Iga Swiatek vs Anastasija Sevastova (12)
Anastasija Sevastova announced her retirement from tennis in 2013 due to recurring injuries but decided to give the sport another go after nearly two years away from the tour. The 29-year-old has exceeded herself every season since her comeback, winning three WTA Tour titles and breaking into the Top 15 for the first time in her career. Sevastova has also been one of the most successful players at the US Open in recent years, reaching the quarterfinals or better in all her last three appearances on this event.
The Latvian No.1 will next take on Iga Swiatek for a place in the third round at Flushing Meadows. Known as one of the most promising young players on the game, Swiatek has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the WTA Tour. The Polish teenager reached her first tour-level final at the Samsung Open and made it to the fourth round in Roland Garros. Adding to this, Swiatek needed just 51 minutes to beat Ivana Jorovic 6-0, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open on Monday.
The sportsbooks are expecting a very close contest with Swiatek as the slight favorite at -114 with BetOnline while Bovada offers +100 for the Latvian to win this match. Sevastova is a very dangerous player on these conditions and it’s hard to ignore her outstanding record in New York. Swiatek will have a tough task against Anastasija’s tricky game style, which makes her moneyline an interesting play for this second-round match.
Best Pick: Anastasija Sevastova ML (+100) with Bovada
Pablo Carreno Busta vs Ricardas Berankis
Pablo Carreno Busta broke into the Top 10 for the first time in 2017 after reaching the semifinals at the US Open. The Spaniard has been one of the most consistent players on the ATP Tour in recent years but suffered a lot of injuries throughout the past 18 months. Carreno Busta is currently ranked outside the Top 50 and only played 15 official tournaments this year. Nevertheless, the Gijon native has enjoyed a strong start to the US Open series, reaching the third round in Cincinnati and the quarterfinals in Winston-Salem.
Looking now at Pablo’s draw on this event, Ricardas Berankis will be his next opponent. The 29-year-old is a former junior world No.1 and the best Lithuanian tennis player ever. Berankis also won the US Open Junior Tennis Championships in 2017 but never really lived up to his full potential as a player. The Lithuanian survived a five-set marathon in the first round against Jiri Vesely but hasn’t made it past the second round of a Grand Slam event since 2013.
This will be the first official meeting between these two players. Berankis is a very talented player but it won’t be easy for him to find a solution against Carreno Busta’s solid baseline game. The Spaniard is also the more experienced of the two at this level and should get a good win on this match. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to add Pablo’s -5 spread to your betting picks as the best approach for this contest.
Best Pick: Pablo Carreno Busta -5 (-116) with Pinnacle