Join our expert capper for his WTA Stanford tournament analysis. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the player to fade and to keep an eye on this hard-court event.
The Bank of the West Classic takes place in Stanford with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier event.Main Contender
The former world no.1 – Maria Sharapova – continues to pursue her first WTA title of the season. Besides spending more than one year away from competition after testing positive for meldonium, the five-time Grand Slam champion was unable to compete in the last two months due to injury. Nevertheless, Sharapova can never be underestimated. Known as one of the greatest competitors in the game, the 30-year-old Russian holds a remarkable 79.01% career record on Hard Court. Adding to this, Maria started her campaign in Stanford with an impressive 6 – 1 4 – 6 6 – 0 win over Jennifer Brady.
Taking a look now at Sharapova’s draw on this event, the 2010 Bank of the West Classic runner-up returns to action this Wednesday against Lesia Tsurenko. Even though this is only Maria’s second match on Hard Court in 2017, the Russian is definitely the better player between these two. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Sharapova to your betting picks to book a place in the quarterfinals at -200 at Pinnacle. In addition to the value on Maria’s moneyline in the following round, placing a bet on the world no.171 to win the title at +450 at Bet365 is also an interesting approach for this tournament.Player to Fade
At the age of 23, Garbine Muguruza is going through a great moment in her career. Besides claiming her second Grand Slam title in Wimbledon, the Spanish player holds an outstanding 80.00% winning record in her last 20 matches on the WTA Tour. Despite her tremendous success in recent weeks, Garbine’s career record in the U.S. is far from brilliant. Looking now at Muguruza’s numbers throughout her career, the two-time Grand Slam champion only won 57.14% of the matches in North-America while her overall record is 65.17%. Adding to this, it won’t be easy for Muguruza to perform at her best in her first tournament since her triumph at the Wimbledon Championships.
Due to the uncertainties regarding Muguruza’s level in Stanford, it’s impossible to find any value on her current tennis betting odds to lift the trophy at +300 at BetVictor. On the other hand, Garbine won’t have an easy task on this event with dangerous opponents on her half of the draw such as Maria Sharapova, Madison Keys or Ana Konjuh. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to fade the Spaniard throughout this tournament since we don’t expect to see her winning the Bank of the West Classic title.Player to Keep an Eye
Known as one of the most promising players on the WTA Tour, Catherine Bellis is the youngest player in the top 50. Despite her young age, the 18-year-old American holds an astonishing 10 – 3 record against top 50 opponents in 2017. Adding to this, Bellis started her campaign on this event with an outstanding 6 – 3 6 – 2 victory over Alize Cornet.
Looking now at Catherine’s draw in Stanford, the former junior world no.1 shouldn’t experience any major issues in the 2nd round against Veronica Cepede Royg. Therefore, our advice is for you to place a bet on Bellis’ -1.5 Set Handicap at -110 at Coral.