It’s never easy to become an overnight sensation, but Emma Raducanu looks to have a good head on her shoulders.
The young Brit won the 2021 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows with some devastating tennis and her first tournament back sees her at the top of the WTA Indian Wells betting markets.
Tennis betting is available for Indian Wells, which also features the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Iga Swiatek and Maria Sakkari.
Can Raducanu Handle Pressure?
It’s one thing to win the U.S. Open as a relative unknown, but with success comes great pressure.
Since winning at Flushing Meadows, the 18-year-old Raducanu has appeared on numerous TV shows, attended the Met Gala and focused on things off the tennis court. It can have a negative effect and bettors only need to look at Naomi Osaka to see what pressure can do to top athletes.
However, we think the Canadian-born player is care-free and plays with great style. She doesn’t believe she will change because of her overnight success.
“What got me to this point is not thinking anything differently,” Raducanu told The Guardian. “If I just put additional thoughts in my head, then that will just create a problem. I am just going to keep going on about my business and stay the same.”
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It’s the first time Raducanu will play at Indian Wells. She has been backed into favoritism, but she will likely face the dangerous Simon Halep in the early rounds.
Halep hasn’t been at her best this season, so it will give bettors a good guide as to how well Raducanu is playing after the break.
As is normal with WTA events, bettors get value odds for every player at the sportsbook. It’s a wide-open betting market, with Raducanu currently quoted at double-figure odds.
Clijsters Continues Surprise Return
Kim Clijsters continues her return to the sport after being beaten in the Round of 64 in Chicago.
The 38-year-old Belgian is a six-time Grand Slam champion, and although her best tennis is clearly behind her, we give her credit for returning. Despite retiring in 2007 to give birth, she returned in 2009 to win the U.S. Open, before winning the Australian Open in 2011.
She is used to making a comeback and welcomes the challenge of facing high-level opponents.
“I have friends back at home in Belgium who said, ‘Oh, before I’m 40, I would like to run a marathon’ or something like that. And I was like, ‘Yeah, so this is kind of my marathon a little bit.’ But I enjoy the challenges,” Clijsters said.
“I’m excited to start that new chapter in my career right now.”
She is currently paying triple figures to win at Indian Wells, but the goal isn’t to win. Clijsters will be happy with playing solid tennis and she’s good enough to beat first-round opponent Katerina Siniakova, who is a better doubles player than singles.
Swiatek: Point to Prove
The world was her oyster after winning the 2020 French Open, but we have been disappointed with Iga Swiatek’s form since.
The Polish player is still one of the best players in the world, but we expected her to dominate and win tournaments. She was ousted by Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last week, despite playing as the top seed.
She was beaten by Belina Bencic in the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open, so despite making decent runs, she can’t seem to finish the job.
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She admits dealing with success after her French Open win has been tough.
“After the French Open, it’s even harder to deal with success. Everything is changing,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek is on the third line of betting, and we’re prepared to stick with her. She is one of the most tenacious players on court, and she could give bettors a good sight.
Bet online markets have value odds for Swiatek, who could get back to her winning ways in California this week.