Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen Day 1 Best Tennis Bets and Predictions


Saturday, October 26, 2019 7:46 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 7:46 PM UTC

Will Naomi Osaka´s title winning groove continue in an Australian Open final rematch against Petra Kvitova?
<div><h2><strong>Naomi Osaka (3) vs. Petra Kvitova (6)</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday, October 27, Shenzhen</strong></p><p>There is no doubt about who enters this year´s WTA Final on a heater, with Naomi Osaka currently sporting a 10-match win streak which has resulted in both Osaka and Beijing titles. It´s been a mixed bag this season for the former world no.1, having gone through a rollercoaster of winning the Australian Open, splitting with coach Sascha Baijin and struggling badly at the start of the year.</p><p>After several rough losses and failing to cope with the pressure and attention that comes with being the best in the world, an open letter this summer brought the fun back in the 21-year old´s game. Osaka tends to prefer to stay outside the absolute spotlight, and has performed a lot better since losing her number 1 ranking.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Coming into this event with some real mojo, the Japanese superstar will fancy her chances. Petra Kvitova won´t make this opener an easy one however, carrying the most experience out of any participant this year. This makes the eight time the 29-year old Czech takes the field as one of the chosen eight players, with a 2011 title and 2015 final her best results to date. After starting 2019 on a serious heater with a Sydney title, Australian Open final, Dubai final and Stuttgart title, injuries have halted the former world no. 2´s advances. It´s been the left forearm causing problems, severely limiting Kvitova in the buildup to Wimbledon, where she is a two time Champion.</p><p>Persisting even beyond the summer though, we´ve seen the world no. 6 be limited up until very recently. Putting together two strong tournaments in Wuhan and Beijing, the Czech will once again be a force to be reckoned with in this tournament. For all of her experience and pedigree, the round robin format doesn´t necessarily bring out the best of Petra Kvitova though. The 29-year old lost five out of six matches and was eliminated in the group stage in two of her last three trips here, including losing all matches last year. Furthermore, the slow conditions take away from the tall lefty´s powerful game and enables opponents to get her on the move where she´s vulnerable. Naomi</p><p>Osaka comes into this tournament in scintillating form, and when in her groove she´s very hard to oppose. The pair have only met on one previous occasion, where it was indeed the Japanese superstar emerging victorious on the biggest of stages, capturing the Australian Open title in January after a tough three-set final. At a 1.78 price with Pinnacle, look for a repeat of that result.</p><p><a href=";a=d7352d18-3d8c-44b8-b3d5-4444cdd69959&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow"><em><strong>Best bet: Osaka to win at 1.78 (39/50) with [Pinnacle] 2u </strong></em></a></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Ashleigh Barty (1) vs. Belinda Bencic (7)</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday, October 27, Shenzhen </strong></p><p>While she may still carry the title as world number 1, Ashleigh Barty will have her work cut out in order to live up to that ranking. It´s been an overwhelmingly positive season as a whole for the 23-year old Aussie, who made the final in Sydney before capturing huge titles in Miami and at Roland Garros. Many expected Barty´s maiden Major success to come on her favorite grass surface, but the multifaceted game which can turn defense into offense whilst bewitching &amp; beguiling any opponent is potent on any surface.</p><p>After winning that title in June however, the Aussie hasn´t been as dominant. Struggling for top form and fitness, the world no. 1 has shown impressive grit to persevere through lingering calf problems to put together a semifinal run in Wuhan and a final appearance in Beijing. Grit and perseverance will both be very much needed as Belinda Bencic rolls into this first time meeting in white-hot form. Leapfrogging Kiki Bertens at the last gasp through a Moscow title to make it in, the Swiss counterpuncher is a nightmare matchup many would have likely preferred to see miss out. Amidst a career year with semifinal runs in Indian Wells, Madrid &amp; the US Open along with a Mallorca final, that has also been crowned with a title in Dubai and Moscow.</p><p>The Moscow title was a massive boost to the 22-year old´s confidence, and she´s always thrived when facing up against the creme of the crop. Sporting a 9-6 record against the top 10 this season, the Swiss ace could put together such a run as in Dubai at any moment. Defeating four top 10 players on the spin enroute to that title, she will look to repeat similar feats this week. Though this pair have never met, it will be a fantastic matchup between two gifted and intelligent tennis players. For many players, the variety that Barty brings to the table becomes their undoing, but that isn´t the case for Bencic. The Swiss will be able to take whatever the Aussie throws at her, and has the weaponry to strike back viciously. While Barty laboured through a nagging calf injury over the Asian Swing and hasn´t played for almost a month, Bencic survived thriller after thriller enroute to the Moscow title.</p><p>Hardened by those tough battles, she will also have the advantage of having played indoors before, and recently. Shockingly, the world no.1 has never played indoors in her career, and may well come out slow in this affair. In a matchup I like the Swiss sensation in, making her a big underdog priced 2.21 certainly has me interested. We´ll pounce all over that Pinnacle pricing.</p><p><strong><em>Best bet: Bencic to win at 2.21 (121/100) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</em></strong></p></div>
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