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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix: Swiatek, Sabalenka to Meet Again?

Gauff Looks to be First U.S. Champ in Stuttgart Since 2005

Eight of the top 10 players in the latest WTA rankings are entered into the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event in Stuttgart, Germany, with only Jessica Pegula and Maria Sakkari missing the event. Keep that in mind when looking at the tennis odds.

Iga Swiatek is looking to become the first player to win three titles in a row in Stuttgart since Maria Sharapova accomplished the feat 10 years ago. Aryna Sabalenka can become the first player to reach four consecutive finals in Stuttgart since Tracy Austin played in each of the first five events.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix: Swiatek, Sabalenka to Meet Again?
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix: Swiatek, Sabalenka to Meet Again?

With this being one of the clay-court events leading into the French Open, it is noteworthy that Swiatek has -120 odds in the French Open women’s singles outrights, followed by Sabalenka at +350, Elena Rybakina at +550 and Gauff at +650.

When looking at the tennis news, Emma Raducanu was joined by Germans Angelique Kerber, Tatjana Maria and Laura Siegmund as players receiving wild cards into the main draw. Former French Open singles finalist Sara Errani is among the players who emerged out of the qualifying draw.

The main draw for the 28-player field began on Monday, with the singles final set for April 21.

Sabalenka, Swiatek, Rybakina and Gauff lead the way in the odds of winning at least two Grand Slam singles titles in 2024.

Buckle up because there is plenty of star power in Stuttgart as the clay-court season continues on the WTA tour.

Plenty of Top Contenders in Stuttgart

With No. 5 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Maria Sakkari the only top-10 players in the current WTA rankings not playing in Stuttgart, this could be an event to remember.

History could be made in Stuttgart since the same two players haven’t met in the finals in three years in a row at the event. With Swiatek and Sabalenka on opposite sides of the bracket, that could happen this yea.

 

It is hardly a surprise that Swiatek and Sabalenka lead the way in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Odds.

The top challenger in Swiatek’s quarter of the draw is Jelena Ostapenko. If they meet in the quarterfinals, keep in mind that Ostapenko is 4-0 against Swiatek, with the most recent meeting coming at the 2023 US Open.

Rybakina is waiting for the winner of the match between Veronika Kudermetova and Barbora Krejcikova while Ons Jabeur could meet up with Rybakina in the quarterfinals. Jabeur’s 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 win in the 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinals gave her the 3-2 edge in head-to-head meetings.

Jabeur opens with Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova has won six of the eight matches against Jabeur. However, the players haven’t met since 2022.

Among the players to play in at least 15 matches so far this year, Swiatek leads the WTA by winning 83% of her service games while Rybakina is the WTA leader with 187 service aces.

A Look at the U.S. Hopes

At least one U.S.-born player appeared in the final 10 of the first 13 WTA events in Stuttgart. However, in the last 17 events, the only American to reach the singles final was 2018 finalist CoCo Vandeweghe.

The last time a U.S. player reached the quarterfinals was in 2008, when Vandeweghe not only got to the quarterfinals but stunned top-ranked Simona Halep on her way to the title match.

Can Gauff change that?

Originally, fellow Americans Jessica Pegula and Emma Navarro were entered in the tournament.

Both of the U.S. players in the field are in the bottom half of the draw.

Gauff is the No. 3 seed and she will play fellow American Sachia Vickery in the second round. Vickery topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6, 7-5 in the first main draw match in the tournament.


There could be a quarterfinal clash between Gauff and Qinwen Zheng. It would be the first meeting between the two. According to our sportsbook odd, Gauff (+650) is fourth and Zheng (+2500) is fifth in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix outrights.

The final quarter is headlined by Sabalenka, who has reached each of the last three finals in Stuttgart.

Marketa Vondrousova is the other seeded player in Sabalenka’s portion of the draw. Sabalenka has won the last four matches against Vondrousova.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

While each of the top four seeds reached the quarterfinals in the 2023 Stuttgart event, the other seeded players were not as fortunate.

Gauff was seeded fifth when she lost to unseeded Anastasia Potapova in the second round. Fourth-seeded Rybakina withdrew in her second-round match while No. 7 seed Daria Kasatkina and No. 8 Sakkari fell in the first round.

Potapova was the only seeded player to reach the semifinals after she topped fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia in three sets. Sabalenka ended Potapova’s unlikely run with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, No. 3 seed Jabeur retired early in the first set.

Swiatek topped Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4 in the final to become the first back-to-back singles champion in Stuttgart since Kerber accomplished that feat in 2015 and 2016.

 

Way Too Early Predictions for Semifinals, Final

Top Half Semifinal Prediction: Iga Swiatek vs Elena Rybakina

Bottom Half Semifinal Prediction: Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka

Final: Swiatek vs Sabalenka

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who is favored to win the title in Stuttgart?


Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek is priced at -110 to win in Stuttgart followed by four-time finalist Aryna Sabalenka at +350.

How many U.S. players are in the field at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event in Stuttgart?


Coco Gauff is the No. 3 seed and has the fourth-best odds at +700 to win the tournament. She will face the only other American entered in the tournament after Sachia Vickery topped Aliaksandra Sashnovich 7-6, 7-5 in the first round.

 

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