This week we'll cover the WTA action in Doha, where the best players will fight for a Premier 5 trophy. Find out who are the main contenders, the player to keep an eye and the highest value tennis bets.
After withdrawing from WTA Dubai due to a thigh injury, the 2016 Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, returns to competition. Despite claiming that a thigh injury was the reason for her retirement from Dubai, is important to mention that the last weeks have been extremely demanding for Angelique, with the German having several public appearances. The draw was quite nice for the top seed, with Kerber having great chances to reach the final stages of the competition. Angelique’s first real test might appear at the quarterfinals against Petra Kvitova, but the Czech has been too erratic lately and the German’s consistency should be too much for her. At the semifinals, Kerber can face Garbine Muguruza or Belinda Bencic; however, the Spaniard has been terrible lately and it’s very unlikely to see her reaching this stage of the competition. On the other hand, Belinda has performed at good level and she can be an extremely dangerous opponent for the German. With this in mind, we advise to take Kerber’s tennis odds at 6.50 on bet365 and trade something out before a possible semifinals clash against Bencic.
Agnieszka Radwanska also withdrew from Dubai due to a left leg injury. The Polish was having an amazing start of season, winning the title in Shenzhen and only losing to Serena Williams at the Australian Open semifinals. Agnieszka has a good career record on this event, reaching the semifinals in four of her last six appearances and the draw was also very good for her. If Radwanska shows up recovered from her injury, she shouldn’t experience much problems in her first matches, where she can face two players who are far from their best – Jelena Jankovic and Lucie Safarova. The Polish might face Simona Halep at the semifinals, but the Romanian is also far from her top game and for those reasons, we believe there is value on Radwanska to lift the trophy at 7.00 on bet365; however, we suggest waiting for her first match in order to ensure that she’s fully recovered from her physical issues.
Player To Keep An Eye On
After a tremendous year of 2015, where Carla Suarez Navarro reached the top 10 for the first time on her career, the Spaniard is looking to keep the good results in 2016. Carla started the year at good level, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, but she’s known for not being very strong mentally and last week at Dubai, she blew a 6 – 4 4 – 2 lead against Caroline Garcia. This is an important week for Suarez Navarro, with 185 points to defend after reaching the semifinals last year. The draw is extremely good for Carla, she should start her campaign against Donna Vekic and after that, she might face Timea Bacsikszky, who has been terrible lately. At the quarterfinals, the Spaniard can meet Simona Halep, but as we already mention, Simona has been far from her best and there are good chances for Navarro to surprise the world no.3. Carla’s run should end at the semifinals against Radwanska, but there is clear value on the Spaniard price at 34.00 on bet365 and we suggest adding her to your tennis picks in the first rounds.