WTA Finals 2019 Betting Preview & Latest Odds

WTA Finals: Shenzhen, ChinaThe 2019 WTA Finals will get underway on the 27th of October in Shenzhen, China and run through to the 3rd of November. This will be the first time the event will be held in China.

There will be eight players vying for the trophy with each earning their spot in the finals based on points earned over 16 competitions this year. This include points earned in four Premier Mandatory tournaments and four Grand Slam tournaments. The top eight include Elina Svitolina. Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova

The tournament will be divided into two groups with each consisting of four players. It will be played as a round robin tournament whereby the top two players from each group will advance to the semifinals and the top two from the semis going to the final.

For the purpose of this preview, we will look at the top four.

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WTA Final Top Contenders

While there are eight who have earned a place at the finals this year, the standouts are rather obvious. This includes Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu, each of whom has won Grand Slams this season with Andreescu having a breakout year and seeing not only a win at the U.S Open but also the Rogers Cup.

* Odds have been provided by Bet365 and are accurate as of 23/10/2019

Ashleigh Barty

Odds to win: +400

Ashleigh Barty2019 has been a year to remember for Ashleigh Barty. The star Australian made it to the semifinals at the Western and Southern Open and won the Aegon Classic Birmingham, the French Open and the Miami Open as well as was runner up in Sydney.

That has seen the 23 year old earn the No. 1 rank in the WTA and the one to beat heading into the finals.

Barty has a 72.7% success rate with her first serve and racked up 377 aces over the season, which is not bad for a player who once walked away from the sport to play professional cricket only to return several years later.

Bianca Andreescu

Odds to win: +400

Bianca AndreescuBianca Andreescu is the fairytale story of the year and has turned heads after winning against Serena Williams at the Rogers Cup.

While many praised her, Williams retiring early left some unfinished business, which Andreescu settled after she defeated Williams at the U.S. Open top win her first Grand Slam event and catapult in the rankings.

This year she won three titles which included Indian Wells and was the first women player in Canada to win a singles title. While her stats may not be as impressive as some in the finals, few could doubt that at 19, she is a serious contender to challenge Barty if the two go the distance in Singapore.

Naomi Osaka

Odds to win: +400

Naomi OsakaNaomi Osaka shares in the honour of being in the top three heading into Singapore for the final. After winning last year’s U.S. Open, Osaka won back-to-back tournaments on the Asia leg of the tour.

This included the China Open and the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan, and her success also saw the 22 year old making the quarterfinals at the Western and Southern Open, the Rogers Cup, the Mutua Madrid Open, the BNL d’italia. Adding to her rising star status was a win at the Australian Open.

However, heading into the final she may not be at her best after she chose to withdraw from the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, yet to count her out would not be a wise bet as she too is a serious contender in Singapore.

Simona Halep

Odds to win: +700

Simona HalepSimona Halep has had yet another big year on the tour and won the title at Wimbledon, her second in her career.

Currently ranked 5th in the WTA, she made it to the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the Nature Valley Invitational in Great Britain, the French Open, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Halep also made it to the semifinals at the Miami Open and won both the Mutua Madrid Open and Qatar Total Open. It will be her sixth straight appearance in the season ending finals, and while bookmakers are putting her odds slightly behind the other top three, she is just as qualified to turn a few heads.

Dark Horse: Belinda Bencic

Odds to win: +1200

Belinda Bencic managed to earn her place at the last minute, and while expectations are she will go out early, she had a pretty decent year this season having won the Kremlin Cup in Russia and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Bencic also made the finals in Spain at the Mallorca Open and the semis at the U.S. Open Mutua, the Madrid Open, Indian Wells and the Hobart International.

With a WTA rank of 7th, she could be one to surprise oddsmakers and finish the season strong

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Our Prediction

While we would like to say pinpointing a sure winner is an easy task, the reality is that is a lot harder to predict, hence why bookmakers are keeping the odds pretty close across the top four. However, if we are to suggest one over the over, the money is being put on Ash Barty, adding a few for Bianca Andreescu is a wise choice and one we plan to make.