Join us on our Tianjin Open analyis that takes place this week in Tianjin. Find out who the undeniable favorite is, as well as the player to fade and keep an eye on this WTA International event.
The Tianjin Open takes place at the Tianjin International Tennis Center with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA International event.
Maria Sharapova continues to pursue her first title on the WTA Tour since May 2015 at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome. Despite her disappointing defeat against Simona Halep in Beijing, the five-time Grand Slam champion started her campaign in Tianjin with an easy 6 – 4 6 – 2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu. Known as one of the best servers in the game, Sharapova won 82.86% of the points with her first serve.
Taking a look now at Maria’s draw on this event, the former world no.1 is the undeniable favourite to lift the trophy in Tianjin. Despite Shuai Peng’s unquestionable quality, the home favorite lost 83.33% of her previous encounters against the Russian. Due to the easy draw ahead of her and Sharapova’s outstanding performance in the opening round, our suggestion is for you to add Maria to your betting picks to win the title at +162 at Bet365.
Player to Keep an Eye
At the age of 22, Maria Sakkari is going through the best moment in her career. Against all expectations, the Greek reached her first ever WTA Premier 5 semifinals at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Adding to this, Sakkari already secured her career-high ranking next week after her first round win in Tianjin against Fangzhou Liu.
Sakkari returns to action this Thursday against Christina McHale. In addition to Maria’s brilliant results on the Asian Swing, the world no.49 also emerged victorious from their previous meeting at the Aegon Open Nottingham earlier this season. Having said that, it’s impossible to stay away from the value on Sakkari’s tennis betting odds to secure a place in the quarterfinals at +106 at Pinnacle. On the other hand, placing a bet on Maria’s outright at +1100 at BetVictor might also be an interesting approach to guarantee some profit in the final rounds.
Player to Fade
The former world no.5 – Sara Errani – continues her successful comeback in Tianjin. The last official tournament Errani played was in August at the Citi Open. Since then, the Italian served a two-month suspension after testing positive for a substance typically used to treat cancer. Despite long absence, Errani couldn’t have asked for a better return with an impressive 6 – 2 6 – 1 win over Kateryna Kozlova in the opening round. Adding to this, the 2012 French Open runner-up also won two matches on the qualifying – both in straight sets.
Despite Sara’s brilliant campaign on this event, the world no.280 won’t have an easy task in the following round against Beatriz Haddad Maia. Known as one of the most powerful players on the WTA Tour, the Brazilian reaches this stage of the competition after an outstanding comeback against Donna Vekic. On the other hand, Haddad Maia won their last encounter at the Croatia Bol Open in June. For that reason, our advice is not only for you to place a bet on Beatriz to end Errani’s run at -135 at BetOnline.