Karolina Pliskova v Karolina Muchova: Pliskova to win 2-0 – 10/11
It’s the battle of the two Karolina’s from Czech Republic and we’re taking the more experienced one to win in straight sets.
The 22 year-old Muchova made a good breakthrough at US Open 2017, where she took down Garbine Muguruza in round two and has generally been making good strides.
But, we like the start Pliskova has made to the year and we reckon a straight sets win is worth chancing at 10/11.
Nick Kyrgios v Milos Raonic: Over 12.5 games in the first set – Evens
This one is simple – two big servers and we fancy the first set to go to a tie break.
Kyrgios defended his title very meekly in Brisbane with two poor performances and didn’t break either Jeremy Chardy or Ryan Harrison in the six sets he played, playing three tie breaks in the process (with both first sets going the distance).
The last two times they met, the first set went to its full complement of games and we’re backing that again here at Evens.
Simona Halep v Kaia Kanepi: Halep to win 2-0 – 10/11
Kanepi stunned the tennis world at Flushing Meadows when she took Halep down in two comfortable sets in US Open first round.
Both players have played very little since that tournament due to injury issues, but we believe there’s value on Halep to gain her revenge and to do it in two sets is an 10/11 shot.
Hubert Hurkacz v Ivo Karlovic: Hurkacz to win – 6/5
This one breaks our hearts as we love Dr Ivo and always will, but the Croatian giant turns 40 next month and we just don’t know what he has left for five set matches anymore.
Admittedly Ivo had a great week in Pune and it was an absolute joy to watch him make the final there, but we feel we must take the improving 21-year-old Pole in this one.
He is coming in off the back of a Challenger title in Canberra and beat Karlovic in two sets (both inevitably tie breaks) in August on Cincinnati hard courts. He’s reluctantly our pick at 6/5.
* All odds correct at time of posting.