Iga Swiatek is once again the favorite going into the Canadian Open this week, but her close rival Aryna Sabalenka looks the best option to rule in Montreal.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks we can see a familiar look to the Canadian Open antepost betting market this week, with Iga Swiatek once again rated as the favorite by bettors, and Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina her main challengers. That trio is once again clear of the rest, but two US competitors, Jessica Pegula and Cori Gauff are fourth and fifth in the betting.
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MTS Canadian Open Betting Briefing
Also known as the Canada Masters and the National Bank Open, the Canadian Open is an unusual tennis event as the men’s and women’s singles are held in different Canadian cities, and alternate year by year. This year it is the turn of Montreal to host the women’s event, which will take place at the IGA Stadium, and it will once again feature most of the top women players.
The trio of Swiatek, Sabalenka and Rybakina will once again be the main contenders, but there will be strong competition from the rest of the field, which includes all of the top ten aside from the injured Ons Jabeur. Three-time champion Simona Halep will not have a chance to defend her crown as she awaits the verdict of her doping tribunal, but Montreal will see the return of another famous name as former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who retired in 2020, relaunches her career.
As well as being a high-class event in its own right, the Canadian Open is a key warm-up for the final Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open, being a North American outdoor hardcourt tournament. The outdoor aspect of the event obviously means that it is exposed to the elements, and with rain, thunder and high temperatures all forecast over the next few days, it is a good idea to check out the weather forecast before making your wagers.
MTS Canadian Open Favorites
Each of the top three in the current betting has been off the court since Wimbledon, and while that means they could all be rusty going into this event, it is a particular concern for Elena Rybakina’s supporters as she often struggles when switching surfaces, at least in her first tournament.
Aryna Sabalenka has spent most of the year as the main challenger to Iga Swiatek at the top of women’s tennis and has the better of the draw. Swiatek is in the same half as both Jessica Pegula and the in-form Cori Gauff, who have good records in this event, and may meet Maria Sakkari, who Gauff beat in the Washington final last week in the quarter-final.
By contrast, Sabalenka doesn’t face any obvious dangers until the semi-finals and would still be favorite to beat whichever of the two main seeds, Rybakina or Caroline Garcia, end up as her opponent, so of the top three, the Belorussian looks the best option.
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Outside of the top three, there are some interesting contenders who have had the advantage of a warm-up tournament. Jessica Pegula and Cori Gauff are the most obvious of those players, having both featured in Washington, and both look like good options.
Pegula got valuable warm-up time under her belt in Washington, and has a very strong record in this tournament, having reached the semi-finals in 2021 and 2022. Her compatriot Gauff has more potential, having long been tipped as a potential multiple Grand Slam winner, and also has the best form of any player in this event. She has twice reached the quarter-finals of this event and also looks a good pick in the tournament futures market.
The final name to add to your Montreal futures portfolio is Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilian star is coming off her best Grand Slam season to date, having reached the semi-finals of the French Open and the Fourth Round at Wimbledon, and she made a big impression in her first appearance at this tournament last year. She beat four top-16 players on her way to the final, including Swiatek, before eventually losing in three sets to Simona Halep.
There is an element of risk in wagering on her in Montreal. She was last seen retiring against Rybakina at Wimbledon, but she is one of the fittest players on the WTA Tour and it is worth taking a slight chance on her fitness given her price this week.