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WTA Miami Tennis Predictions & Winner Odds

Tennis Betting
There was a shock at Indian Wells over the weekend with Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu coming through to beat Angelique Kerber to win her first ever WTA title. That was some historic moment happening there and it will pique the interest of bettors ahead of this week’s action in Miami. For this week's action in Florida, it is Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams who head the field as 7/1 joint-favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm). This is the first time that the tournament will be hosted at its brand new venue the Hard Rock Stadium.

WTA Miami 2019 winner odds*

Naomi Osaka 7/1 Serena Williams 7/1 Simona Halep 8/1 Angelique Kerber 9/1 Elina Svitolina 13/1 Petra Kvitova 14/1 Bianca Andreescu 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Sloane Stephens 18/1 Aryna Sabalenka 22/1 Ashleigh Barty 25/1 Belinda Bencic 33/1 Elise Mertens 33/1 36/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Kerber and Andreescu to go back at it?

Right off the bat for this Premier Mandatory tournament, there could be a rematch between Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu in the third round. That would be something after their meeting in the showcase match at Indian Wells. Kerber is rocketing up the ranking and is at 9/1 outright to win in Miami* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm). That run at Indian Wells was Kerber's best effort of the season so far. It's tough to imagine that the unseeded Andreescu is going to find a way to power through back to back high ranking events like this. It is not too realistic. Those two are in the top quarter where 9th seed Aryna Sabalenka is. She lost to Kerber last week at Indian Wells. The winner of this quarter may have to face world number one Naomi Osaka in the quarters. Osaka couldn't make much headway in her Indian Wells title defence last week, going out at the fourth round to Naomi Osaka. That was just her second tournament since this year’s Australian Open win. In the fourth round of Miami, Osaka could be going up against Caroline Wozniacki. Petra Kvitova has had a good season with three finals already behind her, the most recent a loss in Dubai to Belinda Bencic.

Tough path for Halep

Simona Halep suffered a shock defeat to teenager Marketa Vondrousova at Indian Wells last week and there’s not a particularly easy path for the Romanian in Miami. She would have to deal with Venus Williams in her quarter (who was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells) and the winner of that section may well have to deal with Serena Williams in the quarterfinals itself. Serena Williams has won eight Miami titles during her career. Williams came through a big second round match against Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells, before retiring from her next match against Garbine Muguruza. A viral illness was the cause of her withdrawal. Williams is 7/1 to power her way to a ninth Miami title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm).

Stephens defending Champion

The reigning Miami Open champion is Sloane Stephens. It hasn’t been a spectacular season from the American at all, going 5-5 in 2019. She comes in straight at the second round of Miami. In the same quarter as the reigning champion is last year’s losing finalist Jelena Ostapenko and fifth seed Karolina Pliskova. The other interesting name in the mix in the section is Belinda Bencic who has beaten six top-ten players in recent action and is a 33/1 each way option this week* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm).

Prediction

This will be another great, wide open field and there could be some big early clashes going down as well. Simona Halep’s path doesn’t look particularly great for her, but it will be interesting to see how much Serena Williams has recovered from her illness which saw her pull out of Indian Wells. In the last two seasons, we have had slightly surprising winners of Johanna Konta and Sloane Stephens come through the pack. That suggests that perhaps it’s worth looking beyond the front runners. Kerber has looked the most stable of the front runners but the long week in California won’t have helped her. So it is Petra Kvitova who, after a slip at Indian Wells who could come back firing on a new surface in a new stadium. Her form has been excellent in general in 2019.
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WTA Dubai Tennis Winner odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
WTA Dubai Preview - February 2019 There is a big line up this week at the WTA Dubai tournament with this year’s Australian Open Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka heading up the field. This is the highlight of the week in what is a Premier 5 event. Elina Svitolina is out to try and defend the title for the second season running, but it is Osaka who is the 5/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm).

WTA Dubai Winner Odds*

Naomi Osaka 5/1 Petra Kvitova 7/1 Simona Halep 8/1 Karolina Pliskova 8/1 Angelique Kerber 8/1 Elina Svitolina 10/1 Aryna Sabalenka 12/1 Garbine Muguruza 16/1 Kiki Bertens 20/1 Caroline Wozniacki 25/1 Julia Goerges 28/1 Elise Mertens 33/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm)

Osaka the Favourite

After just splitting with her coach who has guided Osaka to back to back Grand Slam titles, it will be interesting to see how her game is affected. She is the 5/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm) to claim the title this week in Dubai. She is the top seed and right at the top of the draw but there could be a really tough path ahead for her. Either Garbine Muguruza or reigning champion Elina Svitolina could be waiting for her in the quarterfinals. Then in the semi-finals, there is the potential that Osaka cold have to get past world number one Simona Halep.

Tough Top Section

The top half of the draw is set up wonderfully. Osaka, Muguruza and Svitolina all together in one section. That’s tough to call. Elina Svitolina is 10/1 to pull off another title defence in Dubai having won it for the last two seasons* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm). She has been in good early form as she tends to be, losing to Osaka in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, while reaching the semis of Doha recently against Simona Halep. Muguruza reached the round of sixteen at the Australian Open before exiting earlier than expected in a lower-tiered event in Thailand. The Spaniard has two semi-final exits in four previous attempts at Dubai though. Then there is Osaka who has come out firing this calendar year, sweeping up that Australian Open title to add to her US Open crown earned at the back end of last year. If Simona Halep gets through then she will meet the winner of that section at the semi-final stage. Halep has an easier quarter to get through, the most likeliest of opponents challenging her at the quarterfinals being Caroline Wozniacki or heavy hitting Aryna Sabalenka. Halep who is at 8/1 to win this* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm) is coming in hot having just won the Doha title over Elise Mertens.

