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Look Out for No. 2: Time for Sabalenka to Shine at Berlin Open

Aryna Sabalenka is the clear favorite to win the Berlin Ladies Open following the withdrawal of world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

The field is much better than last year, which saw Petra Kvitova defeat Donna Vekic in the final, so it’s an eagerly awaited competition.

Look Out for No. 2: Time for Sabalenka to Shine at Berlin Open
Aryna Sabalenka | Valentin Izzo / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP

Tennis odds feature the likes of Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina in the field. The tournament gets underway on Monday.

 

Less Pressure = Better Results

Sabalenka doesn’t always perform best when the pressure goes on, which we saw at the French Open when losing to Mirra Andreeva in the quarterfinals.

She might be a two-time Grand Slam winner, both coming at the Australian Open, but that’s not good enough for a player of her ability.

The 26-year-old should feel pressure relief at the Berlin Ladies Open, especially with no Swiatek in the field.

Sabalenka has the power advantage over every player in the tournament, but having a well-rounded game is better on grass courts.

The Belarussian will need to adapt her game to the conditions but she’s the worthy favorite, so it could pay to follow any positive betting moves for the world No. 2.

Prior to the French Open, Sabalenka was defeated by Swiatek in both the finals of the Italian Open and the Madrid Open.

The latter match went to a third-set tiebreaker and Sabalenka should take plenty of confidence from those efforts.

 

American Coco Gauff has the Stuff

Gauff lost in the French Open semifinals to Swiatek, but she shouldn’t be deterred by that performance.

The 20-year-old from Atlanta is on the cusp of scoring another major win, and it could come at Wimbledon later this month.

Winning the Berlin Ladies Open would see her current Wimbledon odds shorten, and the tournament is there for the taking.

She was critical of the French Open line callers, who made a big mistake in her match against Swiatek.

Tennis is the only sport where not only we don’t have the VR system, but a lot of times the decisions are made by one person. In other sports there are usually multiple refs making a decision,” Gauff said.

It didn’t have much of an impact on the game, but despite the loss, Gauff has a great chance of winning on the grass in Germany this week.

 

Former No. 1 Naomi Osaka Wild Card in Field

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka is close to being back to her best following a good showing at Hertogenbosch.

The 26-year-old, who is a four-time Grand Slam winner, lost in the second round at Roland Garros, but it was an incredible performance.

She pushed Swiatek to her limits, but it was also a massive opportunity that she let go. Osaka led 5-2 in the final set and she was up 30-0, but she couldn’t close out the match.

“It’s much more intense for the second round than I ever expected,” Swiatek said. “Naomi played amazing tennis, sometimes risking a lot. Maybe she’s gonna be a clay-court specialist. I’m happy that she’s back and she’s playing well.”

Osaka gets a wild card entry into the Berlin Ladies Open, and she has every chance of scoring a tournament win.

It would be a big return to form for the Japanese player, who has yet to win a tournament since giving birth to her daughter, Shai.

Bettors should get value odds for Osaka, and she could go under the radar with tennis betting markets.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is the current Berlin Ladies Open favorite?


Arnya Sabalenka is the current Berlin Ladies Open favorite. Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina also well-favored to win.

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Petra Kvitova turned back time when winning the 2023 Berlin Ladies Open on the WTA Tour, having not dropped a set in the tournament.

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