Join expert capper for his WTA St. Petersburg tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who are the main contenders, the player to fade, and also the player to keep an eye on this event.
WTA St. Petersburg
Simona Halep is not only the highest ranked player in St. Petersburg but also the main favorite to win the title. However, the last months haven't been easy for the world no.4. With only three victories since October 2016, Halep is looking for a better performance this week after a disappointing first-round loss in Melbourne against Shelby Rogers. Despite her undeniable quality, it won't be easy for Simona to present her best tennis on this event. Besides some physical problems, the Romanian's game style is not so effective on Indoor Hard Court with a 60.00% winning record while her overall record on other surfaces is 67.51%. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Halep's outright odds at +333 at BetVictor.
Playing on Indoor Hard Court clearly brings the best out of Dominika Cibulkova with the Slovak holding a phenomenal 84.21% record over the last 12 months on this game conditions. After ending 2016 with the WTA Singapore Finals title, Cibulkova is looking for another successful campaign on this surface. Even though Dominika won't have an easy task with very dangerous opponents on her side of the draw, the world no.5 should make it all the way in St. Petersburg. Backing Cibulkova on this game conditions proved to be a very profitable approach throughout her career and for that reason, we recommend you to take advantage of her betting odds to win the title at +600 at Bet365.
Player to Fade
After a phenomenal campaign in Melbourne, it's quite surprising to see Venus Williams in the WTA St. Petersburg main draw. Since Venus is one of the four highest ranked players on this tournament, she won't have to play the first round – which gives her more time to prepare this event. However, the last two weeks were extremely demanding and it won't be easy for Williams to present her best tennis on this tournament. Therefore, we advise you to fade Venus on this event since it's highly unlikely to see a good performance from her.
Player to Keep an Eye
This is a very important week for Roberta Vinci with the Italian defending 470 points after winning the WTA St. Petersburg title in 2016. Known as a very tricky player, Vinci's game style is quite effective on this game conditions. Besides her backhand slice, Roberta is also a very dangerous player at the net with a brilliant career record in doubles. These two features are very important on Indoor Hard Court with the Italian winning 63.54% of the matches played throughout her career on this surface.
Taking a look now to Vinci's draw on this event, the defending champion makes her debut this Tuesday against Timea Babos. These two players know each other well with Roberta winning four of their previous five meetings – the last one took place exactly a year ago with Vinci defeating Babos in the 2016 St. Petersburg quarterfinals. Due to Roberta's successful record on this event and edge over this opponent, our suggestion is for you to add Vinci to your betting picks to win the first round match at -115 at Pinnacle.