Join our tennis capper for his WTA Stuttgart tournament analysis. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the most valuable players to keep an eye on this clay-court event.
Stuttgart hosts the biggest tournament of the week on the WTA Tour with Indoor Clay as the chosen surface for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.Defending Champion
The defending champion – Angelique Kerber – is once again the main favorite to lift the trophy in Stuttgart. Besides her triumph last season, Angelique also won the title two years ago after an incredible win over Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Despite her brilliant record in recent years on this event, Kerber is not going through a good moment in her career with the German still looking for her first title since the US Open last year.
Looking now at Kerber’s draw on this event, the defending champion won’t have an easy debut against the winner of the match between Kristina Mladenovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Adding to this, Angelique might also face very dangerous players in the following rounds such as Maria Sharapova or Garbine Muguruza. Due to Angelique’s poor results in recent months and the incredibly tough draw ahead of her, it’s impossible to find any value on her current price to win the title at +400 at BetVictor.
Maria Sharapova makes her official comeback this Wednesday in Stuttgart after spending more than one year away from competition due to suspension. Playing in Stuttgart brings great memories to Maria with the three-time champion presenting a phenomenal 92.86% winning record on this tournament.
Known as one of the greatest competitors in history, Sharapova gives everything whenever she steps on court. Despite the long absence, we expect a strong comeback from the Russian this Wednesday against Roberta Vinci. With this in mind, Sharapova shouldn’t experience any major problems on her debut against the Italian with Bet365 offering +100 for Maria to cover her -4.5 spread.
Besides the value on Sharapova’s price against Vinci, there is also tremendous value on her betting odds to lift the trophy in Stuttgart. As we mentioned before, Maria holds an outstanding record on this tournament with the Russian losing only one match in four appearances. Therefore, Sharapova’s outright at +800 at Bet365 definitely deserves a small bet due to the tremendous value on this price.Player to Keep an Eye
Coco Vandeweghe couldn’t ask for a better way to start 2017. Besides reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne, Vandeweghe proved to be decisive on USA’s successful campaign in Fed Cup. With two victories in singles and one in doubles last weekend, Coco became the new national hero with the United States reaching the Fed Cup final for the first time since 2010. Even though this is Vandeweghe’s first official tournament on clay this season, the American already played the Fed Cup semifinals on that surface. In addition, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is played on Indoor, which definitely benefits Vandeweghe’s powerful tennis.
Considering now Coco’s draw in Stuttgart, the world no.23 starts her campaign against the 19 years old – Jelena Ostapenko. After winning three matches in the qualifying stage, Jelena is now seeking to extend her winning streak with a victory in the main draw. Despite Ostapenko’s undeniable quality, the former junior world no.2 is also famous for her inconsistency. With Vandeweghe full of confidence after her astonishing performances on Fed Cup, our suggestion is for you to add the American to your betting picks to secure a place in the 2nd round at +134 at Pinnacle.