WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Williams absence hands power to reigning champ Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Info
The first big field since the 2013 Australian Open will be in force at Indian Wells, for this Premier tiered tournament in California. The best in the world is out for this one, all except Serena Williams, who is still on her boycott of the event along with sister Venus. That leaves the defending champion Victoria Azarenka as outright favourite to go on and win this one. Can anyone stop the powerful and in form Belarusian at Indian Wells?

WTA Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Victoria Azarenka 11/10, Maria Sharapova 4/1, Petra Kvitova 7/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 9/1, Angelique kerber 18/1, Sara Errani 20/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Sam Stosur 30/1, Mona Barthel 40/1

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Victoria Azarenka has been taking some heavy backing for Indian Wells, especially with the absence of Serena Williams. It has been back to back titles for the Belarusian this season, after successfully defending her Australian Open title, she followed it up with a title defence in Doha as well. That was important because she actually beat Serena Williams in the final, snapping a long losing streak against the American. Definitely has looked on top of her game this season, has looked untroubled and powerful, confident serving is on her side. Favourable draw for her, really should dominate the top half of the 2013 Indian Wells draw.

Other Contenders
Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova should make her presence known. The problem with her is that she should steam through to the latter stages of tournaments, which she does, but then her game falls apart when it matters most. She was imperious through the early rounds of the Australian Open and then just didn’t turn up against Na Li in the semi finals. Still, an easy draw for her, so should go well to the semi finals. Was a finalist here last season, losing against Azarenka, who seems to be a very tough opponent for her to crack.

Sharapova could meet Sara Errani in the semi finals of this season’s tournament, and the Italian could be one of the surprise packages of 2013 Indian Wells. She actually wouldn’t be that much of a surprise package because she in good form. She landed four titles last season on Tour and has followed that up already this year with another. Errani won in Acapulco recently, but that was on clay, where she is something of an expert. Still, can’t ignore the fact that she has been in three finals already this season. Not as prominent on hard courts as clay, but form is with her.

Petra Kvitova could be some interesting value at Indian Wells. She finally found her way back into the winners circles as she beat Sara Errani in the final of Doha. She beat Agnieszka Radwanska along the way as well. A little hit and miss because she has had early tournament exits this year, but will the Doha win have put her back in top gear? Actually because of Kvitova’s slight unpredictability, it could be worth looking at Dominika Cibulkova to take Kvitova’s quarter. Power personified, she has her consistency issues too, but could produce if she brings her A game.

But Agnieszka Radwanska could be the one to back from the bottom half off the draw. Started the season so strongly with back to back titles, and then lost in the quarter finals against Na Li at the Australian Open. She followed that up with a loss against Azarenka in the semi finals of Doha (and Azarenka has a firm hold over the Pole), but then bombed in Dubai losing in the quarter finals against Petra Kvitova, not being on top of her game there. But has the class and composure to play her way to the top of the quarter. Has to raise her game just another 10%.

Best Outside Bet
It has to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the moment. Unlike Errani, who has kept her levels up after a career season, Kerber hasn’t hit the heights she is capable of this season. Her best performance was a semi final in Sydney. She was a semifinalist at Indian Wells last season in her great year, where she lost to Azarenka. There has to be better to come from her at some point. Kerber is an 18/1 shot with online bookmaker Paddy Power in WTA Indian Wells tennis betting.