Category:  Tennis

2014 CINCINNATI FINAL: SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS ANA IVANOVIC

August 18, 2014 0 News, Tennis

On August 17, 2014 Serena Williams, 32, won her first Cincinnati title by beating Ana Ivanovic, 25, in two sets 6-4, 6-1.

It took Serena six attempts (since 2006) to nail this title and she has finally made it. It is quite symbolic for her as the last Slam of the year – US Open – starts in a week. As if Serena sent a message that she’s ready for USO and you can expect from her nothing but winning. The top online bookies have pretty much the same opinion. For example, William Hill gives the best odds (2.75) for Serena to win the US Open. The second favorite to win is Maria Sharapova with the 6.00 odds, according to WH.

Williams 2014 Cincinnati Winner

So far it was the second title Serena won over this summer season. Early this month, Serena beat Angelique Kerber 7-6 (1), 6-3 at Stanford. It made her the best player for the US summer hard-court season. As to the general results for 2014, Serena also won Rome, Miami and Brisbane titles. For any other player it would be quite an achievement, but not for the World no.1. It happened that Serena didn’t win any Slam this year – which is a serious deal for her (similar situation was in 2011, when Serena couldn’t claim any Grand Slam).

All in all, she has 18 Major titles and 62 WTA titles.

It was a viral infection that held her from performing well at French Open and Wimbledon. And yet, she managed to get it all together. She showed some impressive summer performances and now she looks pretty confident to get her 18th major. If she succeeds, she will tie with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, who both have the total of 18 major titles. However, there is still Steffi Graf, who has the record of 22 titles.

Coming back to Cincinnati final, Serena had a slow start, while Ana looked rather confident. However, in the second set their positions changed drastically. Ana got herself into the ongoing trail of double mistakes. Meanwhile, Serena braced up and brought her strong classy serve into the game. As Serena told after the match,

“I just kind of close my eyes and serve. When you think about it too much you get kind of crazy.”

It was a great weekend for Serena with her first Cincinnati title. However, it was good for Ana as well as she reached the top 10. Before that she was ranked the 12th and she couldn’t make it to the top for the last 5 years. They both looked satisfied with how the week ended; so let’s wish them to achieve the same (or better) results at the US Open that starts on August 25, 2014.

Rogers Cup 2014: Tsonga beats Federer

August 11, 2014 0 Betting, News, Recaps, Tennis

On August 10, 2014 we could enjoy the Rogers Cup final between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tsonga beat Federer in two sets 7-5, 7-6 (3). Before that he defeated two others from the Big Four – Novak Djokovic (6-2, 6-2) and Andy Murray (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4). Tsonga just didn’t have the chance to play against the 4th one – Rafael Nadal as he was ruled out because of the wrist injury.

There were big hopes for Roger to win his 3rd Rogers Cup and 80th title. But it didn’t happen as Tsonga played very well, showed some aggressive moments and, in general, he moved pretty well on a court. Throughout the whole tournament, he dropped only one set.
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After the match Tsonga was rather speechless. It was hard for him to believe that he has won, “I don’t know what to say. It’s amazing to be here in front of you guys. Anyway, thank you for everything and this will stay in my mind forever.” Obviously, he was very happy with his achievement. Before Toronto, Jo was ranked 15th; now he is back in the top ten.

As to Federer, he didn’t look that broken even though it was the 4th final he lost this year. He’s getting older and many experts believe that these are his last years of playing tennis. However, he had an open reaction to Jo’s victory. The truth is Tsonga really deserved it. Moreover, Roger is pretty optimistic about the upcoming events, “I go away from this feeling good about my chances next week and also at the US Open.” Many say that the positive attitude plays a big role in one’s achievements. So we may expect strong results from Roger any time soon. If you believe in him, then you can try a bet with William Hill bookie. For example, what title will be the 80th for Roger? US Open? Or maybe Basel? Try your luck with one of the best bookies and you’ll not regret it.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Mönchengladbach [Prediction]

February 28, 2013 2 Soccer, Sports, Tennis

The football teams Eintracht Frankfurt and Mönchengladbach are going to meet this Friday at Bundesliga.

