Nottingham Open Best Bets – June 15th
The weird week in Nottingham continued as the day started off as a grass tournament, finally, but ended up back inside on the hard courts. #9 Tatjana Maria (+175) upset #6 Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 7-6(7) on the grass to get the day started. The following match was a weird one as it started on the grass, but concluded on the indoor hardcourt, as #2 Donna Vekic (-164) was able to take out #8 Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. Jennifer Brady (+150) was able to knock out #4 Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-3 and #1 Caroline Garcia (-714) was able to come back from a set down to beat Gabriela Ruse.
The two semifinal matchups will be #1 Caroline Garcia vs Jennifer Brady and #2 Donna Vekic vs #9 Tatjana Maria
Here are two best bets for Saturday in Great Britain.
Donna Vekic (-357) vs Tatjana Maria (+275)
Donna Vekic had to fight through multiple interruptions and the match being moved to a different surface during her quarterfinal win over Kristina Mladenovic on Friday. The match started on the grass, but after multiple weather interruptions it was decided that the match would move indoors to the hardcourts, where Vekic was finally able to prevail 7-5 6-4. The Croat has spent four hours and 58 minutes and has faced an average opponent ranking of 109. Saturday will be Vekic’s fourth quarterfinal of 2019.
Tatjana Maria took out #6 Ajla Tomlijanovic 6-3 7-6(7) to advance to the semifinals of the Nature Valley Open. Maria has been on the court a lot this week as she has spent six hours and 32 minutes on the grass, thanks to two three set matches, and faced an average opponent ranking of 96. Saturday will be Maria’s first WTA semifinal of the season, but she has made two ITF and one Challenger semifinal in the first six months.
I like Donna Vekic to advance to the final with a win Saturday.
This will be the first meeting between the two.
Caroline Garcia (-152) vs Jennifer Brady (+120)
Caroline Garcia came through a tough three set match, with Gabriela Ruse, 4-6 7-6(3) 6-1 on Friday to reach the semifinals in Nottingham. Garcia has had a real nice draw this week, as the average ranking of her three opponents is 239, and she has spent just three hours and 52 minutes on court so far. Saturday will be Garcia’s second semifinal of 2019.
Jennifer Brady pulled off a pretty big upset against #4 Maria Sakkari, on Friday, to reach the semifinals here in Nottingham. On grass, this would not have been a big upset, but on the hard courts this was a very surprising result. Brady has spent a lot of time on court this week, six hours and 21 minutes, and her opponents have had an average ranking of 49.
I like Caroline Garcia to reach the final of the Nature Valley Open.
Jennifer Brady leads the H2H 3-2, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two have met three times this year, all on hardcourts, and Brady has come away with the win in all of those meetings.
YTD Tennis Results: 230-154
Nottingham Open Results: 4-2
Nottingham Open Best Bets – June 14th
The weather has been so bad in Great Britain that this grass tournament has turned into an indoor hard court tournament, but nonetheless, the Nottingham Open now has its final eight. There were eight matches played Thursday with just one upset as Gabriela Ruse (+137) knocked out Viktorija Golubic in three tough sets. #1 Caroline Garcia, #2 Donna Vekic, #4 Maria Sakkari and #8 Kristina Mladenovic all came away with straight set wins to earn their spots in the quarterfinals. #6 Ajla Tomljanovic, #9 Tatjana Maria and Jenner Brady all needed three sets, but also punched their tickets to the quarterfinals.
The four quarterfinal matchups are: #1 Caroline Garcia vs Gabriela Ruse, #2 Donna Vekic vs #8 Kristina Mladenovic, #4 Maria Sakkari vs Jennifer Brady and #6 Ajla Tomljanovic vs #9 Tatjana Maria.
Here are two best bets for Friday in Great Britain.
Donna Vekic (-152) vs Kristina Mladenovic (+120)
Donna Vekic is through to the quarterfinals of the Nature Valley Open after a 54 minute, 6-1 6-2, win over Chloe Paquet. Vekic did not save a single break point and was able to break the Frenchwoman five times during her route on Thursday. Friday will be Vekic’s fifth quarterfinal of 2019.
Kristina Mladenovic advances to the quarterfinals after a 6-1 7-5 win over Astra Sharma on Thursday. Mladenovic broke the Australian six times, and won 81% of her first serves, in the one hour and 24 victory. Friday will Mladenovic’s fourth quarterfinal of 2019.
I like Donna Vekic to get the win Friday.
Kristina Mladenovic leads the H2H 2-1, but this will be the first meeting between the two on grass. The previous meeting between these two took place at this year’s Australia Open when Vekic came away with a straight set victory.
