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US Open Bet of the Day: Bettingpro’s best tennis bet for Tuesday, August 27

Hannah Wilks 25 Aug 2019
Aleksandra Krunic (credit:Antonio Melita/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: Tuesday, August 27


Hannah Wilks: Back Aleksandra Krunic to beat Jelena Ostapenko @ 7/4 bet365
* Odds correct at 23:40 BST on 24/8/2019

Aleksandra Krunic loves an upset win over a big name and slumping French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko could be her latest victim at the US Open on Tuesday.
As the top half of the women’s draw takes to the courts for the first time at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, Ostapenko will be looking for her first match win at a Grand Slam since last year’s US Open, when she lost in the third round to Maria Sharapova.

Ostapenko is now on a four-match losing streak at Grand Slam level, having lost in the first rounds of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon so far this year. Admittedly she’s had tough draws to come up against Maria Sakkari, Victoria Azarenka and Su-Wei Hsieh, but it’s also part of a much larger slump for the Latvian who stormed to the French Open title in 2017 ranked world no. 47 and ended that season ranked world no. 7 but has struggled ever since. 

Ostapenko went 28-22 in 2018 but at least had a runner-up finish in Miami and a semifinal at Wimbledon; so far in 2019 she’s 13-22 and has won back-to-back matches on outdoor hard courts just once this year. That was in Toronto a couple of weeks ago where she beat Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova only to go down to qualifier Marie Bouzkova in straights, and she was defeated by Yulia Putintseva in Cincinnati.

Ostapenko’s troubles with her service motion seem to be at the root of her struggles but there are no real signs of her turning that around, and it leaves her distinctly vulnerable, especially to an upset artist like Krunic.

A persistent underachiever, Serbia’s Krunic has never been ranked higher than world no. 39, which is criminal given her talent. But she does enjoy the US Open, where she had her best Grand Slam result so far in 2014, making the round of 16 with wins over Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys (two big-hitting power players, we note). Krunic also made the third round of the US Open in 2017 (ousting Johanna Konta) and 2018. That’s some consistent performing at this particular tournament by her standards.

Krunic won her maiden WTA Tour title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last year, reaching her career-high ranking as a result, but comes into the US Open as the world no. 97 after having failed to defend it. She also has an even worse win-loss record in 2019 than Ostapenko (10-19). It doesn’t really matter though. Krunic will always play above herself when facing a big name and although Ostapenko isn’t seeded, she’s still a quality scalp. Moreover, the fleet-footed Serb is an absolute nightmare for an error-prone power player like Ostapenko. Krunic can cover the court like lightning and she will track down ball after ball, absorbing and redirecting pace until Ostapenko misses, which shouldn’t take too long. Ostapenko’s service issues will leave her struggling to play her preferred first-strike tennis and allow Krunic too many opportunities to get into the rally, and the unseeded Serb can wear the volatile Latvian down and condemn her to going 0-4 at Grand Slams in 2019.

Today’s best bet: Tuesday, August 27



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