Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA Beijing tournament analysis. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the defending champion and the player to keep an eye on this event.
The China Open takes place in Beijing with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier Mandatory event.
After a brilliant start to 2017, the last months haven’t been easy for Karolina Pliskova. Despite her brilliant 51 – 15 record this season, the world no.4 only won 68.42% of the matches on the WTA Tour since her victory at the Aegon International Eastbourne. Adding to this, the court conditions in Beijing aren’t the best for Karolina’s game style with the 25-year-old winning only 42.86% of the matches on her previous four appearances on this event.
After Garbine Muguruza’s surprising elimination in the opening round, Pliskova is now the main contender to win the title in Beijing. However, it won’t be easy for the Czech to overcome such a tough opponent as Andrea Petkovic in the second round. On the other hand, Pliskova is on the same half of the draw as Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska. Due to the tough draw ahead of her and her lack of success on this tournament, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on Pliskova’s outright at +600 at Bet365.
Playing in Beijing brings the best out of Agnieszka Radwanska. Besides winning the title in 2016 edition, the two-time China Open champion holds a phenomenal 27 – 7 career record on this tournament. Known as one of the most talented players in the game, Radwanska is trying to return to her best level after slow start to the season. Adding to this, the former world no.2 didn’t experience any major problems on her debut on this event with a straight sets win over Carina Witthoeft.
The 28-year-old from Poland returns to action this Tuesday against the home favorite Shuai Zhang. Despite Zhang’s unquestionable quality and recent success on the Asian swing, it’s always hard to go against Radwanska on this event. Adding to this, the Polish holds the edge over this opponent with a 3 – 0 lead on the h2h. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Radwanska’s tennis betting odds to secure a place in the following round at -114 at BetOnline.
Player to Keep an Eye
The former world no.1 – Maria Sharapova – continues her quest for a first WTA title since May 2015 at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome. Despite long absence, the Russian is enjoying great success this season with a 66.67% winning record on the WTA Tour since her comeback. On the other hand, Sharapova reaches this stage of the competition in Beijing after saving one match point against Anastasija Sevastova in the opening round.
Taking a look now at Maria’s draw on this event, the 2014 China Open champion won’t have an easy task against Ekaterina Makarova in the following round. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to ignore Sharapova’s edge over her fellow countrywoman with Makarova losing all their previous seven official encounters on the WTA Tour. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Sharapova to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest at -159 at Pinnacle. Besides the value on Maria's moneyline in the following round, placing a bet on the 30-year-old to win the title in Beijing at +800 at BetVictor is also an interesting approach for this tournament.