The next stop on the WTA is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s the second to the last Premier 5 event for the WTA and the last stop right before the US Open gets started at the end of the month. Like all other Premier 5 events the Western & Southern Open will be featuring a world-class field.
Make no mistake about it, Serena Williams has all the chatter going on in the WTA this year. Every event she enters players know she’s the one to beat. She’s the No.1 in the world and holds the No. 1 seed in the event. She’ll be looking to do nothing else, but defend her title here right before she heads into the US Open. On the opposite end of the draw Maria Sharapova will be the event’s No. 2 seed. She hasn’t played since she lost her semifinal match to Serena at Wimbledon, but she’s ready to get things going again.
Other top ranked players that will be joining the competition are last year’s Finalist Ana Ivanovic, 2013 Champion Victoria Azarenka, 2012 Finalist Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Simona Halep, and 2015 Wimbledon Finalist Garbine Mururuza. All will be looking to build up some momentum going into the US Open. Some players to watch though, like Kvitova, will be trying to bounce back from a disappointing early exit at the Rogers Cup and Halep will be trying to continue her the momentum she built from her results at this year’s Rogers Cup.
Current Betting Odds
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Best Bets to Make
1. Serena Williams to win (1/1): When players are hot you need to ride the trend. Yes you will second-guess yourself with things like: how is she going to keep winning, or what if she loses this time? Just remember this isn’t an exact science. Nothing is for sure. Once in a while sure situations come within our sight to capitalize on, but most of the time you must bet on what’s most probable and what’s most probable in women’s tennis right now is that Serena Williams is going to win. Even if Williams were to lose at this year’s Rogers Cup she would still only have two losses on her 2015 belt. That’s one less than Djokovic and we can all attest to how dominant he’s been. Until something drastic changes stay the course and take Serena.
2. Maria Sharapova to win (8/1): Sharapova took some well-deserved time off after her semifinal loss at this year’s Wimbledon against Serena Williams. It seems likely that it was to mentally regroup and build stamina reserves before the hard court season. She’s No.2 in the world and she’s been a Champion here in Cincinnati before back in 2011 so she has what it takes to win. However, the tipping point for us to back her at this year’s event is that she doesn’t have any of the troublesome opponents in her half of the draw that she’s lost to this year. She does have Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka as possible matchups, but Sharapova can still hold her own comfortably on hard court against these two. We can’t go as far as to say she would beat Williams if she and her made it to the final, but just in case that slim chance of Williams missing this year’s final comes true we think Sharapova is anyone’s best chance at taking the crown.
EDITOR'S NOTE (Aug. 19): Maria Sharapova withdrew from this event with a leg injury.
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