The Citi Open was founded in 1969 and is played at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. Over the past 50 years, some of the greatest American champions in history won the title in Washington, including Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Andy Roddick. The tournament decided to take a step further in 2011 and include the WTA International level, becoming a combined ATP-WTA event.
Sloane Stephens is the only American woman to have won the title at the Citi Open since its first edition in 2011. The former US Open champion didn’t drop a set all week en route to the title in 2015, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2 in the final in just 63 minutes. Nevertheless, Stephens only made it past the first round in one of her last three appearances on this event.
Besides Sloane’s poor record on this event in recent years, the 26-year-old has also struggled for form this season. Stephens only won 62.50% of the matches played on the WTA Tour in 2019 and hasn’t lifted a trophy since March 2018 at the Miami Open. With this in mind, it’s hard to find value on Sloane’s tennis betting odds to win the title in Washington this year at +500 with Bet365.
Madison Keys returns to Washington for the first time since 2014. The world No.17 is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy at +500 with Betway and hopes to continue her run of form on US soil after winning her 4th WTA Tour title at the Volvo Car Open in April. Keys is one of the most powerful players in the game and always a dangerous player on these fast conditions. However, the No.2 seed won’t have an easy task on this event with very tough players on her half of the draw such as Sofia Kenin or Katerina Siniakova. For that reason, our advice is to avoid placing any bet on Madison’s futures at the Citi Open.
Player to Keep an Eye
As mentioned above, Sofia Kenin is in the same half as Madison Keys. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the WTA Tour, winning two tour-level titles and reaching the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career. Kenin has a tremendous firepower and the conditions at the Citi Open suit her style, which makes her a very interesting bet to win her first-round match against Jennifer Brady at -180 with 5Dimes. On the other hand, placing a small stake on Kenin to lift the trophy at +900 with Bet365 is also a good approach for this tournament.