<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Milos Raonic vs. Gael Monfils 2016 ATP World Tour Finals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/13/milos-raonic-vs-gael-monfils-2016-atp-world-tour-finals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Milos Raonic has split his last eight matches and is coming off a semifinals appearance at the Paris Masters. The concern for Raonic in this tournament is that he is suffering from a torn right quad, which forced him to withdraw from his semifinal match against Andy Murray. It’ll be interesting to see if Raonic is able to hold up, and if he can’t, Tomas Berdych will get the nod as his replacement. When healthy, it’s no secret Raonic is one of the better servers…

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Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Milos Raonic has split his last eight matches and is coming off a semifinals appearance at the Paris Masters. The concern for Raonic in this tournament is that he is suffering from a torn right quad, which forced him to withdraw from his semifinal match against Andy Murray. It’ll be interesting to see if Raonic is able to hold up, and if he can’t, Tomas Berdych will get the nod as his replacement. When healthy, it’s no secret Raonic is one of the better servers in the game, and his return has improved as well over the years. Regardless, Raonic will be tested early and often due to the athleticism of his opponent. Raonic has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.

Gael Monfils enters this tournament on a two-match losing streak but has had his most successful season of his career. Monfils is 43-15 this season and that includes reaching three finals while winning the Washington Open in July. Monfils has focused more on winning points rather than just pleasing the crowd, and it’s paid off in a big way. Monfils is no longer throwing sets and matches away and has become a far more consistent player who is easier to trust in big matches. This is Monfils’ first appearance in the ATP Finals, and you know the 30-year-old Frenchman will be eager to prove he can play with the best in the world on the big stage. This is a big opportunity for Monfils. Monfils has split his last eight matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played five times in the past and Monfils has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Canadian Masters, a match Monfils won in straight sets. Raonic has won two of the last three matches against Monfils and all of those matches took place this season.

I’m not sure how Raonic can be the favorite given his injury, but even if he was healthy, I’m backing Monfils in this match. Monfils has been more consistent overall this season and this tournament likely means the world to him given how he’s turned things around. When you add in a torn quad for Raonic, Monfils should be a huge favorite given his playing style.

Give me Monfils in this match.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:14:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61989
<![CDATA[Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem 2016 ATP World Tour Finals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/13/novak-djokovic-vs-dominic-thiem-2016-atp-world-tour-finals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a quarterfinals appearance in the Paris Masters and has been trying to find his form since falling short in the US Open. Djokovic has played just seven matches since his loss in New York and appears far more beatable than he has in the past. However, before we jump the gun, it’s important to note that Djokovic has won the last four ATP Finals and still has 18 victories over top-10 players this season. Djokovic is also rested for…

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Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a quarterfinals appearance in the Paris Masters and has been trying to find his form since falling short in the US Open. Djokovic has played just seven matches since his loss in New York and appears far more beatable than he has in the past. However, before we jump the gun, it’s important to note that Djokovic has won the last four ATP Finals and still has 18 victories over top-10 players this season. Djokovic is also rested for this tournament and always seems to show up when the competition increases. Djokovic is still the second favorite to win this tournament, but you must watch his first match to see if there’s lingering effects of subpar play. Djokovic has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.

Dominic Thiem is coming into this tournament with losses in four of his last five matches and five victories overall since the US Open. However, regardless of the outcome, this is Thiem’s first appearance in the ATP Finals, so the experience is big for the 23-year-old. Thiem is still trying to find himself as a player, and he can certainly improve his return given that he’s won just 30 of 113 return points in his last two matches. Thiem has four of his five victories over top-10 players this season and has become more of a consistent player overall. Thiem still drops stinkers every now and then, but he’s starting to really tap into that potential and tournaments like this will only help his growth. Thiem has lost three of his last four matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played three times in the past and Djokovic has won all three meetings. The most recent match was in this years French Open, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Thiem has never won a set against Djokovic in seven sets played.

The history between these two doesn’t tell much given Thiem’s improvement and the fact three matches is a small sample size. I’m not sure how healthy Djokovic is after some nagging injuries and subpar play recently. However, Djokovic loves the big stage and will be motivated to defend his crown at the ATP Finals. Thiem has also never been in this position and the bright lights may get to him.

I like Djokovic in this match.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:35:47 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61986
<![CDATA[Stan Wawrinka vs. Kei Nishikori 2016 ATP World Tour Finals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/14/stan-wawrinka-vs-kei-nishikori-2016-atp-world-tour-finals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Stan Wawrinka enters this match in shaky form, as he’s lost four of his last seven matches and has lost his last two matches overall. The good news for Wawrinka is that he’s made the semifinals in all three of his appearances in the ATP World Tour Finals. However, Wawrinka continues to show that you don’t know which player is going to show up, as his serve can be very inconsistent and the unforced errors can really takeover a match. Wawrinka is coming off…

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Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Stan Wawrinka enters this match in shaky form, as he’s lost four of his last seven matches and has lost his last two matches overall. The good news for Wawrinka is that he’s made the semifinals in all three of his appearances in the ATP World Tour Finals. However, Wawrinka continues to show that you don’t know which player is going to show up, as his serve can be very inconsistent and the unforced errors can really takeover a match. Wawrinka is coming off a match against Jan-Lennard Struff in which he won just 27 percent of his return points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka also has two victories this season over ranked players. Wawrinka has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.

Kei Nishikori has lost two of his last three matches and is coming off an early exit in the Paris Masters. However, Nishikori has been consistent for the most part with wins in 10 of his last 14 matches and four victories this season over top-10 players. Nishikori has to do a better job of getting off to quicker starts and putting pressure on his opponent earlier rather than playing from behind. And when Nishikori is serving well, he’s extremely tough to beat when you add in his athleticism and defensive abilities. Nishikori is in his third straight ATP Finals appearance and hopes to redeem himself from an early exit last year. Nishikori has won nine of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played six times in the past and Wawrinka has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years US Open, a match Wawrinka won in four sets. The last four meetings between these two have been split down the middle and Nishikori beat Wawrinka in this year's Cincinnati Masters.

I have no idea which Wawrinka we’re going to see in this tournament and that scares me. The unforced errors and inconsistent play make Wawrinka tough to back. Nishikori always gives it his all and is far more consistent and in better form heading into this tournament. I give Nishikori the edge here given the unpredictability of Wawrinka.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:07:26 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61983
<![CDATA[Andy Murray vs. Marin Cilic 2016 ATP World Tour Finals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/14/andy-murray-vs-marin-cilic-2016-atp-world-tour-finals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Andy Murray and Marin Cilic meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray enters this tournament as the top ranked player for the first time in his career and hopes to make a deep run in the ATP Finals for the first time since 2012. Murray is the favorite to win the ATP FInals, as he’s won 20 straight matches and is easily experiencing the best season of his successful career. Murray is serving well, playing elite level defense and is able to dig deep and find ways to win the most important points in a match. The only thing…

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Andy Murray and Marin Cilic meet in the first match of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray enters this tournament as the top ranked player for the first time in his career and hopes to make a deep run in the ATP Finals for the first time since 2012. Murray is the favorite to win the ATP FInals, as he’s won 20 straight matches and is easily experiencing the best season of his successful career. Murray is serving well, playing elite level defense and is able to dig deep and find ways to win the most important points in a match. The only thing that could slow Murray down at this point is fatigue considering he’s played 22 matches since the US Open. Still, Murray is in another zone than the other players at this very moment. Murray has won 10 straight matches on indoor hard court.

Marin Cilic is coming off a semifinal appearance at the Paris Masters and is playing in his second career ATP Finals. Cilic has won 12 of his last 15 matches and is back to serving at a very high percentage. Cilic is always winning at least 70 percent of his first serve points and has produced a combined 21 aces in his last three matches. When Cilic is getting free points and taking advantage of his power game, he’s proven he’s one of the tougher players in the field to beat. Cilic has six wins over top-10 players this season, which is the most in any season throughout his career. Also, 21 of Cilic’s 25 career wins over top-10 players have come on hard court. Cilic has won eight of his last nine matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played 14 times in the past and Murray has won 11 of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Cilic won in straight sets. Murray has won nine of his last 11 matches against Cilic.

