With the exception of the San Diego Open (won by Barbora Krejcikova), last week was an uneventful one in the tennis world.
The US Open, the final of the four main tennis events, concluded last Sunday, and players are either looking ahead to next season or trying to make the ATP or WTA Finals. There’s another big event, however, on the WTA Tour this week: the Guadalajara Open Akron.
A WTA 1000-level tennis tournament played on outdoor hardcourts, the tournament was first played last year and takes place at the Pan American Tennis Center in Zapopan, Mexico. It has attracted a loaded field, including Ons Jabeur, Madison Keys, and last year’s runner-up Maria Sakkari. Let’s take a closer look at the Guadalajara Open Akron predictions.
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Guadalajara Open Akron Tennis Odds
It is important to take a quick look at the tennis odds, before making any betting picks!
A Look Back at Last Year’s Tournament
American Jessica Pegula won the inaugural Guadalajara Open Akron in 2022, beating Sakkari 6-2, 6-3 in the final. She won’t be playing at this year’s event; neither will new world No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka or 2023 US Open winner Coco Gauff.
Pegula beat Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals last year, while Sakkari beat Marie Bouzkova. Sloane Stephens, Veronika Kudermetova, Gauff, and Anna Kalinskaya also made the quarters.
WTA Finals Implications
As the new world No. 1 with a tour-leading 8210 points, Sabalenka has all but guaranteed herself a spot in this year’s WTA Finals.
Iga Swiatek, Hauff, Elena Rybakina, and Pegula have also seemingly booked their tickets to Cancun. Marketa Vondrousova and Karolina Muchova are sixth and seventh, respectively, in the WTA tennis stats.
Jabeur, the favorite in Guadalajara Open Akron predictions, holds the eighth and final spot for the WTA Finals. She’s being chased by Keys, Petra Kvitova, Bencic, Krejcikova, and Jelena Ostapenko, all of whom have a chance to earn enough points and move into the top eight with a tournament victory.
There are 56 players in the field, with first-round action beginning Sunday in Mexico. While there hasn’t been any notable upsets as of early Monday, there have been some interesting results.
Wildcard Genie Bouchard, runner-up at the 2014 Wimbledon, won her first-round match over Mexican Renata Zarazua 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Fellow Canadian Leylah Fernandez is also through to the second round.
Others who won their first-round match include Elise Mertens, Stephens, Taylor Townsend, Karolina Pliskova, and Martina Trevisan.
Beatriz Haddad Maia (+137) vs. Danielle Collins (-175)
Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and American Danielle Collins clash in one of the headline matches in the first round of the Guadalajara Open Akron Predictions. Surprisingly, these two players have yet to compete against each other on the WTA Tour.
Haddad Maia has a better career winning percentage on outdoor hard courts and is a great value pick in what should be a toss-up; instead, she’s a +137 underdog.
Eugenie Bouchard (+275) vs. Veronika Kudermetova (-350)
Bouchard appeared to be the next great tennis star at one point, but that was almost a decade ago, and now her career is hanging on by a thread. It’s nice to see her win a main draw match, but she recently joined a professional pickleball circuit, which should tell all you need to know about her career right now.
Take the easy money with Kudermetova.
Guadalajara Open Akron Predictions
Jabeur is the top seed in the top half of the draw and the clear favorite to reach the finals. If she plays to her capability, she should win the tournament, especially with other top seeds like Sakkari and Bencic not playing at their best form as of late.
When making your tennis predictions, go with Jabeur to defeat Ostapenko.
- Final: Jabeur def. Ostapenko 6-2, 3-6, 7-5