World No. 4 Ons Jabeur leads a strong field in Berlin this week as the WTA Tour assembles for the bett1open. Joining Jabeur are four of the Top 10 women – world No. 5 Maria Sakkari, world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova and No. 10 Garbine Muguruza.
Also seeded in the tournament are world No. 12 Daria Kasatkina, No. 13 Coco Gauff and No. 17 Belinda Bencic.
Early bett1open betting markets have taken an interesting stance, listing Gauff as the top bet. Gauff is priced as the top favorite at +550. Second is Jabeur at +700 while Sabalenka comes in as the third-best bat at +850.
Join us as we scout the WTA Berlin draw, examine the tennis odds and serve up choice betting tips for your consideration.
American teenager Coco Gauff is coming off standout run in the European clay-court swing, which she capped off with a maiden grand slam final appearance at the French Open. Although the 18-year-old lost to Iga Swiatek in the final, she won over acclaim from her peers and appreciation from tennis fans the world over.
Gauff is playing in her first grass court tournament. Transition from clay to grass is difficult for many players, but Gauff is an all-surface player. As a 16-year-old, she catapulted to fame when she made a run into the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships.
Gauff is seeded seventh in Berlin and she falls into the top half of the draw with top seed Jabeur, No. 4 seed Pliskova and No. 5 seed Muguruza.
Pliskova is the first top seed Gauff could cross paths with in the quarterfinals, but the Czech player is wholly off form and color this season. Big threats such as Bianca Andreescu, Kaia Kanepi and Katerina Siniakova are other possible quarterfinalists.
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Jabeur Second-Best Bet
Jabeur enjoyed a standout clay-court run that included winning the Madrid Open and finishing runner-up to world No.1 Iga Swiatek in Rome. But things fell apart at the French Open as she was ousted in a shock upset in the first round.
This is Jabeur’s first tournament since her untimely exit in Paris. She’s scheduled to play both singles and doubles, teaming up with Muguruza for the doubles event.
Jabeur is well known for her clay-court prowess, but her grass game is underrated. She loves the grass and Wimbledon is one of her favorite tournaments.
Jabeur’s draw isn’t easy with a tough opener against Karolina Muchova. Should the Tunisian No. 1 player overcome her Czech counterpart, a possible date with Zheng Qinwen or American qualifier Alycia Parks looms. Zheng is the 19-year-old player that famously took a set off Swiatek during her French Open winning run.
In the quarterfinals, Jabeur could face doubles partner Muguruza. Other possible challengers include Andrea Petkovic, Anastasia Gasanova or Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Muguruza, Pliskova Faux Favorites?
Oddsmakers have tipped Sabalenka, Muguruza, Sakkari and Pliskova as legitimate title contenders. In theory, this does apply to this foursome. Reality is another matter, though.
Muguruza and Pliskova are in poor form at the moment and bring losing records to Berlin. Of course, the faster pace of grass-court tennis might provide a spark for these big hitters. This is especially true of Pliskova, whose game is underscored by one of the biggest serves on the WTA Tour.
Betting on either of this pair to lift the title is a long-shot bet, however. Longer than their odds would suggest because they fall into a tough top half of the draw that features both Gauff and Jabeur.
Winning the WTA 250 ‘s-Hertogenbosch title, Ekaterina #Alexandrova has improved to 16-5 since the start of the clay season. Throughout her career, she’s earned 9 top ten wins, all without losing sets pic.twitter.com/E2yYxQKZq8
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Sabalenka, Sakkari Dangerous Floaters?
Sakkari is coming off a quarterfinal run in Nottingham where she lost to Brazilian Beatriz Haddad-Maia. This is her second grass-court event this summer.
Sakkari is the second seed in the tournament. She headlines the second half of the draw and by the seedings, she’s projected to collide with Daria Kasatkina in the quarters. Before that, though, she could face Libema Open champion Ekaterina Alexandrova in the R16.
Sakkari could face Sabalenka in the semis or one of several dangerous floaters such as Jule Niemeier, Veronika Kudermetova or veteran Alize Cornet.
Sabalenka is coming off a runner-up finish at the Libema Open, where she lost to Alexandrova 7-5, 6-0. How Sabalenka bounces back from that disappointment remains to be seen, but the last time Sabalenka finished as a runner-up in Stuttgart, she lost the opening match of her next tournament in Madrid. .
Sabalenka’s opener is a tough one against Kudermetova, who was a semifinalists last week at the Libema Open (l to Alexandrova). Should Sabalenka overcome the Russian, she could face Tamara Zidansek or Liudmila Samsonova in the second round.
In the quarters, Belinda Bencic looms as the top seeded threat in the third quarter. The Swiss is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the Libema Open (l. To Kudermetova).
Tennis Betting Verdict
The bett1open is wide open despite the odds being firmly cornered with Gauff and then Jabeur at the tennis betting exchange. While both are top players and come into this tournament in good form, their lack of grass-court play could be a disadvantage.
Sakkari or Sabalenka make a stronger case as the third- and fourth-best bets. So too are some outside bets such as Bencic (+1200) and Kudermetova (+2000).
Whichever way you slice your tennis picks, it’s worth looking beyond the oddsmakers’ top favorites as Gauff and Jabeur kick start their first Wimbledon warmup events.