Can Angelique Kerber bounce back after a premature exit from the US Open?
<div><div><h2><strong>Alison Riske vs. Angelique Kerber(5, WC)</strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday, September 10, Zhengzhou</strong><br /><br />Alison Riske has had a stellar year, and her rise in the ranks reflect that quite clearly, having risen from world number 63 to the American´s career high of world number 33. The 29-year old is a fierce competitor and employs a very aggressive, flat hitting game - which naturally suits itself primarily to grass court tennis. We´ve seen this be true in Alison´s results this year, winning back-to-back titles in ITF Surbiton and WTA Hertogenbosch. In the latter, she showed her unyielding spirit, saving five Championship points to overcome the then number 4 ranked Kiki Bertens in her home country. Riske then made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, pushing the eventual finalist Serena Williams to three sets. Some of this good form has carried over to the North American hard court swing, coming through qualifying and pushing current world no. 2 Karolina Pliskova hard in Toronto. Former Major winner Garbine Muguruza was also defeated enroute to the second round of the US Open.<br /><br />For Angelique Kerber, this year has been the complete opposite. Floundering badly and scrapping for form, the German has fallen from her 2018 year-end rank of world number 2. After winning the Wimbledon title last year, the 31-year old has once again plummeted in the rankings to world number 15. We saw a similar drop off in performance in 2017, defending two Major titles in 2016 and a world number 1 ranking - to end the year ranked 21. Perhaps Kerber just cannot cope with the pressure to be a consistently elite top 5-10 player in the world. In 2019, part of the problem has been fitness, with the German struggling with an ankle injury that severely limited her in Madrid and Roland Garros. With the former world no.1´s favorite grass season featuring a Mallorca semifinal and an Eastbourne final, hopes were high coming into the Wimbledon title defense. However, Kerber was bounced in the second round to Lauren Davis and has gone 0-3 since.<br /><br />This has the makings of a first round upset written all over it. Kerber is in woeful form, has yet to win a title this year, and only accepted a very late Wild Card into this event a few days ago. This opportunity came about as world number 6 Simona Halep withdrew with an ankle injury, but one wonders how successful this trip to China will be for the German. Rarely has she played her best tennis in this part of the world, and hasn´t made a final since Hong Kong 2015. Alison Riske on the other hand often plays her very best tennis here, reaching the Shenzhen final on three occasions, and winning Tianjin on two occasions. Though the German has fantastic counterpunching abilities and leads the head to head 3-1, only one meeting was within the last five years. Riske won that contest, and will be able to exploit Kerber´s natural lack of aggression in her game. In current form, a price of 2.44 at Pinnacle looks excellent value on the American, and we pounce.<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: Alison Riske to win at 2.44 (36/25) with [Pinnacle] 1u</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>Fiona Ferro vs. Yang Zhaoxuan(WC)</strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday, September 10, Zhengzhou</strong><br /><br />Fiona Ferro has been a stable riser on tour this year up to a career high ranking of 60, starting the year parked just outside of the top 100 with a 102 ranking. Sporting a ripper of a forehand that she´ll hit on any occasion, the weaponry to be successful is certainly present. But rising through the ranks was a development that certainly seemed unlikely, considering the Frenchwoman had lost a whopping six out of her first seven to start the 2019 season. After slowly finding her feet with semifinal appearances in both Guadalajara and Lugano, Ferro´s summer surge really began in Båstad. After a quarterfinal appearance on the Swedish dirt, the 22-year old went on to win her maiden WTA title in Lausanne. Since then, Ferro has continued to impress, making another quarterfinal on the dirt in Palermo, before kicking on with the North American hard court swing. Making it through qualifying all the way to the last 16 in New York was followed up with an impressive third round showing at the US Open. Before falling to eventual quarterfinalist Qiang Wang, the Frenchwoman also took down countrywoman Kiki Mladenovic, who had ousted Angelique Kerber in the round prior.<br /><br />In this contest the 22-year old will face off against home hope and Wild Card Yang Zhaoxuan. The 24-year old Chinese plays very sparingly on the singles circuit however, and is currently ranked all the way down at world number 635. However, Yang is a skilled doubles player, currently ranked world number 53. The highlights this season have come in that format, pairing up with Peng Shuai to win two titles on home soil in Shenzhen and An-Ning. Looking at the Chinese´s single results however, there isn´t much to be excited about. Playing only 34 matches in total across the last three seasons, Zhaoxuan has won only 14 of them. Looking at hard courts only, the 24-year old has performed the worst, winning only 5 of the 14 contested affairs. It´s clear that the Chinese player is prioritizing her doubles career, and we rarely get to see her in action outside of her home continent when it pertains to singles tennis. Yang did have a decent showing recently, pushing Anastasia Potapova to a deciding set in New York qualifying, but we haven´t seen much to write home about bar that one outing.<br /><br />Fiona Ferro is on a serious summer surge at the moment, and has been playing with confidence, crushing winners off that forehand wing. Coming in at 99.2 in the yearly hold/break ratio and ranked 94th in the world with her 1640 hard court ELO, she´ll be a tough match for most lower ranked opponents. Unfortunately, we don´t have much statistics when it pertains to Yang as she´s played so little. But a straight sets 6-3, 6-3 loss to Ferro´s fellow talented countrywoman Chloe Pacquet earlier this year in Hua Hin is worth to take note of. As is the 6-1, 6-2 drubbing against Sofia Kenin late last year in Wuhan. Against very talented opposition on the singles court, it´s tough to see the Chinese player handle that step up in quality. As such, Ferro should be able to dominate the rallies and put her older opponent away with that dangerous forehand and solid footwork. The -5.5 games pays 1.88 at Pinnacle, and will be our selected route in this contest.<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>Fiona Ferro -5.5 games at 1.88 (22/25) with [Pinnacle] 1u</strong></em></a></p></div></div>