Tennis Betting Advice - February 2020

Sunday Night Club – Dubai picks at 20/1 and 28/1…

Sunday 16th February 2020

In your Ones to Watch email today:

  • Ones to Watch this week…
  • WTA Dubai…
  • 20/1 and 28/1 picks…

25/1 Rybakina a runner-up…

On the weekly tennis tours, Sunday is finals day. We had a good week with Elena Rybakina reaching the final and finishing runner-up at WTA St Petersburg.

Backed at odds of 25/1 and 20/1+ Each Way this time last week, Rybakina’s run gave us a more than healthy place payout at half the odds.

Rybakina is one to look out for from here on in. That was her third final of the season, and we’re only halfway through February. The 20-year-old will move to a new career-best ranking when the updated lists are published on Monday.

Sundays are also when we take our first look at the upcoming week’s tournaments…

Our ‘Sunday Night Club’ gives us the chance to get on at some of the very best Outright Winner prices, before play starts in the 1st round matches.

Monday’s action begins in Dubai (from 10am UK time). There are four tournaments in total this week. View the calendar here.

For this evening, we’re starting with that early kick-off in the United Arab Emirates…

Ones to Watch in Dubai – at 20/1 and 28/1…

There were supposed to be two women’s tournaments this week, but the Hungarian Open fell by the wayside after some organisational issues (such as the venue being double-booked, apparently).

No such problems for WTA Dubai, though, with a big prize pot and plenty of star names on show in this Premier-grade hard-court event…

World No.2, Simona Halep is the 5/1 (6.00) favourite and top seed. Halep won this tournament in 2015. She’s in the top half of the draw.

World No.3 Karolina Pliskova is in the bottom half, and the second favourite at 11/2 (6.50). Halep & Pliskova met in that 2015 final.

Elsewhere near the front of the betting, is new World No.7 and our 50/1 Australian Open friend, Sofia Kenin. Now that ‘Sonya’ has hit the bigtime, the odds are following suit. Kenin is 8/1 to win here, in what is her first WTA tournament since that big Grand Slam win last month.

Last year’s 50/1 Dubai winner Belinda Bencic is just 14/1 this time – and has been in ropey form of late, looking wobbly on serve and agitated when things don’t go her way.

For much juicier prices, our Ones to Watch picks for Dubai this week are made up of two young women who are both on an upward trajectory…

In the top half of the draw, World No.26 Dayana Yastremska can prove dangerous as a 20/1 outsider.

The Ukrainian was on our pre-season Ones to Watch list in 2019. Dayana went on to reach two finals last year (winning them both). She’s reached one final already in 2020, where it took World No.1 Ashleigh Barty to stop her. Barty isn’t in action this week.

We already know that the 19-year-old is capable of producing some scintillating tennis. Big results are likely around the corner. As with Kenin, let’s keep Yastremska onside while the odds are still very much in our favour.

In the bottom half of the draw, we’ll take a similar approach with 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

The American teenager is on our 2020 list. Anisimova has reached a semi final on hard courts already this season, beaten by Serena Williams in what was Amanda’s only tour appearance so far in 2020 outside of the Australian Open.

As with Yastremska, Anisimova has the power, weapons and talent to achieve great things on a tennis court. And right now, we’re still getting appealing, outsider prices for the American.

In the last two seasons this Dubai event has seen a 50/1 winner and a 40/1 runner-up. We have more than decent grounds to back a couple of improving players at nice prices here.

Anismova is available at 28/1 and 25/1 as I write. She’s first on court in the morning (Monday, 10am).

Ones to Watch:

Outright Winner picks – Each Way

WTA Dubai:

  • Dayana Yastremska is 20/1 with Bet365, William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Boylesports
  • Amanda Anisimova is 28/1 with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, 25/1 William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Skybet, Boylesports

Each Way terms: 1/2 odds 1-2 places.

Bookies suspend their Outright Winner markets during each day’s matches. Play starts in Dubai from 10am Monday.

I’ll be back on Monday with more on this week’s Outright Winner markets. In particular, I reckon we’ll be making a move in the ATP Delray Beach tournament, where’s there’s an eye-catching recent history of big-odds finalists.

See you tomorrow.

Enjoy the tennis…

Best wishes,

Oliver Upstone

Tom Wilson

Ones to Watch