Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA Nottingham tournament analysis. Find out who the main favorite is, as well as the most valuable players to keep an eye on this grass-court event.
The Aegon Open takes place in Nottingham with grass as the chosen surface for this WTA International event.
The world no.8 – Johanna Konta – is the only top 10 player in action on the WTA Nottingham. Konta couldn’t be happier with the beginning of the grass season after winning only 33.33% of the matches throughout the European clay-court season. Despite her disappointing 54.55% career record on grass, Johanna is always an extremely dangerous player on this surface.
Taking a look now at Konta’s draw on this event, the no.1 seed started her campaign with an easy triumph over her fellow countrywoman – Tara More. Even though Johanna won’t have an easy task in Nottingham with very dangerous players on her half of the draw such as Yanina Wickmayer, Ashleigh Barty or Alison Riske, this seems to be a great opportunity for Konta to win her 3rd title in 2017. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add the British no.1 to your betting picks to lift the trophy in Nottingham at +225 at Bet365.
Bottom Half of the Draw
At the age of 31, Su-Wei Hsieh is going through a great moment in her career. Besides her tremendous success in doubles, Hsieh reached the 3rd round in Roland Garros for the first time ever. Adding to this, playing on grass brings great memories to Su-Wei with four appearances throughout her career in the 2nd round of Wimbledon.
The former world no.5 – Lucie Safarova – is one of the main favorites to reach the final in the bottom half of the draw. Despite her undeniable quality, the last months haven’t been easy for Safarova with the Czech currently ranked outside the top 40.
These two players will face each other this Thursday with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. Although we agree with Safarova’s favoritism, this should be a much closer match than the odds suggest. For that reason, placing a bet on Hsieh’s +1.5 Set Handicap at -120 at Pinnacle may be a good betting approach due to Lucie’s inconsistency and Su-Wei’s recent success.Player to Keep an Eye
As we mentioned before, Alison Riske is on the top half of the draw. Known as one of the greatest counter punchers in the game, playing on grass brings the best out of Riske with a phenomenal 67.14% career record on this surface. Besides her incredible record on grass, Alison won 80.00% of the matches in Nottingham with one apperance in the final and other in the semifinals.
Looking now at Riske’s campaign in Nottingham, the 2016 runner-up reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 2 6 – 3 win over Heather Watson. As usual, Alison’s aggressive return of serve proved decisive with the American winning 51.79% of the points on Watson’s serve.
Riske returns to action this Thursday to play against another grass-court expert – Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovak is returning to her best level after winning the title in Surbiton last week. Despite Magdalena’s brilliant campaign last week, the value is definitely on Alison’s tennis betting odds with BetVictor offering +110 for the American to book a place in the quarterfinals.