Cincinnati Open Round 2 Preview and Betting Predictions


Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:06 AM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 11:06 AM UTC

Can Yulia Putinseva make it three wins in a row vs. a faltering Sloane Stephens?
<div><h2>Yulia Putinseva vs. Sloane Stephens(8)</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Wednesday, August 14, Cincinnati </strong></a></p><p>Yulia Putinseva got her Western and Southern Open campaign off to a good start, as she managed to overcome the flashes of brilliance shown by Jelena Ostapenko to book her second round ticket. Just as one would expect, the match was a wild one, with plenty of twists and turns. For most of the first set, the Kazakh was in control of the proceedings, aided by her opponent double faulting on a whopping seven occasions, spraying unforced errors left and right. Putinseva hit 86% of her first serves, as opposed to Jelena´s 38%, which made much of the difference as the world number 39 closed it out 6-2. In the second set, Ostapenko found some traction, starting to hit her shots with increasing confidence as the Latvian also served better, taking it 7-6. It wasn´t to last however, with Putinseva breaking early and never looked back as she stormed to a 6-3 finish. In the second round, the Kazakh faces off against a slumping Sloane Stephens, who just dropped out of the top ten to place 11th in the rankings. The former world no.3 has been nothing short of woeful for a good portion of the season, and when her fortunes looked to have turned, like at Roland Garros - she quickly went off the boil again. At times, the 26-year old American has looked completely disinterested in playing tennis, and she´s currently riding a 3 match losing streak. Out of those three losses, the last two have come as a significant favorite to Rebecca Peterson(73) in Washington and Marie Bouzkova(53) Toronto. Both of these losses were extremely alarming, as Sloane has shown to be no way near her best tennis, winning less than 50% of her service points in those two contests.</p><p>Even as the tennis calendar hits the North American hard court swing, Stephens´ favorite part of the year, the 2017 US Open Champion and 17/18 Rogers Cup semifinalist/finalist has shown no improvement in her current form. Yulia Putinseva will relish the opportunity to face a slumping, big hitting opponent, similarly to her first round bout with Ostapenko. It´s the Kazakh that leads the H2H matchup 2-1, winning the two most recent clashes in Nürnberg 2018 and Sydney earlier this year. Famous for her grit and fighting spirit, getting into her opponents´ heads as she runs most balls down, the world no. 39 should enjoy another crack at defeating the struggling American, and at 2.30 with Pinnacle, Putinseva presents excellent value.</p><p><strong>Best bet: Yulia Putinseva to win at 2.30 (13/10) with <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p><h2>Alexander Zverev(7) vs. Miomir Kecmanovic</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Wednesday, August 14, Cincinnati </strong></a></p><p>The woes for Alexander Zverev continue. While the German did manage to squeeze by Cameron Norrie in straight sets, and Nikoloz Basilashvili in another tight three-setter, he far from impressed in Montreal. After delivering an awfully flat performance consisting of 8 double faults and 29 unforced errors, the world no. 5 was swiftly brushed aside by the scoreline 6-3, 6-3 to Karen Khachanov(9) in the quarterfinals. The 22-year old has played a rigorous schedule with hardly any weeks off amidst his ongoing off court crisis, and might have been feeling the aftereffects of that as the tournament went on. Despite getting a first round bye here, Zverev´s game is in shambles at the moment, and the funk doesn´t look to have an ending in the near future. One that will happily want to take advantage of the world no.5´s lack of form is Miomir Kecmanovic. Born in Belgrade, the Serb moved to Florida, United States with his aunt at a young age of 13, and life wasn´t easy at first.</p><p>“We went everywhere on foot,” said Tanja Pavlov, Kecmanovic’s aunt, “and that is not easy in America.” After initially struggling, Kecmanovic flourished at the Junior level. Among his exploits is an Orange Bowl 2015 title where he defeated current world no. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Later on, the Serb also captured the Junior world no. 1 ranking. As for his journey to the ATP tour, the 19-year old started the year ranked 131, but has worked his way up to world no. 58, with his best performances coming in making the Indian Wells quarterfinal and Antalya final. Mature well beyond his years, Kecmanovic is a solid baseliner, who will come into this match full of confidence having qualified and won all of his matches in straight sets - including his first round bout vs. highly regarded Felix Auger-Aliassime. Zverev is a shadow of himself right now, and is a man worth opposing until the lanky German figures things out. Though the 22-year old has gritted his teeth and managed to grind out a few wins, he hasn´t covered his handicap line in five straight matche - a testament to Sascha´s inability to close matches out early. Kecmanovic played incredibly solidly against Auger-Aliassime, winning 90% of his first serve points. Having already acclimatized to the conditions, and full of confidence, there´s no reason to believe the Serb won´t keep things close here. Thus, we´re upping our stake to a 1.5 unit bet here. With the +3.5 handicap paying 1.77 at Pinnacle, that is a sound investment for this matchup.</p><p><strong>Best bet: Miomir Kecmanovic +3.5 games at 1.77 (77/100) with <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p></div>
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