With just one week left for the Australian Open, some of the best players in the world try to find their best tennis at WTA Sydney. Join us while we analyze the main contenders.
The Apia International Sydney takes place in Sydney and will be played on Hard Court
After withdrawing from Brisbane due to a sore Achilles, Simona Halep is scheduled to play on this event. The Romanian said she wants to be at the Australian Open and wasn’t sure she could compete on this tournament. This will be Simona’s second career appearance at WTA Sydney, after losing in the first round two years ago. When Halep is on the draw, she’s always one of the main contenders, but with so many doubts around her physical condition and with the Australian Open next week, we strongly advise to avoid betting on Halep at 5.00 on bet365.
The 2013 champion, Agnieszka Radwanska, started the year with another title at Shenzhen. Despite being at very good level, it’s important to mention that Agnieszka’s highest ranked opponent at Shenzhen was the world no. 95, Anna-Lena Friedsam. Radwanska is the highest ranked player on the bottom half of the draw and it’s unlikely that we don’t see the Polish reaching the final stages of this competition. She’ll only starting her campaign in the second round, which means she’ll have a couple of days to prepare this event. Agnieszka’s first real test might appear at semifinals, against Angelique Kerber or Belinda Bencic, both are excellent players but they weren’t so impressive on the first week, especially Bencic. It won’t be easy for Agnieszka to overcome any of them, but she should only face one real test before the final, where she might be the favorite due to Halep’s physical problems. With this in mind, Radwanska’s tennis odds at 7.50 on bet365 seem extremely valuable.
There were plenty of players who withdrew last week due to injuries, Petra Kvitova was one of those players, retiring from Shenzhen due to illness – a stomach virus. Despite those physical issues, the Czech seems recovered to defend her title at Sydney. Petra is known for her powerful tennis, but she’ll also face another powerful hitter on the first round, Sabine Lisicki. On the following rounds, Petra might face great defenders like Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic or Sara Errani. If Petra manages to overcome this challenges, she can go all the way, however the Czech is very inconsistent and after her retirement last week, we suggest to wait for the first matches. Kvitova is priced at 5.50 on bet365 and is very hard to find any value on those odds.
Player to keep an eye on
The 2015 runner-up, Karolina Pliskova, will be looking for another good campaign at Sydney. Karolina is always a very tough opponent, with her massive serve and powerful groundstrokes. This will be Karolina’s first official tournament in 2016, after being on Hopman Cup last week. It will be a difficult start for Pliskova against Ana Ivanovic, but the Czech knows how to defeat Ivanovic, with 2 – 0 on h2h. Karolina is on same side as Halep or Kvitova and although she has a negative h2h against both, Pliskova can cause them serious problems with her powerful tennis. Adding to this, those two players struggled with physical problems and with the Australian Open around the corner, it won’t be a surprise to see them retire. Karolina is priced at 13.00 on bet365 to win the trophy and we advise to add her to your tennis picks for a possible trade on later stages of the competition.