Join us on our Rogers Cup tournament analysis that takes place this week in Toronto. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the player to fade and the new world no.1 on this WTA Premier 5 event.
The Rogers Cup presented by National Bank takes place in Toronto with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this WTA Premier 5 event.
Playing in Canada brings the best out of Simona Halep with a phenomenal 90.00% winning record in her last two Rogers Cup appearances. Known as one of the best counter punchers on the WTA Tour, the court conditions on this event are perfect for Halep’s game style. Despite her disappointing defeat against Ekaterina Makarova in Washington due to heat-related illness, the 25-year-old Romanian should be at 100% for this tournament.
Taking a look now at Simona’s draw in Toronto, the world no.2 won’t have an easy task with very dangerous players on her half of the draw such as Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina or Svetlana Kuznetsova. Despite the tough draw ahead of her, it’s hard to ignore the Romanian’s recent success on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Halep to your betting picks to lift the trophy in Toronto at +800 at BetVictor.
Player to Fade
Garbine Muguruza is the player to fade at this moment. Despite her sensational campaign in Wimbledon, the 23-year-old Spaniard is well-known for her inconsistency. Adding to this, Muguruza holds a terrible 57.53% career record in North-America. On the other hand, Garbine won 66.99% of the matches played throughout her career in the rest of the world.
As we mentioned above, Garbine is in the same half as Simona Halep. However, the two-time Grand Slam champion still needs to overcome several challenges before a potential clash against the Romanian in the semifinals. Due to Muguruza’s terrible record in North-America and lack of consistency, it’s impossible to find any value on her current price to win the title at +900 at Bet365. Moreover, fading Garbine throughout this event should be a profitable strategy since it wouldn’t be surprising to see Muguruza losing in the opening rounds in Toronto.
New World No.1
Karolina Pliskova will make her debut as the new world no.1 in Toronto at the Rogers Cup. The 25-year-old became the 6th player in history to reach the WTA ranking leadership without any Grand Slam title on her resume. Nevertheless, the 6’1’ Czech holds a phenomenal 79.17% winning record in 2017 with a perfect 3 – 0 record in finals this season.
Despite her brilliant numbers in recent months, the slower court conditions in Toronto are far from ideal for Pliskova’s powerful game style. Considering now Karolina’s prior appearances on this event, the Czech only won 40.00% of the matches throughout her career in the Rogers Cup. Adding to this, Pliskova won’t have an easy debut against the dangerous Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Even though Karolina holds the edge over this opponent with a 4 – 0 lead on the h2h, Pavlyuchenkova staged an astonishing 6 – 0 6 – 1 win over Alize Cornet in the previous round. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Anastasia’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Russian’s +1.5 Set Handicap at -116 at Pinnacle.