Bottom half of the draw

The leading players in the bottom half of the draw will be grateful for having avoided all the congestion in the top half. Angelique Kerber is out in action as fifth seen as she goes in the same quarter as Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed. That would be a fantastic meeting at the quarter final stage if that comes about. Realistically you wouldn’t put it past the winner of that section actually going on to reach the finals. Second seed Petra Kvitova, who lost the 2019 Australian Open final to Osaka, has a comfortable looking quarter. The biggest challenges standing in her way are likely to be seventh seed Kiki Bertens and 11th seed Daria Kasatkina (last year's runner up) who are on a collision course for the third round. Kvitova looks a pretty solid option to be lining up in the quarterfinals of the competition and she is 7/1 second favourite to win outright* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm).

Former Winners

There is Elina Svitolina who took the 2017 title (really her breakthrough on the WTA) against Caroline Wozniacki. She then ran to the final last year in her title defence, sweeping past Daria Kasatkina there. Other notable former winners in the field are 2015 Champion Simona Halep and 2013 winner Petra Kvitova.

Predictions

It’s all eyes on that competitive top half of the draw. There is going to be some epic battles going down up there. We are going to throw a couple of names out there to oppose everyone in the top half though. Angelique Kerber has been a losing semi-final in Dubai in the last two seasons, both losses coming against Svitolina. Karolina Pliskova has had a very good 2019 and was a finalist in Dubai in 2015. Both make very good value here. They are both at 8/1 outright and they could well meet for a quarter-final clash* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm). Pliskova is coming in fresh, Kerber is more in need of getting something going. Kerber has won the last three on hard court against Pliskova. So it’s Kerber to make a run at the title for us.
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Serena Williams 9/2 odds to win the 2019 Australian Open

Tennis Betting
Serena Williams Australian Open 2019 Preview She is already a legend. Serena Williams sits with an epic 24 Grand Slam titles in her pocket. She is the joint all-time leading great alongside Margaret Court in terms of Majors won. But Serena Williams is still playing, she is still hungry and she is going as the 9/2 favourite to win the 2019 Australian Open* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm).

2019 Women’s Australian Open Odds*

Serena Williams 9/2 Angelique Kerber 8/1 Aryna Sabalenka 11/1 Naomi Osaka 12/1 Elina Svitolina 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Ashleigh Barty 16/1 Petra Kvitova 16/1 Sloane Stephens 20/1 Simona Halep 20/1 Kiki Bertens 25/1 Caroline Wozniacki 25/1 Garbine Muguruza 28/1 Madison Keys 28/1 Julia Goerges 40/1 Victoria Azarenka 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Missed Chances

Williams has had chances in the last two Grand Slams to break the record. She lost the final of Wimbledon 2018 to Angelique Kerber. That at the US Open 2018 she had that infamous meltdown in the final against Naomi Osaka to end up losing back in September. So there have been chances gone begging for 37-year-old. It would be something if Williams did break the record at the Australian Open, which is the home Slam of Australia's Margaret Court.

Can she deliver at Melbourne Park?

She skipped the 2018 edition of the Australian Open following the birth of her first child Olympia (born in September 2017). Williams is a seven-time champion at the Australian Open, her first title happening in 2003 and her most recent in 2017. Williams has been to the final in each of her last three attempts at the Australian Open (W2 L1). Even in the advancing years, she keeps on trucking. She has reached the final of eight of the last ten Grand Slams she has appeared in. The other two in that sequence were semi finals. It’s a record that no-one can come close to matching. Anyone who is in line to meet her is going to being writing Williams off at their own peril. Speaking of which, it is a good time to go and have a look at the draw and what lies ahead because there's not an easy path for Serena to get number 24.

Top Quarter Draw

This is a tough section for Serena Williams. For starters she has been drawn into the same section as current world number one Simona Halep, last year’s runner up in Melbourne. However, there could well be a window for Williams because Halep is just getting back from injury so has to be a little rusty. The Romanian lost her opening match of the new year in Sydney. Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round and Williams is a powerful 1/10 odds on favourite to win that match* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). It’s unlikely that her missing out on breaking the record is going to be because of a first-round loss. In the second round Williams would meet either Eugenie Bouchard or Shuai Peng. The third round opponent of the highest rank she should meet is Carla Suarez Navarro (23).

1st Quarter Winner Odds*

Serena Williams 7/4 Karolina Pliskova 5/1 Simona HAlep 13/2 Garbine Muguruza 7/1 Johanna Konta 18/1 22/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm)

4th Round is where it gets tough

But then comes the fourth round where she could face Simona Halep. As mentioned though if Halep isn’t as sharp as she needs to be after injury the draw should open up instead for Williams. But there’s not likely to be an escape or avoidance of top players from there on. Likely quarter finals could be anyone from Garbine Mugurua, Johanna Konta or Karolina Pliskova. Beyond that, of course, you are looking at major variables them. But a potential rematch against Osaka could be waiting in the semifinals for her, or maybe Elina Svitolina. If Williams were to power through to the final there is the high prospect of her facing another final against Kerber, who beat her in last year’s Wimbledon final. In the last eight Women’s Grand Slams there have been eight different winners. Can Williams get her name carved onto the trophy for the eighth time and create even bigger history in the process?
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Australian Open Betting 2019 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
2019 Australian Open Women's Preview The 2019 Australian Open is the big highlight of the new calendar year. Players are barely back from their winter breaks and so there hasn’t been much playing time locked in. There has been little time to get anything going in terms of match sharpness for a lot of players. Fortunately, because of the size of the Grand Slam draw, the top players have some time to work themselves up to top levels as they progress through the tournament. Who will be crowned champion? It is Caroline Wozniacki who is the defending champion but she is a big double-figure price to defend. However, it is Serena Williams who is trading as the 9/2 outright favourite to land the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm).

