Join us on our WTA Aegon International tournament analysis that takes place in Eastbourne and find out who are the main contenders as well as the highest value Tennis Picks to place.
As it happened last week in Birmingham, Petra Kvitova is once again one of the main favorites to grab the title. Petra was far from impressive in Birmingham, losing in the 2nd round against Jelena Ostapenko. As we mentioned in our WTA Birmingham Tournament Preview, Kvitova is not the same player when comparing her performances in Wimbledon with the level she presents on other grass events.
We referred the huge difference between Petra's winning record in Wimbledon and outside that event, with the Czech winning 82.86% of the matches played in the All England Club, while her winning record on the other grass events is only 57.89%. With this in mind, it's very hard for us to trust on Petra to win comepetition and for that reason, we recommend you to avoid betting on the Czech to win this tournament at +500 on bet365.
After a disappointing first round loss in Birmingham against Coco Vandeweghe, the 2008 WTA Eastbourne champion – Agnieszka Radwanska – will be looking for a better performance this week. Agnieszka was very close from winning her second career title in Eastbourne last year, losing only in the decisive match against Belinda Bencic.
Grass is Radwanska's favorite surface and when looking at her draw this week, the Polish has a great opportunity to grab the title. Agnieszka should start her campaign against two good grass players – Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Eugenie Bouchard – however, neither of them should have the required consistency to defeat the Polish. Svetlana Kuznetsova is the highest ranked opponent that Radwanska can face in the quarterfinals yet, the Russian is far from an expert on grass and it wouldn't be surprising to see Svetlana losing in the earlier stages of the competition.
Looking at Radwanska's potential opponents in the semifinals Timea Bacsinszky, Lucie Safarova or Caroline Wozniacki are the highest candidates to face the polish yet, it's hard to see any of them defeating Agnieszka on grass. Having said that, this tournament seems to be a great opportunity for Radwanska to win her 19th career title, which makes her tennis odds at +800 on bet365 a very good valuable bet.
Player To Keep An Eye On
After two early losses in Nottingham and Birmingham against Saisai Zheng and Yanina Wickmayer, Johanna Konta needs to get some wins under her belt before Wimbledon. Konta can play at a very good level on grass and she showed that last year in Eastbourne, losing only in the quarterfinals against the future champion, Belinda Bencic.
Looking at Johanna's draw on this event, her first big test should occur in the 3rd round against Petra Kvitova. The Czech is an incredible player on grass but as we mentioned before, she's far from reliable on this lower level events, which makes this a perfect opportunity for Konta to perform an upset. If Johanna survives that tough contest, she might face Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinals, in a rematch of last year's 2nd round where Konta emerged victorious by 6 – 2 6 – 4, which makes us believe that she can do it once more. Another rematch might take place in the quarterfinals with Konta facing Belinda Bencic; however, the Swiss is still trying to find her best tennis after a back injury and it will be very hard for Belinda to defend her title.
The key match for Konta is clearly the third round match against Kvitova but due to Petra's weak record on these events, there is clear value on Johanna's outright at +2500 on bet365 and for that reason, we recommend you to add the British to your tennis picks.