Mallorca Open Best Bets – June 23rd  

The final of the 2019 Mallorca Open is now set after a pretty straight forward Saturday in Spain. The first semifinal of the day saw #2 Ash Barty (-625) handle Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-4. Barty saved all five break point opportunities on her serve and converted two of the four she created during her semifinal win. The second semifinal of the day saw #8Julia Goerges (-139) take out Petra Martic 6-4 6-3. Goerges served really well, lost her serve just one time and losing just 17 total points on her serve, during her one hour and 23 minute win.

The final Sunday will be #2 Ash Barty (-455) taking on #8 Julia Goerges (+333).

Below is my pick for the final of the 2019 Mallorca Open.

Ash Barty (-455) vs Julia Goerges (+333)

Ash Barty is through to her 10th career WTA final after handling her business against Barbora Strycova on Saturday. Dating back to the start of the French Open Barty has now won 11 straight matches and has dropped just two sets in the last month. Sunday will be the Australian’s third career grass final and she will look to win her second career title on this surface. Barty has competed in three other finals this season and currently holds a 2-1 record after lifting the trophy in Miami and Paris. A win Sunday would push Barty past Naomi Osaka and into the #1 ranking.

Julia Goerges is through to her 16th career WTA final after taking out the red hot Petra Martic on Saturday. Goerges will compete in her second career grass final, first since the 2017 version of the Mallorca Open, and will hope for a better turnout this time around. Sunday will be the German’s second final of 2019 as she lifted the title in Auckland to start the season. Goerges can move back into the top 15 with a win Sunday.

I like Ash Barty to raise the trophy and climb to #1 in the rankings.

The H2H is tied 1-1, but Goerges leads 1-0 on grass. The two met in this tournament last season with Goerges coming away with a 7-6(6) 6-3 win in the Round of 16.

YTD Tennis Results: 264-174

Mallorca Open Results: 7-5

Mallorca Open Best Bets – June 22nd  

The four semifinalists are set after a pretty fun day of tennis in Spain. The day started with #7 Sofia Kenin (+110) coming back, after losing the first set 1-6 to #4 Elise Mertens, to win 1-6 6-1 6-3. #3 Belinda Bencic (-139) followed that match up with a 6-2 6-2 win over Amanda Anisimova and then #2 Anastasija Sevastova (-357) dispatched Yafan Wang 6-2 6-1. Finally, #1 Angie Kerber (-250) took out #6 Caroline Garcia 6-3 7-6(5).

Semifinal Saturday is set to be a fun one with #1 Angie Kerber (-164) vs #3 Belinda Bencic (+125) and #2 Anastasija Sevastova (-139) vs #7 Sofia Kenin (+110).

Below are my picks for Saturday’s semifinals in Spain.

Anastasija Sevastova (-139) vs Sofia Kenin (+110)

Anastasija Sevastova put forth her second consecutive route as she needed just one hour and two minutes to knock out Yafan Wang 6-2 6-1. This comes just one day after the Latvian needed just one hour and three minutes to beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-1. The Latvian has spent three hours and 47 minutes on the court this week and has faced opponents with an average ranking of 76. This will be Sevastova’s first semifinal of the season.

Sofia Kenin shook off a tough first set, in which she lost 6-1, and came back to beat #4 Elise Mertens 1-6 6-1 6-3. Even though she won the last sets convincingly, on the scoreboard, Kenin had some issues on her serve and will need to tighten that up if she wants to win Saturday. A win Saturday would push Kenin to a career high ranking of 29 and lifting the title would push Kenin up to 28th.  The American has spent three hours and 43 minutes on the court this week and has faced an average opponent ranking of 55. Saturday will be the third semifinal of 2019 for Kenin.

I like Sofia Kenin to get to the final.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Angie Kerber (-164) vs Belinda Bencic (+129)

Angie Kerber took advantage of a tired #6 Caroline Garcia and nabbed a 6-3 7-6(5) win on Friday. It was a tough win, as most over Garcia are, but the 2018 Wimbledon champ seems to be rounding into form as we approach the seasons third Grand Slam. Kerber has spent four hours and 57 minutes on court and faced an average opponent ranking of 75 this week. Kerber moved back into the top five with her performance this week and Saturday will be her fourth semifinal of 2019.

Belinda Bencic was pushed to the limit in round two, against Shelby Rogers, but the Swiss flipped a switch Friday and dismantled world #27 Amanda Anisimova 6-2 6-2. Bencic did lose her serve once each set, but her returns against Anisimova was the game changer as Bencic cruised to victory. Bencic has spent four hours and 43 minutes on court while facing an average opponent ranking of 149 this week. Saturday will be Bencic’s fifth semifinal of 2019.

Angie Kerber continues her good grass form.

Belinda Bencic leads the overall H2H 3-2, but Kerber leads 1-0 on grass. The two met in the Wimbledon Round of 16 last year when Kerber came away with the straight set win.

