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US Open Bet of the Day: Bettingpro’s best tennis bet for Monday, August 26

Hannah Wilks 25 Aug 2019
CoCo Vandeweghe (credit:Douglas Stringer/Zuma Press/PA Images)

The 2019 US Open is here and every day our resident tennis experts will be picking out their favourite bet from the final Grand Slam of the year, free of charge!

Today’s best bet: Monday, August 26


Hannah Wilks: Back Sofia Kenin v CoCo Vandeweghe to go to 3 sets @ 12/5 Ladbrokes

Former US Open semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe may be newly returned from a lengthy injury lay-off but she’s still got the weapons to make in-form 20th seed Sofia Kenin work hard for the win.
Day one of main-draw play at the 2019 US Open sees the bottom half of the women’s draw taking to the courts and while big-name clashes like Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova are grabbing the headlines there are plenty of intriguing clashes going on elsewhere, like this all-American clash scheduled late in the afternoon on Grandstand.

Kenin has been one of the most impressive players of 2019. The 20-year-old Russian-born American who prefers to be known as ‘Sonia’ has compiled a 35-17 win-loss record this season, winning her first two WTA Tour titles in Hobart and Mallorca. Kenin claimed a signature win over Serena Williams at the French Open but her results in August have been almost more impressive as she made back-to-back semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati, claiming four wins over top-10 opposition in that span.

Now up to world no. 20, Kenin is an aggressive baseliner whose ability to absorb and redirect pace is impressive – but like most women on the WTA Tour, she’ll find herself outmatched in terms of sheer weaponry when she comes up against CoCo Vandeweghe on Monday.

As Kenin has come to prominence, Vandeweghe has faded. Ranked as high as world no. 9 in 2017, Vandeweghe made the semifinals of the Australian Open and the US Open that year, and was also a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2015. 

Vandeweghe suffered an ankle injury at Wimbledon in June 2018 and lost her last nine matches of the season before being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The injury kept her off court until just a few weeks ago and she has only played four matches in 2019, losing three of them. 

I don’t think Vandeweghe has anywhere near the kind of match fitness she needs to beat Kenin, but the American loves the big stage and will at some point during the match hit a purple patch – and Vandeweghe’s serve and forehand are so formidable that when she is playing well she can’t be stopped. Kenin is too good a competitor not to get back into the match even if Vandeweghe does hit her stride for a run of games, and the younger woman will probably be the winner, but for the sake of pride alone Vandeweghe will manage to take a set at this tournament she has lit up before.

Today’s best bet: Monday, August 26



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US Open Bet of the Day: Bettingpro’s best tennis bet for Monday, August 26

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