2019 Women’s Australian Open Odds*

Serena Williams 9/2 Angelique Kerber 8/1 Aryna Sabalenka 11/1 Naomi Osaka 12/1 Elina Svitolina 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Ashleigh Barty 16/1 Petra Kvitova 16/1 Sloane Stephens 20/1 Simona Halep 20/1 Kiki Bertens 25/1 Caroline Wozniacki 25/1 Garbine Muguruza 28/1 Madison Keys 28/1 Julia Goerges 40/1 Victoria Azarenka 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Wozniacki’s Title Defence

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki came through the pack twelve months ago to land her first ever Grand Slam title. She had been carrying no form at the Australian Open, not having been past the fourth round in her five previous visits there. Her best ever result at Melbourne Park before that success last year was a semi-final place in 2011. She would deliver as big of a shock this time around if she got back the winner's circle at 25/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm)

Serena Eyes Up #24

Of course, we can’t go much further without mentioning Serena Williams here. She is looking to win what would be the 24th Major title of her career. She has reached the final of the last two Grand Slams after coming back from maternity leave, but she couldn't deliver a title in either one of them. Fascinatingly there isn’t an easy draw ahead of her on paper, starting with a potential round of sixteen clash against Simona Halep, the current world number one. It could be equally as difficult down the line for Serena if she were to get through that. Despite all of that, her career and reputation precede her and she is the 9/2 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). She's look for title #8 at the Australian Open.

Halep Number One

World Number One Simona Halep is the top seed. Her warm-up for the tournament didn’t exactly go to plan as she lost her first match back for the new season. That was a defeat for the Romanian against Ashleigh Barty in the second round of Sydney. Halep reached the final of last year’s action at Melbourne Park where she was favourite, but couldn’t convert against Wozniacki. Halep has exited the Australian Open in the first round in two of her last three appearances.

Other Key Contenders

Germany’s Angelique Kerber started the new year strongly and she should be at the business end of things really. The 2016 Australian Open champion was a losing semifinalist last year at Melbourne Park. She had a strong season in the majors last year with a quarterfinal at the French Open and the title at Wimbledon behind her. Karolina Pliskova should be a pretty decent contender and is floating around in the field at a nice 14/1 odds price* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). She came out firing in 2019 picking up a title at Brisbane, although it wasn't the strongest of fields which she prevailed in. Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina went deep to the quarterfinals last year at the Australian Open. She hasn’t been past the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam in her career but remains a threat in any field when she brings her best. She’s never a bad dark horse in a field really. Then there's US Open winner Naomi Osaka who reached the semifinals of that Brisbane tournament which was won by Pliskova this month. That victory at Flushing Meadows over Serena Williams last September in the final of the US Open, sees Osaka head to Melbourne Park as the fourth seed. That's a whole new level of pressure on her shoulders now. How will she live up to the occasion? How appealing is the 12/1 odds on her to go out and get back to back Grand Slam titles* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm)?

Ones to watch

There are so many good players around the WTA at the moment and you have strong contenders at bigger prices. You can look at the likes of Ashleigh Barty who had a good build up in Sydney and Kiki Bertens who has been raising her stock in the game. Sloane Stephens is a handful when she is on her game and the 2017 US Open champion knocked on the door of the French Open last year. She has had a poor time of things at the Australian Open though since her semi-final in 2013. One of the biggest name makers on the rise is Aryna Sabalenka an 11/1 odds option to win the 2019 Australian Open which is a really short price* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). The fearless Belarusian, who is up to 11th in the World Rankings is a big new threat. She showed that in winning in Shenzhen, the opening tournament of the new season. That was the third title of the 20-year old’s short career. This will be just her second appearance at the Australian Open losing in the first round last season. She did make it to the fourth round of the US Open last year.

1st Quarter Winner Odds*

Serena Williams 7/4 Karolina Pliskova 5/1 Simona Halep 13/2 Garbine Muguruza 7/1 Johanna Konta 18/1 22/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) Simona Halep is in the top quarter and she actually gets a tricky opener. She goes up against Kaia Kanepi who destroyed Halep in the first round of last year’s US Open. Halep is coming back from injury it is worth remembering, and looking at things, of the top four seeds, she has gotten the short end of the stick in the draw. Venus Williams could be waiting in the third round and then Serena Williams in the fourth. Ouch. Serena Williams should have a relatively easy run through to the round of sixteen really. That is where a potentially massive head to head clash with Halep would be. Looking ahead to the quarterfinals it could be someone like Garbine Muguruza or Karolina Pliskova lying in wait there. Pliskova, who has already won a title this year, heads up the second section of the first quarter. Britain's Johanna Konta is there in that section too. Some big names are going to fall from the first quarter of the draw.

2nd Quarter Winner Odds*

Naomi Osaka 3/1 Elina Svitolina 4/1 Madisono Keys 7/1 Anastasija Sevastova 9/1 Qiang Wang 12/1 Victoria Azarenka 12/1 Elise Mertens 16/1 28/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) 2018 US Open winner Naomi Osaka heads up the second quarter but could find a tricky challenger in Victoria Azarenka standing in her way early on. It looks to be a fairly comfortable section for Osaka in this section but the in the fourth round it could get really interesting. The second section of the quarter houses Elise Mertens (who faces the exciting youngster Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round), Madison Keys, Dominika Cibulkova and sixth seed Elina Svitolina all in there. There could be a bit of a minefield there really.

