Join us on our Connecticut Open tournament analysis that takes place this week in New Haven. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the main contender and the player to keep an eye on this event.
The Connecticut Open takes place in New Haven with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier event.
At the age of 28, Agnieszka Radwanska is going through one of the worst moments in her career. Despite her undeniable talent, the former world no.2 only won 55.17% of the matches played in 2017. Nevertheless, playing in New Haven brings great memories to Radwanska after winning the title last season.
After Petra Kvitova’s surprising defeat against Shuai Zhang in the opening round match, Radwanska is now the main favorite to lift the trophy in Connecticut at +250 at BetVictor. However, Agnieszka won’t have an easy task on this event with very dangerous players on her half of the draw such as Shuai Peng, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni or Eugenie Bouchard. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Radwanska’s to win the title due to her lack of success in recent months and tough draw ahead of her.
Dominika Cibulkova continues her quest her first title of the season. After a brilliant campaign in 2016, the WTA Singapore Finals champion holds a disappointing 19 – 17 record in 2017. Adding to this, Cibulkova hasn’t reached a single final on the WTA Tour since her triumph in Singapore.
Taking a look now at Dominika’s draw on this event, the world no.11 won’t have an easy task on her debut match against Alize Cornet. Known as one of the greatest competitors in the game, Cornet started her campaign in New Haven with an astonishing 6 – 0 6 – 0 win over Yulia Putintseva. Adding to this, Alize won three of their last five encounters on the WTA Tour. Having said that, it’s impossible to find any value on Cibulkova’s tennis betting odds to beat the French at -200 at William Hill. On the other hand, Pinnacle offers a very interesting price for Cornet to win at least one set with the +1.5 Set Handicap available at -139.
Player to Keep an Eye
After an eight-month absence due to a back injury, Shuai Peng is slowly returning to her best level. Known as one of the best doubles players in the game, the 31-year-old is also enjoying tremendous success in singles. In addition to her outstanding 32 – 17 record in 2017, Peng won her second career title earlier this season at the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang.
Looking now at Shuai’s campaign on this event, the Chinese no.1 staged an incredible comeback against Katerina Siniakova in her opening round match in New Haven. Peng returns to action this Tuesday against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Despite Mirjana’s unquestionable quality, Peng should be too solid for the unpredictable Croat. Therefore, our advice is for you to add Shuai to your betting picks to book a place in the quarterfinals at -147 at 5Dimes.
Besides the value on Peng’s betting odds in the following round, placing a bet on her outright at +1200 at Bet365 may also be an interesting approach to this tournament. As we mentioned before, Agnieszka Radwanska is the highest ranked player on Shuai’s half of the draw. However, the Chinese player won their last two encounters without dropping a single set. For that reason, our recommendation is for you to place a small stake on Peng to win the title in Connecticut.