Cilic does have some recent success against Murray, but if you’ve been reading my articles for a while now, you’ll know I haven’t bet against Murray often this season. The guy is on another planet with his play and has a chance to finish the season with another strong statement to the rest of his competition. You just can’t bet against Murray in his current form.

Give me Murray for another victory.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:41:27 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61980
<![CDATA[Andy Murray vs. John Isner 2016 Paris Masters Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/06/andy-murray-vs-john-isner-2016-paris-masters-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Andy Murray and John Isner meet Sunday in the Final of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Andy Murray is coming off a victory over Milos Raonic in which the Canadian withdrew due to a quad injury. Murray is now the No. 1 player in the world for the first time in his career and has a chance to win his eighth title of the season. The last thing Murray’s opponent needed was a rested player given his form and his overall consistency throughout the year. Murray is playing the best tennis of his life and has lost just three matches since winning the Wimbledon. Murray…

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Andy Murray and John Isner meet Sunday in the Final of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Andy Murray is coming off a victory over Milos Raonic in which the Canadian withdrew due to a quad injury. Murray is now the No. 1 player in the world for the first time in his career and has a chance to win his eighth title of the season. The last thing Murray’s opponent needed was a rested player given his form and his overall consistency throughout the year. Murray is playing the best tennis of his life and has lost just three matches since winning the Wimbledon. Murray has won seven of his last nine final appearances. Murray has won nine straight matches on indoor hard court.

John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Marin Cilic that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 86 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Isner has now won five of his last six sets and is coming off a match in which he won 41 percent of the return points. With the way Isner is serving, any sort of success on the return should produce a victory. Isner has just one win this season over a top-10 player, which was Saturday’s win over Cilic. Isner has a chance to win his first title this season and is in his second final of the year. Isner is 7-9 in final appearances on hard court and 0-1 on indoor hard court final appearances. Isner has won seven of his last eight matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played seven times in the past and Murray has won all seven meetings. The most recent match was in this years Erste Bank Open 500, a match Murray won in straight sets. Isner has won four sets against Murray throughout his career.

Murray is not only playing the best tennis of his life and has owned Isner throughout his career, but he’s also the rested player who didn’t have to play a match in the semifinals. Again, Isner always has a chance to win with his service game, but everything is lined up for Murray to win another title.

Murray for the victory.

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Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:21:39 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61623
<![CDATA[Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic 2016 Paris Masters Semifinals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/05/andy-murray-vs-milos-raonic-2016-paris-masters-semifinals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Andy Murray and Milos Raonic meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 86 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Murray has now won 12 of his last 13 sets played and has easily been the most consistent player on the men's side all season long. In fact, with Novak Djokovic losing to Marin Cilic, the door is open for Murray to become the top ranked player in the world for the first…

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Andy Murray and Milos Raonic meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 86 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Murray has now won 12 of his last 13 sets played and has easily been the most consistent player on the men's side all season long. In fact, with Novak Djokovic losing to Marin Cilic, the door is open for Murray to become the top ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. Murray is now just one win away from reaching his 12th final of the season, which is a downright incredible feat. Murray has won 10 straight semifinal appearances. Murray has won eight straight matches on indoor hard court.

Milos Raonic is coming off a straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 74 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Raonic has been lights out with his service game in this tournament, as he’s lost just 16 first serve points in his last three matches. Raonic has also lost a combined 14 second serve points in his last two matches. If Raonic can keep that sort of performance up, he’ll have a real shot to make his fifth final of the 2016 season. Raonic has six wins over top-10 players this season and has never beaten seven ranked players in one year. Raonic has won four of his last six semifinal appearances. Raonic has won seven of his last nine matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played 11 times in the past and Murray has won eight of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Murray won in straight sets. Murray has won the last seven matches against Raonic and his last loss came in the 2014 Indian Wells Masters.

Raonic is finishing the season strong, but as you guys heard me say many times this season, betting against Murray is foolish. Murray is playing his best tennis of his life and has a legit chance to be crowned the top player in the world.

