Betting Analysis & Free Tennis Picks: WTA Rome

João Mourato

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 15, 2018 9:27 PM UTC

Join our tennis expert for his most value plays for the WTA Rome, where American Madison Keys is a former runner-up.

Main Contender

Simona Halep hopes to go a step further after falling to Elina Svitolina in last year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia final. Known as one of the greatest clay-court players in the game, Halep holds an impressive 80.00% winning record over the last 12 months on red dirt. Nevertheless, the Romanian suffered a disappointing defeat last week, losing to Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The world No.1 starts her campaign this Wednesday against BNP Paribas Open champion Naomi Osaka. The Japanese recorded her first European clay victory of the season with an impressive 6-0 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka in just one hour and 13 minutes. Adding to this, Osaka dropped just three games in their most recent encounter in Indian Wells this season. For that reason, it’s hard to find any value on Simona’s tennis betting odds to win this match at -244 at 5Dimes. On the other hand, placing a bet on Naomi’s +1.5 Set Handicap is a very interesting approach for this second round match in Rome.

Free Tennis Pick: Naomi Osaka +1.5 Set Handicap (-120)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Former Champion

Three-time champion Maria Sharapova needed three sets to battle past Australian Ashleigh Barty in the opening round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Playing in the Italian capital brings great memories to Maria with the Russian winning 82.35% of the matches played throughout her career on this event.

Looking now at Sharapova’s draw on this event, the five-time Grand Slam champion won’t have an easy task in the following round against Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovak is going through a difficult period in her career with a poor 52.94% winning record in 2018. However, Cibulkova is far from an easy match-up to Maria with the 2016 WTA Finals champion winning three of her last four official encounters against the Russian. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on Cibulkova’s spread as the most value play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Dominika Cibulkova +5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Player to Keep an Eye

Madison Keys got off to a flying start in Rome with a 6-4 6-1 win against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 2016 runner-up hopes to rediscover top form in Rome after slow start to 2018. Known for having one of the most powerful serves on the WTA Tour, Keys ended the match with an impressive average of 1.00 ace per service game. On the other hand, the American won 51.02% of the points played on the Russian’s serve.

Keys returns to action this Wednesday against Donna Vekic. The Croatian produced one of her best ever performances to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round in two easy sets. Nevertheless, it won’t be easy for Vekic to find the answer to Madison’s firepower with the 2017 US Open runner-up winning their previous encounter at the 2016 French Open in straight sets. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add the American’s moneyline to your betting picks.

Free Tennis Pick: Madison Keys ML
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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