US Open Tennis Predictions: Four Picks & A Parlay On Day 2
Day 1 is in the books, and it’s been a rough start. Going 0-3 shouldn’t happen, but unfortunately, it does every so often. Simona Halep was just too good on serve, winning 84% of the points behind her first serve. I don’t shy away from revoking my statement of not considering a future on her with how she played yesterday. Bagnis beating Daniel in straight sets was not on my radar at all. At the same time, Majchrzak couldn’t convert his break point opportunities, 0-40 in set two just to get broken right after, six more opportunities at 1-1 in the fourth - he finished 1/12 on break points overall. But enough, with the moaning, let’s find some winners on Day 2.
Viktorija Golubic vs. Bianca Andreescu Prediction
Last up on Arthur Ashe, is surprise Wimbledon quarterfinalist Viktorija Golubic and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu. There’s not a whole lot reminding you of these days when watching the current version of the Canadian prodigy. After losing a nailbiter to Tamara Zidansek at Roland Garros, Andreescu only won two more matches, both in three sets and both against players outside of the top 100 in Christina McHale and Harriet Dart.
Golubic, however, finds herself in the top 50 for the first time in her career. Her one-handed backhand is a beauty to watch and poses difficulties for any opponent, especially those that aren’t at 100%. I already made that mistake yesterday, assuming a player isn’t fully healthy in Halep, but Andreescu struggles to still have faith in her for too long. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t fight though. So with the plus money on both bets; I’m betting the underdog as well as the match to go over 2.5 sets in this one.
Karolina Muchova vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo Prediction
There will be more of the same for me in the encounter between Karolina Muchova and Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Spaniard is one of the fittest women on tour and already had six matches that lasted longer than three hours this year! Twenty of her forty-five matches went to distance, so the odds of +162 show an edge of more than 6% without even analyzing the matchup.
Muchova is a super talented player who has every shot in her repertoire. Her tennis IQ is superb, but against a player who can run for days, its effectiveness decreases a bit. Furthermore, the Czech never really looked fit to me this year. She lost to Dodin in Montreal and had to retire in Cincinnati ten days ago. As I split the bets just as in the Andreescu match, I’d advise taking the ML on a book that pays on retirements, if possible.
US Open Day 2 Parlay
2-Leg Parlay (-105)
Today’s parlay consists of two men, as I select Steve Johnson and Lorenzo Sonego. The latter quietly made his way up to #23 in the rankings and only lost in three sets to Tsitsipas in Cincinnati. He owns the matchup with Otte and never lost a set against the German who had to save match points against Olivo and Lestienne and also had to puke towards the end of both these qualifying matches. It will be hot out there again today, so I’m not sure he can withstand an in-form player like Sonego over best of five.
With Johnson, I think the crowd can become a crucial factor. With full capacity, an American or two will surely stray to Court 6 to support their countryman. Johnson showed some much better tennis this summer compared to the start of the season and played the whole hard court swing while Marterer only arrived here for qualifying. Struggling against Collarini and Janvier is not too good of a sign either.