The Fed Cup gets underway this Saturday with eight teams playing for a spot in the World Group semifinals. Join us while we go through the most valuable lines for this weekend's action.
The United States Fed Cup team is the most successful national team in this competition with 18 titles. The American team ended a 17-year drought with a dramatic victory over Belarus in Minsk at the 2017 Fed Cup final. Taking a look now at the American team for this tie, captain Kathy Rinaldi announced that Serena Williams is ready to return to action this weekend. Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis are the other three players in the American team for this tie.
The sportsbooks are well aware of the strong line-up on the American team with Pinnacle offering only -1667 for the home team to book a place in the semifinals. Even though we expect a straightforward win from the United States, it's impossible to find any value on their current tennis betting odds. For that reason, our advice is for you to avoid placing any bet on this tie.
France vs. Belgium
Elise Mertens couldn’t have asked for more on her 2018 debut. In addition to her victory at the Hobart International, the 22-year-old became the first Belgian player since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the Australian Open semifinals. On the other hand, the world No.20 holds great memories from the Fed Cup after winning all her previous four encounters on this competition.
Looking now at the French team for this tie, Kristina Mladenovic is the highest ranked player on Yannick Noah’s team. Despite her undeniable talent, the last months haven’t been easy for Mladenovic with the 24-year-old winning only 19.05% of the matches played on the WTA Tour since Wimbledon. Adding to this, Alize Cornet is under investigation after missing three doping tests and can’t help her country on this Fed Cup tie.
The market is well aware of the current situation with France’s price drifting from -114 to +134. However, it’s still possible to find some value on the Belgian team since Kirsten Flipkens is also a very dangerous player on these game conditions. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Belgium to win this tie at -156 at Pinnacle.
Czech Republic vs. Switzerland
Petra Kvitova will try to extend her impressive 72.22% winning record throughout her career on Fed Cup. Known as one of the most powerful players in tennis history, the fast court conditions at the O2 Arena in Prague are perfect for Petra’s playing style. Moreover, the two-time Wimbledon champion won her 21st title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy last week.
The Czechs are the undeniable favorite to win this tie at -500 at Pinnacle. Nevertheless, it won’t be easy for the home players to defeat Belinda Bencic. The 20-year-old is going through a very good moment in her career with an extraordinary 34 – 5 record since her comeback in September. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Belinda to your betting picks to win her match against Barbora Strycova on Saturday at -125 at 5Dimes.