LONDON, APRIL 2, 2004, RIA NOVOSTI -William Hill bookmakers regard the U.S. tennis player Serena Williams as an absolute favorite in the NASDAQ Open finals, where she will be playing Russia's Elena Demetieva. Many Russian sports bookmakers also expect Williams the American player to win.
The bids on Williams are taken at 1.10 while those on Dementieva at a mere 6.50.
At the same time a Russian bookmaker also favors the American player. A lucky gambler will get only 1.13 on his bid. In case with the Russian tennis player the lucky one will receive 5.6 times more.
In the semifinals, the first-seeded Williams beat Greece's Eleni Danlilidou, 6-4, 6-4, while Dementieva knocked out her teammate Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-2.
The NASDAQ Open final match is to take place Saturday at the Crandon Park, in Miami, Florida.