The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has its four semifinalist after a great day of tennis on Friday. It is a stacked semifinal field with world #1 Naomi Osaka, #3 Petra Kvitova, #7 Kiki Bertens and #15 Anett Kontaveit. Petra Kvitova came back from a set down to beat Anastasija Sevastova and she will take on Kiki Bertens who easily took out Angie Kerber in straight sets. Naomi Osaka was down 5-1 in the third set to Donna Vekic, with Vekic serving to win, but fought back and was able to escape in a third set tiebreaker. Osaka will take on Anett Kontaveit who used a three set comeback, Azarenka retired down 3-0 in the third set, to advance to the semifinals in Stuttgart.
Here are my two best bets for the semifinal action in Germany.
Kiki Bertens (-125) vs Petra Kvitova (+100)
Petra Kvitova is just two wins away from her second title in 2019 and her 7th from the beginning of the 2018 season. With her three set comeback against Anastasija Sevastova, Kvitova advances to her fourth semifinal appearance this season. The Czech is now 22-6 this season and on clay is now 17-3 since the beginning of the 2018 season. Five time clay court champion Kiki Bertens reaches her third semifinal of the season after a convincing straight set win over Angie Kerber Friday. Bertens is backing up her breakout 2018 with a just as successful 2019 and I like Bertens to get the job done Saturday.
The H2H is ties 2-2, but Kvitova leads 1-0 on clay.
Naomi Osaka (-139) vs Anett Kontaveit (+110)
Naomi Osaka used a thrilled comeback in the third set to outlast Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals. Osaka went down 5-1 in the deciding set, but went and won four straight games to come back and tie the set at 5-5, where Osaka ended up winning the tiebreaker 7-4. This will be Osaka’s third semifinal this season, but this is her first semifinal of her career on clay. Anett Kontaveit had a slow start to the season, but this is the second consecutive tournamnet where the young Estonian has reached the semifinals. Kontaveit has much more clay experience, than Osaka, going 26-11 over the last two seasons, but I like Osaka to get the win.
Naomi Osaka leads the H2H 3-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.
YTD Tennis Results: 89-58
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Results: 5-3
Stuttgart Best Bets – April 26th
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has its quarterfinal field set after six matches on Thursday. It was a pretty straight forward day as five of six favorites won and only one match needed three sets to be decided. The two upset on the day were Anastasija Sevastova, who went off at +110, knocking off Laura Siegemund in straight sets and Victoria Azarenka, who went off at +125, knocked off Karolina Pliskova.
The quarterfinal takes place Friday with Naomi Osaka vs Donna Vekic, Kiki Bertens vs Angie Kerber, Anastasija Sevastova vs Petra Kvitova and Anett Kontaveit vs Victoria Azarenka.
Here are my two best bets for Friday’s action in Germany.
Naomi Osaka (-189) vs Donna Vekic (+150)
World #1, Naomi Osaka, looked the best she has since the Aussie Open in her 6-4 6-3 win over Su-Wei Hsieh on Thursday. Osaka won the Aussie Open earlier this year, but went 3-3 after that so the win on Thursday has to feel great for the 21-year-old. Osaka has never played much on the dirt and her quarterfinal opponent is in the same boat. Donna Vekic, who has never won more than eight matches in a season on clay, cruises into the quarterfinal with a 6-1 7-5 win over Daria Kasatkina. Osaka regains her form this tournmanet and gets the win.
Naomi Osaka leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.
Petra Kvitova (-227) vs Anastasija Sevastova (+175)
Petra Kvitova took advantage of a favorable second round opponent and easily advances to her fifth quarterfinal of the 2019 season. Kvitova has been in great form since the start of the 2018 season and is looking for her seventh title in that time frame. A four time WTA winner on clay, Kvitova will face off against a two time clay court winner Anastasija Sevastova in the quarters. Sevastova was in real poor form heading into this week, but a nice three set win over Jelena Ostapenko and a straight set win over Laura Siegemund sees the Latvian through to her second quarterfinal this season. Kvitova advances.
The H2H is tied 1-1, with Sevastova leading 1-0 on dirt, but the two have not played since 2011.
YTD Tennis Results: 85-56
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Results: 3-3
Stuttgart Best Bets – April 25th
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix really got underway on Wednesday with seven matches, but there was not too much action. The only upset of the day was +110 Su-Wei Hsieh knocking out Qiang Wang in a three set comeback. Donna Vekic, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic all advanced in straight sets.
The Round of 16 concludes Thursday with Donna Vekic vs Daria Kasatkina, Naomi Osaka vs Su-Wei Hsieh, Belinda Bencic vs Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova vs Victoria Azarenka.
Here are my two best bets for Thursday’s action in Germany.
Naomi Osaka (-189) vs Su-Wei Hsieh (+137)
Since winning the Austrailian Open world #1, Naomi Osaka, is just 3-3 with her most recent loss against her next opponent Hsieh. Osaka has never been a big clay player as she has never played more than 10 matches, and never won more than five, in a season. Osaka will face off against the veteran Su-Wei Hsieh who is enjoying a career renaissance at age 33. Hsieh went 14-8 to start the season and bagged a nice three set comeback win in her opening round match this week. Desperate to find some good form, I like Osaka to get the win Thursday.
Naomi Osaka leads the H2H 2-1, but this will be the first meeting on clay.
