WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Halep in contention for number one spot

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There were some big tournament exits in the opening round of the Wuhan Open with reigning champion Petra Kvitova exiting against Shuai Peng, while Britain’s Johanna Konta lost out to the unseeded Ashleigh Barty. US Open finalists Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens both went out at the first stage as well. Throw in early exits for Kristina Mladenovic and Angelique Kerber then the top order has taken a bit of a battering.

The big story from Wuhan will be the chase for the world number one spot between Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova ahead of the China Open next week.

The other important factor here for the tournament is the race for Singapore and the WTA Finals. Seven of the eight spots are still open heading into Wuhan this weekend and notably the early exits for Mladenovic, Konta and Stephens, all of which are on the bubble of the eight qualification spots won’t have been helped with their early exits. That’s a lot of potential points having gone begging for those.

So that really has left a three-way tussle for supremacy between Halep, Muguruza and Pliskova at the event, the only remaining players trading in single figures for the match. So the draw is all important here and it favours Halep of the three. Muguruza heads up the first quarter while Pliskova is in the second quarter. Pliskova’s case in that quarter will have been helped by the early departure of Konta. But it does mean that the course could be a Muguruza v Pliskova semi final showdown.

As for Halep, she looks to have pretty plain sailing right through to the quarter finals where she could meet someone like Dominika Cibulkova or Caroline Garcia, so could have a scrape on her hands there. But the bottom half of the draw isn’t packing as much of a punch as the top one is and so you would have to side with Halep to power her way to the Final. Halep is the 13/2 outright favourite at William Hill to win the tournament.

Muguruza did run to the semi finals of Tokyo recently where she was stopped by Caroline Wozniacki but she has been pretty consistent since her win at Wimbledon having made it to at least the quarter finals in four of her five tournaments since then. But Halep should be fresh. After her win over Muguruza in the final of Cincinnati, she had that first round exit at the US Open against Maria Sharapova and this is her first action since then.

Pliskova fell in the quarterfinals of Japan recently after a semi final at Cincinnati and a quarter final appearance at the US Open. Of the three she has been the who looks to have been running out of steam a little bit more as the season starts to get down the final stretch and the form of the other two are probably stronger. The great outside shot in this one is Caroline Wozniacki who has been in cracking form.

With a defeat in the Final of Bastad, she kicked off a strong sequence of tournaments, by reaching the final of the Rogers Cup, the quarters of Cincinnati and shield the US Open was a total bust for her, she bounced back to win in Japan, beating Muguruza in the final four. So at a price of 10/1 at William Hill, the Danish competitor has to be worth a look as he goes in the third quarter, which means that she should avoid trouble until the semi finals where she could meet Halep.

WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Odds

Simona Halep 13/2, Garbine Muguruza 5/1, Karolina Pliskova 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 10/1, Ashleigh Barty 14/1, Ekaterina Makarova 18/1, Jelena Ostapenko 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Shuai Peng 25/1, Svetlana Kuznetsova 25/1, bar 28/1

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