WTA Miami Open 2018: Odds and Betting Preview

Outside of the four Grand Slams, the Miami Open is one of the most important events on the Women’s tennis tour and it’s also a perfect opportunity for players to find form and fitness ahead of bigger challenges ahead.

The French Open and Wimbledon are just appearing on the horizon, so this is a perfect opportunity for players to lay down a marker for their opponents ahead of those major tournaments. The action on court is already underway and with a number of top seeds already eliminated, the outright win market becomes an open one.

Big Name Casualties

As she feels her way back into competitive tennis, Serena Williams is experiencing mixed results and the multiple Grand Slam winner is already out of the Miami Open, beaten in the first round by Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Williams was unseeded after taking a 13 month break following the birth of her first child but many pundits expected her to go much deeper into the competition.

Of those that remain, there are some distinct favourites but as play continues, these odds are fluctuating all the time so get on quickly if you want to secure the best prices.

Out in Front

Serena Williams

Favourite to win the women’s singles event in Miami is Simona Halep who is on offer at best odds of 7/1 with William Hill and Betway. The Romanian, like many of the top seeds, had yet to take to the court at the time of writing but she is the World Number one and the pre-tournament favourite and many are tipping her to land a first Grand Slam in 2018.

Behind Halep things are tight amongst the chasing pack and we have two joint second favourites. Angelique Kerber is on offer at best odds of 9/1 with Boylesports while Caroline Wozniacki is also available at that same top price of 9/1 with bet365 and Betway.

Wozniacki seems to have benefited most from Serena Williams’ absence from the court, bouncing back to number two in the world rankings and claiming the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia. Of the three names mentioned so far, the Dane therefore seems to offer the better value at that 9/1 price.

Chasers

Moving back, things remain tight with two more players up for grabs at the same odds of 10/1. Elina Svitolina is on offer at that figure with Sky Bet while one name that interests us is that of Garbine Muguruza who can be claimed at a best of 10/1 with William Hill and BetFred. Muguruza is already through to the second round by virtue of a walkover against Amanda Anisimova and while she has yet to be tested in this event, the Spaniard is the reigning Wimbledon Champion and a two-time Grand Slam winner with the quality to suggest that this 10/1 price could be lower.

As we move further back through the betting we find Naomi Osaka who overcame Serena Williams in impressive fashion and will therefore interest many at her best odds of 14/1 with William Hill and BetFred. Osaka will be a new name to some but with a first WTA win on tour at Indian Wells earlier this year, the 20 year old has a big future.

Outside Punts

Simona Halep

In recent years, this event has been dominated by two players. Serena Williams has a staggering eight Miami Open titles but as we know, she is already out of this year’s tournament so should we consider three time winner Victoria Azarenka?

Form may not be on the side of the Belarusian but at 28 she’s certainly not past her prime and with her most recent Miami Open victory coming just two years ago in 2016, there will be some interest in Azarenka at a top price of 25/1 with BetFred and Sky Bet.

Meanwhile, our defending champion this week is Johanna Konta who is out at best odds of 40/1 in the outrights with bet365. The Australian born, British star beat Caroline Wozniacki in the final a year ago to secure a breakthrough win but hasn’t really kicked on from that point.

Other names in this distant group include Venus Williams at 18/1 with Sky Bet, Madison Keys at 33/1 with bet365 and 2012 Miami Open Champion Agnieszka Radwanska at 66/1 with William Hill.

Betting Options

With the action having already started in the US, the only long term bet we have for the women’s Miami Open is for the outright winner. However, there will be lots of options for each individual match with busy result markets available for each game from now until the final which takes place on March 31.

Correct score in terms of overall sets and for each individual game will be listed by the bookmakers with all the usual side bets made available for a tournament of this size.

Verdict

It’s easy to see why Simona Halep is at the top of the outright betting: She is the current World number one and has been since last October so should be competing for most titles, including the Grand Slams in 2018.

Talking of Grand Slams, Caroline Wozniacki’s win at the Australian Open makes her a strong contender here and the Dane finally seems to be getting back to the form that made her top of the rankings for a time.

But we’ll look beyond the top two and consider Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. The beneficiary of a bye into the next round, she has those two grand slams herself and while she has no great record in this event, we believe she’s set for a stellar year and are hoping that this tip will lead to the start of a profitable 2018.

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