Anna Chakvetadze

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Anna Chakvetadze is a former Russian tennis player, who was once ranked 5th place in the WTA rankings. Anna is now a respected tennis commentator on Eurosport. She joined our team of pundits in April 2015 to give her view on upcoming tennis matches and tournaments.
Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerber Betting Tip
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Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerber Betting Tip

Angelique Kerber will play against Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-final of the US Open. An interesting match-up and a tough one to call. Something that does stand out, though, is that we could be in for a reasonably long game here. Both players are consistent and can dig deep in tough situations. You can see how Kerber played against Vinci with her slow serve and without much confidence, whilst Wozniacki was also rather tame with her shots. I think the Dane will try to play a few high shots with a little bit of variety. This is a tactic that…

Lucas Pouille v Gael Monfils – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Lucas Pouille v Gael Monfils – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Lucas Pouille played great tennis in his win against Nadal and is in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the second time in a row. He has made good progress and perhaps this is the new generation of French tennis. After this tournament he will enter the top 20. What is most striking is that it has taken five sets to win his last three matches. After the match against Nadal he said that he had given everything he had. However, I think Lucas should have recovered sufficiently in the two days since as he is still young. Gael…

Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Regarding Novak Djokovic it is difficult to say anything. He has had two matches, one good and the other one not so good. However, it is clear who the favourite is here and, let’s face it, it’s always very hard to dismiss a player of Djokovic’s quality and it’s fair to say that the Serbian will very likely win this contest and probably win it well. In beating both Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock in straight sets, Tsonga has played well himself here. However, he will not have enough to force Djokovic into a fight and I doubt the Frenchman…

Roberta Vinci v Angelique Kerber – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Roberta Vinci v Angelique Kerber – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Right now it would appear as though Kerber is simply some kind of monster – she seemingly comes through all challenges without any problems. The head-to-head record current stands at 2:2 but they have not played each other for a long time and it is Kerber who has moved forward significantly in this time. Vinci has a rather unusual style and often plays to the left as well as coming into the net quite a lot, although this should not cause Kerber any serious problems. Furthermore, Vinci’s serve is not particularly powerful and is impossible to compare to one such…

Caroline Wozniacki v Anastasia Sevastova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Caroline Wozniacki v Anastasia Sevastova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Tomorrow Caroline Wozniacki will play Anastasia Sevastova – a player who has surprised almost everybody at this tournament by coming so far. However, despite Anastasia’s impressive performances to reach this stage of the competition, I think Caroline should come through. Her ranking has dropped recently and she will want to go as far as possible in order to score points to improve. If this is her goal then she is unlikely to get a better opportunity to reach a semi-final of a major tournament. In reality, Wozniacki should win this match in two sets. Sevastova has minor problems with her…

Kei Nishikori v Ivo Karlovic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Kei Nishikori v Ivo Karlovic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Karlovic had a great summer, winning two tournaments as well as being in the final in Washington where he lost to Gael Monfils. He had a difficult match against Lu Yen-hsun at the start of his US Open campaign but then went on to beat both Donald Young and Jared Donaldson in three sets. I am not sure what is going on with the draw but Nishikori is not the best when it comes to playing four sets whereas Karlovic is stronger in that type of game. Karlovic’s incredible serve will be very dangerous for Nishikori and these could be decisive…

Agnieszka Radwanska v Ana Konjuh – Anna Chakvedtadze’s Betting Tip
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Agnieszka Radwanska v Ana Konjuh – Anna Chakvedtadze’s Betting Tip

When you first look at this pairing you immediately recall their dramatic match at Wimbledon. The Croat had match points in that tie but slipped and injured herself trying to reach a Radwanska shot. She eventually lost the match 7:9 and left the court in tears. However, soon afterwards she was able to recover and is now in the fourth round of the US Open which is an excellent result for her. The draw has been kind to both girls apart from the fact Konjuh had Kiki Bertens in the first round. Whilst the match was long, the Croat managed…

Carla Suárez Navarro v Simona Halep Betting Tip
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Carla Suárez Navarro v Simona Halep Betting Tip

There is a great history when it comes to personal meetings between these two girls with the score nicely poised at 5:5. Last time the pair met resulted in a win for Suárez Navarro. However, that match was played on clay whereas, on the hard courts, Halep has the advantage. Although most of the matches were difficult for the Romanian, winning only one match in two sets, Halep has a 4:1 advantage on the hard courts. On top of this, Halep has beaten Suárez Navarro at the US Open before – a match that went to three sets. To be…

Karolína Plíšková v Venus Williams – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Karolína Plíšková v Venus Williams – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

The US Open continues to delight us with both interesting and compelling events. Here we are looking at the very intriguing confrontation between American Venus Williams and Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková. First and foremost, I think Plíšková will progress here. She is well prepared and in good shape, whilst she has also begun to move faster on the court. On the other hand, Venus Williams is usually unpredictable and still capable of producing some very good tennis, but I am afraid that i just cannot see her taking her chances in this match. After all, in front of a…

Karolína Plíšková v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Karolína Plíšková v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Plíšková has looked very good recently, winning the 2016 WTA Premier tournament in Cincinnati from which she has not looked back, especially in terms of her excellent serve which seems to be going from strength to strength. What’s more is the fact that she’s faced a weak opponent in the first round and is likely to be far less exerted than many.  Statistics of matches between Plíšková and Pavlyuchenkova are entirely in the Czech’s favour. They have played each other three times with Plíšková winning in straight sets on each occasion, the last time being in Sydney this year. Although…

Carla Suárez Navarro v Elena Vesnina – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Carla Suárez Navarro v Elena Vesnina – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Carla is the favourite for this mach, she easily got passed Jelena Jankovic in the second round and only lost a few games. However, it must be said that the Serb is nowhere near her peak right now and she will need to produce more to go far in this tournment. Vesnina has been hitting some really powerful shots recently and her first serve is looking very effective. These girls have already played each other once this year, in Doha, where the Spaniard won 6:3 7:6, but I think Vesnina has added a lot to her game since then. She…

Johanna Konta v Belinda Bencic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Johanna Konta v Belinda Bencic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Despite the fact that Johanna Konta is considered the favorite for this match, I would still back Belinda Bencic. The Brit was able to recover miraculously after she suffered an on-court collapse during her match with Pironkova. Some say it was heat stroke whilst others say it was a panic attack. Either way it is extraordinary that she still managed to win in spite of the collapse. Will she be able to produce her best form here having seemingly dug so deep to win under much strain last time out? I’m not convinced.  These two players play in a very…

Annika Beck v Elena Vesnina – Anna Chakvetadze Betting Tip
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Annika Beck v Elena Vesnina – Anna Chakvetadze Betting Tip

Elena Vesnina had a complex opening match, having to play all three sets against Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian played well but in the end Vesnina came out on top. Her reward for this victory is a second round match against Beck who she comfortably dispatched of at the US Open a few years ago. Since then Beck has improved technically but physically is still very much the same and it appears as though she has not grown stronger in that time. She can run a lot and has a knack of getting to seemingly unreachable balls, however, if her opponent…

Steve Johnson v Juan Martin Del Potro – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Steve Johnson v Juan Martin Del Potro – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Steve Johnson continues his rise in the rankings and is already close to the top 20. If he has a good US Open then he could break into that bracket. In the second round he has received a ‘gift’ in Juan Martin Del Potro who is still not back in the top one hundred despite his Olympic Silver. Unfortunately for him, the Olympics do not affect a player’s ranking. Johnson won a crazy match against Evgeny Donskoy in the first round, who himself had seven match points. I cannot imagine how one can miss seven match points, including three in…

Lucie Šafářová v Simona Halep – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Lucie Šafářová v Simona Halep – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

This is a great match-up for the second round. However, it has not been a very good season for Lucie, and, as a results, she is not among the seeded players. Having said that, she played well against Daria Gavrilova in the first round, confidently winning 6:4 6:4. This shows that she is gradually getting her game back. Šafářová showed good resistance, before confidently dispatching of her opponent with the score at 5:4 in the second set. Lucy has not made many mistakes recently and, as previously mentioned, looked good in the first round. In my opinion she can certainly…

Rafael Nadal v Andreas Seppi – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Rafael Nadal v Andreas Seppi – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

As I have already said, I do not believe that Rafael Nadal will be able to win the US Open. However, he came through the first round well – easily beating Denis Istomin, whilst Andreas Seppi came through in four sets against Stephen Robert. Nadal and Seppi played each other at the Olympics where Nadal easily beat the Italian 6:3 6:3. In my opinion, Nadal was in worse shape there than he is in now. For that match he had only just come back after a break, whereas he is now in better condition, though still far from his peak.…

Andrea Petkovic v Belinda Bencic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Andrea Petkovic v Belinda Bencic – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

I think people should go for Belinda Bencic in this match. It seems to me that her style of play will be very uncomfortable for Petkovic. Andrea is moving very heavily at the moment whilst Bencic has never been in better form. She missed a lot of tennis through injuries but is now gradually coming back into it. Belinda Bencic battled to victory against Crawford in the first round but she is still playing well. Bencic beat Petkovic with ease in the Fed Cup earlier on in the season in just two sets. If she is able to draw on…

Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip
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Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova – Anna Chakvetadze’s Betting Tip

Taylor Townsend did not have enough to beat Caroline Wozniacki in the first round, even though she took the first set. I remember I tipped Wozniacki for her match against Kuznetsova at Wimbledon, however, Svetlana played well and now she is the clear favourite. I think Kuznetsova has a great chance of coming out on top as Wozniacki has not showed her best tennis in a long time. However, the Pole has character and will certainly not go down without a fight. This is potentially a tough match to call and, at their best, the two look closely matched. The…