Give me Murray in this match.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:06:59 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61581
<![CDATA[Marin Cilic vs. John Isner 2016 Paris Masters Semifinals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/11/05/marin-cilic-vs-john-isner-2016-paris-masters-semifinals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Marin Cilic and John Isner meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 76 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has been on quite a roll recently after just winning the Swiss Indoors and being a victory away from competing for his third title since August. As long as Cilic continues to get his first serve in play, he’s going to be tough to beat considering he’s won no less than…

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Marin Cilic and John Isner meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Paris Masters.

Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 76 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has been on quite a roll recently after just winning the Swiss Indoors and being a victory away from competing for his third title since August. As long as Cilic continues to get his first serve in play, he’s going to be tough to beat considering he’s won no less than 71 percent of his first serve points in this tournament. Cilic is finishing the season in terrific form overall. Cilic has won five of his last seven semifinal matches. Cilic has won eight straight matches on indoor hard court.

John Isner is coming off a three set win over Jack Sock that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 71 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Isner has found his form recently after he’s struggled the last couple of months with consistent play and some nagging injuries. Isner has now strung back-to-back quarterfinal appearances and is a victory away from reaching his second final of the season. Isner also has a chance to beat his first top-10 player this season as well. Of course, the issue with Isner is always with the serve, as he has a chance to beat anybody in the world when he’s dropping aces down the hatch. Isner has racked up 56 aces in his last three matches. Isner has split his last six semifinal appearances. Isner has won six of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.

These two have played five times in the past and Cilic has won all five meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Wimbledon, a match that took five sets to decide. Three of the last four matches between Isner and Cilic have been decided in straight sets.

I’m always intrigued with Isner and possible plus money, as his service game gives him a chance against anyone. However, the head to head is quite telling and there’s no denying Cilic is the more complete player who is also in better form. Isner has a chance here, but Cilic should win the match, especially after what he just did to Djokovic.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:22:51 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61578
<![CDATA[Angelique Kerber vs. Dominika Cibulkova 2016 WTA Championships Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/10/30/angelique-kerber-vs-dominika-cibulkova-2016-wta-championships-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the final of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 56 percent of her first serve points and 76 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has been deadly on the return as of late, as she’s won 68 of 112 return points in her last two matches. Even with a subpar serve at times, Kerber continues to put pressure on her opponent and creates more chances to win matches. Kerber…

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Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the final of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 56 percent of her first serve points and 76 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has been deadly on the return as of late, as she’s won 68 of 112 return points in her last two matches. Even with a subpar serve at times, Kerber continues to put pressure on her opponent and creates more chances to win matches. Kerber is finishing the season on a strong note and is now in her eighth final appearance of the season. Kerber hopes to win her 11th career title and fourth title this season. Kerber has split her last 10 final appearances. Kerber has won 14 of her last 17 matches on hard court.

Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a three set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 60 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points Cibulkova continues to find ways to win and was able to bounce back despite losing the first set, 1-6. It may not always be the prettiest with Cibulkova, but you can expect that competitiveness to kick in and for her to put up a fight. Cibulkova must get her first serve in play for her to have a chance her, as her second serve gets eaten up by anybody in this tournament. Cibulkova hopes to win her eighth career title and fourth of the season. Cibulkova has split her last 10 final appearances. Cibulkova has won eight of her last 13 matches on hard court.

These two have played nine times in the past and Kerber leads the series with five victories. The most recent match was a few days ago in the WTA Championships, a match Kerber won in three sets. Kerber has won the last five matches against Cibulkova, and her last loss came in the 2013 Canadian Masters.

After seeing what Kerber just did to Radwanska, you can’t pick against the german in this match. Not to mention Kerber just beat Cibulkova a few days ago and has won the last five matches against her overall. It’s been Kerber’s year and it’s only right the last tournament of the season ends with her winning another title.

Kerber should win this match likely in straight sets.

