WTA Wuhan Final Best Tennis Bets and Predictions

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Friday, September 27, 2019 5:20 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 27, 2019 5:20 PM UTC

Will Sabalenka´s resurgence to form result in another Wuhan title, or will Alison Riske prevail in the biggest match of her life?

<div><h2><b>Aryna Sabalenka(9) vs. Alison Riske</b></h2><p><strong>Saturday, September 28, Wuhan</strong><br /><br />The Tiger has returned! Not much was truly expected of Sabalenka in this tournament, despite being the defending champion. Storming to the title as an unseeded player 12 months ago in a breakthrough season, the Belarusian has had trouble backing that success up in 2019. Apart from winning Shenzhen to start the year, the 21-year old hasn´t lived up to the lofty standards of the previous year, making "only" one additional final in San José. However, there seems to have been a breakthrough, with the world no. 14 finding the eye of the Tiger. Recently she made the tough decision to split with her coach Dmitry Tursunov, with whom she is very close, post the US Open. Sabalenka traveled alone to Zhengzhou, which seemed to have revitalized her fearless spirit.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Sabalenka: \"I'm not afraid of losing. I'm not afraid of anything. I'll just go for it like I was before. Try to come back to that feeling, like fearless game.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;\"Just to be like a tiger there. That was my biggest change before this tournament.” &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WuhanOpen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WuhanOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/p8bY690eDv\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/p8bY690eDv&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1177551264395091970?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><i>Sabalenka A. - Barty A. SF 7-5, 6-4<br />Sabalenka A. - Rybakina E. QF 6-3, 1-6, 6-1<br />Sabalenka A. - Bertens K. R16 6-1, 7-6(9)<br />Sabalenka A. - Collins D. 2R 6-1, 6-0<br />Sabalenka A. - Sasnovich A. 1R 6-1, 6-2</i><br /><br />The Belarussian has been mightily impressive enroute to this final, dispatching all but one of her opponents in straight sets. It´s been an excellent display of fearless, aggressive first strike tennis, and it will take some stopping the 21-year old now. Currently on a 10-match Wuhan win streak, Aryna will be keen on defending her title.<br /><br />Sabalenka´s opponent in this contest will be Alison Riske. The 29-year old American has had one of the best years in her career, started by a final appearance in Shenzhen. Riske, often described as a grass-court specialist, then came to life during a magical summer that saw her win ITF Surbiton and WTA Hertogenbosch titles back-to-back. In the latter final, the 29-year old came back from a first set bagel and saved 5 Championship points to oust Kiki bertens. The summer surge was capped off by reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinal, pushing Serena Williams in three tough sets. While the American hadn´t had any success in Wuhan before, failing to make it past the first round, much of her best tennis comes here on Chinese soil. One of her two WTA titles come from Tianjin, and she also has four runner-up placements across Tianjin and Shenzhen.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Alison Riske: \"I always thought I was good, but I never really kind of embodied that. In the big moments, I wasn't really delivering.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;\"I feel like it's taken me a while. I had spurts of it. I'm 29, so it's about time I get something right here (smiling).” &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WuhanOpen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WuhanOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/w5pxD87EMW\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/w5pxD87EMW&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1177559365189951488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><em>Riske A. - Kvitova P. SF 7-5, 7-5<br />Riske A. - Svitolina E. QF 6-1, 6-3<br />Riske A. - Wang Q. R16 6-2, 6-1<br />Riske A. - Puig M. 2R 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3<br />Riske A. - Kozlova K. 1R 4-6, 6-3, 6-3</em></p><p>Riske´s run to the final has also been mightily impressive, coming through two tough three-setters before scoring three consecutive upset wins. Dominating both home hope Qiang Wang and world no. 3 Elina Svitolina, the American then hung tough and came back from 3-5 and 4 set points down - to oust world no. 7 Petra Kvitova in straight sets.<br /><br />Both Sabalenka and Riske have showcased their respective skillsets this week, with the Belarussian fearlessly blasting her way to victory - and the American redirecting her opponents to the losing side of the contest. The reigning Champion has been an unstoppable force this week, much stemming from a dominance behind serve. Sabalenka has averaged well over 70% first serve points won, and over 50% second serves won, so getting alleyways into the Belarussian´s service games will be incredibly difficult.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&amp;a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;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 />Riske on the other hand thrives off pace and loves playing herself into rhythm from the baseline. The slick, fast and skidding conditions here has lead to the tournament jokingly being called "Wuhanbledon", and it´s clear the American thrives in them. Averaging over 10 break points created per match, including 15 against big serving Kvitova, the 29-year old does have the tools to contend. The pair have met on 2 occasions, once in Rome qualifying last year, and once in the Shenzhen final this year. Both those matches went the distance, and it´s difficult to envisage this being a shorter affair. Riske is playing the tennis of her life right now, and will certainly fancy her chances of ousting the reigning champion. Look for a close affair, and the over 20.5 games at Unibet to be a winning ticket.<br /><br /><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Over 20.5 games at 1.75 (3/4) with [Unibet] 2u</strong></em></a><br /> </p><p> </p></div>
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