WTA Olympic Quarter-Finals Best Play: Keys vs. Kerber

Joao Mourato

Friday, August 12, 2016 6:46 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 6:46 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the Olympic Tournament. Find out our top tennis pick for the Women's Semi-Finals and why you should place this valuable bet. 

Madison Keys (7) vs. Angelique Kerber (2)

As we predicted in our tournament analysis, Madison Keys proved to be a solid investment on the bottom half of the draw, with the American winning the 3rd quarter. After two extremely tough matches against Kristina Mladenovic and Carla Suarez Navarro, where a third set was required to find the winner, Keys clearly raised her level in the quarterfinals against Darya Kasatkina, dismissing the Russian by 6 – 3 6 – 1. Looking now to Madison’s numbers against Kasatkina, the highlight goes to her return to serve – with the American winning 55.56% of the points played on Darya’s serve.

After losing in the quarterfinals against Victoria Azarenka four years ago, Angelique Kerber is, for the first time in her career, on this event’s semifinals. The German reaches this stage of the competition without losing a single set and after a brilliant performance in the quarterfinals against Johanna Konta. Kerber’s consistent baseline game was just too much for Konta to handle, with the British ending the match with 18 winners / 43 unforced errors.

This will be the 6th career meeting between these two players, with Kerber leading on the h2h by 4 – 1.

This is one of the most fascinating match-ups in tennis with Keys’ firepower contrasting with Kerber’s outstanding defensive skills. These two have featured some remarkable battles in the past and the same should happen here. Even though we believe that there is value on Madison’s betting odds, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your betting picks, in a match where a third set should be required.


Free Tennis Pick: Over 22 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
Record: 29-12-1 +16.12

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