Join us on our WTA Tokyo tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who are the main contenders, the player to keep an eye on and the highest value tennis picks to place.
Top Half of the Draw
After a disappointing 2nd round loss at the US Open, Garbine Muguruza returns to action in Tokyo, where she's not only one of the main favorites to lift the trophy but also the highest ranked player in the competition. Even though Muguruza can never be underestimated due to her tremendous firepower, things haven't been easy for Garbine with a poor 7 – 5 record since her triumph in Paris.
Looking now to Garbine's draw on this event, the Spaniard should start her campaign against Anastasija Sevastova, the player who was responsible for her elimination in New York. If Muguruza survives this tough debut, she might face Elina Svitolina, a fearful competitor who won their last meeting in Dubai earlier this year.
The 2016 US Open runner-up – Karolina Pliskova – is also on the top half of the draw. After a superb campaign in Flushing Meadows, Pliskova is now trying to extend the good results in the capital city of Japan. However, it won't be easy for Karolina to maintain the same level of tennis after a very demanding US Open series – besides reaching the Final in New York, Pliskova also won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Taking a look now to the other players on Karolina's quarter, this might be a good opportunity for the 2015 Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinalist – Dominika Cibulkova – to reach once again the latest stages of this competition. Even though Dominika won't have an easy task with a tough draw ahead of her, there is clear value on her betting odds at +2000 at Bet365.
Bottom Half Of The Draw
Playing on Asian soil clearly brings the best out of Agnieszka Radwanska, with the two-time WTA Tokyo winner and defending champion holding an outstanding 76.61% record on this continent while her overall winning record is 70.03%. Known for her unique game style, Radwanska doesn't rely so much on her physical condition as the majority of the players on the WTA Tour. Due to this, Agnieszka usually presents herself in a very good condition on this Asian swing while the other players are already experiencing some physical issues and this is one of the main reasons for her success in the last weeks of the season.
Looking now to Radwanska's draw on this event, the Polish shouldn't experience any major issues on her debut against Barbora Strycova, a player who was never able to defeat Agnieszka on their previous five encounters. In the following round, the world no.4 might face Petra Kvitova and as it happened recently in New Heaven, Radwanska should be too solid for the two-time Wimbledon champion.
Taking a look now to Agnieszka's potential opponents in the semifinals, Carla Suarez Navarro is the highest ranked player in the 3rd quarter yet, it's quite unlikely to see the Spaniard reaching that stage of the competition. This is perhaps the toughest quarter to predict with high-quality players as Madison Keys, Caroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic. However, neither of these should find the required consistency to defeat Radwanska and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the Polish to your betting picks to leave Tokyo with the title at +500 at Bet365 now offering 50% Free Play welcome bonus.