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2019 WTA Rogers Cup Odds and Preview: Halep the Favorite in Toronto

Hayley Graham

by Hayley Graham in Tennis

Updated Aug 4, 2019 · 11:05 AM PDT

Simona Halep
Simona Halep is the betting favorite at the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto. Photo from @MaxJGao (Twitter).
  • The WTA Rogers Cup will take place in Toronto August 5 – 11
  • Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Eugenie Bouchard will face each other in the first round
  • Simona Halep will look to defend her Rogers Cup title; see the odds and our betting preview below

The Rogers Cup ATP and WTA alternate between Toronto and Montreal every year, and this year the women will be playing in Toronto at the Aviva Center with what is probably the strongest showing of competition that the women’s side has ever seen.

The Rogers Cup is the third oldest tournament, only behind Wimbledon and the US Open, that has been showcasing the world’s best tennis players. This year’s event gets underway Monday, August 5.

2019 Rogers Cup Women’s Singles Odds

Player Odds at Bookmaker
Simona Halep +500
Serena Williams +700
Ashleigh Barty +800
Naomi Osaka +800
Karolina Pliskova +1000
Sloane Stephens +1200
Elina Svitolina +1600
Angelique Kerber +1600

*Odds taken August 4; click on the link in the table to see all betting options; the top eight seeds receive a bye in the first round.

Andresscu’s Comeback on Home Soil

Bianca Andresscu, who’s been dealing with injury this year, has the opportunity to start her comeback in front of a home crowd.

The 19- year-old started to make a name for herself when she kicked off the 2019 season with an incredible run to the finals at ASB Classic, and beat Angelique Kerber to take home the trophy in Indian Wells. But since that big win, she has dealt with a shoulder injury that made her withdraw from multiple tournaments.

Can Halep Repeat?

The 27-year old champion will be looking to defend her title at the Rogers Cup this year, and she is coming off quite the season to do so, playing some of the best tennis of her career.

She’s fresh off a Wimbledon Championship, and if she puts up a strong showing at the Rogers Cup, this could set her up nicely at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year.

“I love to play in Canada. It’s maybe the best place because so many people are so nice with me.” – Simona Halep

Halep has won the Rogers Cup twice before, and has a 17-2 record on Canadian soil. Last year in Montreal, and two years prior in Montreal. She hasn’t played on the courts at the Aviva Centre just yet, but with the way she’s playing right now, she seems to have an upper hand on everyone.

New Coach for Genie

Eugenie Bouchard is currently ranked 114th in the World and about to compete in her 12th Rogers Cup via a wild card at just 25 years of age. It’s no secret that Bouchard has struggled since she rose to tennis fame in 2014, but with her new coach Jorge Todero, things are looking up.

But her opening match at this year’s Rogers Cup will be no easy feat with her facing off against Bianca Andresscu, who herself is looking to start her own comeback.

Number 1 is in Town

Ashleigh Barty has had herself quite the year in tennis, and has had the WTA number 1 sport since June. Her back to back wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic earned her her number 1 spot in the rankings.

Going into the Rogers Cup, her odds are +800, just behind defending champ Simona Halep, and powerhouse Serena Williams.

Serena Williams Will Compete

After battling injury and withdrawing from tournaments, Williams has won the tournament three times before, in 2001, 2011, and 2013, all in Toronto. She is still on the search for her 24th Singles Grand Slam win to tie Margaret Court’s record.

Originally not one of the top eight seeds who received a first round bye, she currently sits at number nine. But after Petra Kvitova withdrew from the tournament, Williams moved up to the eighth seed, receiving a bye, and playing her first match on Wednesday night.

Where You Should Put Your Money

Ashleigh Barty is the bet out there. She’s number 1 in the world, coming off some huge wins this season, and she’s no stranger to the Rogers Cup, losing to the champion Simona Halep in the semi-finals last year in Montreal.

This year she has posted a 39-6 singles record, with three titles. Although Serena and Simona are in front of her, the better payout paired with how she’s been playing lately makes it a worth wild bet.

Pick: Barty +800

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