Monday, 13 June 2016
WTA Majorca Outright
The Aegon Championships headline on the ATP Tour this week along with the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on the WTA Tour as the grass campaign gathers pace with Wimbledon only two weeks away.
Rain will be a major factor at both UK tournaments with downpours expected all week meaning an unpredictable stop/start frustrating week and a minefield for punters.
The roof is expected to come into play in Halle, Germany, where Roger Federer usually dominates however with his recent injury can't be trusted even at 15/8 similar to last week in Stuttgart losing at the semi-finals stages.
Andy Murray providing he has recovered from a gruelling fortnight and disappointment in the final at the French Open has a very favourable draw at Queens Club but is not a price that is of value at 11/8, and it is any one from about five players in Birmingham for the Woman's event with no edge on offer.
Attention turns to WTA MAJORCA where its a 2pm start on Monday with only three matches scheduled on day one where the weather should be a lot kinder to us all week.
It has attracted reigning Ladies French Open Champion Garbine Muguruza as the top seed and favourite for this inaugural event at 9/4.
The 2015 Wimbledon runner-up will be excited to get the grass beneath her feet and hope to continue her winning run on a surface that suits the powerful Spaniards game.
The media circus will be in hot pursuit of Muguruza which is likely to be an unwelcome distraction and after two weeks of mentally draining tennis in Paris I am opposing her this week with priority being the defence of finals points at Wimbledon not a low-key tournament in the build-up where intensity levels are sure to be far less.
The bottom half of the draw is where we concentrate and I like the chances of second favourite Sabine Lisicki at 8/1 Each Way with Bet365 & Betvictor.
Not one to put too much faith in away from Wimbledon, however, she loves playing on grass and clearly went through the motions on the clay to tick over until her favourite time of the year which is now and I am expecting a big week from her.
Lisicki of Germany has a huge weapon of serve for grass and powerful ground strokes to match. She first must get past what will be a fatigued Kristina Mladenovic who lost 7-5 7-5 to Coco Vandeweghe in the Ricoh Open final late Sunday and also has Serbian duo of Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic housed in the same section however the pair have both been out of form this year and easily opposed leaving Ana Konjuh a realistic danger at 25/1 with Ladbrokes providing she has recovered from the lower back injury that ruled her out of Hertogenbosch and feels because of this the 2015 Nottingham Champion on grass that the teenage sensation will have to wait a while longer before popping up at a big price again.
Lisicki the former Wimbledon runner-up can make the final at here at least and the 8/1 Each-Way at half the odds to make the final offers best value on what should be a week to be cautious in considering the weather forecast as the tournament's scheduling is sure to pile up come the latter stages of the week and weekend where we could see players having to possibly win two games in one day to catch up following the expected delays.
WTA Majorca (2pm Start)
Sabine Lisicki to win Outright @ 8/1 Each Way Bet365 & BetVictor (EW Terms 1/2 Odds 1-2 Finish).