YTD Tennis Results: 260-170

Mallorca Open Results: 6-4

Mallorca Open Best Bets – June 20th  

The first four quarterfinalists are set after a dud of a Wednesday in Mallorca. The first two matches of the day saw Yafan Wang (+150) take out Alison Van Uytvanck (-200) 7-6(3) 6-3 and #4 Elise Mertens (-400) beat Sam Stosur (+275) 6-3 6-3. The final two matches of the day saw #2 Anastasija Sevastova (-164) beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-1 and #7 Sofia Kenin (-303) received a retirement from Ons Jabeur (+225) with Kenin leading 6-2 2-0.

The final four second matches, to take place on Thursday, are #3 Belinda Bencic (-455) vs Shelby Rogers (+300), Amanda Anisimova (-189) vs Alize Cornet (+137), #1 Angie Kerber (-152) vs Maria Sharapova (+110) and #6 Caroline Garcia (-556) vs Paula Badosa (+350).

Below are my two best bets for the Thursday action in Spain.

Angie Kerber (-152) vs Maria Sharapova (+110)

Angie Kerber moved on from her disappointing first round exit at the French Open and opened her grass season with a three set win over Ysaline Bonaventure. The German had a hard time serving on Tuesday as she served up seven double faults and was broken four times during her one hour and 48 minute match. Kerber, last season’s Wimbledon champion, fell in the first round here last season.

Maria Sharapova came back from injury with a vengeance Tuesday beating Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6(8) 6-0. It was the Russian’s first match since late January and she rightfully looked rusty to start, but she turned on the jets in the second set losing just six total points in the second set. The win Tuesday was Sharapova’s first win on grass since 2015.

I like Angie Kerber to get the win on Thursday.

The H2H is tied 4-4, but Angie Kerber leads the H2H on grass 1-0. The two met at Wimbledon, in 2014, with Kerber coming away with a 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4 win.

Amanda Anisimova (-189) vs Alize Cornet (+137)

Amanda Anisimova notched the first professional grass win of her career, Tuesday, with a three set win over qualifier Tereza Martincova. The American had to save a match point in the second set tiebreaker before finishing off the match with a comfortable third set. The 17-year-old did not compete during the grass season last season, so she has plenty of room to improve on her current ranking of #27 in the world.

Alize Cornet started her grass season with a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Sara Sorribes Tormo on Tuesday. Cornet lost just 24 points the entire match and needed just 55 minutes to dispatch the Spaniard. The Frenchwoman fell during this stage last season.

I like Amanda Anisimova to advance to the quarterfinals.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 252-161

Mallorca Open Results: 4-2

Mallorca Open Best Bets – June 19th  

The final 10 first round matches took place Tuesday, in Mallorca, with one big upset and four slight upsets taking place throughout the day. Paula Badosa (+350) knocked off last week’s Hertogenbosch champion, Alison Riske, in three tight sets. Alize Cornet (+162), #6 Caroline Garcia (+137), Ons Jabeur (+100) and Maria Sharapova (-111) all pulled off slight upsets to advance to the second round. #1 Angie Kerber (-500), #2 Anastasija Sevastova (-400) and Amanda Anisimova were all victorious on Tuesday.

The first four second round matches are on the schedule Wednesday with the four matchups: Alison van Uytvanck (-189) vs Yafan Wang (+137), #4 Elise Mertens (-333) vs Sam Stosur (+240), #7 Sofia Kenin (-278) vs Ons Jabeur (+200) and Anastasija Sevastova (-152) vs Ajla Tomljanovic (+110).

Below are my two best bets for the Wednesday action in Spain.

Alison Van Uytvanck (-189) vs Yafan Wang (+137)

Alison Van Uytvanck improved her 2019 grass record to 402 after a three set, 6-2 3-6 6-3, win over #8 Katerina Siniakova on Monday. The Belgian fired up seven aces, to two double faults, while Siniakova served up just one ace and six double faults. Van Uytvanck has a solid career grass record, but fell in the second round of this tournament last season.

Yafan Wang recorded her first win since late April, and in seven matches, with a nice 7-5 6-3 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam on Monday. Wang was enjoying a breakout beginning to 2019, going 14-5 on the hardcourts, but a 0-5 clay swing, and an opening round loss in Hertogenbosch last week might have Wang low on confidence at the moment.

I like Alison Van Uytvanck to get a win over Yafan Wang for the second week in a row.

The H2H is tied 1-1, but Van Uytvanck leads on grass 1-0. The two met last week, on the Hertogenbosch grass, when Van Uytvanck came away with a 7-6(4) 6-3 win.

Anastasija Sevastova (-152) vs Ajla Tomljanovic (+110)

Anastasija Sevastova started her grass season with a 6-3 7-6(50 win over Varvara Lapchenko Tuesday and will look to build off her solid showing at the French Open. The Latvian was not in great form entering the French Open, but a run to the Round of 16 gave Sevastova some confidence heading into the grass swing. Sevastova has a career 17-13 record on the grass and is defending runner-up points this week.

Ajla Tomljanovic improved her 2019 grass record to 3-1 after a solid 6-4 7-5 win over Monica Puig on Monday. The Aussie converted all four break points against Puig en route to her one hour and 24 minute win. Tomljanovic started her grass season last week, in Nottingham, with a quarterfinal run and will look to make it back-to-back quarterfinal appearances to start the grass swing.

