U.S. Open Picks: Best Plays for Women's Semifinals

Venus Williams

Joao Mourato

Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:06 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 1:06 PM GMT

Join us for our daily coverage of the US Open tournament. Find out our top tennis picks for the women's Semifinals on Thursday and why you should place these two valuable bets.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/JgfV6CYPWVM", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Venus Williams (9) vs. Sloane Stephens

At the age of 37, Venus Williams became the oldest player in history to reach the US Open semifinals. Known as one of the greatest players of all time, the seven-time Grand Slam champion holds an outstanding 20 – 3 record in majors this season. Taking a look now at Venus campaign on this event, the former world no.1 reaches this stage of the competition after an epic three-set clash against Petra Kvitova. As usual, Williams’ aggressive return to serve proved decisive with the two-time US Open champion winning 39.80% of the points on Kvitova’s serve.

The former world no.11 – Sloane Stephens – couldn’t have asked for a better return to competition. After an 11-month break with foot injury, Stephens made it into the semifinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career. Adding to this, the 24-year-old is enjoying great success over the last couple of weeks with a phenomenal 86.67% winning record on the US Open Series. Sloane played superbly to comeback from a 1 – 3 down in the final set against Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals.

These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers with Stephens emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the French Open in 2015.

Despite Sloane’s lead on the h2h, Venus is far from a clay-court expert. On the other hand, it’s impossible to ignore Williams’ higher experience at this level. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Venus’ tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the 37-year-old to reach her third Grand Slam final in 2017.

Free Tennis Pick: Venus Williams ML (-141)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Coco Vandeweghe (20) vs. Madison Keys (16)

Madison Keys continues her impressive campaign in Flushing Meadows. Against our expectations, the world no.16 proved too strong for Kaia Kanepi with a 6 – 4 6 – 4 win in the quarterfinals. Known as one of the best servers in the game, Keys didn’t allow a single break of serve to her opponent in the previous round. Adding to this, the 22-year-old American ended the match against Kanepi with an impressive average of 0.89 aces per service game.

At the age of 25, Coco Vandeweghe is going through the best moment in her career. In addition to her outstanding 68.09% overall record in 2017, the 6’1’’ American holds an incredible 14 – 3 record on Grand Slam events this season. Despite her disappointing 33.33% winning record on her previous eight appearances in Flushing Meadows, Vandeweghe is now just one win away from reaching the US Open final. On the other hand, Coco reaches this stage of the competition after a sensational straight sets win over the world no.1 – Karolina Pliskova.

These two players know each other very well. Not only are they good friends off the court and Fed Cup teammates but this is also the 3rd official meeting between them with Keys leading on the h2h by 2 – 0.

As the h2h suggests, Keys is a terrible match-up for Vandeweghe. Despite Coco’s brilliant display against Pliskova in the previous round, it won’t be easy for the 25-year-old to handle Madison’s tremendous firepower. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Keys to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Madison Keys ML (-141)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
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