After the Fed Cup emotions, the WTA tour returns with the PORSCHE Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Join us and find out the main contenders and the highest value tennis picks.
The defending champion, Angelique Kerber, is once again the main favorite to grab the title in Stuttgart. Before this event, Kerber already did a good preparation by playing the Fed Cup on Indoor Clay, where she won her two matches against Irina-Camelia Begu and Simona Halep. The fast game conditions in Stuttgart suit Angelique’s game style and she shouldn’t experience problems on her debut against Annika Beck.
On the quarterfinals, a tough contest is expected against Carla Suarez Navarro and even though Kerber’s 3-2 led on h2h, Carla won their only meeting on clay – on this same event two years ago. If Angelique survives that difficult test she can might face another Spaniard at the semifinals, Garbine Muguruza. Kerber lost the last four matches she played against Garbine and it will be very hard for her to overcome this opponent. Due to Kerber’s tough draw and the difficult opponents that she might face, is hard for us to find value on the German at 5.00 on bet365 for the title.
It hasn’t been an easy start of season for Simona Halep, with several early losses and physical problems affecting her. However, the Romanian loves to play on clay with her best result on this surface achieved in 2014, when she lost at the French Open final against Maria Sharapova. Simona recorded her best result in Stuttgart last season – when she reached the semifinals – and looking at her draw this year, her chances of reaching the final stages are quite high. Halep should start her campaign against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and at the quarterfinals, the highest ranked player she can face is Roberta Vinci.
On the semifinals, Agnieszka Radwanska can be her opponent yet, the Polish is far from a good clay courter and Halep also has some edge over Agnieszka in recent meetings – winning four of the last six they played. Having said that, we believe this is a good event for Halep and we suggest adding the Romanian to your tennis picks at 6.00 on bet365.
The first months of the year have also been extremely tough for Garbine Muguruza yet, the Spaniard played at a phenomenal level in Miami, losing only to Victoria Azarenka by 6 – 7 6 – 7. Garbine arrives to this event after two great performances on Fed Cup, where she defeated Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci. As we mentioned, Muguruza might face Angelique Kerber at the semifinals but first she must defeat players like Sabine Lisicki, Petra Kvitova or Caroline Garcia. It won’t be an easy path for Garbine but she’s playing very good level lately and this is a great opportunity for Muguruza to reach the final stages of the competition. With this in mind, we advise placing a wager on Muguruza for the title at 7.00 on bet365.
Player to keep an eye
The 2014 WTA Stuttgart runner-up, Ana Ivanovic, will be looking to improve her results after a slow start of year. The Serbian is known for performing at her best on clay, with her single Grand Slam title achieved at Roland Garros in 2008. Ivanovic starts her journey in Stuttgart against a qualifier and if she wins she’ll face a Czech player, Karolina Pliskova or Lucie Safarova. Safarova is still looking for her first win after returning from injury while Pliskova might struggle to adjust to the conditions after playing on Indoor Hard this weekend by her country.
At the quarterfinals Agnieszka Radwanska is a possible opponent and as we mentioned, clay is not a good surface for the Polish. Simona Halep is the toughest player Ivanovic can face at the semifinals and is possible that her run ends at that stage; however, there seems to be some value on Ana’s tennis odds at 17 on bet365 and for that reason, we believe the Serbian can do a good run this week and prove to be a valuable investment.