3rd Quarter Winner Odds*

Aryna Sabalenka 7/2 Ashleigh Barty 9/2 Petra Kvitova 5/1 Caroline Wozniacki 7/1 Marita Shapraova 14/1 Belinda Bencic 16/1 Jelena Ostapenko 20/1 Lesia Tsurenko 22/1 Amanda Anisimova 22/1 33/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) Down in the third quarter, reigning Champion Caroline Wozniacki is there and she could be meeting Maria Sharapova as early as the third round. Realistically though that may not be the big problem that Wozniacki has. Come the round of sixteen she could have to go up against home favourite Ashleigh Barty, who recently beat Halep in Sydney and who is a great dark horse threat in the section. That’s in the second section of the third quarter. In the first section it could boil down to Petra Kvitova or the aforementioned Aryna Sabalenka. They would meet up in the fourth round if they get there. Lesia Tsurenko and Belinda Bencic are the ones looking most likely to pull off any upsets in that section.

4th Quarter Winner Odds*

Angelique Kerber 9/4 Sloane Stephens 6/1 Kiki Bertens 11/2 Julia Goerges 15/2 Caroline Garcia 12/1 Anett Kontaveit 14/1 Aiaksandra Sasnovich 16/1 Donna Vekic 18/1 28/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm) Angelique Kerber will be fairly happy with this draw. Primarily she avoids the potential problems of Halep and Williams at least. She is down in the fourth quarter where progress could be steady and strong from her. Anchoring the last quarter alongside her is Sloane Stephens who hasn’t had the greatest of form building up to this. Realistically, looking at the start that she had last year, Kerber is going to take some stopping down in the fourth quarter. There is the potential of meeting Woanzizki in the quarterfinals.

Predictions

So here we go again. This is fantastic spectacle and frankly a great way to spend two weeks of January. Who can go all the way? There have been question marks over Halep and Serena Williams. Williams has lost it the last couple of the times in Grand Slam finals and Halep needs to shake off some rust after her injury. Williams would probably be the more capable. Catching our eye going into the tournament is Angelique Kerber who generally always looks composed and strong and has a decent record at Melbourne Park recently. If she slots into gear then she could be a very strong contender and is 3/1 to reach the Final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). The other name that appeals is Karolina Pliskova at 6/1 to Reach the Final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 10th, 2019 at 4:25 pm). It hasn’t happened for her yet in the Grand Slams, but she could prevail in the rough top half of the draw. That’s because she has the easier section to come through.
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WTA Hobart 2019 Tennis Winner Odds & predictions

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WTA Hobart - January 7th - 13th 2019 It is the final week before the Australian Open Grand Slam and so players will be looking for their final preparations and warm-ups. There is big action happening out in Sydney, while the other feature for the week is from the Hobart International. Here we take a look at that Hobart action. Caroline Garcia heads the field as the 15/2 favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)

WTA Hobart Odds

Caroline Garcia 15/2 Belinda Bencic 10/1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 11/1 Dayana Yastremska 14/ Viktoria Kuzmova 16/ Maia Sakkari 16/1 Shuai Zhang 16/1 Alize Cornet 16/1 Sofia Kenin 16/1 Time Babos 20/1 Mihaela Buzarnescu 20/1 25/1 bar * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:04 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Mertens passes on title defence

While there is actually a strong Belgian contingent going off in this one, it doesn’t include to two-time reigning champion Elise Mertens who has made the switch to the bigger Sydney tournament in her Australian Open warm-up. So that leaves Caroline Garcia and Belinda Bencic really as the main contenders in this field.

Garcia looks for form

Garcia had a great season behind her in 2018 and will be looking to take her game even further this time around. She sits at the top of the draw after coming in as a wildcard and this could be a good work hour for here. There really isn’t any great threat to her in the quarter, not in terms of stopping her getting on the quarterfinals. Opposing her there could be someone likes Timea Babos or seventh seed Kirsten Flipkens. But Garcia lost in the first round of Shenzhen in her season opener and is badly in need of form. So she should be fired up. The second quarter has a couple of stronger dark horses going in it. You have fourth seed Maria Sakkari and sixth seed Alize Cornet. There is a decent chance there for one of them to come through a fairly easy section and fight it out for that semi-final berth. Belinda Bencic is right up there at the head of the betting market, but she is unseeded for the event.

Bencic v Buzarnescu blockbuster

But the draw pits her on the opposite half of the draw to Garcia. Bencic starts down against second seed Mihaela Buzarnescu in the tournament's first blockbuster match. There is a tricky quarter to potential have to get through with Johanna Larsson and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in there as well. Still, Bencic is the class act down there. But we can’t skip over Buzarnescu. Why? Because she ran to the final here last year including taking out 4th seed Alize Cornet and 5th seeds Lesia Tsurenko along the way. So Buzarnescu may not be a bad option to look at, especially if she can overcome Bencic in that great opening fixture. Britain’s Heather Watson is in the mix and she can take some inspiration from last season’s performance in Hobart. Watson ran all the way to the semi-finals where she was stopped by eventual winner Mertens, but across three sets. Watson had taken out third seed Sorana Cirstea in the opening round.

Predictions

It is a good competitive lineup heading into Hobart. Granted the field is not as strong as the Sydney one this week. But still, this is a good look at some of the potential dark horses for the Australian Open. Buzarnescu is a fine enough each way option for the tournament down in that bottom half. We feel that the winner of her opening match is going to go deep. We like the draw that Maria Sakkari has and is worth an each way poke as well at 16/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:04 p.m.)
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WTA Sydney International 2019 Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
WTA Sydney 2019 Preview - January 7th-13th 2019 The action heats up before the Australian Open and it’s on to Sydney this week which is always a fantastic primer for the Grand Slam. Because of the looming action from Melbourne Park at the Slam (which starts on January 14th), there is another strong field out this week. Simona Halep starts the tournament as top seed and she is the 6/1 second-favourite to get her hands on the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2018 at 4:32 pm).

