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Around the Betting Planet: Serena flexes muscles at French Open

Serena Williams tennis news

US sports betting news

Serena survives early scare at French Open

In a battle between two Americans, Serena Williams met Kristie Ahn in the first round of the 2020 French Open. The veteran took her time to gain momentum and needed a tie-breaker to clinch the first set, but she sealed the second set within 27 minutes to finish 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 and progress to the second round.

Serena is looking to secure her 24th Grand Slam title, and she is heavily favoured by tennis betting sites to beat Tsvetana Pironkova in the next round. The two opponents went up against one another a couple of weeks ago at the US Open, where Serena recorded a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory. 

UK sports betting news

Davies and McKenna face off in The Golden Contract final 

After a year-long rivalry, we finally have Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna in the ring together. The pair have made it through to The Golden Contract final round after McKenna’s controversial semi-final. Whoever takes the crown will land a two-year contract with MTK Global that guarantees five fights with the promotion and six-figure purses for each.

Davies is the favourite most online sportsbooks, but McKenna has been the underdog in the past and emerged victorious. Both boxers have 21 wins from 23 bouts and come into this bout on a lengthy winning streak.

Davies is the stronger all-around fighter, but McKenna won’t go down easily. He’ll be putting his best foot forward, making it difficult for Davies to get the knockout he seeks.

Africa sports betting news

Ghana prepares for return of local football

As more countries begin loosening their lockdown regulations, Ghana’s president announced that the African nation’s hefty restrictions would start being lifted. Many fans are excited about the news as it means that local football can recommence.

From October 30, we can look forward to Ghana’s Premier League and Division One campaigns kicking off. While schedules are yet to be confirmed, keep an eye on BettingPlanet’s top-rated soccer betting sites for the latest odds.

Europe sports betting news

Can Real Madrid secure back-to-back wins?

Real Madrid are set for a home game against Real Valladolid this Wednesday after a slow start to the La Liga season. They played out a draw against Real Sociedad in their opening game, then followed that with a late penalty against Real Betis to secure their first win.

In their next fixture of the campaign, they’re the sportsbooks’ favorites to take the three points. However, Madrid seem a little off form, with several players still in doubt due to injuries. Their woes continue with Toni Kroos out of the match due to a hip problem he picked up during the Real Betis game. 

Real Valladolid have picked up two points from their three games this season, drawing with Sociedad and Celta Vigo either side of a 2-0 loss to Betis. It’s unlikely they can take down Real Madrid, despite capital club’s injuries. 

South America sports betting news

Can Botafogo rise from Serie A drop zone?

In Matchday 11 of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A campaign, two teams from the lower end of the table will face off when Bahia Salvador BA take on Botafogo.

Bahia are coming off a losing streak and battling to improve. They’re currently rock-bottom in the standings. 

Botafogo are also struggling and have only won two of their matches so far this season, although they’ve managed five draws. Online bookmakers have them as slight favorites for this clash, where a win would haul them out of the relegation zone. 

Australia sports betting news

Two Aussie women progress at French Open

Astra Sharma and Daria Gavrilova have made it through to the second round of the French Open tennis tournament. Both women will enter their next matches as the underdog with the sportsbooks.

Sharma faces Ekaterina Alexandrova, who is ranked 27th in the world. She was fortunate to get a spot in the field and only received the call at the 11th hour. She cleared her first-round match against Anna Blinkova and will look to build on that momentum when she takes on Alexandrova.

Gavrilova broke her losing streak by defeating Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-3. After being out of the game last year, she’s looking to climb the rankings and will hope to string together a few more wins in a tournament with several stars missing.

New Zealand sports betting news

Can White Ferns get one over Australia?

The Australia vs New Zealand T20 International series hasn’t been kind to the White Ferns. On the second day, the Aussies gave them another beating by eight wickets. The win marks their 13th in a row against the NZ women, and they’re sure to take day three too.

The final game of the T20I series takes place on Wednesday, with Australia as the no-brainer favorites among cricket betting sites. It’s highly unlikely the White Ferns will have the ability to turn the tables.

Their tour of Australia will continue on the weekend as the women embark on a three-day ODI series. 

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