ATP Rolex Shanghai Masters Day 5 & WTA Tianjin Day 4 Best Tennis Bets and Predictions


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:41 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 3:41 PM UTC

Can the in-form Magda Linette score another big win to overturn a 1-3 H2H deficit with Nara Kurumi?
<div><h2><strong>Magda Linette(8) vs. Nara Kurumi </strong></h2><p><a href="" title="Magda Linette vs. Nara Kurumi Odds Board"><strong>Thursday, October 10</strong></a></p><p>Tianjin Magda Linette has had a pristine year, a career best that saw her reach a career high ranking of world no. 41 last week. The Poznan native made the Hua Hin semfinal back in February, losing to the eventual champion Dayana Yastremska. It would take until June before the 27-year old would yield some great results again, picking up her first title of the year in the Manchester ITF event on grass. Linette then put in a good performance to reach the third round of Wimbledon before really kicking on this fall. Qualifying and winning 8 straight matches to pick up a second WTA level title in New York was later followed with a final appearance in Seoul. The sweet ballstriker is very difficult to stop when on a roll, and we saw that in her first round matchup against Christina McHale here. Previously trailing the H2H 1-4 against her American opponent, Linette turned a potentially tough matchup into a 6-3, 6-1 route and will take some stopping this week.</p><p>Nara Kurumi was only three years old when she got hooked on the beautiful game of tennis, after her father took her to the courts for the first time. That love for the game is still the main reason the Japanese 27-year old plays tennis to this day.</p><p>Back in 2014, Kurumi would have her career year to date, winning a maiden WTA level title in Rio and making the Washington final. Surging to a career high rank of world no. 32 off the back of those results, the Japanese player has never returned to those heights since and currently ranks world no. 159. 2019 is the second straight year Nara has spent outside of ther top 100, and thus mostly plied her trade on the ITF tour. Despite a few ITF quarterfinals, nothing does stick out and on tour level it´s been tough work for the 27-year old. Her best result would be qualifying to make the second round of Roland Garros, and it´s one of only two main draw wins all year, as the Japanese player has mostly failed to even qualify.</p><p>Perhaps a bit surprisingly, this is another matchup where Magda Linette trails the H2H meetings, this time going 1-3 across four meetings with the Japanese player. None of those meetings have come within the last two years though, two of them were on grass, and the latest one on hard court Linette did win comfortably 6-2, 6-2. Much has happened since though, with the Poznan native surging to new career heights, and Nara trending in the opposite direction. It´s the world no. 159´s serve that´s been a big worry, winning only 58.3% and 43.1% of her first &amp; second serve points respectively. Those numbers don´t bode well against an in-form Linette who broke the McHale serve on five occasions, and yielding only one herself after overcoming a shaky opening game. Expect the Polish player to pounce on the Nara serve early and often, and storm to another comfortable victory in this one. Bet365 are offering an enormous price for the -4.5 games handicap, and we´re happy to oblige.</p><p><strong>Best bet: </strong><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">Linette -4.5 games at 2.00 (1/1) with [Bet365] 2u</a></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></h2><h2> </h2><h2><strong>Hubert Hurkacz vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas </strong></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Hubert Hurkacz vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Odds Board"><strong>Thursday, October 10 </strong></a></p><p>Shanghai Though he is one of the quieter players on tour, his game speaks volumes. Hubert Hurkacz has been a dramatic riser through the rankings over the last 18 months, not even ranked within the top 200 in March 2018. Now, the 22-year old stands tall at 196cm along with a breakthrough to rank world no. 34. Calm, collected and fearless, Hurkacz utilizes his big serve and big groundstrokes to advance forward and finish off points. A former junior Grand Slam doubles finalist at the 2015 Australian Open, the Pole is also adept at the net. This season has had many highlights, like winning the Canberra Challenger, making the Indian Wells quarterfinal, and collecting a Maiden ATP title in Winston Salem. Since that title in August, the going has been tougher for the 22-year old, losing three straight main draw matches going into Shanghai. Here, Hurkacz has kicked on well though, overcoming Zhang Zhizhen and then Gael Monfils to set up this last 16 encounter.</p><p>He´ll face a familiar foe in this affair, in Stefanos Tsitsipas. After bursting onto the tour last season, the Greek superstar has established himself as a top 10 mainstay in 2019. Making a whopping five finals, winning two of them, the 21-year old will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. Filled with mental fortitude befitting of the very best, backed by his big serve and groundstroke combination, Tsitsipas looked on song all the way up until post Roland Garros. Emerging the loser from a grueling 5-set, 5 hour battle with Stanislas Wawrinka was soulcrushing for the young Greek, and he´s struggled ever since. Losing in his first match in 6 of the 8 subsequent tournaments, the 21-year old looked lost and devoid of confidence.</p><p>Beijing seemed to be the place where the world no. 7 recovered. Playing impressive tennis, Tsitsipas made the final and all but cemented his number 6 spot in the race to the year-ending Championship in London. Facing up against arch-nemesis Felix Auger-Aliassime in his first match here in Shanghai, against whom he´d lost nine straight sets dating back to the Juniors in 2015, it was set to be a brutal affair. After losing to the Canadian at Queen´s this summer, the Greek said he might never beat him. But overcoming the challenge by playing the better tennis in the clutch moments, Tsitsipas prevailed in straight tiebreaks and let out a massive roar after clinching the win - one could see just how much it meant to him.</p><p>Hurkacz and Tsitsipas have already faced three times this year on ATP level, and another matchup took place in the Next Gen Finals at the end of last season. Thus far, it´s been the Greek who has had the answers, and leads the way by 4-1. Many of these meetings took place before Hurkacz made his big breakthrough though, and it was indeed the Pole who emerged victorious in the latest affair - taking down Tsitsipas in three sets at the Montreal Masters.</p><p>In a matchup between two quite evenly matched players when in form, it should come as no surprise that the last two matches have gone the distance. Both men are strong behind their serves, holding above an 82% clip this season, and have won over 80% of their first serve points this tournament. On the blazing fast Shanghai courts that are among the fastest on tour, the big servers certainly benefit as showcased by the 9% increase in tiebreaks compared to tour average. Hurkacz has played a tiebreak in both of his matches, whilst Tsitsipas required two of them to defeat Auger-Aliassime. The conditions are set to be 25 degrees and sunny with little wind, further speeding up proceedings. It´s not hard to envisage this meeting being dominated by big serving, and all things considered, the tiebreak markets appeal. Priced at 3.60 with Unibet, that we see the first set go the distance will be our investment in this one.</p><p><strong>Best bet:</strong> <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Unibet!">1st set over 12.5 games at 3.60 (13/5) with [Unibet] 1u</a></p></div>
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