While all four majors on the 2018 calendar year are now a thing of the past, tennis betting enthusiasts everywhere should know that there’s still plenty of value-packed action going down across the globe. With the Asian swing taking place on both, the ATP and WTA Tours let’s find out what’s going on and where you can find some good tennis betting value.
Top Tennis Betting Picks of the Week – October 1st Edition
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In the Japan Open, hometown favorite Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the Japan Open after a 6-4, 6-1 win over compatriot Yuichi Sugita on Monday. The world No. 11 has not won an ATP Tour title since 2016 but he won this event in 2012 and 2014.
“I always enjoy playing in Japan. It’s something special,” Nishikori told the ATP Tour’s official website ahead of the tournament. “It’s only once or twice, a couple times a year I get to play in Japan, so I always enjoy it. I hope I can enjoy this whole week.”
Nishikori will play Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round after the Frenchman defeated Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6(1).
- Benoit Paire +330
- Kei Nishikori -430
Kei Nishikori has a 4-2 career edge in six meetings against Benoit Paire. Nishikori has won two straight meetings, including a 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-, 6-3 win in their last match at the 2018 French Open. Nishikori is 30-15 on the year while Pair is a more modest 24-24. With Nishikori clearly finding his game in recent months and playing ‘at home’ I’m thinking he’s a virtual lock to win this one in three sets.
Tennis Betting Pick: Kei Nishikori in 3 Sets
No. 4 seed Diego Schwartzman was the biggest name to fall in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev who will play Martin Klizan next.
- Daniil Medvedev -135
- Martin Klizan +115
22-year-old Daniil Medvedev is 31-20 on the year with two titles while 29-year-old Martin Klizan has gone 19-7 with one title. These two players have never met, but I’m going with the younger, faster and stronger Daniil Medvedev to get it done over the talented, but wildly inconsistent Martin Klizan. This one’s going the distance.
Tennis Betting Pick: Daniil Medvedev in 3 Sets
In the China Open, newly crowned US Open champion Naomi Osaka and reigning Australian open champ Caroline Wozniacki both advanced to the second round on Monday. The eighth-seeded Osaka beat Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-3, while Wozniacki defeated Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-3. Osaka will next face Danielle Collins, who advanced on Sunday.
- Danielle Collins +530
- Naomi Osaka -760
While these two have never met, I’m just going to come out and say that I love the value that Danielle Collins is offering as a whopping +530 underdog. While Naomi Osaka has gone 38-16 with two titles this year, including her first major, Danielle Collins has got some serious game as well. The former NCAA star might not have a title in 2018, but she’s a robust 32-19 on the year and has more than enough weapons to upset Naomi Osaka. With all the pressure on Osaka, I’m feeling the huge upset in this one!
Tennis Betting Pick: Danielle Collins in 3 Sets
In second-round matches, 10th-seeded Julia Goerges advanced after US Open quarterfinalist Lesia Tsurenko retired with a back injury with the score even at 6-4, 4-6, 2-2, while Anastasija Sevastova advanced with a walkover win against Madison Keys. Other first-round winners included Garbine Muguruza, Zhang Shuai and Petra Martic
- Petra Martic +185
- Caroline Wozniacki -225
Martic and Sunshine Wozniacki have met four times with Woz coming out on top each time, including a 6-2, 6-2 win in their most recent meeting at Auckland earlier this year. As a matter of fact, Wozniacki has yet to drop a set against Martic, indicating a huge level of dominance. My money is on Sunshine and yours should be too!
Tennis Betting Pick: Caroline Wozniacki in Straight Sets