WTA Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Tournament Odds Preview

Swiatek, Sabalenka Headline Star-studded cast

It Just Hits Different in The Desert

The final stop of the Middle Eastern swing on the WTA Tour is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, set to get underway from February 19 to 25. In this column, we get you primed for this prestigious WTA 1000 event alongside the Dubai Tennis Championship odds.

Over the last decade, Dubai has become the go-to destination on the annual tennis schedule, attracting the best-of-the-best in both the men’s and women’s game to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, Dubai. This year is no exception with a star-studded cast preparing to descend on the Arabian Gulf paradise.

This is especially true on the women’s front where the tournament was upgraded from a WTA 500 to a WTA 1000 event for 2023 and is set to offer an incredible US$2.9 million dollar prize purse. Thus, with more points and a bigger prize purse up for grabs, the tournament promises one of the most exciting weeks of tennis betting since the Australian Open last month.

Find out who is playing, including who the top contenders are according to the WTA odds.The Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships draw will be released on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

2022 Defending Champion: Jelena Ostapenko

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko claimed the 2022 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championship title, beating Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 6-0, 6-4 in the final. It marked her fifth career title. On the way to the finale, Ostapenko defeated four Grand Slam champions: Sofia Kenin (R32), Iga Swiatek (R16), Petra Kvitova (quarters) and Simona Halep (semis).

WTA Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships

Top Contenders

Iga Swiatek +170

Aryna Sabalenka + 400

Jessica Pegula + 1100

Caroline Garcia + 1800

Coco Gauff + 1800

Maria Sakkari + 2500

Daria Kasatkina + 5000

Belinda Bencic + 2000

Elena Rybakina + 1200

Veronika Kudermetova + 2800

Beatriz Haddad-Maia + 3000

Petra Kvitova + 5000

Jelena Ostapenko + 4000

Liudmila Samsonova + 5000

2023 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championship Betting Preview At a Glance

Iga Swiatek

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is the player to beat in Dubai according to the Dubai Tennis Championship odds, although she has never won the title here. The 21-year-old Polish star will be competing in her second tournament on the Middle Eastern swing and third tournament of the season.

Last week, Swiatek reached the final of the Qatar Open (l. to Jessica Pegula) / won the Qatar Open title, beating Jessica Pegula in the final).

Aryna Sabalenka

World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka is the next best bet after Swiatek. The Belarusian is undefeated on the season behind a stellar 11-0 mark and is coming off back-to-back titles Down Under, including her maiden Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open. She will be competing in her first tournament since her landmark victory.

Jessica Pegula

The 28-year-old American is in fine form and comes into Dubai brimming with confidence. She kicked off the year by leading Team USA to the title at the inaugural United Cup tournament. She then reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Last week, Pegula beat/lost to Swiatek in the Qatar Open final.

Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff started her 2023 campaign strong, winning the ASB Classic title. But a fourth-round exit at the Australian Open and a second-round exit in Doha signal a dip in form recently. That could take some of the shine off the American teenager’s Dubai Tennis Championship odds.

Carolina Garcia

France’s Carolina Garcia is enjoying a solid start to her 2023 campaign. She is 10-3 on the season with a runner-up finish in Lyon. Most recently, she suffered an untimely exit at the Qatar Open, losing in the second round to Maria Sakkari. However, that untimely exit could be chalked to 1. a short turnaround between playing Lyon and Qatar, 2. and a very tough draw early on.

Maria Sakkari

The Greek No. 1 Maria Sakkari is coming off a second consecutive semi-final appearance after reaching the final four in Doha (l . to Pegula). The previous week, she lost to Petra Martic in the Linz Open semis. Sakkari is in good form and brings an 8-3 record to Dubai.

Belinda Bencic

After Sabalenka, Belinda Bencic is, arguably, the second-best player based on results. The 25-year-old Swiss is 12-2 on the season with two titles to her credit already — winning the Adelaide International 2 in January and Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago. Bencic withdrew from Doha last week before her quarterfinal match against Swiatek, citing fatigue as the reason for her withdrawal.

Jelena Ostapenko

The Latvian has a lot of points to defend this week as the defending champion and that will be a motivating factor. That said, she’s not the top, second or third best-bet to win the title. Ostapenko is a modest 7-5 on the season, but since reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month, she hasn’t moved beyond the second round of a tournament.

Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina is 8-4 on the season, a run of form that is built largely on a runner-up finish at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old Kazakh has struggled to get past the second round of her other three tournaments.
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