Join us on our Toray Pan Pacific Open that takes place this week in Tokyo. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the new world no.1 and the player to keep an eye on this event.
The Toray Pan Pacific Open takes place in Tokyo with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier event.
Caroline Wozniacki continues her quest for her first title of 2017. Known as one of the best defenders in tennis history, Wozniacki holds a phenomenal 76.92% career record in Tokyo. Despite her disappointing 0 – 6 record in finals this season, the world no.6 no.1 is enjoying great success this year with a 73.13% winning record. On the other hand, playing in Asia brings the best out of Wozniacki with the 27-year-old Dane winning 20 of her last 25 matches on this region.
Taking a look now at Caroline’s draw on this event, the two-time Toray Pan Pacific Open champion is on the same half of the draw as Garbine Muguruza. As we mentioned before, Muguruza won’t have an easy debut in Tokyo. Adding to this, Wozniacki won their most recent encounter at the Miami Open earlier this season. For that reason, our recommendation is for you to add Wozniacki to your betting picks to win her 3rd career title in Tokyo at +800 at Bet365.
New World No.1
The two-time Grand Slam champion – Garbine Muguruza – will make her first official appearance as the world no.1 in Tokyo. Ate the age of 23, Muguruza is going through the best moment in her career with an outstanding 19 – 3 record since Wimbledon. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see Garbine as the main favorite to lift the trophy in Tokyo at +300 at William Hill.
Despite Muguruza’s tremendous success in recent months, the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinalist won’t have an easy debut on this event against Monica Puig. Known as one of the most dangerous players in the game, the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal won their previous encounter on the WTA Tour. Adding to this, Monica started her campaign on this event with an outstanding comeback against Su-Wei Hsieh. With this in mind, our suggestion is not only to avoid placing any bet on Garbine’s outright but also to take advantage of the value on Puig’s betting odds by placing a bet on her +1.5 Set Handicap at +156 at Pinnacle.
Player to Keep an Eye
After a slow start to 2017, Angelique Kerber is trying to return to her best level. Despite her brilliant run in 2016, the former world no.1 only won 59.09% of the matches this season and is currently ranked outside the top 10. Nevertheless, Kerber started her campaign in Tokyo with an impressive 6 – 3 6 – 4 win over Naomi Osaka. Known as one of the greatest counter punchers in the game, the fast court condition in Tokyo are perfect for Angelique’s game style.
Looking now at Kerber’s draw in Tokyo, the German returns to action this Wednesday against Daria Kasatkina. Even though Kasatkina won their last two official meetings on the WTA Tour, it’s hard to ignore the value on Angelique’s betting odds on this match. For that reason, our advice is for you to place a bet on Kerber’s moneyline at -135 at 5Dimes.