Join our tennis capper for his WTA Madrid tournament analysis. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the most valuable players to keep an eye on this clay-court event.
The Mutua Madrid Open takes place in Madrid with Clay as the chosen surface.
After winning the title in 2016, Simona Halep is once again one of the main favorites to lift the trophy in Madrid. Known as one of the best counter punchers in the game, Halep considers Hard Court as her favorite surface. However, the Romanian presents her best numbers on clay with the Romanian winning 69.83% of the matches played on the red dirt throughout her career while her overall record is only 66.48%. Even though things haven’t been easy for Simona this season, the defending champion is always a fearful opponent on this surface.
Taking a look at Halep’s draw in Madrid, the Romanian won’t have an easy task with very dangerous players on her half of the draw such as Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza or Caroline Wozniacki. Due to the tough draw ahead of her and lack of success in recent months, it’s impossible to trust on the Romanian at the time. Therefore, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Halep’s outright at +600 at BetVictor.
The 2014 champion – Maria Sharapova – couldn’t ask for a better return to competition. Despite her length absence, Sharapova was very close from securing a place in the WTA Stuttgart final. Known as one of the best servers in the game, Maria recorded an impressive average of 0.71 aces per service campaign throughout her campaign in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Playing in altitude is never easy. In addition to the physiological changes, the players also have to adjust to completely different conditions. Due to the lower level of air density, the ball travels faster in altitude. For that reason, the game conditions on altitude are much faster with the ball bouncing higher as well. With 6’2’’, Sharapova loves the conditions in Madrid with the Russian presenting a phenomenal 17 – 3 record on this event since 2012.
Looking now at Maria’s draw on this event, the former world no.1 is the main favorite to reach the final in the top half of the draw. Even though this is only Sharapova’s second tournament since her return, there is clear value on her betting odds to win the title in Madrid at +700 at Bet365.
Player to Keep an Eye
At the age of 29, Laura Siegemund is going through the best moment in her career. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour, Siegemund presents a phenomenal 32 – 7 record on this surface since 2015. Adding to this, Laura couldn’t ask for a better way to start the clay-court season after winning her first WTA Premier title in her home town – Stuttgart.
Siegemund makes her debut this Saturday against the no.6 seed – Johanna Konta. Despite Konta’s outstanding results in recent months, the Brit is not as reliable on clay as she is on other surfaces. Due to Laura’s incredible record on this surface and recent results, it’s impossible to go against her at the time. With this in mind, our recommendation is for you to add Siegemund to your betting picks to secure a place in the following round at -104 at Pinnacle.