Maria Sakkari (-164) vs Jennifer Brady (+129)
Maria Sakkari is through to the quarterfinals after a 6-2 6-4, one hour and 25 minute, win against Ivana Jorovic on Thursday. The Greek woman broke Jorovic four times, and won 71% of her serves, during their second round match. Friday will be Sakkari’s fourth quarterfinal of 2019.
Jennifer Brady is through to the quarterfinals after an epic three hour, three set, win over Sara Sorribes Tormo on Thursday. Brady fought off a match point, and then broke Tormo when she was serving for the match, to win the three set thriller. Friday will be Brady’s first quarterfinal of the season.
I like Maria Sakkari to get through to the semifinals on Friday.
Jennifer Brady leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The only previous meeting between these two took place on the Rio clay, in 2016, when Brady won in straight sets.
YTD Tennis Results: 224-151
Nottingham Open Results: 3-2
Nottingham Open Best Bets – June 12th
Well, it was wet again In Nottingham and no matches have been able to get played so far. The women should be playing to get into the quarterfinals on Wednesday, but instead they are still shooting to get the first round done.
All of the first round matches will be played tomorrow and it will be a crowded last few days in Great Britain.
Here are two best bets for the Wednesday in Great Britain.
Evgeniya Rodina (-175) vs Chloe Paquet (+125)
Evgeniya Rodina has just two wins all of 2019 and is currently on a six match losing streak dating back to early April. The 30-year-old Russian started her grass season last week with a first round loss to Heather Watson at the Surbiton ITF event. Rodina went 11-4 on grass last season and has a career 30-18 record on the surface. This week last season Rodina made a run to the semifinals of the Manchester ITF event.
Chloe Paquet fell in the qualifying stages, but received a lucky loser entry into the main draw and will now look for her first main draw victory on grass. Paquet has never really had much of any success, on any surface, throughout her career, but a run to the semifinals of Strasbourg might give the 24-year-old some confidence at this level.
I like Evgeniya Rodina to get her first win in quite some time Wednesday.
This will be the first meeting between the two,
Shelby Rogers (-139) vs Sara Sorribes Tormo (+100)
Shelby Rogers begins her first grass season since 2017 on Wednesday looking for just her fourth win all of 2019. Rogers dealt with injuries last season and was forced to miss the majority of the year and the American has just a 7-13 record on the surface in her career.
Sara Sorribes Tormo, who is generally best on the clay, enjoyed a career year on the grass last season as she went 8-3 and made it to the final of the Manchester ITF event during this time last season.
Not much separates these two, but I like Shelby Rogers to get the win Wednesday.
Sara Sorribes Tormo leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The previous meeting between the two took place on the Charleston clay, in 2015, when Sorribes Tormo came away with a straight set victory.
YTD Tennis Results: 218-141
Nottingham Open Results:
The grass season got off to a wet start Monday and all of the action in Nottingham was postponed and pushed back to Tuesday. So, on Tuesday, there will be 16 first round matches with another poor weather day likely.
Here are two best bets for the Tuesday in Great Britain.
Maria Sakkari (-200) vs Heather Watson (+150)
Maria Sakkari had a very successful clay court season come to an end with a disappointing second round exit at the French Open. Sakkari is just a few spots away from a career high ranking after going 15-5 on the dirt and winning her first WTA title in Rabat. The Greek went 0-3 on grass last season and has a career 10-7 record on the surface. Sakkari did not compete during this week last season.
Heather Watson stayed off the clay this season as the Brit played just two matches, both in the qualifying stages of the French Open, and went 1-1. Starting her grass season last week at the Surbiton ITF event, Watson went through to the quarterfinals before falling to Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets. Watson went just 1-5 last season on grass and has a career record of 33-35. Watson fell in the second round here last season.
I like Maria Sakkari to get the win Tuesday.
Maria Sakkari leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two previously met on the hard courts of New Haven, back in 2016, when Sakkari came away with a straight set win.
Tatjana Maria (-189) vs Monica Niculescu (+137)
Tatjana has a miserable clay season as the German went 1-6 and lost her last matches on the surface. Maria now gets on to her favorite surface, the grass, where she has already progressed to a semifinal this season. Last week the German competed at the Surbiton ITF event and progressed to the semifinals before falling to Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets. Maria won her first WTA title on the grass of Mallorca, last season, and has a career 35-19 record on the surface. Maria lost in the first round of the Libema Open this week last season.
Monica Niculescu returns to the court for the first time in six weeks after a 2-1 record on the dirt. The Romanian has had one good season on grass, going 8-5 in 2015, but has a career record of just 17-21 on the surface. Niculescu did not compete during this week last season.
I like Tatjana Maria to get the win on Tuesday.
This will be the first meeting between the two.
YTD Tennis Results: 213-138
Nottingham Open Results: