Outright Odds Saw Different Stuttgart Grand Prix Champ
May 2, 2017
The Stuttgart Grand Prix 2017 would have been the perfect comeback stage for five-time grand-slam winner, Maria Sharapova, after her 15-month doping suspension.
Since her entry to the competition through a wildcard, Bitcoin sportsbooks like DirectBet and SportsBet.io set their outright bets and pegged her as a top contender for the championship, alongside Angelique Kerber who won last year’s event. But neither one took home the title and the brand new Porsche.
A hometown hero wins Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title
It was Kerber’s fellow German tennis athlete, Laura Siegemund, who outplayed all other WTA tennis athletes aspiring to boost their rankings after Stuttgart.
Seigemund, who lost to Kerber in the Stuttgart Grand Prix 2016, defeated Kristina Mladenovic from France, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5). With this, the German veteran scored the biggest title she has achieved in her career so far. Her being a wildcard into the competition made her victory even more impressive.
Her climb to the finals, however, was no easy feat as she had to play against higher-ranked players like Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Karolina Pliskova. But even her final match proved to be an uphill battle as she found herself four games down after the second set. Mladenovic exhibited her might and skills to bounce back after the 6-1 defeat, only to lose grip in the last few plays in the deciding set.
Bitcoin tennis betting odds may have favored Seigemund and Mladenovic in a few of their matches, but the two Stuttgart finalists failed to impress online sportsbooks prior to the competition for them to earn better outright betting odds.
Sharapova and Kerber were poised to win
Kerber, who was ranked 2nd in the world before Stuttgart, bowed down to Mladenovic and failed to reach the quarterfinals. The French professional tennis player swept the two-time defending champion, 6-2, 7-5. With Kerber’s loss, bettors who placed their wagers on the German champion favored to win instantly lost their bets.
The same fate happened to those who predicted Sharapova to make her comeback with a statement. DirectBet’s outrights saw the Russian to top the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which granted her to play hours after her suspension ended. But Mladenovic once again knocked off a champion, beating Sharapova in the semifinals, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Sharapova’s loss, on the other hand, denied her a spot in the top 200. This also crushed her hopes to earn a qualifier spot for the French Open happening later this month. Her defeat is crucial since she now has to rely on a wildcard possibly to be granted by the French Tennis Federation. Her entry to the Roland Garros now depends on whether or not the FFT will give her a wildcard into the main draw or at least the French open qualifying round.