Sydney International Odds*

Angelique Kerber 9/2 Simona Halep 6/1 Aryna Sabalenka 7/1 Ashleigh Barty 9/1 Sloane Stephens 12/1 Garbine Muguruza 14/1 Anastasija Sevastova 16/1 Petra Kvitova 20/1 Daria Kasatkina 20/1 Elise Mertens 20/1 Anett Kontaveit 25/1 33/1 bar * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Halep and Kerber start seasons

Twelve months ago it was Angelique Kerber who landed the title after beating Ashleigh Barty in the final. That was the German’s first success at the tournament and that totally explains the reason why she is at 9/2 odds in the outright winner market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.). The German will be one of the leading threats at the Australian Open and is the current number two in the world. This is her first tournament of the season but she looked sharp at the Hopman Cup exhibition. Also making her season debut is world number one Simona Halep. She gets at tricky tray at the tournament though. Halep hurt her back out in China in September last year which really disturbed the back end of 2018 for her. In total, she spent six weeks out and most players over the winter break give themselves three. So she is going to have a fight on her hands to get back to top level.

Big tournament for Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka is gathering momentum. She’s not a household name yet, but after winning in Shenzhen in the opening week of the new season, she is heading towards a big target at the Australian Open. She gets a tough opener against Petra Kvitova though, but those two met at the US Open last year and Sabalenka won the duel comfortably. While she has that early season title in her bag, the level at Shenzhen was nowhere near this quality of field out in Sydney. Sloane Stephens lost early in Brisbane last week against Jo Konta, looking out of sorts with her timing. But she is up there in the trading along with last year’s losing finalist Ashleigh Barty. Barty is in the same quarter as Halep and opens with a tough game against Jelena Osapenko. Stephens is up in a tough top half of the draw as well, but in the second quarter, where Garbine Muguruza and Jo Konta are both housed as well.

Solid Third Quarter

The third quarter looks really interesting with the big threats in there being Daria Kasatkina and Anastasija Sevastova who would be on a collision course for a quarter-final showdown. The threat in there floating around is Dominika Cibulkova who is always capable of an upset or two. Kvitova and Sabalenka, as mentioned meets at the top of the fourth quarter and that is where Kerber is. Kerber gets a bye through to the second round.

Predictions

Over the weekend we saw Julia Goerges defend a title and we feel that Kerber can do the same. The German should be able to get through her quarter easily enough really and she will want as powerful of a performance as possible ahead of the Australian Open. There has to be rust in Halep’s game after so long out so is worth avoiding. Look for someone from the second quarter where Stephens, Muguruza and Konta are. Based on early season form, Konta, the 2018 winner, may actually be worth a flutter to get to the final.
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WTA Brisbane International 2018 Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Brisbane Preview 2019 There is a good looking and highly competitive field out in Brisbane in this early-season contest. The Australian Open is a big early highlight of the sporting calendar year and so there is no time to waste in terms of players getting their games up and running after their winter breaks. Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina head up the Brisbane field as joint 5/1 favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 5:03 pm)

WTA Brisbane Odds*

Naomi Osaka 5/1 Elina Svitolina 5/1 Sloane Stephens 13/2 Karolina Pliskova 7/1 Petra Kvitova 9/1 Kiki Bertens 12/1 Daria Kasatkina 12/1 Anastaija Sevastova 14/1 Elise Mertens 18/1 Johanna Konta 28/1 Anett Kontaveit 33/1 Daria Gavrilova 40/1 Carla Suarez Navarro 40/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 4:45 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

WTA Brisbane Preview

The defending champion is Elina Svitolina after having opened the 2018 campaign so strongly. She goes as the top seed and won’t be too disappointed with the draw ahead of her really to the semi-final stage, not considering the amount of talent that is in this field. The top seed that she could meet in the quarter finals is 6th seed Kiki Bertens. Svitolina finished the 2018 strongly with a win at WTA Singapore over Sloane Stephens. That was a competitive run that she had there too against the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Kiki Bertens along the way. Svitolina really likes WTA Brisbane too as she had landed back to back semi finals before landing the win last year. Naomi Osaka is there at the head of the market with Svitolina. Osaka had that tremendous moment, the biggest win of her career when she beat Serena Williams in the final of the US Open. This is the second campaign in Brisbane during her career, the first attempt was back in 2016 when she didn’t get past the quarter-final stage. Her standing in the game wasn’t as big then as it is now of course. Osaka is down in the less congested bottom half of the draw. The second quarter of the draw is the most competitive without a shadow of a double. Third-seed Sloane Stephens is in there and she is back at the tournament for the first time since 2013 when she lost in the quarter finals to Serena Williams. This will be her third attempt at the tournament having lost in the first round of her first attempt back in 2012. She gets a tough opener against Britain's Jo Konta. Konta could not find her best or any kind of momentum last season. So this is going to be an important juncture in her career. She needs a big season ahead of her. This is a tough opening draw though and this is the same quarter as fifth seed Karolina Pliskova as well. Pliskova would be on course to meet the winner of the Stephens v Konta opener down the line at the quarter-final stage. She gets more of a chance to ease her way into the tournament. This is Pliskova's first attempt at Brisbane.

