The action on grass continues, with Birmingham hosting the biggest tournament of the week on the WTA Tour. Find out who are top contenders and highest value Tennis Picks.
Petra Kvitova is always a fearful player on grass, she’s a two-time Wimbledon champion and her game is just perfect for grass with her outstanding left-handed serve and powerful groundstrokes. However, Petra is also known for her inconsistency, especially outside Grand Slam events. Kvitova presents a terrific career winning record on grass with 75.00% yet, if we consider only the matches played outside Wimbledon her numbers decrease to 58.82% while in Wimbledon, the Czech won 82.86% of the matches. Having said that, is hard for us to trust on Kvitova to win this event and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to avoid betting on the Czech’s outright at +400 on bet365.
After a disappointing first round loss in Roland Garros against Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber is looking for a better performance in Birmingham, where she is the defending champion. Angelique shouldn’t experience many problems on her debut against Shuai Peng, a player that is far from her best level. On the following two rounds, Kerber might face two very good competitors – Daria Gavrilova and Elina Svitolina. Both are known for their fighting spirit and defensive skills yet, Kerber should be too strong for them on grass. After facing two solid baseline players, Angelique might face a powerful opponent in the semifinals, Petra Kvitova or Madison Keys. As we mentioned before, Petra is far from reliable on this lower events while Keys always struggles against Kerber, with just one victory in five matches against the German. Kerber loves to compete on this WTA Premier events and this seems to be a good opportunity for the 2016 Australian Open champion to win her 10th career title. With this in mind, we recommend you to add Kerber to your tennis picks at +550 on bet365.
Agnieszka Radwanska is playing in Birmingham for the first time since 2007, when she lost in the 2nd round against Elena Likhovtseva. Agnieszka is known for playing at a very good level on grass, in fact her single final on a Grand Slam event was achieved in Wimbledon 2012. Looking at Radwanska’s draw, she has a very tough first round match against Coco Vandeweghe, who reaches this event after winning the title in Hertogenbosch. If Agniezska survives that first test, we believe that she can go all the way until the final. Belinda Bencic is the highest ranked player on top half of the draw after Radwanska yet, the Suisse is still trying to find her best tennis after a back injury. The other main threat is the 2016 WTA Nottingham champion, Karolina Pliskova, but the Czech might struggle to perform at her best level after a very demanding week in Nottingham. Adding to this, the Polish also holds a very positive h2h against the Czech, winning all their previous six meetings. Agnieszka is currently priced at +650 on bet365 for the title and if you want to place a bet on her, this is the time, because her tennis odds will suffer a big drop after the first round.
In conclusion, our suggestion to approach this event is to place a bet on the two top seeds to win this event – Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber. Both are terrific players on grass and this is a great opportunity for any of them to win the title. It’s unlikely to see any other player lifting the trophy, since some of the best grass players are still trying to find their best shape such as Bencic or others who might struggle to perform at their best, like the Czechs Kvitova and Pliskova.