Join us on our WTA Biel tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out the main contenders' chances as well as the players to keep an eye on this event.
The Ladies Open Biel Bienne takes place in Biel with Indoor Hard Court as the chosen surface for this competition.
The no.1 seed – Barbora Strycova – is the main favorite to win the title in Biel. Known for playing her best tennis on the big stages, Strycova is not so reliable when playing on lower level events. In fact, Barbora only won one title throughout her career on the WTA Tour – six years ago in Quebec. Adding to this, Strycova was far from impressive on her debut in Biel against the 18-year-old qualifier, Marie Bouzkova. Therefore, it’s impossible to find any value on Strycova current odds to lift the trophy in Biel next Sunday at +450 at Coral.
Former World No.10
After struggling with several physical problems in recent months, the former world no.6 – Carla Suarez Navarro - is currently ranked outside the top 20. Despite winning only 44.44% of the matches played in 2017, Suarez Navarro is slowly returning to her best level. The Spaniard featured a great run in Monterrey last week, losing only in the semifinals against the world no.1 – Angelique Kerber.
Taking a look now at Carla’s draw on this event, the world no.23 shouldn’t experience any major issues on her debut against Julia Boserup. On the other hand, Suarez Navarro won’t have any easy task in the following round against Camila Giorgi. Even though Giorgi is always a dangerous opponent on Indoor Hard Court, Suarez Navarro won the last two matches between them, including one on these game conditions. Mona Barthel is the other main threat on Carla’s half of the draw and the two might face in the semifinals. However, the Spaniard should be too solid for Barthel with Suarez Navarro leading on the h2h by 2 – 0 against this opponent.
The sportsbooks present a very interesting price for Suarez Navarro to win the title at +900 at Bet365 and although the Spaniard is still returning to her best, there is clear value on the current betting odds.
Player to Keep an Eye
While some players fail to meet the expectations when playing with the support of their home crowd, others perform at their best under those circumstances. Viktorija Golubic is a perfect example of that with a phenomenal 81.25% winning record when playing in her home country. The world no.54 featured an incredible run last season in Gstaad where she won her first career title on the WTA Tour. Adding to this, the fast game conditions on Indoor Hard Court bring the best out of Golubic with the Swiss winning 67.16% of the matches played throughout her career on this surface. On the other hand, Viktorija only won 61.34% of the matches when playing on other surfaces.
After Belinda Bencic and Rebeka Masarova defeats in the opening round, Golubic is the last Swiss player remaining in the competition. Looking now at Viktorija’s draw on this event, the 24-year-old makes her debut against Laura Siegemund. Despite Siegemund’s brilliant run last week in Charleston, it won’t be easy for the German to present her best tennis this Wednesday. Besides the surface change from Clay to Indoor Hard Court, Laura also struggled with some physical problems in her semifinals match last Saturday against Daria Kasatkina. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Golubic to your betting picks to defeat Siegemund and secure a place in the WTA Biel 2nd round at -133 at Pinnacle.