The Fed Cup gets underway with the quarterfinals taking place this weekend. Join us and find out the most valuable plays for this competition and why you should place these tennis picks.
Switzerland vs. France
Timea Bacsinszky, Viktorija Golubic, Belinda Bencic and Martina Hingis will play this tie for Switzerland.
- Due to Caroline Garcia's absence, Yannick Noah will have to count with Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse.
As we mentioned before, France can't count with their best player on this tie – Caroline Garcia. Despite this important absence, Yannick Noah still counts with a high quality team. After winning the St. Petersburg title, Kristina Mladenovic is looking to extend her good momentum on the Fed Cup. Besides her recent success in singles, Mladenovic is also one of the best players in the world on doubles.
Even though Alize Cornet has an awful 3 – 13 career record in singles on the Fed Cup, the French is always a tough opponent due to her incredible fighting spirit. Adding to this, Cornet won three of the four previous meetings against Timea Bacsinszky – her opponent this Saturday.
The Swiss players are not going through a good phase at the moment. Belinda Bencic keeps struggling with many physical issues while Bacsinszky only won 42.86% of the matches played since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro back in August 2016. Besides these two, Martina Hingis has also been far from impressive in doubles with only two victories so far in 2017.
Looking now to the prices available, the sportsbooks expect a very close tie with Pinnacle offering -108 for both teams to reach the semifinals. Although we also expect a close affair between these two countries, the value is clearly on the French side. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add France to your betting picks to win this tie.
USA vs. Germany
This Fed Cup tie takes place in Maui with Hard Court as the chosen surface
- The American captain – Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel – called Coco Vandeweghe, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for this tie.
- Germany will play this tie with the following players: Laura Siegemund, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Carina Witthoeft.
After an incredible Australian Open, Coco Vandeweghe is looking to lead the American team to success on this tie. However, it's quite surprising to see that the Americans chose to play on a surface rated as medium slow. Known for her big serve and powerful tennis, Vandeweghe clearly performs at her best on faster game conditions. Besides Coco, Alison Riske also prefers to compete on quicker surfaces due to her outstanding counter punching skills.
Even though the Germans can't count with their best player on this tie – Angelique Kerber – they still present a very competitive team. Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic already have a decade of experience on Fed Cup while Laura Siegemund is also a very dangerous player with her tricky slices and competitive mindset.
Having said that, it's impossible to find any value on the American betting odds to win this tie at -250 at Bet365. On the other hand, Germany clearly deserves a small stake at +189 at Pinnacle since the have very good chances on this slower game conditions.