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WTA Stuttgart Open Odds & Preview: Bianca Andreescu Returns

  • 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu returns in Stuttgart after a six-month break
  • No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek, on her best surface, looks to prolong her unbeaten streak
  • Read on as we analyze the contenders for the title and make our predictions

The conditions at the Stuttgart Open are unique, as it is the only indoor clay-court tournament at the top level.

The clay is extra-slippery. And it’s fast. And there are lights to deal with. In short, the more times you play it, the better you’ll be.

But not many of the top contenders this year have much Stuttgart experience.

WTA Stuttgart Open Singles Odds

Seed Player Odds
[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) +110
[2] Paula Badosa (ESP) +700
[4] Maria Sakkari (GRE) +700
[5] Anett Kontaveit (EST) +800
[3] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) +1100
Elena Rybakina (KAZ) +1600
[7] Ons Jabeur (TUN) +2200
Angelique Kerber (GER) +2200
Petra Kvitova (CZE) +2200
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) +2200
[6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) +2500
Bianca Andreescu (CAN) +3000
Coco Gauff (USA) +3300
[8] Emma Raducanu (GBR) +3500
Camila Giorgi (ITA) +4000
[WC] Laura Siegemund (GER) +8000

Odds as of April 17 at Barstool Sportsbook

Defending champion Ashleigh Barty is retired.

And the most experienced veterans – 2015-16 champion Angelique Kerber, 2018 champion Karolina Pliskova and 2019 champion Petra Kvitova – have tough draws.

In the first round, Kerber faces No. 5 seed Anett Kontaveit – who did well at this event before last year’s meteoric rise.

Pliskova and Kvitova play … each other.

Some serious contenders will be out after the first round.

Bianca Andreescu Finally Returns

After exactly six months away to tend to her mental health, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is back this week.

Her first opponent is German wild card Jule Niemeyer, ranked No. 109.

It could have been worse. But Andreescu has exactly zero experience in Stuttgart (and very little top-level experience on clay). And the draw is fierce.

The 21-year-old Canadian could have played a competing tournament in Istanbul, Turkey for her first time back.

That one would have had a lesser field; but she also would have had to deal with the uncertainties that come with playing outdoors in the spring – wind, rain, cold.

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Previous Stuttgart Open Winners and Finalists

Year Champion Finalist
2021 [1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [5] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
2020 (Not held) (Not held)
2019 [3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] Anett Kontaveit (EST)
2018 [5] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
2017 [WC] Laura Siegemund (GER) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
2016 [2] Angelique Kerber (GER) [Q] Laura Siegemund (GER)
2015 Angelique Kerber (GER) [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
2014 [6] Maria Sharapova (RUS) [9] Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
2013 [1] Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] Li Na (CHN)

Of the eight seeds, four are making their main-draw debut (including the top two seeds and top favorites). Two others have only played it once.

There’s a good chance for plenty of upsets and three-setters this week.

Stuttgart Open Seeds – Best Previous Results

Player Main-Draw Appearances Career Main Draw W/L Best Result
[1] Iga Swiatek 0 Debut
[2] Paula Badosa 1 0-0 Qualifying (2018)
[3] Aryna Sabalenka 1 4-1 F (2021)
[4] Maria Sakkari 1 1-1 R16 (2021)
[5] Anett Kontaveit 4 11-4 F (2019)
[6] Karolina Pliskova 5 10-4 Champion (2018)
[7] Ons Jabeur 0 Debut
[8] Emma Raducanu 0 Debut

First-Round Matches to Watch

[WC] Jule Niemeier vs Bianca Andreescu

Even if Andreescu and Niemeier had some history, it would be pretty irrelevant as the Canadian returns to action.

She’s been training on clay for about a month. But practice isn’t matches. There are going to be nerves. And a whole lot of rust, too.

All that has made Niemeier a slight favorite, even if both are in the minus.

Still, for Andreescu, it’s a whole lot better than playing Kerber, Kvitova or Pliskova in the first round.

Prediction: Andreescu (-105)

Coco Gauff vs Daria Kasatkina

Kasatkina has a funky game, well-suited to the clay. And she has a lot more experience sliding (even when it’s extra slippery). The Russian also has a win over Gauff, although that was more than three years ago in Miami.

Gauff went 13-2 through the clay of Rome, Parma (a small event she won) and the French Open last spring.  A long time ago.

Kasatkina not only is going to try to make her move up and back on the slippery court, she’s going to change the pace and try to break down Gauff’s forehand.

It could work

Prediction: Over 2.5 Sets (+170)

The bottom half is so much denser than the top that whomever does get through to the final – and likely faces Swiatek, might not have the energy to give it a proper go.

Best Bet: Iga Swiatek (+110)

Good Longshot: Ons Jabeur (+2200)

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Author: Micheal May