Tense US Open Tennis Qualifiers

August 25, 2017 by

Aussie Hopefuls Still in US Open Qualifiers

Thursday will be another tense day at the US Open qualifiers for rising Aussie tennis stars Lizette Cabrera, Destanee Aiava, Akira Santillan and John-Patrick Smith. At the time of writing, all four were preparing for their second round of qualifiers in New York, fighting to be among the final brackets when the tournament proper starts on Monday.

Cabrera beat German 25th seed Tamar Korpatsch 6-2, 6-1, in the first round, and faces Turkey’s Ipek Soylu next. Aiava dropped a set in her first match against Macedonia’s Lina Gjorcheska, but came back strongly to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Her second qualifier is against Swede Rebecca Peterson.

Santillan also started his tournament off on the wrong foot, going down 3-6 in his first set against Sebastian Ofner of Austria. But he rallied with two sets of 6-3 and 6-4, so he’s through to face Belarussian Uladzimir Ignatik.

Smith had a much more certain opener against Jeffrey John Wolf, putting the American away in straight sets: 6-4, 6-1. His next opponent is Serbian 32nd seed Filip Krajinovic.

Federer, Nadal, Zverev, Murray Lead Betting

Betting sites still believe that Roger Federer has the best shot of winning the 2017 US Open men’s singles title, even though the Swiss legend has himself pointed out how unlikely he’d be to take three Grand Slams in one year at his age, with his back playing up. Nevertheless, he’s at $1.50 and below in most outright futures betting, although punters may get him at $4.50 on some sites.

Rafael Nadal, back in the World No. 1 spot after his win at the Cincinnati Masters, is being offered at between $2.50 and $3.00. If he stays fit, he’s a strong contender to repeat his record 2017 French Open triumph at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Rapidly rising German star Alexander Zverev is practically neck-and-neck with British World No. 2 Andy Murray in the outright betting. After winning the Washington Open at the start of the month, Zverev went on to beat Federer in the final of the Canadian Open a week later. He’s at $7.00-$8.00, with 2012 US Open champion Murray at $6.50-$10.00.

Australian Nick Kyrgios is always worth a punt. He’s fifth in the US Open betting, at $14.00-$24.00.

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