Predictions

This is a wide-open tournament. Svitolina clearly has a great affinity with this tournament and is worth a look. But she is in that tough top half of the draw and it would be a surprise if she didn’t get a top showdown against a seeded player in the semi finals. Because of the draw, then Osaka comes into play well as an option. The big player with value though is Karolina Pliskova who is a danger and she gets through her tough quarter, that means she’s on top of her game and can challenge.
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WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup Winner Odds & Predictions

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

WTA Moscow Odds*

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

Halep Returns to Moscow

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

Bertens needs a boost

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

The Draw

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

Predictions

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

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

WTA Wuhan Open Odds*

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

Muguruza and Garcia contend

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

Halep coming back fresh

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

Predictions

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

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

WTA Tokyo Winner Odds*

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

Prediction

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

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WTA Cincinnati Tennis Preview 2018 It is a big week for players at the Connecticut Open as this is the final tournament before the US Open. This follows straight on from the Rogers Cup so it is more top-level Premier quality action on the way. There is a strong field out, including Serena Williams who steps out onto the hard court for the first time since a harrowing defeat against Jo Konta. She will be looking for some redemption to get her eye in ahead of the US Open.

Halep Top Seed

Top seed for the event is Simona Halep who lost twelve months ago in the final against Garbine Muguruza. Halep though showed more fantastic form as she stormed the field to take the Rogers Cup on the weekend, albeit after an epic final against Sloane Stephens. That was a lot of graft that Halep had to put in and she will be wary of burning herself out ahead of the more pressing issues at Flushing Meadows coming up. Halep is the 6/1 outright favourite for Cincinnati* (betting odds was taken from Unibet at 10:53 pm on August 12th, 2018). Serena Williams never has to prove anything to anyone although she is coming back just two weeks after that crushing defeat dished out to her by Johanna Konta. That hammering was the worst ever defeat that Williams has suffered in her career, going down 6-1 6-0 against the Brit at the Silicon Valley Classic. Williams then pulled out of the Rogers Cup because of personal reasons. Williams won Cincinnati back to back in 2014 and 2015.

Can Konta deliver?

So has that massive victory over Williams done much for the form of Konta? Well, she did beat Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal before losing out to the defending champion Elina Svitolina. That was her first tournament since that Silicon Valley Open where after beating Williams in the first round, was stopped in the quarter finals by Elise Mertens. She hasn’t been at her best and is nothing more than a 28/1 odds* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 10:53 pm on August 12th, 2018) long shot for Cincinnati. Angelique Kerber is going to be one to watch this week as she gears up for the US Open. The German had that fantastic Wimbledon success in the final over Serena Williams back in July but on her first outing on hard court she was shocked by Alize Cornet early in Montreal. Muguruza doesn't look at her sharpest at the moment having injury problems which forced her to pull out of events in California and Montreal recently. That’s not going to instil a lot of confidence in her. Sloane Stephens had a brilliant run at Montreal and is so strong on the hard court surface but that was a long week for her, an emotional rollercoaster which has to have left her a bit up on the weary side of things. But then to Elina Svitolina who couldn’t defend her Rogers Cup title but was stopped on her path to her title defence in the semi finals by Stephens. But overall that was a much better return to form for Svitalina after somewhat of a disappointing season from her. It could spark her into life on the hard court.

WTA Cincinnati Winner Odds*

Simona Halep 6/1 Serena Williams 7/1 Angelique Kerber 8/1 Elina Svitolina 8/1 Sloane Stephens 10/1 Garbine Mugartza 12/1 Caroline Wozniacki 16/1 Ashleigh Barty 18/1 Karolina Pliskova 20/1 Petra Kvitova 22/1 Madison Keys 25/1 Johanna Konta 28/1 Jelena Ostapenko * (betting odds taken from Unibet at 10:53 pm on August 12th, 2018)

Prediction

Halep in our eyes remains the one to beat but that was a long week for her in Montreal and will probably be holding something back for the US Open so we are not going to back her, even though she is the obvious choice. Breaking things down and looking at the tournament itself which seems to produce enough upsets to look beyond the outright favourite, we are going to lean on Svitolina. That positive run in Canada has to have given her something that has been missing, that extra injection of confidence so we see her having a good week and gets our backing at nice 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 10:53 pm on August 12th, 2018).
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French Open Betting 2018 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

Elina Svitolina
The second Grand Slam of the season starts on May 27 and will draw to its exciting conclusion on June 10. The French Open is the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments to play in the season, following on from the opening Australian Open and shortly after it ends, the next Grand Slam action will be coming from Wimbledon. Once again the draw for the women’s title looks wide open and extremely competitive, and it will be young Latvian Jelena Ostapenko heading back to Roland Garros as the reigning champion. After missing last season’s French Open, Serena Williams makes a return and it will be her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth to her first child. There has been much made about the fact that she will be going to the tournament unseeded because of her drop in ranking having not played for most of last year. But, with Serena Williams floating around as a dangerous unseeded player it does add a bit of excitement to the draw and nobody will want to have her ending up in their quarter. Will we see another first-time winner of the French Open this season? Whatever happens in Paris over the two weeks, there is bound to be some high drama as fiercely competitive tennis. It is top seed Simona Halep who is trading as the 11/2 outright favourite bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) to win this year’s edition of the French Open.

French Open 2018 Women’s Winner odds*

Simona Halep 11/2 Elina Svitolina 13/2 Maria Sharapova 10/1 Garbine Muguruza 11/1 Serena Williams 12/1 Jelena Ostapenko 12/1 Petra Kvitova 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Daria Kasatkina 16/1 Angelique Kerber 18/1 Caroline Wozniacki 20/1 Kiki Bertens 20/1 Victoria Azarenka 25/1 Caroline Garcia 25/1 Naomi Osaka 28/1 Anett Kontaveit 28/1 Sloane Stephens 33/1 Madison Keys 33/1 Julia Goerges 33/1 Johanna Konta 40/1 Coco Vandeweghe 40/1 Venus Williams 40/1 bar 50/1* (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018).

2017 women’s French Open review

There was a huge surprise in the outcome of last season’s French Open as unknown and unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stormed the field to win her first ever Grand Slam title. Garbine Muguruza had gone into the tournament as reigning champion, but the Spaniard couldn’t get past the fourth round. There were big name fallers in the very first round with top seed Angelique Kerber and Britain's Johanna Konta both getting knocked out at the first hurdle. Second seed Karolina Pliskova and third seed Simona Halep both did produce good tournaments and a clashed in a heavyweight semi final. The winner of that semi-final was expected to go on and take the title. It was Halep and came through to reach the showcase match, and she was red hot favourite to deliver her first Grand Slam title as she faced the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko there. Ostapenko had beaten the 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the semis. In a remarkable show of sheer fearless tennis though, it was the young Latvian Ostapenko who came through the challenge to beat Halep after having lost the first set to the Romanian.

2018 women’s French Open top eight seeds

  1. Simona Halep
  2. Caroline Wozniacki
  3. Garbine Muguruza
  4. Elina Svitolina
  5. Jelena Ostapenko
  6. Karolina Pliskova
  7. Caroline Garcia
  8. Petra Kvitova

2018 Women’s French Open Preview

Simona Halep will once again be the top seed for the French Open, just as she was 12 months ago. It is one of those strange situations with Halep in that she is one of the best players on the circuit, but she just hasn’t been able to get that elusive Grand Slam title despite being in three previous Grand Slam finals, two of those being at the French Open. She did make the final of this season’s first Grand Slam the Australian Open, where she lost in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki. Halep is the current world number one and she does have a title to her name this season having won in China right at the start of the season. It has been a quiet season from Halep, aside from the Australian Open and a title winning run in China, she has only appeared in a handful of other tournaments. She reached the semi finals of Qatar back in early February, then made another semi-final run at Indian Wells in early March and disappointed with an early exit at the Miami open in late March. Halep is the 11/2 outright favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) to win this season’s French Open, and maybe her dialled-back season is going to help her achieve that. Her run to the final of Rome recently, where she lost to Elina Svitolina on clay, will have given renewed hope of getting that first Grand Slam title. Karolina Pliskova has struggled to make it to the business end of tournaments this season. After losing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to Simona Halep, Pliskova could only manage quarter-final runs at both Indian Wells and Miami in other major tournaments this season. She had that blowout on the clay in Rome recently as well, where she attacked the umpire's chair at the end of the match, after having been denied a good winning position late in the match because of a super-dodgy line call. As a positive, she did win on the clay in Stuttgart this season. The Czech Republic star had her best ever run at the French Open with her semi-final appearance 12 months ago and she has been to at least the quarter-finals in five of the last six Grand Slam tournaments. Pliskova's only Grand Slam final appearance remains her 2016 US open final loss to Angelique Kerber. Caroline Wozniacki made it to the quarter finals of the French Open last year and she will be looking to build on her success at the Australian Open earlier this year. After starting the season strongly her results drifted away a little bit with recent poor Indian Wells and Miami Open performances. She really doesn’t have a great track record at the French Open to really warrant backing with a great deal of confidence, the Dane having never been past the quarter-finals in Paris. She recently bowed out of the quarter-final stage in Rome. Elina Svitolina is bang in form again with three titles already having been won this season. Her first came in Brisbane right at the start of the year and then after a win in Dubai, Svitolina got title defence completed in Rome recently on clay. That was quite telling win as well because in the quarter-finals she had gotten past Angelique Kerber and then took down Simona Halep (convincingly so) in the final itself. So Svitolina at 13/2 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) does look a serious challenger. Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova will also take confidence from a good run at Rome on clay where she reached the semi finals before losing in three sets to Simona Halep. Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova are in that cluster of players who have the potential to go on to make a serious title challenge but at the same time you just never quite sure about them putting things together. You will need to see their early-round form first. Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals in Rome recently so she had a good build up there on clay, while Petra Kvitova has title successes behind her this season and Muguruza is one of those players who one day can take down the best with her best, but that best doesn’t show up often enough.

Dark Horses

The competition runs pretty deep in the women’s draw, unlike in the men’s. There are great underdog value options in the likes of Caroline Garcia, the improving Naomi Osaka, Daria Kasatkina and Anett Kontaveit, the latter of which recently had a tremendous run through to the semi finals in Rome. They are big odds options, but very talented, and not without form this season and they can just look back just 12 months ago to Ostapenko's success for a bit of inspiration as well.

Serena Williams

So what about the challenge of Serena Williams? This is her first Grand Slam back since the 2017 Australian Open and that is a long time away from the at its most competitive level. She is one of the legends of the game, but time away from major tournaments like this isn’t something that is, how you actually go and win them again. Williams because of her now low ranking in the world, takes an unseeded spot at the French Open 2018 and that makes a fascinating prospect as to where she is going to end up in the draw. Which of the top seeds are going to be unlucky enough to have to try and deal with early in the tournament. At 12/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) going into the French Open 2018 that says a lot about her, because anybody else would have been at a massive price. More likely than not Williams will have a hard route ahead of because of the unseeded tag, and we don’t see her going all the way and lifting the title.

Predictions

Once again the women’s draw is wide open and you can expect to see some early top seed casualties again. The women’s game is that competitive at the moment and it is a little bit difficult to narrow down the field. Of the front runners, Elina Svitolina is perhaps the one who is carrying the most form and one who has the best form on clay this season. She is well worth backing to be there or thereabouts at the end. Of the other front runners, neither Pliskova, Wozniacki, Sharapova or Muguruza appeals enough. You can’t really dismiss the chances of Simona Halep who surely has to get Grand Slam title sooner or later. Halep is one of the more natural clay-court players in the women’s game and she looked pretty dialled in a recent run to the final of Rome. Of the longer priced each way dark horses for the 2018 French Open betting, Ostapenko is actually worth a look for a title defence because she is in pretty decent form, but of the bigger odds options we would look for home talent Caroline Garcia with the extra boost of home support behind. The French youngster made her best ever run at the French Open last season, and can potentially be in the mix but nothing more than an each-way option.
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WTA & ATP Weekly Tennis Betting Preview and Predictions – 19th March, 2018

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WTA Miami Winner Odds and Preview

Straight after Indian Wells, it is on to Miami for the second Premier mandatory event of the year. There was a surprise victory at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) over the weekend as Japan’s Naomi Osaka took the title over Daria Kasatkina. Osaka had taken out top seed Simona Halep in her semi-final and Ksatkina upset the books as well in beating out Venus Williams in her semi-final. That was after getting past Angelique Kerber along the way along the way, as well as other former Slam champions in Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki. Osaka opens in Miami against Serena Williams in a blockbuster first-round showdown. Williams did play in Indian Wells but was ousted by her sister Venus in the quarter finals. Williams is unseeded because of her time away for having her baby, and Victoria Azarenka is in there as a wildcard like Serena Williams as well. Williams goes in the third quarter which could set up a tough clash against Elina Svitolina in the second round if she sees off Osaka. Williams, who has won Miami eight times before in her career, probably needs another couple of tournaments to get back to the top of her game, which is understandable and is 14/1 odds* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.) at Ladbrokes to win this. The third quarter also houses Jelena Ostapenko Petra Kvitova, Daria Kasatkina and Kristina Mladenovic so there’s no easy path from that quarter for anyone. Australian Open champ Carolina Wozniacki (last year’s Miami runner-up) is the second seed and down in the fourth section with a much easier draw. That along with her current good form this season leaves her at 10/1 odds with Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.). She could meet Jo Konta in the quarters, but the Brit hasn't brought her game this season. She is the reigning champion here though. Simona Halep, who is the outright favourite, will be glad to avoid all of that congestion in the bottom half of the draw as she is the top seed and looks pretty much a lock for the quarters. She will be pumped up after that shock loss against Osaka at Indian Wells last week with the title beckoning. Karolina Pliskova, who looked better last week than she has done all season could be a quarter-final opponent for Halep. The second quarter houses Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia as the main threats.

Prediction

It’s a mammoth draw and fascinating clash ups waiting wherever you look. The WTA is immensely competitive at the moment. Based on the draw, Simona Halep is going to be the one to ride this week, while Angelique Kerber at 8/1 odds with Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.) is a good each way shot behind her and looks a great option for a quarter-final berth at least. The bottom half of the draw is an absolute minefield for everyone there, no-one is getting out lightly. Of the main contenders, Wozniacki probably could edge in terms of an easier draw.

WTA Miami Winner Odds

Simona Halep 15/2, Angelique Kerber 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Elina Svitolina 10/1, Daria Kasatkina 12/1, Garbine Muguruza 12/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Serena Williams 14/1, Karolina Pliskova 16/1, Naomi Osaka 20/1, Venus Williams 22/1, Johanna Konta 25/1, Madison Keys 25/1, 33/1 bar* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.)

ATP Miami Winner Odds & Preview

Well, Roger Federer is human after all. He had his perfect 2018 snapped on the weekend when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the final of Indian Wells. Those are the two heading up the ATP Miami market at Unibet this week as well, the only two players in single fixtures actually heading into the event. Excitingly they have been drawn in the opposite halves of the Miami draw too. Federer blew three match points to win Indian Wells before being unable to stop Delpo’s comeback and the two could be back across the net from each other in the final of Miami. Federer is the 5/4 outright favourite* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.) at Unibet to win this one with Delpo at 3/1 odds* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.). It’s probably not worth looking past those. You can skip Federer ahead to the quarters where there could be a tricky challenge from someone like Alexander Zverev, Kyle Edmund or Tomas Berdych. Del Potro has only been past the round of sixteen once before in Miami and after his exhaustive efforts last week, it may be a big ask for him to double up. He has a much tougher draw to get through, including a potential showdown against Novak Djokovic at the round of sixteen. It may well be worth opposing Del Porto getting to the final with Marin Cilic. The Croatian went home earlier from Indian Wells so has had plenty of prep and rest time ahead of this. He is the one most likely to pull through and get somewhere close to challenging Federer in the final if the Swiss master awaits. At 20/1 each way odds at Unibet* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.) Cilic is a big appealing bet this week on the ATP. Roger Federer 5/4, Juan Martin Del Potro 3/1, Novak Djokovic 13/1, Grigor Dimitrov 178/1, David Goffin 20/1, Marin Cilic 20/1, Hyeon Chung 25/1, Kevin Anderson 25/1, 30/1 bar* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.)

Predictions

Federer will have been in a reflective mood after losing to Delpo on the weekend and uncharacteristic wasting of three match points. He’s a perfectionist and will want more in Miami and he’s well worth backing to get into the winner's circle. With Djokovic still working his way back, Dimitrov disappointing last week, and Del Potro not having any form at this event, Cilic is great value.
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WTA & ATP Weekly Tennis Betting Preview and Predictions – 26th February, 2018

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

ATP Dubai Winner Odds*

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

Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open Winner Odds*

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