Top Plays Of The Day For WTA US Open Day 1

Joao Mourato

Sunday, August 28, 2016 2:57 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 2:57 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the WTA US Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 1 and why you should place these two valuable tennis bets.

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Francesca Schiavone vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (9)
Even though Francesca Schiavone is currently ranked as world no.95, she’s still a very competitive player, especially on the big stages where the motivation is higher. The 2010 French Open champion loves to compete on Grand Slam events, with a 62.50% winning record throughout her career in Majors while her overall winning record is 56.04%. Looking now to Francesca’s prior appearances on this event, her best result was achieved in 2010 when she reached the quarterfinals.

The 2004 US Open champion – Svetlana Kuznetsova – is looking for a better performance this year after two consecutive first round losses in 2014 and 2015. Known for her defensive skills, Kuznetsova is never an easy opponent to face, with the top spin forehand as the best weapon on her game. However, Svetlana is also known for struggling to maintain a consistent level, with only 42.86% of her victories in 2016 in straight sets.

This will be the 15th career meeting between these two players, with Kuznetsova leading on h2h by 8 – 6.

These two players have featured some remarkable battles in the past, with the highlight going to their 2011 encounter in Melbourne, the longest match in the history of the Grand Slam events. After that, they have also featured another epic contest in Wimbledon last year, with Schiavone emerging victorious once again, this time by 10 – 8 on the decisive set. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your betting picks, a line that presents great value and that can easily be covered in just two sets.


Free Tennis Picks: Over 19 (+116)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Alize Cornet vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Pointed as one of the most promising players of her generation, the 1996 US Open Junior champion, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, couldn’t live up to the expectations with many physical issues undermining her career. Known for her powerful baseline game, Mirjana is still a very dangerous player at the age of 34, especially on the big stages due to her terrific competitive mindset. However, Mirjana is also known for struggling to maintain a consistent level, with a lower margin for error on her flat groundstrokes.

Known as one of the biggest competitors on the WTA Tour, Alize Cornet reaches this event after a disappointing retirement in Cincinnati due to a left thigh injury. Despite that physical issue, Alize clearly raised her level in recent weeks and we should expect a good campaign from the French on this event. The former world no.11 usually performs at a very good level on Grand Slam events with a 56.12% winning record while her overall winning record is 55.92%. After reaching four times the 3rd round at the US Open, Alize is trying to go a step further this year in New York.

These two players will face each other for the third time on their careers with Cornet leading on the h2h by 2 – 0.

Despite Cornet’s lead on h2h, things were never easy for the French with a third set being required in both matches. This seems to be a great match-up with Lucic-Baroni’s firepower contrasting with Cornet’s defensive skills and for that reason, we should expect another very interesting contest between these two. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the Over betting odds, in a match where a third set should be required once again to find the winner.  


Free Tenis Pick: Over 22 (+107)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
Record: 35-17-2 +17.30

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