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World No. 1 Swiatek Tipped for WTA Madrid Dominance

Iga Swiatek is our top tennis pick to win the WTA Mutua Madrid Open this week in Spain.

The Polish player loves playing on clay surfaces, is a multiple French Open winner and the clear player to beat.

World No. 1 Swiatek Tipped for WTA Madrid Dominance
World No. 1 Swiatek Tipped for WTA Madrid Dominance

However, with the likes of Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina in the field, Swiatek faces stiff competition to improve as a beaten finalist last year.

 

Swiatek Seeking Redemption

It’s rare to see Swiatek lose in the final of a clay court tournament, but that’s what happened at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open.

The 22-year-old, who has four Grand Slam wins under her belt, lost to Sabalenka last year, but tennis odds have her picked to win this time around.

Nothing in women’s tennis is a foregone conclusion, especially after Swiatek lost to Rybakina at the Stuttgart Open last week. However, we have confidence that she’ll be back to her best form in Spain.

Despite not being suited to the hard courts of Indian Wells, she won that tournament in fine style last month. Anything close to that performance would be enough to win in Madrid, and there is good confidence in betting markets.

She has been the top-ranked player for 100 weeks, which hasn’t been seen for some time.

“They said it may be possible that I’m going to be world No.1,” Swiatek told reporters a little over two years ago. “ I never expected that if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen that way.”

It happened, and we can’t see her reign at the top stopping anytime soon.

 

Rybakina Rates Highly

It has been known that Rybakina is a bad matchup for Swiatek, so she’s our second pick to win the Mutua Madrid Open.

The 24-year-old has been in excellent form in 2024, winning the Stuttgart Open last week. She got the better of Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 6-2, in the final, which was a great performance.

She also defeated Swiatek in the semifinals, so that’s an excellent form guide for the upcoming WTA tournament.

Should they meet again, Las Vegas odds will be in favor of Swiatek, but there could be some trepidation. Rybakina has a knack of figuring out Swiatek, so she rates highly for the Madrid Open.

Despite being ranked fourth in the rankings, we’re confident that Rybakina is the second-best player to back.

 

Paolini Rising the Polls

Jasmine Paolini might not be a household name, but she is rising the tennis ranks.

Currently ranked 13th in the world, the Italian comes off an impressive quarterfinal defeat at Stuttgart.

She lost in three sets to Rybakina, so she played tough, and she got the better of Ons Jabeur in the Round of 16.

Having wins like that on her record bode well, and she should go under the radar with tennis odds.

Despite being 28 years old, Paolini has only recently discovered her true talent. She won a WTA 1000 singles title at the 2024 Dubai Tennis Championships, beating some of the best players in the world.

We would love to see her play well in Madrid, and bettors get value odds at the sportsbook for the underdog.

 

Can Sabalenka Step Up?

Sabalenka can be tough to follow at the best of times.

Her form since winning the 2024 Australian Open has been moderate at best, which is unlike the No. 2 player in the world.

She likes to win the Australian Open and then not do much after. However, with this pressure on her shoulders, she can either step up or fade away.

With a habit of choking in tournaments, Sabalenka dispelled those claims in Melbourne earlier this year. We were prepared to give her another chance in tournaments since, but now we need to see some results.

The former world No. 1 is classy at best, and she’s one of the most powerful players on the WTA Tour. That power forehand isn’t quite as deadly on clay courts, but she has tenacity, which is needed to win on clay.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is the best clay court player on the WTA Tour?


Iga Swiatek is the best clay court player on the WTA Tour, having won three French Open titles.

Can anyone beat Swiatek in Madrid?


There are many winning chances at the Mutua Madrid Open, including Aryna Sabanlenka and Elena Rybakina.

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