World No. 1 Big Favorite in Clay-Court Event
The Porsche Open gets underway this week in Stuttgart, bringing with it the potential for many fascinating contests in the women’s game as the European clay-court swing heats up.
Former French Open champion Iga Swiatek, the newly minted world No.1, leads the 32-players-strong draw in the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state in Germany, a manufacturing hub that houses automobile giants Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. She’s joined by Spain’s Paula Badosa, Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Belarusia’s Aryna Sabalenka.
BetUS sportsbook tips Swiatek as the top favorite on the tennis odds board to win the Porsche Open. Badosa and Sabalenka come in as the second and third favorites while Sakkari rounds out the top bets to spot in Stuttgart.
2022 Porsche Open Outrights
Polish star Iga Swiatek, newly elevated to No.1, is the most consistent player on the WTA Tour. Although she assumed top spot on the heels of Ashleigh Barty’s surprising retirement, she backed up her lofty standing by pulling off the Sunshine Double in the United States – winning Indian Wells and Miami, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in over a decade.
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Swiatek’s section isn’t straightforward. On the opposite corner sits 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu. The Brit isn’t having the best of starts to her 2022 WTA campaign. Hence, her long odds of +4000 to win the title this week. That said, Raducanu is a dangerous floater that can’t be dismissed out of hand. Sometimes, all it takes is one good run for a player with her championship credentials to regain confidence and form.
Elsewhere in this section lurks Camilla Giorgi. The Italian is a feisty competitor with one of the biggest forehands in the game. If there’s a knock-back, it’s that she’s streaky and inconsistent. Qualifier Eva Lys, Jasmine Paolini, Storm Sanders and Viktorija Golubic represent the longshot contenders in this section.
Maria Sakkari enters the tournament as the fourth seed and the fourth-best bet at +750 to win it all after Swiatek, Badosa and Sabalenka. Sakkari is enjoying a solid season and she’s always a good bet to go deep in a tournament.
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That said, Sakkari’s section is littered with minefields. Big-serving Karolina Pliskova (+2500) flanks the opposite end of the quarter, although Pliskova has a tough opening match against Petra Kvitova (+2000).
Elsewhere, German wild card Laura Siegemund, Tamara Zidansek,qualifier Chloe Paquet and Liudmila Samsonova are contained within. These ladies are longshot bets to win the tournament, but they have enough clay-court prowess to potentially shake things up in this quarter.
Aryna Sabalenka’s season has been up and down. Most recently, she competed in Charleston and was eliminated in the second round by Amanda Anisimova. It marked yet another early exit for the Belarusian, prompting her ranking to slide from No. 2 at the start of the season to No. 4, where she currently sits.
Sabalenka (+700) could face former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the second round. The Canadian is making her belated return to tournament play since Indian Wells last year, so her form is a big question mark.
On the opposite side of this quarter sits Estonian Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian faces a stiff test in her opener against three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber. Should Kontaveit survive this first-round test, she could be the player to spot in this quarter. Similarly, it goes without saying, if Kerber advances into the second round, she might capitalize too.
Paula Badosa, who has reached a career-high ranking of world No.3, enters the tournament as the second seed. She’s also the second-best bet to win the tournament, despite falling into the same quarter as Ons Jabeur (+1800), who is coming off a runner-up finish to Belinda Bencic in Charleston.
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Badosa and Jabeur are on course to meet in the quarterfinals. Before they can look that far ahead, they will have to contend with several dangerous floaters, including Coco Gauff, Marketa Vondrousova, Daria Kasatkyna and Elena Rybarikova to name a few. Indeed, this could be one of the toughest sections to predict for tennis picks.
Tennis Betting Verdict
Based on consistency and form, the top players to spot this week must be Swiatek, Badosa, Sakkari and Jabeur. Nobody would be surprised if one of these ladies picked up the coveted title and the keys to a brand new Porsche when all is said and done.
Dangerous floaters to spot are Kvitova (+2000) and Vondrousova (+2500). These Czech starlets are pretty adept on the clay, although the latter might have a slight edge over her more famous compatriot.
Finally, home favorite Kerber could pay hefty dividends if she comes through as the longshot bet at +5000. She’s had a topsy-turvy 2022 campaign but a solid run before home fans could be just what the doctor ordered.