Regarding this match and the latest five head-to-head confrontations between these two teams, I think it should be pretty clear who is going to win the match from Friday. Mönchengladbach has won 4 matches out of the latest 5 with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Last time they met was on the 7th of October, when the match ended in a 2-0 victory for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Earlier, on the 30th of January 2011, the match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mönchengladbach. The other two victories achieved by Mönchengladbach over Eintracht Frankfurt ended in a 2-0 and in a 2-1 victory.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t neglect the amazing 4-0 victory achieved by Eintracht Frankfurt over Mönchengladbach on the 11th of September 2010. That day, Mönchengladbach were simply humiliated in front of Eintracht.

In addition, Mönchengladbach hasn’t won any matches out of the latest five played, while Eintracht Frankfurt managed 2 victories, one against Hamburg this year on the 2nd of February and another one last year on the 26th of January against Hoffenheim.

All in all, judging by the latest performances of each team, I am going to place a bet on Eintracht Frankfurt. I bet 8 units at 2.10. The odds I used are from William Hill.

Maria Sharapova – Na Li [Recap]

January 30, 2013 3 Betting, Sports, Tennis

Maria Sharapova lost the match with Na Li from the Australian Open semifinals. This also means that I lost the bet I made on the victory of Sharapova.

Moreover, the victory of Na Li over the Russsian ranked no. 2 proved to be a comfortable one. She only needed two sets to get into the final of the first Grand Slam of the year, and the score was 6-2, 6-2.

Sharapova was the clear favorite after losing only nine games in her first five matches, a record at the Australian Open since it expanded to a 128-player draw in 1988. Though, this semifinal started badly for Maria, who served two double-faults, and therefore conceded a break exactly in the first game.

On the other hand, Li had the backing of the crowd at Rod Laver Arena, where dozens of red and white Chinese flags swirled in the air. Li was the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final in 2011, when she lost to Kim Clijsters in Melbourne.

All in all, this victory was highly deserved by the Chinese tennis player Na Li, but judging by the performances and the records achieved by Maria Sharapova this year at Australian Open, it was hard to anticipate.

Result: -10, bet lost

Maria Sharapova – Na Li [Prediction]

January 24, 2013 2 Betting, Sports, Tennis

The first Grand Slam of the year has already reached the semi-finals. On the 24th of January, the tennis players Maria Sharapova and Na Li are meeting in the semi-finals of Australian Open.

The undeniable favourite at winning this match, the Russian Sharapova, is currently ranked 2nd in the WTA chart and has won 27 titles as a single player and 3 titles in doubles. Her earnings in tennis exceed 23 million dollars and, for the moment, Maria hopes to capitalize on Serena Williams’ demise, and win her fifth Grand Slam title.
The Russian has been in amazing shape since the opening of this Grand Slam, winning five matches and losing only nine games, which is a new tournament record.

However, her opponent, Na Li is relaxed and confident. Her new coach, Carlos Rodriguez totally encourages her after she became the Asia’s first Grand Slam champion.

All in all, I think this is going to be a tough match, with plenty of spectacular moments. Though, I choose to place a bet on Maria Sharapova’s victory. I bet 10 units at 1.20. The odds I used are from Bet365.

Brian Baker – Jesse Levine [Prediction]

January 8, 2013 3 Betting, Sports, Tennis

The tennis players Brian Baker (ranked 59 in the ATP chart) and Jesse Levine (ranked 104) are going to meet tomorrow in an ATP tournament.

This year, the 27 years old Baker has lost one match in front of the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. In 2012, he had 11 victories and 13 lost matches and won about 350,000$ from tennis. During his career, he has won a total of 15 and lost 26 matches. So, as far as we can see 2012 was the best year for Brian until now, because he has achieved 11 out of his total 15 victories. Also, in 2012 he won his first title as a professional tennis player.

On the other hand, Jesse Levine (aged 25) hasn’t won any title yet as a single professional player, but he did win a title in the double tennis match that took place in 2009. In 2012, he achieved 7 victories in 15 matches and during his career he has 25 won matches and 51 defeats.

All in all, giving the statistics and current performances of each player, I think Brian Baker is the clear favorite at winning this match. So I am going to place 7 units at 2.00 on Baker’s victory. The odds I used are from Bet365.

Caroline Wozniacki – Ekaterina Makarova [Recap]

September 25, 2012 4 Tennis

The tennis match between the former WTA leader, Caroline Wozniacki and the Russian Ekaterina Makarova was just the way I have predicted it. Therefore, I won the bet I made on Wozniacki’s victory. I wish I had also bet on the number of sets, because I was pretty sure that this match was going to last for 3 sets, considering Makarova’s evolution, but still, I had my doubts.

