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For much of the WTA Tour, the following week and a half represents the final opportunity to build momentum ahead of Roland Garros. With the year’s second Grand Slam just around the corner and fierce rivalries developing between the world’s top women on clay, who will gain the upper hand in Rome this week?
Last weekend, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka met for their second consecutive final at the Madrid Masters. It was only the third time in 40 years that two women have contested back-to-back finals, and we predicted it. Can they make history and meet again in Rome? They certainly are the two-form women in tennis, but the likes of Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, and Karolina Pliskova will be hoping to disrupt the narrative. We break down the 2023 Rome Masters tennis odds and deliver our Italian Open 2023 betting tips for the women’s event ahead of the first day’s play.
|ℹ️ Tournament:||Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2023 (Italian Open / Rome Master), WTA Tour 1000|
|🏟️ Venue:||Foro Italico, Rome, Italy (Clay surface)|
|🗓️ Dates:||Tuesday 9 May to Sunday 21 May|
For those eager to do some women’s tennis betting and simply want the best 2023 Rome Masters tennis odds, here are the latest numbers:
Despite losing to Sabalenka in Madrid last week, Iga Swiatek’s odds of winning the Rome Masters improved slightly. The two-time defending champion is a clear favorite at 2.00 (1/1), well ahead of Sabalenka herself at 6.50 (11/2).
Behind these two, the odds almost triple, with Jessica Pegula the third favorite at 15.00 (14/1). Next, Barbora Krejcikova sits at 17.00 (16/1) before Elena Rybakina rounds out the top betting favorites at 21.00 (20/1).
For almost a century, women’s tennis has been played on Italian clay in the form of the Rome Masters. While various iterations have occurred over the years, this tournament is now one of the most important clay contests in the world. As a WTA Masters 1000 event, the Rome Masters is a combined tournament with the ATP Tour and has been expanded to a 12-day event.
This will be the first year of Rome’s expanded tournament and also the first year that it is a mandatory event on the WTA Tour. All this to say, with 96 players in the draw and €3,572,618 on the line, the next week and a half will be as competitive as it gets.
With Swiatek winning the previous two editions of the Rome Masters, can the young Pole go on to win her third consecutive? Or will one of her rivals this year gain the momentum heading into Roland Garros? Read on for our expert WTA Rome Masters 2023 predictions.
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It’s hard to look past Iga Swiatek winning this event. Not only has she claimed the title the last two years in a row, but she’s also starting to show signs of the brilliant form she displayed last year. Sure, Swiatek lost to Sabalenka in Madrid; however, the Pole is still 25-5 for the year. Swiatek is 9-1 in her last 10 matches on clay and has made the final or better in four of her past five events. There’s a reason the 21-year-old is paying only 2.00 (1/1) to win the Rome Masters next weekend.
However, in the interest of risk aversion, for a slightly smaller payout of 1.72 (8/11), a bet can be placed on the entire top quarter. This is a great wager primarily because Elena Rybakina is in Swiatek’s top quarter, as well as two-time champion Elina Svitolina and former World No.3 Maria Sakkari. While Swiatek is by far the strongest of the lot, this quarter holds several names that could win the title.
Betting on the top quarter may not be the most lucrative of bets, but it’s certainly the most sensible.
If the word ‘sensible’ isn’t the reason you got into sports betting, then never fear, we have some spicier wagers for you as well. Here are our top two high-return 2023 Women’s Italian Open predictions.
We mentioned Rybakina above and for good reason. On her day, Rybakina is one of the few women in tennis right now who can stop Swiatek. In fact, she’s done it twice already this year, handing the World No.1 40% of her season’s losses, including the one at Australian Open. With a potential quarterfinal on the cards and Rybakina paying 21.00 (20/1), backing her to defeat Swiatek for a third time this season is not an outrageous proposition.
Rybakina herself has had a mercurial season. To date, she has a record of 22-7 in 2023, with one title in Indian Wells. However, she’s also made finals in Miami and Melbourne and has claimed wins over Swiatek, Sabalenka, and Pegula. When the Kazakh is on, she’s on – and that could be this week.
Really feel like taking a punt on some high odds? Then this is the bet for you. Karolina Pliskova has made three of the past four Italian Open finals, winning the title in 2019. She’s a former World No.1 and took a set off Iga Swiatek 6-1 last week.
While Pliskova’s form leaves a little to be desired this year – she’s 18-8 – there’s every chance that the former champion will rekindle her winning ways here in Rome. She’s done it before and is in a generous quarter of the draw that will give her time to be reacquainted with the Italian clay. For a return of 41.00 (40/1), these are the best-value 2023 Rome Masters tennis odds we see this week.
Roland Garros betting fest is almost here, but first, Rome awaits the 2023 WTA Tour. With Iga Swiatek heading into the Rome Masters as the hot favorite and two-time defending champion, it’s looking like the Pole will have what it takes to go all the way. However, we recommend hedging your bets and betting on her quarter, and perhaps even throwing a bet on Rybakina or Pliskova to pull out an upset on the Italian courts.