The WTA Wuhan is under way and the 4/1 about Angelique Kerber looks an appealing price according to Shane Lambert.
Angelique Kerber will contest the first tournament of her career as the World No. 1 player. She's the top seed in the currently-running Wuhan draw, with a bye through the first round. That bye makes the tournament a five-hurdle event for her and, especially with no Serena Williams in the draw,Wuhan is there for Kerber to take.
The German is at 4/1 following play on Monday in China, pretty long odds that surprise me for the top-ranked player. Heading into the event I felt that she might come in priced at about 11/4, odds that would have been on the bubble for me. But 4/1 looks great on Kerber and I don't think punters should be worried about the German hitting a lull here.
Fans of women's tennis have probably noted a trend over the last year of players winning majors and then not being all that motivated for a length of time thereafter. Flavia Pennetta won the 2015 US Open and then flat out retired a short time later. Kerber won the Aussie early this year and went into a slumber for months before she woke up at Wimbledon. Garbine Muguruza won the French Open in the spring and we're still waiting for her to wake up again. There's a clear trend of players winning majors and then going on hiatus, maybe because the title satisfies their ambition for a while.
However, with Kerber and her winning the US Open the difference to me is that she gained the top ranking. That presents pressure and a challenge for her to respond to.
"I'm actually more excited," Kerber said on the matter. "I know that I have the pressure on my shoulders because now nobody has anything to lose against me. The pressure is always on my side.
"But I am really looking forward to taking this challenge. It's a new situation for me. I will try to not think too much about this because I learned from the years before that I have to really focus on every single day here."
I'm totally taking those comments at face value.
Serena Williams isn't in the draw so there's nothing to worry about there. Accordingly, 4/1 on Kerber could prove to be a steal in this event and I'm not looking past her on the list of favorites for Wuhan.
2-pt bet on Kerber to win Wuhan at 4/1 with BetVictor