Will John Isner be punished for his lacklustre performances since coming back from injury?
<div><h2><strong>John Isner vs. Daniel Evans(Q)</strong></h2><p><strong>Thursday, October 3, Beijing</strong><br /><br />John Isner has been struggling for form ever since his return to action at Wimbledon in July. Backing up his top-10 ranking in style with two semifinals in Delray Beach and Acapulco along with making the Miami final, the big American looked in fine touch. However, in that Miami final against Roger Federer, Isner sustained a stress fracture in his left foot. Stress fractures cause the bone to crack, but not break entirely, causing worsening pain. It´s an injury that takes a long time to fully heal, and for a man of Isner´s large stature, it could be especially devastating. While the world no. 19 did pick up a title in Newport, it´s traditionally one of the weaker fields on tour. Since moving back to hard courts, the big American has won back-to-back matches only once in his last 6 tournaments. Going to China is not something the 34-year old enjoys, and success has eluded him in this part of the world. Upset to Egor Gerasimov last week in Chengdu, only a horrid Monfils performance with 12 double faults saw him through his first round bout here.<br /><br />Daniel Evans has been a rapid riser on tour ever since coming back from his one-year drug suspension. The Brit is now taking his tennis much more seriously, and it has yielded great results. Making the Delray Beach final was a highlight, before the elegant grass artist captured back-to-back Challenger titles on the English lawns. While the pressure from the home crowd seemed to halt the 29-year old from reaching the Last 16 of Wimbledon, it´s been an encouraging year. Just 7 ranking spots below his career high of world no. 41, Evans´rankings still hasn´t caught up to his performances. Despite having to qualify for most ATP-events, he is still ranked 37th in the race to London, and a top 30 berth doesn´t seem all too far away. The Brit has never played in China before, and struggled mightily last week in the humid Chengdu conditions. Having qualified to play Beijing, Evans should be more accustomed to the conditions, and came through home player Zhe Li in straight sets in the first round.<br /><br />John Isner hasn´t been playing well ever since coming back from his stress fracture, and recent results have been a bit flattering compared to what his performances have looked like. With the best serve on tour, the big American is never out of a match, and even when far below his best he can ride that delivery to victory. However, Daniel Evans is a good player against the big servers with his shrewd attacking, change of pace combined with excellent court coverage. Winning 5 of his last 7 matches against these cannonball deliveries, he´ll be in good touch here. The Brit has a tendency to get into his opponents´ heads during the matches, and John Isner was well and truly flummoxed in the pair´s lone meeting. In the Delray Beach semifinal earlier this year, the American was well and truly unsettled, allowing Evans to come back from a set down to clinch the victory. There´s almost nothing separating these men statistically, with Isner holding an 0.9% hold break lead and Evans an 11 point hard court ELO lead. On current form, making the floundering Isner such a large favourite seems excessive, and the value is firmly on the Brit. In a match that will be decided because of the smallest of margins, taking Evans to win at 2.43 with Pinnacle makes appeal.<br /><br /><strong><em><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">Best bet: Evans to win at 2.43 (143/100) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</a></em></strong></p><h2><strong><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 />Caroline Wozniacki(16) vs. Katerina Siniakova</strong></h2><h2><strong style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Thursday, October 3, Beijing</strong></h2><p>It´s been a tough year for former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who´s only 18-14 on the year. In a season of physical struggles following her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis last year, the Dane has only made it beyond the R16 once. That was on the Charleston all the way back in April, where the world no. 19 reached the final. However, the reigning champion has looked in good form here in Beijing, and defending 40% of her ranking points this week - Wozniacki needs a result. Looking to make her fifth quarterfinal, the two-time titlist has crushed Lauren Davis and Christina McHale by 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-0 respectively, and the Dane has looked fantastic thus far:<br /><br />"This year has been pretty tough, but I still believe that when I feel healthy then I can beat anyone, so I’m not stressing about it. The last couple of weeks, my practices have been great. I’ve been feeling really good and I think that shows in my game.</p><p>"I’m one of those people who needs to practice hard and that’s what gives me confidence in my matches, so I’m just going to try and do my best and that’s it. It’s the last tournament of the year for me, so hopefully I can finish off on a high."<br /><br />Katerina Siniakova will try to thwart the reigning Champion in her pursuit of another quarterfinal, and the Czech has been on song thus far in her fourth Beijing tournament. It has to be said though, that the opposition hasn´t been able to challenge the 23-year old. Chinese budding star Wang Xiyu hasn´t been able to contend with the best yet, whilst Jelena Ostapenko stood for an unbelievably flat performance. After playing such great tennis to upset the world no. 2 Karolina Pliskova in the round before, Siniakova didn´t have to do much to wrap up a 6-2, 6-1 win. The former world no.1 in doubles, and a supreme talent to boot, the Czech´s career has come to a bit of a standstill as of late. On a losing 24-26 year, this is the first time in a non-clay event all year that the world no. 47 has scored back-to-back main draw wins.<br /><br />This R16 matchup will be the fifth meeting between the pair, and it´s the Dane that has dominated proceedings. A winner of all three non-clay meetings, and both meetings in China, Wozniacki will like her chances here. With all of the victories coming in straight sets, Siniakova has rarely been able to contend. Lacking the heavy weaponry to hit through the reigning champion´s defenses and equipped with a vulnerable serve, Wozniacki has been able to impose herself on the Siniakova serve early and often. Statistically speaking, even in a poor year the world no. 19 is quite far ahead of the world no.47, leading by 6.8% in the hold/break stats and by 134 points in the hard court ELO. The Dane has played near flawless tennis during this year´s edition, and looks to be brimming with confidence. Expect her to demonstrate the skill gap between the pair when in-form, and come away with a comfortable victory. Wozniacki -3.5 pays 1.84 at Pinnacle and will be our investment in this affair.<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"><strong><em>Best bet: Wozniacki -3.5 games at 1.84 (21/25) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</em></strong></a></p></div>