WTA US Open Picks: Best Plays For Day 1

Maria Sharapova

Joao Mourato

Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:48 PM GMT

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 5:48 PM GMT

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selections for the WTA US Open Day 1. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

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Playing in New York brings the best out of Roberta Vinci. In addition to her sensational campaign two years ago, the 2015 runner-up holds a phenomenal 20 – 5 record on her last five appearances in Flushing Meadows. Despite her lack of success in recent months, the 34-year-old Italian can never be underestimated on this tournament. Adding to this, the fast court conditions on this event are perfect for Vinci’s tricky backhand slice and exceptional skills at the net.

The former world no.11 – Sloane Stephens – continues her successful comeback after a year-long absence due to a foot injury. Once considered the future of American tennis, the 24-year-old is famous for playing her best tennis on the big stages. Besides reaching the Australian Open semifinals in 2013, Stephens won 64.00% of the matches played throughout her career on Grand Slam events. Moreover, Sloane couldn’t have asked for more in the US Open Series after reaching back-to-back semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati.

This should be a very interesting contest between Sloane’s firepower and Vinci’s tricky game style. As we mentioned before, Roberta is always a dangerous opponent on this event with an incredible record in recent years. On the other hand, Stephens is looking for her first win on a Grand Slam event since June 2016 in Wimbledon. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Vinci’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Italian’s spread.

Free Tennis Pick: Roberta Vinci +5 (-101)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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 Maria Sharapova (WC) vs. Simona Halep (2)

Simona Halep continues her quest for a first ever Grand Slam title. Adding to this, the 25-year-old Romanian is also trying to become the first from her country to be ranked no.1 in the world. Despite her unquestionable quality, Halep’s lack of mental strength is well-known with the world no.2 missing out three different occasions already in 2017 to reach the top of the WTA ranking. The last one happened in Cincinnati with Simona winning only one game in the Western & Southern Open final against Garbine Muguruza.

The five-time Grand Slam champion – Maria Sharapova – is playing her first major tournament since January 2016. Apart from her 15-month doping suspension, the former world no.1 has also been struggling with injuries lately. Despite her lack of competitive rhythm, Sharapova is always a fearful opponent on the big stages with an outstanding 81.12% winning record throughout her career on Grand Slam events.  

This will be the 7th career meeting between these two players with Halep still looking for her first win against this opponent.

As the h2h suggests, Sharapova is a terrible match-up for Simona. In addition to Halep’s lack of mental strength, Maria is known for being one of the greatest competitors in tennis history. On the other hand, it won’t be easy for Halep to play her best tennis after her awful performance in Cincinnati against Muguruza. Having said that, the value is definitely on Sharapova’s side with the Russian priced as the underdog on this match. Besides the value on Maria’s moneyline, adding Maria’s set handicap to your betting picks is also an interesting approach for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Maria Sharapova +1.5 Set Handicap (-141)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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