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Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:44:37 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60963
<![CDATA[Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Dominika Cibulkova 2016 WTA Championships Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/10/29/svetlana-kuznetsova-vs-dominika-cibulkova-2016-wta-championships-pick-odds-prediction#comments Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the semifinals of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a three set loss to Garbine Muguruza that took 22 games to decide. In the losing effort, Kuznetsova won 54 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kuznetsova started off strong in her last match but hit a will in the second set, winning just one game in the final two sets. Fatigue was a concern for Kuznetsova heading into this tournament and it clearly was the deciding factor…

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Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the semifinals of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a three set loss to Garbine Muguruza that took 22 games to decide. In the losing effort, Kuznetsova won 54 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kuznetsova started off strong in her last match but hit a will in the second set, winning just one game in the final two sets. Fatigue was a concern for Kuznetsova heading into this tournament and it clearly was the deciding factor against Muguruza. Playing another three set match likely doesn’t help matters for the 31-year-old Kuznetsova, and it’ll be interesting to see if she can find enough in the tank to make the finals. Kuznetsova has proven us wrong in the past, so there’s a chance she can bounce back. Kuznetsova hopes to make her fourth final appearance of the season. Kuznetsova has won 10 of her last 14 matches on hard court.

Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a straight sets win over Simona Halep that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 79 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Cibulkova finds a way in the semifinals despite winning just one of her three matches and absolutely stinking up the joint with her second serve. In three matches, Cibulkova has won just 25 of 62 second serve points. However, Cibulkova was flawless on her first serve in her last match and continues to bring that feistiness to the court that usually helps up her level of play. Cibulkova also has a major rest advantage over the older Kuznetsova. Cibulkova hopes to make her seventh final appearance of the season. Cibulkova has won seven of her last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played eight times in the past and Cibulkova has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in Wuhan of this year, a match Cibulkova won in three sets. The other matches happened in 2011 or earlier. Kuznetsova has not won a match against Cibulkova since Beijing in 2008.

If you watched the Kuznetsova match, you know she’s unbackable in this spot. Fatigue was the main concern for Kuznetsova heading into this tournament, as she was a last second addition and played nine sets in her first three matches. Kuznetsova had nothing in her final two sets and clearly hit a wall. It’s impossible to expect a turnaround against the energetic and rested Cibulkova.

This match has the potential to be quick and painless. Cibulkova should win this match.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:56:29 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60879
<![CDATA[Angelique Kerber vs. Agnieszka Radwanska 2016 WTA Championships Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2016/10/29/angelique-kerber-vs-agnieszka-radwanska-2016-wta-championships-pick-odds-prediction#comments Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska meet in the semifinals of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Keys that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 62 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Kerber continues to play the most consistent tennis of any player on tour and has now won her last five sets overall. Kerber has dominated her first serve for much of this tournament and is fresh off a match in which she won 61 percent of her…

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Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska meet in the semifinals of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Keys that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 62 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Kerber continues to play the most consistent tennis of any player on tour and has now won her last five sets overall. Kerber has dominated her first serve for much of this tournament and is fresh off a match in which she won 61 percent of her return points. Kerber doesn’t seem satisfied with everything she’s accomplished this season, and would love a shot at her 11th career WTA singles title. Kerber has a chance to make her eighth final appearance this season. Kerber has won 13 of her last 16 matches on hard court.

Agnieszka Radwanska is coming off a straight sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Radwanska won 74 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Radwanska has now made the semifinals of the WTA Finals three straight years and just won an elimination match to get to this point. Radwanska has improved her serve since her opening match and has won a combined 49 of 67 first serve points in her last two matches. We know what we’re getting with Radwanska on the return, it’s her service game that determines if she’s going to win the match or not. Right now, Radwanska should be rather confident. Radwanska hopes to make her fourth final of the season and back-to-back finals in Singapore. Radwanska has won 12 of her last 15 matches on hard court.

These two have played 11 times in the past and Radwanska has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 China Open, a match Radwanska won in straight sets. Kerber’s last win over Radwanska came in the 2014 Stanford Open, and she’s won three of the last five matches overall. Six of the last seven matches between Kerber and Radwanska have been decided in straight sets.

This is going to be a hell of a matchup that has three sets written all over it if both players hold form. It’s tough to bet against Kerber with the way she’s played all season and the fact she’s improved her poise in big matches. However, the value is on Radwanska in this spot. Radwanska has the athleticism and defense to frustrate Kerber and has a long, successful track record in the WTA Finals.

I’m backing Radwanska in this match.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:37:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60861