Milos Raonic v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Milos Raonic v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

We have had the women’s final at Wimbledon (Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber) which means we now have the men’s final, a final that on the face of it looks lot more interesting and unpredictable – Andy Murray v Milos Raonic. Straight away this strikes me as a game that certainly won’t be done and dusted in a particularly quick fashion. Murray is an exceptional player and was excellent in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych. Additionally, he has more experience than Raonic and will have the backing of the crowd on Centre Court, where, of course, he has won Wimbledon…

Serena Williams v Angelique Kerber: Anna Chakvetzadze’s betting tip
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Serena Williams v Angelique Kerber: Anna Chakvetzadze’s betting tip

So we have arrived at the women’s Wimbledon final and it is a repeat of the Australian Open final, Serena Williams against Angelique Kerber. However, I think the result could surprise us and I believe Serena will win in two sets – a surprise for some but I feel Kerber could lose some of her service games. Kerber served a lot of double faults in her semifinal match with Venus Williams and this match will be even harder as Serena does not make mistakes as often as her older sister. Serena has also been playing in the doubles tournament with…

Milos Raonic v Roger Federer: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Milos Raonic v Roger Federer: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

Roger Federer saved three match points to come through the quarterfinal against Marin Cilic and, from then on, Cilic was unable to change the tide and ultimately couldn’t live with Federer for the rest of the match. Nobody is quite sure how this will effect Roger Federer. Although, if we judge it on that match alone, we can say that he is still playing some very good tennis and can build on that comeback victory last time out. However, I noticed that Federer made some sloppy errors at the start of his match with Cilic. Milos Raonic will play to…

Thomas Berdych v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Thomas Berdych v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

Murray of course is the favourite for this match. He has progressed through the tournament without any real difficulties, easily beating Nick Kyrgios. However, he had serious problems in dealing with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their five set match. It was a proper battle and the Frenchman showed good resistance against the Brit – this surprised me. Berdych plays in a similar fashion to Tsonga in the way he hits powerfully from the baseline whilst his serve is also very good. It has been said that Murray has not yet shown his top form so it is impossible to guarantee that…

Angelique Kerber v Venus Williams: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Angelique Kerber v Venus Williams: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

I think that this match is fairly even but I would give Kerber the edge and she should reach the final. However, it will not be simple and I cannot imagine it being an easy victory of say 6:4 6:4. At least one of the sets will be 7:5 or maybe even be won on a tiebreak. These girls met at the London Olympics on grass and that time Kerber came out on top winning 7:6, 7:6. There is history of these kind of games between the two and it’s highly likely we’ll see something of this nature again today.…

Serena Williams v Elena Vesnina: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Serena Williams v Elena Vesnina: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

The semi-finals of Wimbledon take place tomorrow where Russian Elena Vesnina will face world number one Serena Williams. And on the face of things it really is hard to look past the six-time Wimbledon champion. Serena’s speed will give her a tremendous advantage as usual as well as her winning mentality. Last year, at the US Open semi-finals, we saw Serena suffer a dip. So much so that she was even unable to put some balls over the net. However, I think that she has worked on these slip-ups. Again I want to repeat, and I know I have said…

Roger Federer v Marin Cilic: Anna Chakvetadze betting tip
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Roger Federer v Marin Cilic: Anna Chakvetadze betting tip

Marin Cilic is of course lucky. Nobody expected Kei Nishikori to retire from Cilic’s previous match as his injury was not known. Federer has had a fairly simple tournament and nobody has been able to test him so far, including Steve Johnson despite a decent performance from the American. Johnson came through three rounds at Wimbledon but then ran out of steam. Therefore it is hard to judge Federer’s form right now but we should be able to tell from the moment this game starts, what kind of form the Swiss is in. Cilic serves well and can play at…

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Andy Murray: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

Tomorrow Andy Murray will play Jo-Wilfried Tsong – the marathon man of this torunament who beat John Isner by 19 games to 17 in the final set of their match. Then he got lucky, Richard Gasquet had to retire from Tsonga’s next match due to a back injury. This should be interesting, for some reason nobody believes in Tsonga and people think he will be beaten with ease. However, I think this can be another long game. Tsonga has played well in a relaxed yet dedicated manner during this tournament, even at critical moments in the match against John Isner.…

Serena Williams v Anastasia Pavluchenkova: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip
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Serena Williams v Anastasia Pavluchenkova: Anna Chakvetadze’s betting tip

Serena Williams is again the favourite (as always), but it could’ve been very different in her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova if there was no break for closing the roof. Serena relished the indoor conditions and after that break not a single point was won by Kuznetsova. Anastasia Pavluchenkova has surprised a few at this tournament by reaching the quarter-finals, and she did it ingood fashion with an easy win over Coco Vandeweghe. I’ve not seen such a classy game from Pavluchenkova ever. She was aggressive and missed virtually nothing. She seems to be going forward as a player and is…

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