Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA Cincinnati tournament analysis. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the main contender and the player to keep an eye on this event.
The 2017 Western & Southern Open takes place in Cincinnati with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier 5 event.
Known as one of the best servers in tennis history, the fast court conditions in Cincinnati are perfect for Karolina Pliskova’s game style. After winning the Western & Southern Open title in 2016, the 25-year-old Czech is trying to become the second player to win back-to-back titles in Ohio after Serena Williams.
Despite her disappointing defeat against Caroline Wozniacki in Toronto, Pliskova didn’t experience any major issues on her debut in Cincinnati with an easy 6 – 2 6 – 3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva. Besides saving all the five break points she faced, the world no.1 ended the match with an impressive average of 0.78 aces per service game.
Even though Karolina won’t have an easy task with very dangerous opponents on her half of the draw such as Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki or Madison Keys, it’s hard to ignore the tremendous value on her current tennis betting odds. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Pliskova’s outright at +600 at Bet365 to win her second consecutive title in Cincinnati.
At the age of 22, Elina Svitolina is going through the best moment in her career. As we predicted in our WTA Toronto Final analysis, the Ukrainian proved too strong for Caroline Wozniacki. Besides winning her 5th title of the season, Svitolina also secured the first place on the 2017 WTA Race to Singapore.
Taking a look now at Elina’s draw on this event, the world no.4 started her campaign in Ohio with a straight sets victory against Lesia Tsurenko. Known as one of the greatest defenders in the game, Svitolina won 49.32% of the points played on her fellow countrywoman’s serve. Due to Elina’s brilliant results in recent months, our recommendation is for you to place a small bet on the Ukrainian to lift the trophy in Cincinnati at +800 at BetVictor.
Player to Keep an Eye
After a slow start to 2017, Dominika Cibulkova is hoping for better things at the US Open Series. Despite her lack of success in recent months, the 2016 WTA Singapore Finals champion can never be underestimated. Adding to this, Dominika is slowly returning to her best level with two good wins this week against Ana Konjuh and Alize Cornet.
Famous for her outstanding return to serve, the 28-year-old Slovak won 54.20% of her opponents’ service games in Cincinnati. Cibulkova returns to action this Thursday against the 7th seed – Johanna Konta. Even though Konta is playing at a phenomenal level in 2017, Dominika is far from an easy match-up for the Brit. Adding to this, the Slovak won 66.67% of the matches against top 10 opponents over the last 12 months. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Cibulkova to your betting picks to book a place in the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals at +232 at Pinnacle due to the incredible value on the Slovak's price.