With still three places available for the WTA Singapore Finals in just two weeks, Linz hosts one of the biggest important tournament in that race. Find out who are the main contenders to lift the trophy and the highest value tennis picks to place.
The Generali Ladies Linz takes place in Linz and will be played on Indoor Hard Court.
Top Half of the Draw
As we mentioned in previous articles, the last months haven't been easy for Garbine Muguruza. Since her triumph at the French Open, Garbine only won 55.56% of the matches she played. The Spaniard already said that it hasn't been easy to deal with the pressure of winning a Grand Slam event, which is the main reason for her lack of success in recent months. Despite her tremendous firepower, it won't be easy for Muguruza to present her best tennis on this event. The ball bounces extremely low on this courts, which doesn't give much time for Garbine to prepare her powerful groundstrokes. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on Muguruza to win this event at +400 at Bet365.
Madison Keys is not only the second main favorite to lift the trophy but also the second highest ranked player in the top half of the draw. After reaching the WTA Beijing's semifinals, Madison improved her WTA Race to Singapore ranking to the no.7 place. However, it won't be easy for Keys to adjust to the new game conditions, especially since this is her first match on Indoor Hard Court since April 2014. Adding to this, Madison starts her campaign against Camila Giorgi, an expert on this surface. Having said that, it's impossible for us to find any value on Madison's outright at +450 at BetVictor.
As we mentioned, Camila Giorgi is an extremely dangerous player on this surface. Looking now at the 2014 WTA Linz runner-up numbers, the Italian won 63.64% of the matches played on Indoor Hard Court while her overall winning record is 57.93%. Despite the tough first round against Keys, Camila presents an outstanding 27.40% ROI throughout her career on this surface. With Madison experiencing some troubles after more than two years away from this game conditions, there is clear value on Giorgi's betting odds to defeat the no.3 seed at +238 at Pinnacle.
Bottom Half of the Draw
After a superb campaign in Wuhan – with Dominika Cibulkova reaching the final – the Slovak suffered a disappointing first-round loss in Beijing against Alize Cornet. These last two weeks are a good example of Dominika's career, a tremendous potential but unable to maintain a consistent level.
Looking now to Cibulkova's draw on this event, the 2014 Australian Open runner-up starts her campaign against Belinda Bencic. This should be a very interesting contest and even though Cibulkova is the favorite, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bencic emerging victorious. For that reason, we recommend you to stay away from Dominika's outright at +700 at BetVictor.
Known as one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova loves to compete on Indoor Hard Court. The absence of external factors such as wind or sun clearly benefits Pavlyuchenkova, with the Russian holding a remarkable 71.82% winning record on this game conditions. After winning the title last year in Linz, Anastasia is always a player to keep an eye on this surface. With this in mind, we have to add Pavlyuchenkova to our betting picks to win this competition at +1600 at BetVictor.