Join expert capper on his WTA Dubai tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who is the main favorite, the top seed and also the valuable player to keep an eye on this event.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place in Dubai with Hard Court as the chosen surface.
After winning the title in Brisbane and Doha, Karolina Pliskova is the undeniable favorite to win this event. The Czech is currently at a superb level and it shouldn’t take long before we see her reaching the no.1 spot in the WTA ranking.
Known for her incredible serve, Pliskova won 90.50% of her service games in Doha with an impressive average of 1.07 aces per service game. Even though it’s never easy to win titles in consecutive weeks, Karolina is once again the main favorite to lift the trophy in Dubai with Bet365 offering +400 for her success.
Despite Pliskova’s outstanding performances last week, the Czech won’t have an easy debut in this event against Kristina Mladenovic. Therefore, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Pliskova’s betting odds at the moment. However, if the Czech reaches the last stages it’s highly unlikely to see anyone defeating her, which makes her a player to keep an eye on this event.
It hasn’t been an easy year for the world no.2 – Angelique Kerber. After winning two Grand Slam trophies in 2016 and reaching the WTA ranking leadership, Kerber only won 50.00% of the matches played in 2017. The German reaches this event after a disappointing loss in Doha against Darya Kasatkina by 4 – 6 6 – 0 4 – 6. 0
Besides Angelique’s poor results in recent months, the two-time Grand Slam champion only won 16.67% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Taking a look now at Kerber’s draw on this event, the German won’t have an easy debut against her fellow countrywoman – Mona Barthel – who is returning to her best level in 2017.
With this in mind, our recommendation is to stay away from Kerber’s outright at +650 at Bet365 since it’s impossible to trust on the German to perform at her best due to her poor results this season.
Known for her powerful tennis, Caroline Garcia is never an easy opponent to face. The French hold great memories from this event after reaching the semifinals last year in Dubai. Garcia is currently ranked as world no.24 and we expect to see the French breaking into the top 20 in the near future.
Caroline started her campaign in Dubai with a solid straight sets victory over Johanna Larsson. As we mentioned before, Garcia is famous for her powerful game, with the 23 years old saving all the five break points she faced in that match. Looking now at Caroline’s draw on this event, the French will face Monica Puig in the following round. Even though Puig can also play at a very high level, there is clear value on Garcia’s price to win that match at +111 at Pinnacle. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to add the French to your betting picks to win the 2nd round match against Puig. Adding to these, the French might also be an extremely valuable underdog in the next stage where she might face Angelique Kerber.