Can Bianca Andreescu continue where she left off after the US Open title, and start strong in Beijing?
<div><h2><strong>Bianca Andreescu(5) vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday, September 29, Beijing</strong><br /><br />After storming to the US Open title, her third big title of the year following Indian Wells and Toronto triumphs - Bianca Andreescu is back! The Missisaugan Mammoth has taken a few weeks off, and makes her China Open debut full of confidence:<br /><br />"Well, I'm feeling pretty confident," Andreescu said at All Access Hour in Beijing. "I've been having some really good practices lately. I had a good training week in Toronto and in Montreal. Now here.</p><p>"I got here four days ago, and I've been practicing really well. So I'm feeling pretty confident."<br /><br />Undefeated in completed matches since March, sporting a 45-4 record on the year, the world no. 6 has good reason to be confident. Currently needing only a win to guarantee herself a spot in the Shenzhen Year-end Championships, we´ll see a lot more of the Canadian in the months to come.<br /><br />Aliaksandra Sasnovich can certainly not be feeling as confident as her opponent in this matchup. The 25-year old Belarussian has been far off her career high ranking of world no. 30 perfomance wise all year. Sasnovich only ranks 65th in the Race to Shenzhen, managing to produce only a 17-20 record. More than a third of those wins came in January, and the Belarussian has been on several losing streaks throughout the season. Spanning 3 months and 7 matches, the world no. 51 went winless between Madrid and Cincinnati, and is currently on a 3-match losing streak. Two of those three losses have been upsets, Ons Jabeur coming from a set down to win the US Open round 2 matchup - and Alexandra Krunic smashing her way to a 6-4, 6-2 victory in Guangzhou. Reigning Wuhan champion had little trouble dispatching Sasnovich for the loss of only three games in her most recent outing, and it´s a similarily powerful opponent awaiting here.<br /><br />With plenty of times to rest and recover, and plenty of motivation to continue her ascendancy, Bianca Andreescu will be a force to be reckoned with in Beijing. She´s the best player on tour right now, dominating in every measurable category. Statistically, she´s excelled, conjuring up a ridiculous 123.9% hold/break ratio on the year - along with the no. 1 hard court ELO at 2080. Sasnovich on the other hand is a whopping 30.3% behind at 93.6%, as well as 332 points behind with a 1748 ELO. In dire form to boot off the Sabalenka beatdown, there is nothing to suggest that the 25-year old can keep this contest even remotely competitive. Andreescu is however prone to drop sets, but dominates most sets she wins convincingly. While a comfortable straight sets victory is the expected outcome, the -4.5 game handicap line likely covers even if Sasnovich somehow gets a set. Paying a fine 1.72 at Bet365, the value on the favourite is massive, and we pounce with a max investment.<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: Bianca Andreescu -4.5 games at 1.72 (18/25) with [Bet365] 2.5u</em></strong></a></p><h2><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" style="font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255)" 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></h2><h2><br /><strong style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em">Naomi Osaka(4) vs Jessica Pegula</strong></h2><h2> </h2><p><strong>Sunday, September 29, Beijing</strong><br /><br />Naomi Osaka has struggled for much of 2019 post her Australian Open triumph. Splitting with beloved coach Sascha Bajin was a blow to the Japanese star, as was dealing with the hype and expectations of being World no. 1. After an open letter written in the summer, the world no.4 kicked on well during the North American hard court swing, but was limited by a knee injury that cost her a better chance at going deep. The Asian swing began in brilliant fashion, where the 21-year old stormed to the title in her namesake town of Osaka. Naomi obliterated most opponents there, including the in-form Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for the loss of just 5 games in the final.<br /><br />She´ll face off against Jeccisa Pegula in this contest, and will be keen to avoid the upset loss - as world no. 2Karolina Pliskova experienced against Jelena Ostapenko earlier in the first round. Pegula, has been a riser on tour this year, starting the year ranked world no. 113. The daughter of two principal owners of the Buffalo Bills NFL team didn´t stay there for long. After reaching the Newport Beach final, bageling Bianca Andreescu in the first set before succumbing in three - she followed it up with an ITF Midland final. The big breakhtrough on tour level came when the 25-year old stormed to the Washington title in August, reaching a career-high world no. 55 ranking. Pegula has since cooled off however, and comes in on a four-match losing streak. The latest loss was also the heaviest one, losing to Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-1 in Wuhan - a terrible strart to her first Asian Swing.<br /><br />Naomi Osaka comes into this tournament full of confidence, and is closing in on guaranteeing a spot in Shenzhen, currently placing 5th in the race. Pegula has only played two matches against top-10 opponents, each ending in comfortable losses, 1-6, 1-6 against Radwanska in 2016, and 3-6, 3-6 against Barty at this year´s Roland Garros. In her Osaka title surge, the Japanese star wasn´t broken and only saw one break point in her last two matches. That doesn´t bode well for Pegula´s chances, who doesn´t possess the kind of overpowering or crafy game that could disrupt the world no. 5. Even amidst what´s been at times a poor season, Naomi sports a 111.1% hold/break and 1991 hard court ELO rating. Numbers that the American can´t match, coming in at 98.2% and 1689 respectively. After Pliskova was already upset, expect a focused effort from the Japanese star who will want to avoid the same fate. That should see her through with relative comfort against Pegula, and the -5.5 games at 1.83 with Bet365 appeals.<br /><br /><em><strong><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">Best bet: Osaka -5.5 games at 1.83 (83/100) with [Bet365] 1.5u</a></strong></em></p></div>