Betting Analysis & Free Tennis Picks: WTA St. Petersburg

João Mourato

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:45 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 9:45 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his tennis betting analysis for the WTA St. Petersburg. Find out the most valuable lines for the upcoming days on the WTA Tour.

WTA St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy takes place in St. Petersburg with Indoor Hard Court as the chosen surface or this WTA Premier event.

Home Favorite

Vera Zvonareva claimed her first win over a top 30 opponent since 2015 after Kiki Bertens retirement in the opening round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. The former world No.2 began playing tournaments in June after more than two years away from competition. Zvonareva got married and had her first child on that period. Despite long absence, the two-time Grand Slam champion reached the WTA Tashkent semifinals in 2017 and secured her return to the top 170 after defeating Bertens in the first round.

Looking now at Vera’s draw on this event, the Russian player won’t have an easy task in the following round against Jelena Ostapenko. However, the 2017 French Open champion is going through a tough moment in her career with a poor 40.00% winning record in 2018. Adding to this, Zvonareva has the advantage of having played already one match on this event. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add the home favorite to your betting picks at +267 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this match.

Player to Fade

No time to rest for Caroline Wozniacki after winning her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne. Unlike Simona Halep, who withdrew from tournament at the last minute, the new world No.1 will compete at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. At the age of 27, Wozniacki is going through the best moment in her career. Despite her incredible 91.67% winning record in 2018, it won’t be easy for the Dane to extend her winning streak in Russia. In addition to the 9000 miles between Melbourne and St. Petersburg, the court conditions on this event are completely different from the ones in Australia.

It’s not unlikely to have players competing in St. Petersburg after great results in Melbourne. Taking a look now at last year’s edition, Venus Williams decided to compete in Russia after reaching the Australian Open final in 2017. Known as one of the best competitors in tennis history, Venus holds a phenomenal 76.60% career record on Indoor Hard Court. Nevertheless, the American was beaten on her debut in St. Petersburg by Kristina Mladenovic in two easy sets.

Caroline makes her debut this Wednesday against wild card Anastasia Potapova. The sportsbooks expect a straight forward win from the No.1 seed with 5Dimes offering -357 for her victory. Adding to this, the Dane is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy in St. Petersburg at +500 at William Hill. Even though we agree with Wozniacki’s favoritism after her brilliant run in Melbourne, it’s impossible to find any value on her current tennis betting odds. With this in mind, our suggestion is not only to avoid placing a bet on Caroline’s outright but to fade the Australian Open champion on this event.

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