Join our expert tennis capper for his VTB Kremlin Cup tournament analysis. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the player to keep an eye and the former runner-up.
The VTB Kremlin Cup takes place in Moscow with Indoor Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier event
After Maria Sharapova’s surprising defeat against Magdalena Rybarikova in the opening round, Daria Kasatkina is now the main favorite to lift the trophy in Moscow. Known as one of the most promising young players in the game, the 20-year-old is finally living up to expectations. Besides winning her first ever title in Charleston, Kasatkina won 71.43% of her last 14 matches on the WTA Tour.
Taking a look now at Daria’s campaign on this event, the former junior world no.1 proved too strong for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the previous round. Despite her brilliant performance in the opening round, it’s impossible to find any value on Daria’s outright at +400 at Bet365. Adding to this, Kasatkina won’t have an easy task in the following match against the 2014 VTB Kremlin Cup semifinalist – Katerina Siniakova.
Playing in Moscow brings great memories to Daria Gavrilova. After a disappointing defeat against Svetlana Kuznetsova at the 2016 VTB Kremlin Cup Final, the world no.22 is trying to go a step further on this year’s edition of the WTA Moscow. Famous for her exceptional defense, the slow court conditions on this event are perfect for Daria’s game style. On the other hand, Gavrilova is going through a very good moment in her career after reaching the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis final last week.
In addition to her impressive run in Hong Kong, the Australian started her campaign in Moscow with a 6 – 4 6 – 7 6 – 1 win over Kristyna Pliskova. Looking now at Gavrilova’s draw in Moscow, the 23-year-old shouldn’t experience any major issues on the following round against Vera Lapko. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Daria’s -1.5 Set Handicap at +104 at Pinnacle to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this encounter.
Player to Keep an Eye
Alize Cornet continues to pursue her first title in 2017. Known as one of the greatest competitors on the WTA Tour, the 27-year-old is enjoying great success this season. Despite her disappointing 23 – 22 record in 2017, the former world no.11 won 72.73% of the matches since the US Open. Adding to this, Cornet couldn’t have asked for more on her debut in Moscow with a straight-sets victory against Ekaterina Makarova.
Alize returns to action this Wednesday against Magdalena Rybarikova. At the age of 29, Rybarikova is going through the best moment in her career. Regardless of this Wednesday’s outcome, the Slovak already secured her career-high ranking next week. On the other hand, Rybarikova scored her first ever win over Maria Sharapova. Despite Magdalena’s outstanding results in recent months, it won’t be easy for world no.26 to overcome such a tough opponent as Cornet. Adding to this, Alize won 75.00% of their previous four encounters on the WTA Tour. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the tremendous value on Cornet’s tennis betting odds at +121 at BetOnline.