Betting Analysis & Free Tennis Picks: WTA Dubai

João Mourato

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 8:41 PM UTC

Join us for our tennis betting analysis for the WTA Dubai. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the player to keep an eye on this event. 

WTA Dubai

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place in Dubai with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier event.

Defending Champion

Elina Svitolina is trying to become the third player in history to win multiple titles on this event. Despite her disappointing defeat in the second round of the Qatar Total Open in Doha against Petra Kvitova, the 23-year-old is going through the best moment in her career with an incredible 83.33% winning record in 2018.

Looking now at Svitolina’s draw on this event, the No.1 seed will begin her defense of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title this Wednesday against Qiang Wang. Despite Wang’s impressive victory over Kiki Bertens in the opening round, Svitolina shouldn’t experience any major problems on her debut against the Chinese lucky loser. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Elina’s -5.5 spread at -116 at BetOnline to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest. Adding to this, placing a bet on Svitolina’s outright at +350 at BetVictor is also an interesting approach for those who want to take a higher risk on this tournament.

Player to Keep an Eye

Sara Errani continues to impress in Dubai. Known as one of the greatest competitors in the game, the former world No.5 won 78.95% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Adding to this, the 2016 champion won all her last 9 matches at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Errani started her campaign with a 6 – 4 6 – 3 win against Lesia Tsurenko. Looking now at Sara’s numbers in the previous round, the highlight definitely goes to her return to serve with the Italian qualifier winning 52.63% of the points played on Tsurenko’s serve. Errani returns to action this Wednesday against Angelique Kerber. The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from the German with Kerber available at -588 at 5Dimes. Even though we agree with Angelique’s favoritism, this should be a closer encounter than the tennis betting odds suggest. On the other hand, Errani won two of their previous three official meetings on the WTA Tour. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on the Over 19.5 games at +106 at Pinnacle.

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