Tennis best bets and predictions for Tuesday, August 15th
The US Open is now a matter of weeks away, which means tennis season is really heating up. There have been a lot of big tournaments over the last couple of weeks, and VSiN is here to provide you with tennis best bets on everything that's left before we get to Flushing Meadows. With that in mind, keep reading to get my picks for Tuesday, August 15th. This week, the focus is on the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. I'll look to make picks on both the men and the women, and I'll probably be adding more to these columns each day. So, make sure you refresh for more picks — or click the link below for the Pro Picks page.
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JJ Wolf vs. Alex De Minaur
With this match, the only thing I’m really worried about is De Minaur’s legs. The Australian has played a lot of tennis over the last couple of weeks, as he made it to the finals in both Cabo and Toronto. For a player that really focuses on grinding down opponents, you have to wonder whether he has ground himself down with all the miles he has put on his body. But at this price, it’s worth betting him and seeing for yourself.
De Minaur is just a much better tennis player than Wolf right now. In fact, De Minaur just absolutely beat up on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the semifinals in Toronto, and that’s a player that earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over Wolf earlier in the tournament. If Wolf couldn’t keep up with Davidovich Fokina, how exactly will he do so against De Minaur?
Wolf is a talented shot maker and has a bright future, but he does occasionally miss wildly from the baseline. That’s not what you want from somebody that’s playing against De Minaur, as he’s the type that will get more unforced errors out of his opponents.
It’s also worth noting that De Minaur won 6-4, 6-2 when these two met on an indoor hard court in Sweden last year. Playing outdoors should only help De Minaur more.
Bet: De Minaur ML (-156 - 2.5 units)
Linda Noskova vs. Liudmila Samsonova
Noskova won two matches to get through qualifiers here, and the 18-year-old now gets something of a favorable draw. Samsonova is coming off a run to the finals in Montreal, where she played some incredible tennis throughout the week. And the Russian is easily one of the best hard-court players in the world. However, Samsonova has played a ton of tennis over the last few days. Rain delays really disrupted her schedule in Canada, and it ended with her playing both the semifinals and the finals of the tournament in the same day. And she looked visibly gassed in a blowout loss to Jessica Pegula on Sunday.
With Samsonova being somewhat vulnerable right now, I see Noskova pushing her to a deciding third set in this one. Noskova is up to 18-12 at the WTA level this season, so she is making an instant impact on tour. And she’s 19-10 on hard courts throughout her WTA career, so this is definitely her best surface right now. Noskova has also been particularly hot as of late, as she has won eight of her last 10 matches.
With Noskova playing well and getting a fatigued Samsonova, this is just too hard to pass up. Samsonova could ultimately win this one outright, but Noskova should be able to push her in these conditions. Let’s not forget that Samsonova also had to travel to Cincinnati, meaning Monday wasn’t all that relaxing for her either.
Bet: Noskova +1.5 Sets (-130)
Dan Evans ML (+115 - 3 units) vs. Lorenzo Musetti
Alexander Svevchenko +1.5 Sets (-150 - 2 units) vs. Lorenzo Sonego
Alexander Zverev ML (-145 - 1.5 units) vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Miomir Kecmanovic +1.5 Sets (-130 - 1.5 units) vs. Tommy Paul
Victoria Azarenka ML (-130 - 3 units) vs. Barbora Krejcikova
Ann Li ML (+125 - 1.5 units) vs. Magda Linette
Lloyd Harris ML (-125 - 2 units) vs. Max Purcell
Madison Keys vs. Elise Mertens Over 20.5 Games (-120 - 2 units)
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