I like Anastasija Sevastova to eliminate Ajla Tomljanovic for the second consecutive season.

Anastasija Sevastova leads the overall H2H, and the H2H on grass, 1-0. The met in the quarterfinals here last season when Sevastova came away with a 3-6 6-3 6-1 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 246-160

Mallorca Open Results: 3-1

Mallorca Open Best Bets – June 18th  

Six main draw matches got the week in Mallorca started Monday and the day consisted of five favorites winning and one slight upset. The only betting upset on the day was Alison Van Uytvanck (+137) taking out #8 Katerina Siniakova in three sets. Ajla Tomljanovic (-175), #3 Belinda Bencic (-500), Yafan Wang (-120), #7 Sofia Kenin (-189) and #4 Elise Mertens all came away with straight set victories.

The final 10 first round matches are on the schedule Monday with #1 Angie Kerber, #2 Anastasija Sevastova, #6 Caroline Garcia, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all in action.

Below are my two best bets for the Tuesday action in Spain.

Victoria Azarenka (-175) vs Caroline Garcia (+125)

Victoria Azarenka begins her clay season after a 7-4 clay season that ended in the second round of the French Open. Azarenka, who somehow has never won a grass tournament, has been one of the more consistent grass court players over the years, but has struggled a bit since coming back from maternity leave. Azarenka went 2-2 last season, but holds a career 44-19 grass court record. The Belarusian fell in the second round of Mallorca during this week last season.

Caroline Garcia, the 2019 Nottingham grass court champ, is right back in action after a long, problematic weather, week. Garcia navigated her way through the weather in Nottingham and won three indoor hardcourt matches before winning the semifinal and final on grass. It was the Frenchwoman’s second career grass court title, 2016 Mallorca, holds a 29-16 career grass record.

I like Victoria Azarenka to prevail over the tired Caroline Garcia.

Caroline Garcia leads the H2H 2-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. These two met earlier this year, on the Miami hardcourts, when Garcia came away with a routine 6-3 6-4 win.

Viktoria Kuzmova (-139) vs Maria Sharapova (+100)

Viktoria Kuzmova started her grass court season with a disappointing first round loss, to Margarita Gasparyan, last week in Hertogenbosch. The Slovak has played just three seasons on grass and now sits at 6-7 in her young career on the surface. Kuzmova fell in the first round of Mallorca last season.

Maria Sharapova prepares for her first match since January 30th as she looks for her first grass win since the 2015 season. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, has a career 8-14 record on the grass, but has been a shell of herself the last four years.

Maria Sharapova starts her comeback with a win on Tuesday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 243-158

Mallorca Open Results: 2-0

 

32 women head to Mallorca, Spain looking to lift a WTA International level trophy. Wimbledon is just two weeks away, so all 32 women will be looking to gain some confidence before beginning the season’s third Grand Slam. Last season Tatjana Maria made a surprising title run after making her way through Anett Kontaveit, Carina Witthoeft, Lucie Safarova, Sofia Kenin and Anastasija Sevastova.

Monday features six first round matches with #3 Belinda Bencic, #4 Elise Mertens, #7 Sofia Kenin and #8 Katerina Siniakova all looking to get their weeks started with a win.

Below are my two best bets for the first day of action in Spain.

Sofia Kenin (-189) vs Kirsten Flipkens (+137)

Sofia Kenin finished off a mixed 5-5 clay season with a run to the Round of 16, where she upset Serena Williams, in the French Open. Kenin has played just three seasons on the grass and holds a 10-5 record on the surface. Last season the American went 6-2 which included a run to the semifinals of this tournament.

Kirsten Flipkens was happy to get off the clay, where she went 0-5 this season, and started her grass season last week in Hertogenbosch where she had runner-up points to defend. Flipkens was able to pick up two wins, but eventually fell in the quarterfinals to Elena Rybakina. The Belgian is currently 2-1 on grass this season and is now 50-30 for her career on the surface. Flipkens did not compete during this week last season. Flipkens won the 2018 Southsea title on the grass.

I like Sofia Kenin to kick off her grass season with a win.

Sofia Kenin leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two met earlier this season, on the Hobart hardcourts, when Kenin came away with a 7-5 7-5 win.

Ajla Tomljanovic (-175) vs Monica Puig (+125)

Ajla Tomljanovic was one of the women who has to endure the odd tournament in Nottingham last week. The weather did not cooperate all week and Tomljanovic, who entered a grass tournament, actually was victorious on the indoor hardcourts during the first two rounds. She then fell to Tatjana Maria, in the quarters, on the grass. The Aussie is 2-1 on the grass this season and now sits at 20-17 in her career on the surface.

Monica Puig begins her grass season looking for her first win on the surface since 2016. The Puerto Rican has played just two matches on grass since 2016, but during that 2016 season she went a surprising 10-4. For her career Puig is 16-15 on the surface.

I like Ajla Tomljanovic to get the win Monday.

Ajla Tomljanovic leads the H2H 2-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two last met in 2017, on the Linz hardcourts, when Tomljanovic came away with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 238-155

Mallorca Open Results:

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