Join us on our WTA Prague Open tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out the main contenders as well as the players to keep an eye on for this event.
The J&T Banka Prague Open takes place in Prague with clay as the surface.
After Karolina Pliskova’s surprising elimination against Camila Giorgi in the opening round, Barbora Strycova is now the main favorite to reach the final in the top half of the draw. Even though Strycova has never won the title in Prague, the 2010 runner-up presents a solid 12-7 career record in this event.
Strycova won’t have an easy debut in Prague against the dangerous Julia Goerges. Despite Strycova’s recent victory over this opponent in Biel, Georges won two of their previous three encounters on clay. Adding to this, Strycova was far from impressive in Stuttgart recently while Goerges played at a very high level in the Fed Cup Playoffs on this surface. With this in mind, it’s impossible to find any value on Strycova’s outright at +800 at Ladbrokes.
Playing in Prague brings great memories to Lucie Safarova. After winning the title in 2016, Safarova is once again one of the main favorites to lift the trophy in the capital of Czech Republic. Adding to this, Safarova presents an outstanding 79.63% winning record when playing in her home country. Despite Safarova’s undeniable quality and great stats in Czech Republic, the former world No. 5 is also famous for her inconsistency with her winning only 56% of the matches played over the last 12 months.
Looking now at Safarova’s draw, the defending champion won’t have an easy task with very dangerous opponents on her half such as Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur or Jelena Jankovic. Despite the tough draw ahead of her, the current price offers some value for Safarova to leave Prague with the title at +700 at Coral.
Former World No. 1
Due to her poor results in recent months, the former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic requested a wild card to play this event. After winning only 43.75% of the matches played in 2017, Jankovic is outside the Top 50 in more than 10 years. However, the Serbian is always a fearful opponent. Besides her tremendous experience, Jankovic owns one of the best two-handed backhands in the game.
Taking a look now at Jakovic's draw in Prague, the Serbian starts her campaign against the home player – Kristyna Pliskova. Even though this is already Pliskova’s 6th appearance in Prague, the Czech is still looking for her first win on this event. Known for her powerful tennis, the slower game conditions on clay are far from ideal for her game style. With this in mind, there is clear value on Jankovic’s betting odds to secure a place in the following round at -135 at Pinnacle.
Player To Watch
Pointed as one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour, Mona Barthel hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations. After reaching the Top 25 at the age of 22, several physical problems prevented Barthel from presenting her best tennis in the following years. However, the 26-year-old German is always a dangerous opponent.
Due to her low ranking, Barthel had to play the qualifying with an outstanding victory against Denisa Allertova by 6-0, 6-3. Playing the qualifying can be a huge advantage for the first round since the player is already used to the game conditions. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the German to your betting picks to win her 1st round match against Shuai Zhang at -149 at Coral.Drop Your Tennis Knowledge In Our Forum