of Wimbledon really shows that she has gotten over one of her big flaws, her inconsistency. She didn’t even start the season well because of that, but gradually she has built up a head of steam and is really motoring at the moment. She won’t be everybody’s cup of tea to watch, but we tipped her here because the draw for her at Wimbledon 2011 was very kind. She did play Daniela Hantuchova in the third round which was a work out, but other than that, she has played some very impressive tennis. Was a long shot at the start of the tournament, but here she stands a great chance. Will go for a lot of winners.

However, Petra Kvitova is another one of the young players on the WTA who we have been championing over the last twelve months. This is her second Wimbledon semi final, after surprising many by reaching the semi finals here last year. One downfall of Kvitova is that she perhaps loses a bit of focus at times during matches, and that is something which should get sorted out with experience. Her mental focus looked frail when she was 4-1 up in the second set tie-break after winning the first set of her quarter final match against Tsvetana Pironkova, but she pulled herself together to crush her opponent in what should have been an unnecessary third set. But, the Czech, eighth seed at Wimbledon 2011 has power in spades. She has a wonderful serve and wins a high percentage of her first serves and will trouble Azarenka. In fact, Kivitova won the only meeting between them this year, back in Madrid on clay. Kvitova is a joy to watch, and she has perhaps the smoothest action of hitting the ball of all WTA players. Many are calling her the complete player, and she looks at times as if she is playing in slow motion, or at least effortlessly. She just strokes the ball so fluently that she doesn’t look as if she is putting power into her ground strokes, but they fly away at speed nonetheless. Like to attack the baseline and hits some incredible winners. Immense winners, and this young girl is only getting better and better. Will she have learnt from last year’s Wimbledon semi final disappointment? She does look stronger mentally, and it won’t be a surprise to see in her Saturday’s final.

Tough call to make in Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 tennis betting. This is 5th v 8th seed respectively. Both are 21 years old, have a similar year to date won/lost record (Azarenka 33/10, Kvitova 36/8) and Azarenka has won two tour titles this year, while Kvitova has won 3. Really tricky to split them, and the head to head record between them stands a two a piece. However, Kvitova has won the last two meetings between them, including victory in the round of 32 at Wimbledon last year. Both are better players than they were this time last year, so this should be close. As a tip, well, Kvitova has the serves, the power, and semi final experience here, but Azarenka, who has gone under the radar here could just edge this, so we are sticking with her. These are two young players, but there is a little more maturity about Azarenka's game. Should be a fantastic match, nonetheless.

Victoria Azarenka v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon 2011 Tennis Betting

Victoria Azarenka to win: 11/10 at Paddy Power
Petra Kvitova to win: 5/6 at William Hill

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