Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Miami Open

BOUCHARD
BOUCHARD TO BEAT BARTY @ 23-20

Simply put, Bouchard is the better player. If she plays as well as she can then this price is going to look huge

GOERGES TO BEAT RISKE @ EVENS

Goerges could have too much power for Riske here, Riske is consistent but lacks power in her shots and Goerges can blow most people away but is hugely erratic.

ROYG TO BEAT DOI @ 6-4

Royg has not let me down so far this week coming through both times I have backed her as the underdog and her confidence will be high.

MATTEK SANDS TO BEAT SINIAKOVA @ 9-5

Mattek Sands can upset Siniakova with her variation, especially her net play. Siniakova is a player who can get very upset with herself and Mattek Sands variation will make it difficult for Siniakova to find the rhythm tonight. 

TOMLJANOVIC TO BEAT BELLIS @ 12-5

Tomljanovic has fitness issues but when she fit and firing her groundstrokes are very powerful, Bellis excellent young player but not the finished article and I fancy a fit Tom to come through.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WTA Miami Open

Potapova
Royg to beat Falconi @ 6-4 Royg had a good win yesterday and I she has the better all round game against a rater one dimensional Falconi

Potapova to beat Cepelova @ 13-10 Popatova young Russian who you will hear good things about in the future against Cepelova who has always been better on a clay court 

Nara to beat Schiavone @ 11-10 Schiavone is going downhill, she is always vulnerable on hard courts and I expect her to struggle against the consistent if unspectacular Nara 

Gibert to beat Bondarenko @ 5-1 Bondarenko is becoming very unpredictable and her usually good serve has been letting her down of late. Gibert has a career record of 24 wins 10 losses on hard court and is great value here to cause an upset 

Also, having a multiple bet, below:
Golubic @ 5-6 
Vikhlyantseva @ 4-6 
Gibbs @ 5-6 
Errani @ 3-1

Monday, 20 March 2017

Miami Open

WTA PRO
Uytvanck to beat Mertens 13-8 

Crawford to beat Tormo 10-11 

Vekic to beat Day Evens

Royg to beat Khromacheva 6-4 

Tomova to beat Falconi 13-8 

Fett to beat Boserup 11-10 

Swan to beat Osaki 7-4

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Indian Wells Masters

WOZNIACKI - 4.5 GAMES TO BEAT MALDENOVIC @ 21-20 B WIN 

Wozniacki leads the head to head 3-0 on hard courts and she has covered this handicap in all of those matches, winning by 5, 7 and 8 games. 

Wozniacki holds 4% more than her opponent and breaks serve 8% more so I cannot see her losing the match and history suggests she will cover the handicap as Mladenovic relies heavily on her serve and Wozniacki has a terrific return game.

PLISKOVA V KUZNETSOVA OVER 22.5 GAMES @ EVENS. B WIN 

Head to head is tied 1-1 and both matches went three sets. One featured 27 games and the other 30 games. Pliskova holds 7% more than Kuznetsova but the Russian breaks her opponent on average 5% more so it is very even and both in good form playing well I can see another long match.

Where's Serena in the Fed Cup?

Virtually every week there’s a WTA tournament taking place somewhere around the world.  It doesn’t take a degree to work out the draw of whichever championship it may be and we just sit back and watch our favourite female players battling it out. Where it gets complicated is when team tournaments take place, because understanding the Fed Cup and why it doesn’t have the impact it should is all a bit baffling.



The series certainly isn't as star-studded as it should be. Imagine the betting opportunities if, over a week or two, the Fed Cup was held with many of the top female players in the world taking part. It’d be a fantastic tournament, not only highlighting the best of women’s tennis but also embodying that team element that is rarely seen in the sport.

The official Fed Cup describes itself as ‘the World Cup of tennis.’  At present, though, the Federation Cup is a right old mess. It takes place throughout the year, and we have to work out whether our country is in the World Group I, World Group II or Europe/Africa Group III. It is rather humorous that a long-winded tournament like this actually had its name shortened from the Federation Cup; shortening the actual tournament would be a much more logical idea.

There has been talk of changing the format of the Fed Cup, but little seems to be happening at present. It says a lot that the USA have won the cup a record 17 times. With players such as the Williams sisters, that’s no surprise, is it? Well, actually it is – because the USA haven’t won the Fed Cup since 2000; it last made the final in 2010 and the Williams sisters were nowhere to be seen. Indeed, the current rankings have the USA down in seventh – with the Czech Republic in first – so what on earth is going on here?

This year’s tournament began in February, the World Group semi-finals are in April and then there’s a seven-month wait until the final.  If you fancy a flutter, tennis betting has Serena Williams at 2/1 to win the French Open, but she won't be tasting any Fed Cup glory this year.


In April, the Czech Republic take on the USA, but it’s the likes of Alison Riske, Coco Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shelby Rogers who got the Americans through to the last four by beating Germany. Oh, and there was no sign of Angelique Kerber in the German side. The USA will be playing the tie on clay in a bid to upset the Czechs, and the match that could have seen Serena Williams v Karolina Pliskova but won't will be played in front of just 4,000 people.

With all the playoff rounds, it’s no wonder that this tournament fails to get fans excited. Instead, why can’t organisers just seed the top teams and let the others then go through a qualifying section? That way, we'd get a one or two-week tournament that would fit into the schedule and the top players would be able to compete in a bonafide World Cup of tennis. After all, what do you want in a USA v Germany match? Riske v Petkovic or the top two players in the world, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, facing off? It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? 

