Both the ATP Masters and the WTA tournaments at Cincinnati have reached the quarter-final stage, with Britain’s Andy Murray and Serena Williams of the US the favourites to take their respective titles.
Whereas the dominant force in women’s tennis is even money to land the title, the men’s section is far more wide open following World No.1 Novak Djokovic’s last-16 defeat to Tommy Robredo.
With both tournaments reaching their climax just ten days before the start of the US Open, news.bwin.com/en/ has looked at where the value lies in the outright markets.
Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Cincinnati Masters @ 11/4
While Andy Murray is the 11/5 favourite to lift the 29th title of his career, at ever-so-slightly longer odds it is worth siding with Stanislas Wawrinka to lift the trophy this weekend.
The World No.4 eventually eased past Croatia’s Marin Cilic after losing the first set to reach the last eight, where he will fancy his chances of continuing his fine 2014 form.
With one of Murray and Roger Federer certain to be knocked out with the pair meeting in the quarter-finals, the draw is opening up for the 29 year-old, who already has an Australian Open title and an ATP Masters 100 crown, where he defeated his compatriot Federer in the final in Monte Carlo, to his name this year.
Federer has talked about using the match against Murray as an important stepping stone in his preparation for this month’s US Open, but at 3/1 he needs to find another gear of he is to get the better of first Murray and then Wawrinka.
Serena Williams to win the WTA Cincinnati @ evens
Considering she has won 61 titles in a trophy-laden career, it is surprising that Serena Williams has yet to taste victory in the Cincinnati event – but all that can change this weekend and the powerhouse should be backed at even money to do just that.
The younger Williams sister has made a priority of winning the tournament ahead of the US Open later this month and with a 12-0 record on US hard courts this season, it is clear she means business.
The winner of the quarter-final between French Open champion Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, priced up at 9/2 and 11/2 for glory, will provide the sternest resistance but both women have lost a third of their hard court matches this year (14/5 and 15/4) and Williams, with 23 wins from 25 matches, has the advantage.
A quarter-final with rank outsider Jelena Jankovic who has lost eight hard court matches this year, should hold no fear and if Williams produces what she is capable of then the even money will look short come the end of the weekend.