Will Hyeon Chung continue his climb back up the rankings after a bright showing at the US Open?
<div><h2><strong>Hyeon Chung(WC) vs. Joao Sousa</strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday, September 24, Chengdu</strong><br /><br />Hyeon Chung was a shining star just a year or so ago. Winning the ATP Finals at the end of 2017, the then 21-year old South Korean made it all the way to the Australian Open 2018 semifinal, the only one from his country managing this feat. Roger Federer proved too tough a challenge though, before Chung retired with blisters. It´s easy to forget just how incredibly talented the 23-year old is, holding a career high rank of world no. 19. Injuries have thus far been his undoing, with the back in particular being an area that´s kept the South Korean out of action for the better part of this season. Many compared Chung to Novak Djokovic and it´s easy to see why. He´s an incredible athlete capable of getting to mostly any ball, stern from the baseline an committing very few unforced errors.<br /><br />Joao Sousa is a stern baseline grinder of his own, and incredibly tough to break down. In the latter stages of his career, the Portuguese star has translated his strong clay showings to other surfaces, and often goes well in most tournaments. It´s been an okay season overall for the 30-year old, notably managing to reach the R16 of Wimbledon, along with a Gstaad semifinal berth. However, hard courts haven´t been particularly kind to the world number 62 this season, only managing to go 2-5 on the surface post the Australian Open. Furthermore, Sousa comes into this match on an 0-3 losing streak on hard courts, losing three straight main draw matches during the North American swing. The Portuguese grinder did show great form recently though at St. Petersburg indoors, reaching the semifinals of several strong showings.<br /><br />Hyeon Chung has perhaps been forgotten by some, but made his comeback here at a Chengdu challenger earlier this summer to win the title. The 23-year old then qualified and looked to be approaching his best form in making the third round of the US Open. Sousa on the other hand comes in off less than three days of rest since the St. Petersburg semifinal. He must now travel all the way to China, likely flying out on a Sunday and perhaps not even getting a direct flight for the cross-continental journey. Transitioning from the high bouncing, slower indoors conditions to lower bouncing, blazing fast hard courts here won´t suit his game either. Chung should be fresh, having not played since the US Open, and leads the H2H by 1-0, easily defeating Sousa 6-3, 6-4 at last year´s Indian Wells. Expect Chung to win again, and at prices of 1.79 for the -2.5 games handicap, we invest.<br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Chung -2.5 games at 1.79 (79/100) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</strong></em></a></p><h2><em><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em><br /><br /><br /><strong>Wang Yafan vs Sloane Stephens(10)</strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday, September 24, Wuhan</strong><br /><br />Wang Yafan is one of the many talented Chinese players on tour, and has enjoyed a fruitful 2019 season. The 25-year old´s accolades have seen her rise to a career high ranking of world number 48, albeit most of her good work stems from the first three months of the year. After making the Shenzhen semifinal on home soil, Wang captured a maiden WTA title in Acapulco - defeating big seeds Donna Vekic and Sofia Kenin along the way. Since the clay season began though, the 25-year old has mostly struggled for results, being eliminated in her first match in 10 of the 13 subsequent tournaments. Things looked better last week in Seoul though, with the world no. 48 making the semifinals. A quick turnaround of just 2 days saw the Chinese player struggle in the first round against Lauren Davis. After going a set down, Wang found her range and managed to storm back before Davis retired down 0-4 in the decider.<br /><br />Sloane Stephens´ struggles this season have been well documented. The wildly inconsistent former world no. 3 has been more miss than hit for the majority of 2019. Coming in at 22-17 on the year, somewhat surprisingly, the 2017 US Open champion did her best work on clay. A Madrid semifinal and Roland Garros quarterfinal wasn´t expected of the American, but a solid north american hard court swing was. Usually the place where Stephens has done her best work, the 26-year old was dreadful and went 1-4 - all but one defeat in straight sets. Shortly before the US Open however, the American got a much needed boost as former coach Kamau Murray reunited with her. In charge of the American in the 2017 title run, this combination may prove to give Stephens a lift during the home stretch. Hard-hitting Camila Giorgi demolished the world number 15 in Osaka, but encouraging signs were shown in the first round here. Zhang Shuai had two straight wins over the inconsistent Sloane, but the underdog managed to prevail and win in straight sets.<br /><br />This must be viewed as a huge opportunity for the American to finally find her legs a bit, and salvage something great in what´s been a disappointing season. Wang Yafan lacks the blazing power or veteran wit that´s required to throw one of the better defenders on tour off her game. As much was shown to us in the 6-0, 6-2 massacre at this year´s Wimbledon encounter, the only previous meeting between the pair. Though playing on hard court and in the Chinese player´s home country will certainly level things a bit, this is inherently a very good matchup for the Stephens game. She should be able to answer whatever Wang throws at her, and emerge with a much needed win in this contest, and at 1.71 that will be our investment here.<br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Stephens to win at 1.71 (71/100) with [Pinnacle] 2u</strong></em></a></p></div>