ATP St. Petersburg and WTA Osaka Day 1 Best Tennis Bets and Predictions


Monday, September 16, 2019 7:15 AM UTC

Monday, Sep. 16, 2019 7:15 AM UTC

Can rising star Dayana Yastremska continue to impress and reign victorious in her first round tousle

<div><h2><b>Dayana Yastremska vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova</b><br /><strong style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Monday, September 16, Osaka</strong></h2><p><br />19-year old phenom Dayana Yastremska has had a very solid year on tour overall, with the two highlights being a Hua Hin and Strasbourg title. After winning her maiden title in Hong Kong last year, another two in the trophy cabin already speaks heaps about the Ukranian´s talent, and she´ll be a force to be reckoned with in the future. An extraordinarily powerful ballstriker, Yastremska will have no problem imposing herself on any surface. As much has been evidence by solid results on all surfaces, like one title coming on clay, the other on hard court - and making the last 16 at the grass lawns of Wimbledon. The 19-year old looked solid at the US Open before running into a truck in fellow countrywoman Elina Svitolina in the third round, and will look to go deeper here.<br /><br />Standing for the opposition in this contest is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian is an incredibly powerful player, just like her Ukranian over opponent, hitting her groundstrokes hard. The former world no. 13 has struggled for health and fitness since her peak ranking in 2011. Bar a fantastic 2017 with 3 titles, the 28-year old hasn´t been able to reach that level in recent times. Last year Pavlyuchenkova posted a losing record (22-25) for only the second time in her career, and this year hasn´t been great either with a 16-17 statline. In fact, the Russian hasn´t won back-to-back matches since all the way back in April, and also had a 6 match losing streak over the clay season.<br /><br />This matchup will pit two power-hitters against each other, and in these matchups it´s all about confidence. Imposing yourself on the opposition and taking advantage of every given opportunity becomes the way to victory. Oftentimes this favours the in-form player, and there´s no doubt that Yastremska is form favourite in this matchup. The young Ukranian also holds a large statistical advantage. Showing 107.4% in this year´s hold/break ratio and 1895 in the hard court ELO puts her well ahead of Pavlyuchenkova´s 100.6% and 1767 in the same categories. Though the pair haven´t met before, Yastremska is the stronger player right now, and should overcome the challenge of her Russian opponent with a bit to spare.<br /><br /><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><b><i>Best bet: Dayana Yastremska -3.5 games at 1.80 (4/5) with [Bet365] </i></b><i>1.5u</i></a></p><h2><br /><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a><br /><br /><b>Mikhail Kukushkin(6) vs. Jannik Sinner(WC)</b></h2><p><strong>Monday, September 16, St. Petersburg</strong><br /><br />Mikhail Kukushkin is an experienced veteran on tour, and has spent the majority of this decade within the top 100 ever since breaking through in 2010. The 31-year old Kazakh is usually a mainstay within the middle sections of the top 100, and has often done well for his country at the Davis Cup. Kukushkin had a great run to the indoor final in Marseille in February, and the Phoenix Challenger on outdoor hard in March - but then went off the boil. Sporting a six-match losing streak over the clay season, the Kazakh then upset both John Isner and Jan-Lennard Struff to make the last 16 of Wimbledon. On his day, the veteran is capable of defeating most on tour, as showcased in upsetting world no. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the US Open.<br /><br />In this match he´ll face a tricky first round opponent, facing teenage sensation Jannik Sinner. The 18-year old Italian has absolutely blitzed through the rankings over the last 12 months, not even ranking within the top 1000 at this time last year. An exceptional ballstriker and all around player despite his young age, the sky´s the limit for Sinner. Back in February he became the youngest Italian ever to win a Challenger title, prevailing on home soil to win his maiden silverware in Bergamo. The 18-year old has since made two more finals, winning another Challenger title on outdoor hard in Lexington. Sinner has also qualified and competed well in several ATP events, not limited to but including this year´s US Open - pushing 2016 winner Stanislas Wawrinka to four sets.<br /><br />A gritty veteran against a teenage phenom makes for a fantastic first round matchup. While Jannik Sinner undeniably has humungous talent and will compete well, this is still only his 10th career ATP main draw match - and the very first indoors. Mikhail Kukushkin often does his best work indoors, racking up 119 career wins and making at least a semifinal in the last three years. Using his veteran wit and somewhat unorthodox groundstrokes, he should be able to coax the young gun into making errors in this matchup. Sinner may be the future, but here and now the 1.68 price at Pinnacle appeals for the veteran Kazakh, and will be our selection in this affair.<br /><br /><a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><b><i>Best bet: </i></b><b><i>Mikhail Kukushkin to win at 1.68 (17/25) with [Pinnacle] </i></b><i>1u</i></a><br /> </p></div>
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