With the new season starting, the best players will fight for WTA Brisbane’s glory. Join us while we analyze the main contender’s chances and select the highest tennis betting value player to keep an eye on.
The Brisbane International takes place in Brisbane and will be played on Hard Court
The defending champion, Maria Sharapova, will be looking to maintain her dominance in Brisbane. After several physical problems in 2015, the Russian ended the year at very good level.
The draw in Brisbane is extremely strong and won’t be easy for Maria to regain the trophy. Sharapova might start the competition against two former top 10 players: Ekaterina Makarova and Andrea Petkovic. Both are terrific competitors with very aggressive groundstrokes, but Maria leads with impressive h2h stats against these two players (6-0 with Makarova; 3-1 with Petkovic) and should overcome both.
In the quarter-finals, Maria can face the young talented Belinda Bencic. Belinda ended 2015 inside top 15, after claiming some outstanding victories against top players like Serena Williams. This should be a very close contest, but Maria should emerge victorious.
Things might get even tougher for Sharapova on semi-finals, where the Russian can face two former world no.1, Victoria Azarenka or Jelena Jankovic, or the top seed Simona Halep.
Garbine Muguruza is the highest ranked player on bottom half of the draw and this will be her first appearance at Brisbane. After an outstanding year of 2015, Muguruza will try to live up to the expectations of being a top player.
In theory, Garbine’s draw is extremely accessible and the Spaniard has great chances to reach the final. The biggest threat on Muguruza’s path into the final is the world no. 10, Angelique Kerber. They faced each other five times last year, with Muguruza winning the previous four contests, but all of them very close.
Despite having a very good draw and leading on h2h against Kerber, Muguruza is known for being a very inconsistent player, especially on lower level events. Due to the easy draw, Muguruza's price at 5.00 on bet365 is interesting but we suggest to wait for first rounds before placing your wager.
This will be Simona Halep’s second appearance in Brisbane, after losing on first round in 2012 against Kim Clijsters. Despite not playing in Brisbane in recent years, Halep has 280 points to defend this week due to her victory at Shenzhen last season.
Simona is the first seed on this event and as we mentioned, she might face Sharapova in the semi-finals. The top half is extremely competitive and Halep’s first match might be against Azarenka. Victoria had a tough 2015 season, but she’s an outstanding player and has weapons to defeat Halep.
The first match of any tournament is always tough for a player, especially if it’s also the first match of the year. Azarenka will play on first round against a qualifier while Halep has a Bye and will only make her debut on second round. For those reasons, is hard to find value on Halep’s outright at 6.50 on bet365, she’s in a very tough draw and her first match will be extremely hard.
Player To Keep An Eye On:
After reaching top 10 for the first time on her career in 2015, Timea Bacsinszky will try to keep the good results. Timea is a very tough competitor with great groundstrokes and defensive skills.
It won’t be an easy debut for Bacsinszky, the Suisse’s first opponent is the talented Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but Timea’s baseline consistency should be too much for the Russian to handle. Kristina Mladenovic might be her following opponent, the French is a very offensive player, however she’s too inconsistent and once again, Bacsinszky’s defensive skills should be the key.
If Bacsinszky reaches quarter-finals, she’ll be priced as underdog if she faces Angelique Kerber, but the Suisse has tennis to bother the German. The same is true for a possible clash against Muguruza on semifinals and for those reasons there is clear value on Timea to claim the title at 51.00 on bet365. We suggest to add Timea to your betting picks and trade the Suisse on later stages.