The score was 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 and, after 3 sets, Caroline Wozniacki managed to qualify to the finals of the Korea Open. Even if she had a hard year, with a string of poor results, she is vehemently fighting to achieve her first title of the year.

Wozniacki demonstrated an impressive start, dominating Makarova from the back of the court. On the other hand, the Russian made an impact on Caroline’s serve in the second set. Breaks were traded and Makarova proved to be stronger, as she leveled the match. Her blistering performance won her the second set.

Even if the Dane has faced a lot of problems this year due to a lack of confidence, this time she managed to keep cool and calculated, and won a tight third set, which also brought her the success. Though, she sincerely appreciated the way Makarova played, affirming that: “She was returning very well”.

Result: +1.55 units, bet won

Carolina Wozniacki – Ekaterina Makarova [Prediction]

September 21, 2012 3 Betting, Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki and the Russian Ekaterina Makarova are going to meet on the 22nd of September, in Seoul. The former WTA leader, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki is crossing a descending path in her career. Her performances in 2012 were not too satisfying compared to the ones from the previous years. Moreover, after US Open she had also lost her position in the WTA top 10, and now she is on the 11th position.

On the other hand,the strong Russian, Ekaterina Makarova achieved a series of excellent results this year, and one of them was the elimination of Serena Williams. The current position of Ekaterina in the WTA ranking is 28. However, even if she proved to be extremely skilled, she is not a constant tennis player, and constancy is a must in tennis.

Judging by the head to head series, Caroline Wozniacki is a categorical winner. She defeated Ekaterina in all their 4 previous meetings, and the scores revealed that this wasn’t a difficult job for Wozniacki. They met in Rome on clay, and the score of the match was 6-3, 6-4, in Eastbourne on grass (6-3, 6-2), in Indian Wells on hard surface (6-2, 6-0) and in New Haven, also on hard surface (6-3, 6-3). As you might see, until now, Ekaterina hasn’t won any set against Wozniacki.

Even if I think that the Russian is going to do a good job at Seoul, I’m going to place a bet on Caroline Wozniacki’s victory. I bet 5 units at 1.31. The odds I used are from William Hill.

Monica Niculescu – Ayumi Morita [Recap]

September 20, 2012 2 Betting, Tennis

The Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu went home at the very beginning of the US Open Grand Slam. She was defeated in the first round, by the Japanese Ayumi Morita. Unfortunately, this event also led to my bet being lost. This time I lost a bet on which I was almost 100% sure, and I still cannot find a reasonable explanation.

Monica Niculescu, No. 33 WTA was undoubtedly defeated by an opponent who was far less better ranked than her. Moreover, Ayumi Morita, No. 95 in the WTA ranking, won the match against Monica relatively easy, by adjudicating both sets within just 1 hour and 17 minutes. The score was 6-3, 6-3, so we definitely couldn’t talk about anything spectacular.

From my point of view, Monica Niculescu’s performance at the US Open was quite embarrassing this time, and I truly hope it was just due to a bad day. She managed to reach a very good position in the WTA ranking in a relative short period of time, and it would be a pity if her evolution stopped here. However, after the participation at the US Open Grand Slam, she still went home with a pretty sum of money, this meaning $23,000 and 5 WTA points.

Result: -3 units, bet lost

Ayumi Morita – Monica Niculescu [prediction]

August 27, 2012 0 Betting, Sports, Tennis

This time I am going to place a bet on a less predictable event. I’m referring to the match between Ayumi Morita from Japan and Monica Niculescu from Romania, the game is from the US Open’s first round. I say the result is more difficult to predict because in the only head to head confrontation between the two players, it was Ayumi Morita who defeated her opponent, even if now Monica is much better raked.

Monica Niculescu is currently number 33, and Ayumi is number 95 in the WTA ranking. Moreover, Monica’s performances have constantly and considerably improved in the last few years, which brought her more than $1825000 in her lifetime career , almost $700000 more than Ayumi. Monica won 310 matched out of 496, while Ayumi won only 210 out of 376.

Judging by the age and the physical condition, I would say that the two players are very close to each other. Monica heights 1.68m and weights 63 kg, while Ayumi heights 1.64m and weights 54 kg. Monica is 24 – 2 years older than her opponent- therefore she has 2 years more of experience., Still, she’s very young and I believe her best performances are yet to come.

All in all, I’m going to place a bet on Monica Niculescu’s victory. I bet 3 units at 1.86. The odds I used are from IBCBET.