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WTA BETTING PREVIEW - NOTTINGHAM + HERTOGENBOSCH

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Please note these are not premium bets, because the odds are simply uninteresting. However, we thought we would give you a quick run down on both finals, and talk in brief about what we consider bookmakers incompetence. 

You would think that by the end of a tournament that bookmakers had every card on the table. By that we mean they have seen how both players perform, so in theory it should be much easier to price a match. However, if that’s the case many of the tennis odds compilers should be looking for new jobs, especially the ones at Unibet, 888bet and Bet365. How could the first two open with odds of 1.55 Anett Kontaveit (now 1.37), and what about BET365 offering 1.30 Jo Konta (now 1.20). These are crass mistakes, and are further proof that the bookmakers are weak in pricing but good in stopping professionals from betting.   

In summary, the bookmaking industry is not what it used to be, and most of these Sports betting platforms can’t really use the word ‘’bookmaker’’. Afterall, from the several hundred we know of most are taking their odds from the Betradar service (not as good as people believe). Others who have an in-house compiler are probably copying Pinnacle minus a few points, or taking the average odds from the same platform. And, top odds Russian owned bookmakers such has 1XBET and Marathonbet are a lost cause, because it’s almost impossible to take their offer seriously!

ANETT KONTAVEIT vs NATALIA VIKHLYANTSEVA

At least this final is being played by the youth of tennis, since Anett Kontaveit is 21 and Natalia Vikhlyantseva is 20. At least these players give us a little hope for the future of WTA, because the current top twenty are nothing special. 

Kontaveit needed three times three sets this week, and her only straight sets win was against Carina Witthoeft. Nevertheless, the Estonian won the last set of all her matches easily enough, so maybe her issues were with finding the right momentum. Whatever the case, Kontaveit is a player in absolutely top form, and it’s hard to see her getting beat here, Afterall, she’s got more experience than her opponent, and the bigger game for now.

We had Natalia Vikhlyantseva to beat Ana Konjuh in yesterdays semi final, with our main reasoning being her opponent was mentally weak. Vikhlyantseva was well on top in the first set and she appeared to be heading for a comfortable win when a break up in the second set. However, she then began to wobble and her opponent broke back. At one stage Vikhlyantseva looked like she was about to blow it, but her opponent made it easy by returning to hitting loads of unforced errors. It was a messy match between two players who were thinking too much, and has such we don’t believe the form is worth much!

ANETT KONTAVEIT

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JOHANNA KONTA vs DONNA VEKIC

We expected Donna Vekic to have a good week, but making the final is like getting the cream on it. The young Croatian is certainly a decent player on grass, and making this final should do her the world of good going forwards. However, it’s a big ask playing Johanna Konta, irrelevant that the Brit is probably short of her peak form. What Konta has done this week is show that a 90% ready player can still use her undoubted class to get through. To make a long story short it’s hard to look beyond the obvious, so we won’t!

JOHANNA KONTA wins in straight sets!

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