Join our expert capper for his WTA Bucharest tournament analysis. Find out who the main contenders are, as well as the player to keep an eye on this clay-court event.
The BRD Bucharest Open takes place in Bucharest with clay as the chosen surface for this WTA International event.
Top Half of the Draw
Playing in Bucharest brings great memories to Anastasia Sevastova. After a disappointing defeat against Simona Halep in the 2016 BRD Bucharest Open final, Sevastova is hoping to take a step further on this year’s edition. At the age of 27, Anastasija is going through the best moment in her career. Despite spending almost two years away from competition due to recurring injuries, Sevastova is finally living up to expectations since her return back in 2015.
The world no.17 didn’t experience any problems in the opening round against Jana Cepelova. Besides losing only two games on that match, Sevastova won 83.33% of the points on Cepelova’s second serve. Looking now at Anastasia’s draw on Bucharest, Julia Goerges is the biggest challenge on her half of the draw. Despite Julia’s undeniable quality, Sevastova emerged victorious from their most recent encounter at the Mallorca Open final a few weeks ago. Therefore, our advice is for you to add Sevastova to your betting picks to lift the trophy at +333 at Ladbrokes.
Bottom Half of the Draw
After a slow start to 2017, Carla Suarez Navarro is trying to return to her best level. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour, Suarez Navarro holds an outstanding 68.60% career record on this surface. Despite her poor 17 – 14 record in 2017, the 28-year-old Spaniard won 66.67% of the matches played on red dirt this season. Adding to this, the former world no.6 couldn’t have asked for a better debut in Bucharest with an impressive 6 – 0 6 – 1 victory over Annika Beck.
Taking a look now at Carla’s draw on this event, the two-time French Open quarterfinalist is the main favorite to make it to the final on the bottom half of the draw. Considering now Suarez Navarro’s potential opponents in the following rounds, Tatjana Maria and Irina-Camelia Begu are the two main threats on the Spaniard’s path. Nevertheless, neither of these two players should find the answer to Carla’s solid baseline game. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Suarez Navarro’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the world no.34 to leave Bucharest with the title at +250 at Coral.
Since we expect a victory from one of the two main favorites – Suarez Navarro or Sevastova – our recommendation is for you to split your stake between these two. By placing 55.30% of your stake in Suarez Navarro and 44.70% in Sevastova, you’ll guarantee a profit of 93.55% if one of these two players leaves Bucharest as the champion.
Player to Keep an Eye
The former world no.26 – Alexandra Dulgheru – continues her successful comeback after almost one year away from competition due to an ankle injury. After three victories in the qualifying, Dulgheru started her campaign in Bucharest with an outstanding 6 – 1 6 – 2 victory against Sesil Karatantcheva.
The 28-year-old Romanian returns to action this Thursday to play against Ekaterina Alexandrova. In addition to Dulgheru’s brilliant performance in the opening round, the home favorite holds a phenomenal 71.43% career record on this event. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Dulgheru to secure a in a place in the following round at -108 at Pinnacle.