Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA Charleston tournament analysis. Find out who are the main contenders as well as the player to fade on this event.
Known for its unusual green clay, Charleston hosts the biggest tournament of the week on the WTA Tour.
After Johanna Konta’s withdrawal, Madison Keys is now the main favorite to win the Volvo Car Open. However, the last months haven’t been for Keys with the 2015 runner-up missing the first two months of the season due to a left injury. Adding to this, Madison suffered a disappointing defeat at the Miami Open 3rd round against Lara Arruabarrena in a match where the American requested a medical timeout for a shoulder injury.
Despite her undeniable quality, it’s impossible to trust on Keys at the moment due to her recent injuries and lack of competitive rhythm in recent months. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Madison’s outright at +550 at Bet365.
Playing in Charleston brings great memories to Caroline Wozniacki with the 2011 champion winning 82.35% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Wozniacki is also going through a great moment with an outstanding 17 – 4 record since her defeat in the Australian Open 3rd round.
Looking now at Caroline’s draw in Charleston, the former world no.1 shouldn’t experience any major problems until the quarterfinals where she might face last year’s runner-up – Elena Vesnina. These two players are no strangers with Wozniacki winning six of their previous eight meetings. Despite Vesnina’s recent win in Doha, Caroline should be too strong for the Russian.
Madison Keys is the highest ranked player on Wozniacki’s half of the draw but as we mentioned before, the American is still trying to find her best tennis after several physical problems. Besides, Caroline leads on the h2h by 2 – 0 with her last win over Madison taking place a few weeks ago in Indian Wells.
Venus Williams continues her impressive run in 2017 with a phenomenal 14 – 4 record this season. However, it’s not easy for a 36 years old player to perform at her best in consecutive weeks. Adding to this, Williams featured a tremendous campaign in Miami – losing only in the semifinals against Johanna Konta – which doesn’t give her much time to prepare this competition. Venus’ recent history in Charleston is also far from brilliant with a disappointing defeat in the 3rd round last season against Yulia Putintseva.
Taking a look now at Williams’ draw on this year’s edition, the American won’t have an easy task with very dangerous players on her half of the draw such as Lucie Safarova, Samantha Stosur, Monica Puig or Darya Kasatkina. Adding to this, Venus starts her campaign in Charleston against a very tricky opponent – Laura Siegemund. The court conditions on this event are perfect for Laura’s game style with the German winning 77.78% of the matches played on this tournament over the last three years.
With such a tough draw ahead of her, it’s unlikely to see Venus reaching the final stages of the 2017 Volvo Car Open. With this in mind, fading Williams throughout this tournament should be a profitable approach. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to add Siegemund to your betting picks to secure a place in the 3rd round at +204 at Pinnacle.