ATP Intrum Stockholm Open & WTA Moscow Day 2 Best Tennis Bets and Predictions


Monday, October 14, 2019 5:44 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 5:44 PM UTC

Will the surging Swede continue his impressive rise through the ranks with a statement win at home? 
<div><h2><b>Mikael Ymer vs. Joao Sousa</b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Tuesday, October 15, Stockholm</strong></a></p><p>What a last couple of months it has been for Mikael Ymer. The younger of the Ymer brothers and long seen as the one with the higher ceiling, Mikael has spent time in his older brother Elias´ shadow for quite a few years. But this year, while Elias has stagnated, Mikael has improvd by leaps and bounds. In his earlier years, the 21-year old has been more of a pusher, but has developed into a great all around player. Reaching a whopping six Challenger tour finals, winning 4 titles, and qualifying and making the second round of Roland Garros have been the highlights of a sensational 2019. Mikael is an exceptional athlete with incredible defensive capabilities and a big weapon comes in the form of the backhand wing. Recent form couldn´t be better, with the Swede winning back-to-back indoors Challenger titles in France, and surging to a career high world no. 75 ranking.<br /><br />That´s around the same ranking as today´s opponent, Joao Sousa. Ranked no. 63 in the world, the Portuguese 30-year old prides himself on his work ethic. Sousa is one of the hardest workers on tour, rarely gives any points away for free and truly makes you work for every point. After plying his trade mostly on the red dirt, the 30-year old has elevated his play on other surfaces. In a rich vein of form over the summer, Joao made big waves by eliminating Marin Cilic and Daniel Evans enroute to a Wimbledon last 16 appearance. That was followed up by reaching the semifinal in Gstaad on the red dirt. After a dropoff over the American hard court swing, Sousa kicked on again to make the semifinals indoors in Saint Petersburg. In the medium slow, higher bouncing conditions his forehand becomes a serious weapon, and though usually reliant on stability from the baseline - the Portuguese can also step in and dictate off that wing.<br /><br />Though Sousa is an incredibly hard worker and can certainly hit his share of winners, he is certainly a bit limited as a player. With Mikael Ymer surging to similar levels in ability over the last few months, those limitations can be exposed. After a hot summer and beginning of fall, the 30-year old has cooled down somewhat, going 1-2 in Tokyo and Shanghai. Ymer isn´t an opponent he´ll be able to hit through, and the Swede is the better athlete between the pair. In scintillating form and well accustomed to indoors conditions, the 21-year old is also a player that usually raises his level in Swedish tournaments, relishing to play in his home country. Winning against Fernando Verdasco here 3 years ago as a massive underdog and taking a set off up and coming superstar Alexander Zverev in 2017 are testaments to that. On current level, I make Ymer the firm favourite in this matchup, and am happy to play him at a 1.80 price with Pinnacle.<br /><br /><b><i>Best bet: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Ymer to win at 1.80 (4/5) </a>with [<a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>] </i></b><i>2u</i></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><b>Kristina Mladenovic vs. Yulia Putinseva</b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Tuesday, October 15, Moscow</strong></a><br /><br />Kristina Mladenovic has won her fair share of titles throughout the years. That´s including but not limited to no less than <i>three </i>Major titles, two at Roland Garros and one at the Australian Open. The caveat? These titles come from doubles tennis. Currently the world no. 1 in doubles, Kiki and her partner Timea Babos have won numerous illustrious titles together, but the same success has largely eluded the 26-year old Frenchwoman on the singles court. However, hiring Naomi Osaka´s former coach in the very talented Sascha Bajin seemed a brilliant move for developing as a singles player. Great results have yet to come, but Mladenovic has acquitted herself well over the last few weeks. The Frenchwoman reached the semifinal in Zhengzhou, and recently played very well to oust Donna Vekic enroute to a quarterfinal indoors in Linz.<br /><br />Yulia Putinseva is always an exceptionally tricky opponent to face, with her loopy balls, devious slices, drop shots and other ways to disrupt the opposition. The crafty Kazakh has also been a bit of a giant killer, taking down the likes of Belinda Bencic, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka twice this season. What she lacks in raw power, the 24-year old makes up for with guile, and navigated her way to a maiden WTA title in Nürnberg earlier this year. For all of her strengths though, Putinseva is a player that can be overpowered by a heavy hitting, on song opponent, and she was in dire straits from the get go last time out in Tianjin. Coming from 4-0 down in the decider against Astra Sharma and saving match points, the Kazakh struggled through. In the quarterfinals the 24-year old was frustrated however, and let Ons Jabeur run away to a 4-1 lead in the first set, taking it back to then lose in a tiebreak. After storming to a 4-0 second set lead, it was gifted back and an aggravated Putinseva would lose in straight sets.<br /><br />This pair have faced on five previous occasions, and it´s the Frenchwoman who leads the way 3-2 thus far. While Putinseva does have the tenacity to force errors out of Mladenovic, she can just as easily be overpowered if not at her best or if her opponent is on song. Both matches that were contested on indoor hard courts were won by Mladenovic, who is the better player on the surface. The Frenchwoman also has the added advantage of playing, and playing well in very similar conditions in Linz last week, while the Kazakh has spent several weeks in China and faces a tough travel and transition from outdoors to indoors tennis. I wasn´t impressed by Putinseva last week, while Mladenovic was playing really well. With the match taking place indoors, I´d give the Frenchwoman the edge, and at an underdog 1.98 price with Pinnacle, I´ll back her to win here.<br /><br /><br /><b><i>Best bet: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Mladenovic to win at 1.98 (49/50) </a>with [<a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>] </i></b><i>1.5u</i></p></div>
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