WTA Singapore Picks: Sharapova -3.5 Looks to Secure Spot in the Finals

João Mourato

Friday, October 30, 2015 4:27 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 4:27 PM GMT

After the round-robin stage, four players will get in action this Saturday for the WTA Singapore semifinals. Find out our highest value tennis pick and the best sportsbook to play it.

Maria Sharapova (3) vs Petra Kvitova (4)
There were many questions regarding Maria Sharapova’s physical condition before this event after missing almost 4 months of competition due to several physical problems. Despite the lack of competition, Sharapova did a great round robin with three victories. The Russian had a slow start, losing the first set she played against Agnieszka Radwanska, but won the following six sets with an outstanding level of tennis.

The first two matches weren’t easy for Maria on serve, averaging 56.5% first serve in, 0.4 aces and 0.76 double faults per game. Sharapova is a player who needs rhythm to get good numbers on serve and she showed some great signs in her last contest against Flavia Pennetta with 68% first serve in, 0.7 aces and 0.1 double faults per game.

Petra Kvitova is far from playing her best tennis and has to thank Lucie Safarova for being in semifinals. After being able to take a set from Garbine Muguruza, Petra needed a straight sets victory from Lucie against Angelique Kerber and her fellow countrywoman got the job done.

Kvitova is always an extremely dangerous opponent with a tremendous firepower however has been too inconsistent. Petra had many problems against Garbine’s aggressive return to serve, not being able to control the ball.

Maria leads h2h 6 – 3 but lost the last match they played, exactly one year ago on this event.

Sharapova is also an extremely aggressive player on return and we saw how much Petra struggled with Muguruza’s great return skills. Kvitova’s biggest weapon is her serve, but she has been far from reliable with her service, holding only 60.5% service games while Sharapova won 80.0% of games on serve.

This is a great opportunity for Maria to reach the final, her last appearance on WTA Finals decisive match was in 2012 at Istanbul and her only victory on this event was in 2004.

For this Saturday, we’ll add Sharapova’s spread tennis odds to our tennis picks.

Tennis Pick: Maria Sharapova -3.5 (-123) at Pinnacle

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