Both Serena and Venus have had success representing the USA in the Summer Olympics. That shows a willingness to compete for their country, so before they retire, it's time to revamp the Fed Cup and give us a tournament that, alongside the Davis Cup, can make tennis proud.

Photographs: Karolina Pliskova" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Kulitat

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Indian Wells Masters

GARCIA
GARCIA TO BEAT KUZNETSOVA @ 6-4

Garcia has the serve to cause Kuznetsova problems and her heavy groundstrokes could expose the Russian's movement. 

PAVLYUCHENKOVA TO BEAT CIBULKOVA @ EVENS

Pavylchenkova leads the head to head 2-1 on outdoor hard courts and she has such powerful groundstrokes that they can cause anyone problems on her day. Cibulkova has a very vulnerable serve and Pavlyuchenkova's aggressive return game will put the Slovakian under immense pressure tonight. 

MUGURUZA TO BEAT SVITOLINA @ 11-8 

Head to head is tied 2-2 but Svitolina has won both on hard courts, Muguruza hits the ball ferociously hard and can overpower anyone but she has been a little erratic. She has looked in better form here and is very generous odds to overcome Svitolina

Monday, 13 March 2017

WTA INDIAN WELLS

WTA INDIAN WELLS

Goerges to beat Davis @ 21-20 Betvictor

Williams to beat Safarova @ 6-4 Bet365

Osaka to beat Keys 7-4 Bet365

Osaka V Keys Over 26.5 Games @ 23-10 32 Red

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Indian Wells Masters

VINCI
VINCI TO BEAT PAVLYUCHENKOVA @ 9-4 

BET365, SKYBET, LADBROKES, CORALS

Head to head is tied 3-3, on outdoor hard courts Vinci leads 3-2. Both players reached the QF at St Petersburg and both won their first matches here in straight sets. The stats are very similar with both players holding serve around 65% of the time and Kuznetsova slightly ahead on return of serve but the stats are so close it is not really anything that stands out. Vinic has great variation to her game and this in the past has caused Kuznetsova problems and I think it will again tonight. 


Saturday, 11 March 2017

WTA INDIAN WELLS

SINIAKOVA
WTA INDIAN WELLS

NAVARRO TO BEAT SINIAKOVA @ 13-10  888SPORT, 32RED

Navarro has been in poor form but also upon closer inspection, Siniakova has not been playing great lately, she Won the tournament in Shenzhen but since then she has failed to win two matches in her last four tournaments. Navarro leads the head to head 1-0 and I think that becomes 2-0 after today’s match 

                                      SERVICE HOLD        SERVICE BREAK

NAVARRO                     64.7%                        40.1%
SINIAKOVA                   62.9%                        40.2%


KONJUH TO BEAT PENG @ 11-10 MARATHON BET 

Konjuh has the powerful groundstrokes that can cause Peng issues here, she will be able to hit through her with ease and there will be nothing Peng can do. Konjuh can be unreliable but in her last tournament, she reached the QF at Dubai. Peng has been in excellent form this season and has come through three matches here so far. 

                                      SERVICE HOLD      SERVICE BREAK

KONJUH                       69.3%                       33.2% 
PENG                            66.4%                      39.5%


I am also going for a multiple bets below, Not backing these as singles as the prices are not valued to do so but I do fancy all the players to win 

OSAKA TO BEAT ZHANG 4-5
BABOS TO BEAT LEPCHENKO 8-13
GOERGES TO BEAT STOSUR 8-11

WILLIAM HILL BEST PRICES

Friday, 10 March 2017

WTA INDIAN WELLS

CHIRICO
WTA INDIAN WELLS

CHIRICO TO BEAT BEGU @ 11-10  PADDYPOWER, STAN JAMES, LADBROKES

Begu has been in appalling form this season only winning one match and that was at the OZ Open, Chirico has not been in great form either but did win her first match here in straight sets as expected beating Schiavone. I think she is certainly the value here and quite surprised to see her odds against.

                                         SERVICE HOLD    SERVICE BREAK

CHIRICO                          59%                        37.2%
BEGU                               66.5%                     32.9% 

ERRANI TO BEAT STRYCOVA @ 5-2 BET365, SKYBET, BETWAY

Errani leads the head to head 7-2 and on outdoor hard courts this becomes 3-0 in favour of Errani. Neither player been in great form but the odds on Errani are far too big considering the head to head record 

                                          SERVICE HOLD      SERVICE BREAK
ERRANI                            54.1                          47%
STRYCOVA                      64.2%                       40.6%

OSTAPENKO TO BEAT CIBULKOVA @ 9-4 BET365, SKYBET, LADBROKES, CORALS

I am just taking a bit of a punt here, Ostapenko is a young player who can raise her game and does have the all round game to go far, she hits the ball very hard, very flat and is a very attacking player so when it works she can blow players off court and at a big price I am willing to take a chance on her winning and overpowering Cibulkova

                                         SERVICE HOLD           SERVICE BREAK
OSTAPENKO                   55.4%                            44.9% 
CIBULKOVA                     61.4%                            39.8%

KONTAVEIT TO BEAT PAVLYUCHENKOVA @ 6-4 BET365, SKYBET, LADBROKES, CORALS

Kontaveit has been in great form winning 9 of her last 10 matches, she has won all her 3 matches here so far in straight sets. Kontaveit leads the head to head 1-0 and Pavlyuchenkova despite having a good OZ Open has struggled since and Kontaveit’s flat power hitting can cause problems for Pavlyuchenkova and expose her movement. 

                                         SERVICE HOLD           SERVICE BREAK
KONTAVEIT                     67.6%                            37.2%
PAVLYUCHENKOVA        65.2%                            37.6%