Can Katerina Siniakova find her strong form in China, and oust the spirited home hope Wang Xiyu?
<div><h2><strong>Katerina Siniakova vs. Wang Xiyu(WC)</strong></h2><p><strong>Saturday, September 28, Beijing</strong><br /><br />Katerina Siniakova has since long been quite the talented tennis player. Though a former junior singles world no. 2, most of Siniakova´s early success would come on the doubles court. With fellow 1996-born Czech compatriot Barbora Krejčíková by her side, a then 17-year old starlet picked up a trio of Major Girls doubles titles at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open. On the singles circuit, the Czech made her top 50 breakthrough in 2016, where she has since stayed for the subsequent seasons. Though most of her success has come on the doubles court, including a world no. 1 ranking and 2 Major titles last year - Siniakova has proved a threat on her own as well. With one of her two career titles coming in Shenzhen in 2017, the 23-year has performed well on this continent with making another Shenzen final in 2018, along with Wuhan & a quarterfinal appearance here in Beijing last year.<br /><br />Wang Xiyu is one of many young flourishing Chinese players on tour. Just 18 years of age, Wang has shown supreme talent despite picking up the racquet comparatively late at 8 years of age. Xiyu is a clean ballstriker and has a very natural lefty game, and has impressed in her showings this season. After picking up 3 ITF titles and a US Open junior title thus far, the Chinese starlet has entered qualifying for a couple WTA events, with some success. The 18-year old scored her first main draw win outside of Asia in Miami this spring, where she dismantled Monica Puig 6-3, 6-1. Wang also managed to qualify for Toronto, US Open and Guangzhou. It seems only a matter of time before the hardworking world no. 136 has her big breakthrough.<br /><br />Siniakova has had a largely inconsistent season, with a Roland Garros R16 and the recent New York semifinal showings the highlights. The Czech looked to sustain that form through the US Open, but lost in the first round. Up 6-4, 5-2 on Golubic in Guangzhou, she crumbled to lose 11 consecutive games. However, with fond memories from this tournament where she´s played well in the past, one would expect the 23-year old to bounce back here.<br /><br />Though impressive in her showings on the main tour thus far, Wang, understandably so, still hasn´t been able to compete with the very best in her young career. 4-9 against top 100 players is the record during the Chinese player´s young career, and 2-5 in 2019. Against top 50 players, of which Siniakova is one, the record reads 0-4 all time, and 0-2 in 2019. Though often competitive for at least a set, the 18-year old has only covered today´s posted line in one of her 9 losses against the top 100, and in 1 of her 4 top 50 losses, that coming against Daria Kasatkina. Lagging behind Siniakova´s 97.9% hold/break ratio and 1697 hard court ELO with an 80.3% / 1515 statline, it does feel like competing with the very best is still a bit too soon for Xiyu. An improved performance by Siniakova should see her through with a bit to spare, and we back her on the posted -3.5 line at a 1.85 price with Pinnacle.<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: Siniakova -3.5 games at 1.85 (17/20) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</strong></em></a></p><h2><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><br /><br /><strong>Donna Vekic vs. Kiki Bertens(8)</strong></h2><h2> </h2><p><strong>Saturday, September 28, Beijing</strong><br /><br />Donna Vekic has been in fantastic form over the course of the 2019 season, coming in with a 36-19 record. The 23-year old Croatian has played consistently great tennis, and has reached a career high ranking of world no. 18 as a result. Making three semifinals(Brisbane, Acapulco, San José), two finals(St. Petersburg, Nottingham) and a US Open quarterfinal are amongst the highlights. Possessing a brilliantly well-rounded game, Vekic´ clean ballstriking off both wings can pose problems for all players. The problem thus far for the 23-year old has been able to produce her very best tennis and edge out the elite of the elite. Against top 10-players, Vekic´ record reads a less than stellar 7-20, and is something that must be improved upon for her to take the next step.<br /><br />Kiki Bertens is in shambles right now. Still fighting desperately to qualify for the lucrative year-end tournament where she made the semifinal last year, the Dutchwoman now only places 10th in the race to Shenzen. Despite the year as a whole actually being quite good for the 27-year old, with a huge WTA Madrid title, a St. Petersburg title, and a handful of finals & semifinals on top - things look grim. Three weeks ago, Bertens took a break from long time coach Raemon Sluiter, and it´s shown in her performances, struggling mightily out on court. Currently, her physiotherapist in Elise Tamaëla serves that role, but hasn´t been able to stop the rot. After consecutive first match exits in Zhengzhou and Osaka, a teary eyed Bertens managed to come from a set and a break behind to oust Bernarda Pera in Wuhan. The reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka then blasted the world no. 8 to bits and lead by 6-1, 5-1 before making a mess of things and almost choking the match before closing it out in a tiebreak.<br /><br />Donna Vekic was upset in her last two matches, against the in-form Doi Misaki and Ons Jabeur, and will certainly want to kick on things better in this tournament. Kiki Bertens on the other hand, looks to be crumbling under the pressure of slipping out of the Shenzhen race, and enters desperation mode without her trusty coach by her side. Statistically, it is the Croat who leads the way by a hold/break of 109.4 to 107 over the last 12 months on hard court, and by 1858 to 1855 on hard court ELO. The pair have split their six head to head meetings, including the two this year, with Vekic taking the meeting in Brisbane - and Bertens winning early this winter in the St. Petersburg final. Much has changed since then though, and with the Dutchwoman´s confidence at an all time low, look for Vekic to take the lead in this H2H matchup. At a price of 2.00 at Bet365, the value is with the underdog in this contest.<br /><br /><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><strong><em>Best bet: Vekic to win at 2.00 (1/1) with [Bet365] 2u</em></strong></a></p></div>