World No. 1 and US Open champion Iga Swiatek spearheads an attractive WTA Ostrava Open draw that includes several Top 10 players Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari and a string of domestic hopefuls in Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Muchova, to name a few.
The AGEL Open runs from October 3-9, and the markets are already trading on first-round matches at the sportsbook. Join us as we weigh in on the much-anticipated action in the women’s game.
Below, we bring you a preview of the WTA Ostrava Open and analyze the 32-player draw, all the while looking at the latest tennis news, stats and tennis odds.
So without too much fuss, let’s get started.
Read on for our WTA Ostrava Preview. We’ll check the latest Tennis picks, stats, injury reports, and Tennis predictions for this distinguished event and serve up our choice Tennis expert picks for you to consider.
WTA Ostrava Open Odds
- Iga Swiatek +187
- Anett Kontaveit +1200
- Elena Rybakina +1400
- Maria Sakkari +1600
- Paula Badosa +1600
- Karolina Pliskova +1600
- Petra Kvitova +1600
- Belinda Bencic +1600
- Jelena Ostapenko +1600
- Daria Kasatkina +1600
- Barbora Krejcikova +1600
- Ekaterina Alexandrova +1600
- Karolina Muchova +1800
- Victoria Azarenka +1800
- Emma Raducanu +2000
- Beatriz Haddad-Maia +2200
- Madison Keys +2500
- Shuai Zhang +4000
- Shelny Rogers +4000
- Jil Teichmann +6600
- Tereza Martincova +6600
- Aliaksandra Sasnovich +8000
First Quarter: Swiatek. Haddad-Maia On Quarterfinal Collision Course
- Top Seeds: No. 1 Swiatek and No. 7 Haddad-Maia
- Dangerous Floater: Muchova and Zhang
Swiatek will be launching her first campaign since winning the 2022 US Open title last month. The 21-year-old Polish star leads the 32-player field at the WTA Ostrava Open where she’ll be looking to win her eighth title of the season. And as per the tennis betting markets, she’s the player to beat.
— AGEL Open 2022 (@WTAOstravaOpen) September 29, 2022
Swiatek falls into a relatively good draw, flanked by seventh seed Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad-Maia. If the draw falls in line with the seeding, Swiatek and Haddad-Maia could face off for a spot in the semis.
Before either can look that far ahead, they must contend with their early round opponents. Swiatek gets a bye into the second round where she’ll face either a qualifier or dangerous floater Shuai Zhang.
Only the top four seeds get a bye into the second round. As a result, No. 7 Haddad-Maia begins her campaign against Czech hopeful Muchova, who is a dark horse in this tournament and receives a wild card. Should Haddad-Maia overcome the Czech, she’ll face a qualifier in the R16.
Second Quarter: Kontaveit, Bencic On Quarterfinal Collision Course
- Top Seeds: No. 3 Kontaveit and No. 5 Kasatkina
- Dangerous Floater: Raducanu, Azarenka, Teichmann, Martincova, Alexandrova
The second quarter qualifies as the “group of death” with every bit of the section containing a legitimate contender. No. 3 Kontaveit, the defending champion, and No. 5 Kasatkina are the top two seeds, but their path to the quarterfinal is littered with stumbling blocks, respectively.
The 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu, two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka, Czech rising star Tereza Martincova, Swiss Jil Teichmann and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova are all capable of shaking up this section.
Frankly, it wouldn’t be surprising if Kontaveit and Kasatkina are upset along the way and one of the aforementioned dangerous floaters wins this quarter.
Kontaveit receives a bye in the first round. She’ll face the winner of Teichmann vs Martincova in the R16.
Kasatkina begins her campaign against Raducanu. Should she overcome the Brit, she’ll take on the winner of Azarenka vs Alexandrova.
Third Quarter: Sakkari. Bencic On Quarterfinal Collision Course
- Top Seeds: No. 4 Sakkari and No. 6 Bencic
- Dangerous Floater: Pliskova, Krejcikova, Rogers
Often in a tournament there is more than one quarter that looms daunting. The third quarter is exactly that with top seeds Sakkari and Bencic drawing American big-hitter Shelby Rogers along with a couple of Czech stars in Karolina Pliskova and Barobora Krejcikova.
Sakkari gets a bye into the R16 where she could potentially face former US Open finalist Pliskova.
Bencic, on the other hand, begins her campaign against a qualifier. Should she overcome the first round, she will take on the winner of Krejcikova vs Rogers.
Fourth Quarter: Badosa, Ostapenko On Quarterfinal Collision Course
- Top Seeds: No. 2 Badosa and No. 8 Ostapenko
- Dangerous Floater: Keys, Rybakina, Kvitova and Sasnovich
Spain’s Badosa and former French Open champion Ostapenko anchor a fourth quarter that includes several big hitters such as American Madison Keys, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
— No F Body (@no_fcking_body) October 2, 2022
Badosa receives a bye in the first round, but she could face home favorite Kvitova in the R16 who is keen to get back into form in her home tournament.
Ostapenko begins her tournament in the first round where she will face Russian Sassnovi