Women’s US Open Betting: Back Venus Williams to march on in New York
After all the pre-tournament talk and doubts over world number one Serena Williams, the American came out firing in the first round in her win over Ekaterina Makarova.
While there’s a long way to go still, it was certainly an early statement to her rivals as she looks a good bet to see off Vania King on Thursday to advance to the third round.
Venus Williams to join her sister in next round
Joining here will be elder sister Venus, who has a trickier test to pass as she faces Julia Goerges who swept to a comfortable victory last time out.
It wasn’t quite so straight-forward for Williams who battled past Kateryna Kozlova in three sets, but the sixth seed dug deep and claimed another win.
As she continues to impress with her consistent and high-level performances, it remains to be seen how far the two-time US Open champion can go, but we expect her to make the third round and continue to delight the home crowd.
The pair have met on one previous occasion, with Williams claiming a straight-sets win in Wuhan on this surface last year. Back a similar result this time round.
Gonzalez no match for in-form Pliskova
We’ve seen upsets and unexpected close encounters already in the Big Apple this year, but if there are two players with a big gap between them, it’s Karolina Pliskova and Montserrat Gonzalez.
The 22-year-old Paraguayan is ranked 192 in the world but is steadily making progress as she builds on her success in the qualifying rounds.
On the other side of the net is the 10th seed and she’s fresh from winning at Cincinnati, beating the likes of Kuznetsova, Muguruza and Kerber along the way.
The Czech ace is in top form right now, and that was seen in her no-nonsense win in the last round. This could be tough if she lets it become a scrap, but we’re expecting another solid win for Pliskova.
Back Mladenovic to upset the odds against Pavlyuchenkova
Our final tip is the riskiest and better value bet, as we’re backing Kristina Mladenovic to overcome Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The Russian is ahead in the rankings, has a better win/loss record in 2016 and did well in Montreal last month.
However, a pattern emerged in recent tournaments where she wilted against top level opposition, and Mladenovic certainly has the ability to test her.
The French ace hasn’t had the greatest build-up, but she can call upon a win over her rival at this very venue in 2012 as a source of inspiration and a confidence boost.
It’s going to be difficult, but back Mladenovic to pull off the upset as this tournament has already shown it can throw up some magic.
Back Venus Williams to beat Goerges 2-0 @ 1.83
Back Pliskova -6.5 Games vs Gonzalez @ 1.75