After 12 days of gripping, upset-filled tennis under humid conditions, the US Open has reached its climactic stage. In the Women’s final, world number 2 German Angelique Kerber faces the Czech upstart Karolina Pliskova, who defeated world number 1 Serena Williams in the semi final and her sister Venus Williams in the fourth round. Can she produce another upset? Those who love to take smart risks in online betting can bet on her, for Pliskova defeated Kerber last month at the Cincinnati Open.
In the Men’s final, Novak Djokovic takes on Stan Wawrinka on Sunday in another potentially grueling encounter. This is also another tough match to predict for online betting enthusiasts. Djokovic is coming out of a lean patch, while Wawrinka has a history of raising his game in grand slam finals.
Preview – Women’s final
Let’s begin with some crucial stats. Kleber has faced Pliskova seven times, winning four and losing three. Five of these matches were held on hard surfaces, similar to the one used for US Open. In those matches, Kleber leads 3-2. The form and shot-making that Pliskova displayed in the tournament must make Kleber slightly anxious. Her shots were precise, sharp and generally difficult to handle. Kleber understands the menace of her final opponent’s returns. “I think my serve has to be very good”, Kleber said when asked about the serve.
The German has been in great form in the tournament. She has not lost a set so far. She has been moving very well and unleashing some crisp shots. Klebber won this year’s Australian Open and reached the finals of Wimbledon, while this is the first appearance in a grand slam final for Pliskova. Who will win? It is hard to tell. Kleber is the only giant remaining in the fray and Pliskova is fast becoming a bonafide giant slayer.
Preview – Men’s final
Djokovic has quietly moved to the finals, following reports of his fading form. He has not appeared intimidating, as he was last year. Still, he will have the upper hand over Wawrinka. The humidity levels have gone so high that the players were visibly tired during the semi final matches. Wawrinka has won just four matches against Djokovic. Two of those wins came in 2006, when both the players were taking their baby steps in the ATP circuit. Another win was in a clay court, and the fourth win came in the Australian Open quarter final of 2014.
In the US Open, these two have met twice – first in the semi final in 2013 and then in the pre quarter final of 2012. Djokovic won both those matches.
Djokovic has a relatively easy passage to the final. He has lost just a single set so far – in the semi final against Gael Monfis. Wawrinka, on the other hand, had to battle harder. He has lost five sets in the tournament overall. He has played more hours than Djokovic did. It could take a toll on him.
For online betting purposes, Men’s final is easier. Djokovic starts as favourite. Women’s final is tough. It’s 50-50.
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