WTA betting tips and match previews 🎾
Two WTA tournaments are in full swing this week and some pretty big names are in action.
Read on below for our previews and betting tips
Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo
The star-studded event in Tokyo includes the likes of four-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka, top seed Paula Badosa, in-form Beatriz Haddad Maia and more.
The tournament has already seen some upsets, with No.2 seed Caroline Garcia losing in the second round to World No. 28 Shuai Zhang in three gruelling sets.
Here are matches to look forward to on Thursday.
Naomi Osaka v Beatriz Haddad Maia
Four-time Slam champion Osaka has been having quite a rough season and as the home favorite, the Japanese comes in with pressure to perform. The 24-year-old won the tournament the last time it held in 2019 and is the defending champion, since the tournament was not held in the last two years due to Covid-19.
World No.16 Haddad Maia, one of the hottest players on tour this year, has suffered a slight dip in form, surprisingly losing to World No.54 Ana Bogdan in the Portoroz quarterfinals just last week. This tournament gives the Brazilian the chance to go on another deep run.
Head-to-head: Osaka leads 1-0
The only time these two met was back in 2015 on the ITF circuit and this will be their first meeting on WTA level. Osaka won in straight sets but so much has changed since then.
While she is the home favourite, Osaka is certainly not the favourite by ranking or form. The Japanese has found her way into the round of 16 after her first-round opponent Daria Saville was forced to retire due to a knee injury just two matches into the game. Before then, Osaka, now World No.48, had lost her last four matches.
Haddad Maia came through with a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over wildcard Yuki Naito and considering the year she has had so far, the Brazilian is the clear favourite to win this matchup. You can bet on her to win at 2.00 odds on BetKing.
Karolina Pliskova v Petra Martic
Former World No.1 Pliskova has been gradually finding form again. Due to a hand injury, the Czech started the season late and then struggled to find rhythm and consistency.
She played some of her best tennis of the year at the US Open and reached the quarterfinals as a result.
An easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Isabella Shinikova has led the 30-year-old to the round of 16 in Tokyo.
Martic has blown hot and cold this season and is one of those who will be desperately needing a deep run in Tokyo. Those hopes might just be dashed by facing Pliskova this soon.
Head-to-head: Pliskova edges 3-2
Their last meeting came at the WTA 1000 event in Rome last year where Pliskova battled to win in three sets. Their four previous meetings before that had ended in straight sets.
This time, this matchup is not expected to be straightforward. Pliskova should edge it again in three sets, and BetKing offers 2.35 odds on this outcome.
Veronika Kudermetova v Fernanda Contreras Gomez
World No.13 Kudermetova seems to be doing better in doubles than in singles these days, but she is still a force on tour.
As the No.4 seed in Tokyo, the Russian received a bye into the second round.
By beating 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the first round, qualifier Contreras Gomes got her first WTA main draw victory. The Mexican who plays mainly in the ITF and Challenger circuits is still trying to navigate her way on WTA level and that win over Kenin is sure to boost her confidence.
Head-to-head: First meeting
Kudermetova is the obvious favourite here and an upset does not look very likely. This is not to say that Contreras Gomez will make it easy for the Russian, but Kudermetova should get a straight-sets win. You can bet on this on BetKing at odds of 1.26.
With the likes of 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu and this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Tajana Maria in the draw, the Korea Open is not short of stars as well.
Jelena Ostapenko v Anastasia Gasanova
As the top seed, Ostapenko is expected to make a deep run but her first-round match showed the Latvian might struggle a little in Korea.
In the first round, the 25-year-old was pushed into a third set by World No.688 Boyoung Jeong, before winning the match in a deciding tiebreak.
World No.141 Gasanova is no pushover and has caused some upsets in her career. In the first round, the Russian defeated Astra Sharma in two tight sets and now she looks set to battle it out with Ostapenko too.
Head-to-head: First meeting
Ostapenko will need to improve on her serve to see this one through. Double faults and errors almost cost her the match against Jeong and against a more difficult player in Gasanova, the Latvian can not afford to make so many errors. With those issues fixed, Ostapenko should go through, and she is priced at 1.22 odds over on BetKing.
Yanina Wickmayer v Emma Raducanu
By beating last week’s Chennai Open champion, Linda Fruhvirova 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round, Wickmayer has earned her first WTA main draw win since returning from maternity break earlier in the year. The Belgian has slumped to World No. 460 but her experience on tour definitely counted against young Fruhvirtova.
2021 US Open champion Raducanu also slumped in the rankings and currently sits at No.77 after losing in the opening round of the US Open last month. Looking to build her ranking again, the Brit needs as many points as she can accumulate. A 6-2, 6-4 win over Moyuka Uchijima sent the 19-year-old into the round of 16.
Head-to-head: First meeting
Raducanu was quite impressive in her first-round match but she will not have it that easy playing against the very experienced Wickmayer. However, the Brit is favourite for this one, and you can bet on her to win at 1.25 odds on BetKing.
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