The 2013 Miami Masters begins this week with a host of WTA stars determined to take the illustrious crown.
While fans can expect Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Mara Sharapova to challenge for the title, a good number of top-10 players are also in with a shout.
However, for fans in the Tennis odds
betting world, backing the losers can be just as lucrative as siding with winners and the Miami Masters offers a real opportunity for fans to make smart money as players crash out.
There are a number of ranked competitors who fans should back to lose before the quarter finals stages, starting with Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane made the final in Indian Wells but was never likely to beat Sharapova last Sunday and was lucky Azarenka pulled out of their last-eight clash.
2013 has not proved a productive season for Wozniacki and Indian Wells was the former world number one’s first final from seven tournaments on the WTA tour.
Crashing out in the first round of Kuala Lumpur last month gave her ample time to prepare for her run at the BNP Paribas Open, but now she has no time to turn around and get set for Miami – where she will probably drop out by round three.
Meanwhile, seventh-seed Petra Kvitova should seriously be considered as the first big name to fall in Miami after slumping badly at Indian Wells, while Marion Bartoli was disappointing in her 6-3 6-2 exit to Sara Errani in the fourth.
Errani herself may also miss out on the Miami quarters after making the final of her last two meetings before Indian Wells visibly drained the Italian, meaning there is plenty of money to be made for smart punters who ignore the winners and lay the losers.
Don’t forget to check out the Betfair Wimbledon
microsite as the build-up begins towards this year’s tournament.