Karolina Pliskova (-152) vs Victoria Azarenka (+110)
Karolina Pliskova opens her clay court season after a very successful start to the 2019 season. Her start to the season has included a title winning run at Brisbane, a run to the finals at the Aussie Open and Miami and quarterfinal runs at Indian Wells and Dubai. Pliskova has had decent success in clay, winning two career titles, and going 12-4 last season, so she will look to continue her good 2019 form against Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian took advantage of lucky loser Vera Zvonareva to advance to the Round of 16 in Stuttgart. Azarenka hasn’t been able to play much on clay the last five years, so I like Pliskova in this one.
The H2H is tied 3-3 and it is tied 1-1 on clay.
YTD Tennis Results: 81-54
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Results: 2-2
Stuttgart Best Bets – April 24th
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix got underway in Germany, on Tuesday, with two upsets and four favorites advancing to the second round. The two upsets on the day were Greetje Minnen, who went off at +200, knocked out Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets and Daria Kasatkina, who went off at +175, knocking out Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anastasija Sevastova, Andrea Petkovic, Laura Siegemund and Kiki Bertens all advanced in straight sets.
Petra Kvitova, Donna Vekic, Victoria Azarenka, Julia Georges and Belinda Bencic headline Wednesday in what is shaping up to be a great day of tennis
Here are my two best bets for the Wednesday in Germany.
Qiang Wang (-152) vs Su-Wei Hsieh (+110)
Qiang Wang returns to the court for the first time since her quaretfinal run in Miami at the end of March. Wang has played just four tournaments this season, but has won at least two matches in each of those tournaments. The veteran Chinese woman has never done much on clay compiling a 19-19 career record and having just one winning season on the surface. Wang’s opponent on Wednesday will be the Su-Wei Hsieh who is also playing her first match since a quarterfinal run at Miami. Hsieh had a successful hardcourt season, reaching two semifinals and one quarterfinal, and will look to translate that momentum to the dirt. The veteran player from Taiwan has just two winning seasons on clay, but they have both come within the last three seasons. Both women are playing well and I like Su-Wei Hsieh to get the win.
This will be the first meeting between the two.
Victoria Azarenka (-278) vs Vera Zvonareva (+200)
Victoria Azarenka returns to the main tour after having to retire in the Monterrey final earlier this month. Azarenka did compete in the Fed Cup last week, where she went 1-1, and looks to not be hobbled by that injury. The Belarusian has not played on clay much since 2013, going 12-8 in that time frame, but she will look to get back on track this week. Azarenka will face off against another veteran in Vera Zvonareva who enters the draw as a lucky loser after the withdrawal of Garbine Muguruza. The Russian has played just four main draw tournaments this season and has either gone to the semifinals or been knocked out in the first round. Like Azarenka, Zvonareva hasn’t played much on the dirt since 2011 and will look to get back in form on this surface for the first time in over a decade. Azarenka gets through to the second round.
Vera Zvonareva leads the H2H 6-4, and 1-0 on clay, but the two have not played since 2011.
YTD Tennis Results: 77-52
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Results: 0-2
The women are back in action, after a week off for Fed Cup action, and some of the world’s best players all head to Germany for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Defending champion Karolina Pliskova returns as the four seed and is joined by the likes of Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Angie Kerber.
The first day of action has some great matchup’s right from go as Elise Mertens faces Daria Kasatkina and Anastasija Sevastova takes on fellow Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.
Here are my two best bets for the first day of action in Germany.
Elise Mertens (-250) vs Daria Kasatkina (+175)
Elise Mertens had a breakout 2018 winning three titles, two on clay, and going 48-22, but has not really backed that up so far in 2019. Sure, Mertens win the title in Doha, but that tournament counts as five of her 11 wins all season. The Belgian has played one match on clay this season and she was upset in the first round of Charleston by world #79 Kai Kanepi. Mertens is 29-8 on the clay the last two seasons, so I would expect her to get back in form this tournamnet. Daria Kasatkina improved on year ending rank of 24, in 2017, to finish last season ranked #10 after going 42-24. That great record included a 12-7 record on the dirt, but she failed to win a title on the surface in 2018. Kasatkina is in terrible form so far this season going 3-7 and not getting out of the second round in any tournament. Already having dropped 12 spots in the rankings this season Kasatkina needs to get back in form during the clay court season, but I like Elise Mertens to get the win Tuesday.
Elise Mertens leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.
Anastasija Sevastova (-152) vs Jelena Ostapenko (+110)
Since making the Round of 16 at the Austrailian Open Anastasija Sevastova has won just two out of her seven matches and has not progressed past the second round in any tournament. Coming off a first round defeat to world #78 Jessica Pegula, in Charleston, the veteran Latvian will look to get back in form on one of her favorite surfaces. Last season Sevastova won the clay title in Bucharest and she also won the first tile of her career on this surface back at 2010 Estoril. It’s a tough first round draw for Sevastova as she drew her fellow countrywoman, and former French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko. The young Ostapenko has not been able to follow up her 2017 success as she went 28-22 overall last season and is off to a 6-12 start this season. Ostapenko cannot seem to get the ball in the court during the early part of this season as she is second on tour in double faults, with 108, and always seems to have a flurry of unforced errors each match. Neither woman is in great form, but I like Jelena Ostapenko to get the win.
Anastasija Sevastova leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.
YTD Tennis Results: 75-48
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Results: