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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

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

ATP Dubai Winner Odds*

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

Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open Winner Odds*

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

Tennis Betting

ATP Rio Open

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

ATP Rio Open Winner Odds*

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

WTA Dubai Duty Free

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

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Winner Odds*

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

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

Doha Each Way Options

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

Kerber to contend

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

Qatar Open Odds*

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

Federer headlines Rotterdam

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

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

WTA St Petersburg Ladies Tennis betting odds

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