ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Betting Update: Djokovic Into Semi-Finals, Sakkari Stuns Pliskova

ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Betting Update: Djokovic Into Semi-Finals, Sakkari Stuns Pliskova

MyBookie returns with a daily 2021 U.S. Open betting update, where we take a look at what has happened at the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, who made it through, and who fell flat while chasing the prestigious title. Here is all you need to know about the 2021 U.S. Open, so you can bet on the US Open Betting Odds.

2021 US Open Daily Update – September 9th Update

ATP & WTA Betting | 2021 US Open

  • When: August 30 – September 12
  • Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City, United States

Novak Djokovic Into the Semi-Finals

Novak Djokovic continued his quest for this 21st Grand Slam title with a commanding victory (3-1) against Matteo Berrettini. The two clashed on Thursday, in the quarter-finals, for the third time of the season.

But like their previous two meetings, this one ended in favor of the Serbian tennis star. Even though Berrettini started the game well and claimed the first set (7-5), he proved no match for Djokovic, who effortlessly won the remaining three sets.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion found his stride in the second set and crushed the young Italian with 6-2, to which he added another convincing 6-2 win in the third set. Berrettini showed some fight in the finals set of the day but again proved he can’t compete with the current no.1, who took an early 3-0 lead and never looked back.

Djokovic closed out the deal with 6-3 in the fourth set to secure a 3-1 victory and a ticket into the semi-finals. There, he will meet with no.4 seeded Alexander Zverev, who has cruised past Lloyd George Harris (3-0) on Wednesday.

Zverev and Djokovic last met at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, when Zverev eliminated Djokovic (2-1) from the semi-finals and denied him the “Golden Grand Slam.” It marked Zverev’s first victory against the Serb since 2018 and one that Djokovic will be eager to avenge on Friday.

Sakkari Eases Past Pliskova

Maria Sakkari won her 2021 U.S. Open quarter-final bout against Karolina Pliskova in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) and with that secured her career-first Grand Slam semi-finals appearance. It was a win not many expected; however, with the form Sakkari has been showing in New York, it wasn’t as shocking to see her take down the current no.4 in the world.

Prior to her win against Pliskova, Sakkari has already eliminated Marta Kostyuk (2-0), Katerina Siniakova (2-0), Petra Kvitova (2-0), and Bianca Andreescu (2-1), and is now set to face off against Emma Raducanu, who she will cross swords with on Friday.

This year marks Sakkari’s most successful season to date, having already made it to the semi-finals in France. Even though she crashed out of R2 in Wimbledon, the Greek tennis star proved to the world that she is an elite-level player with her showings at the 2021 U.S. Open, where she has never made it past R4 before.

Across her six appearances here, Sakkari’s best showing happened in 2020, when she made it to R4 when she proved to be no match for the eventual semi-finalist, Serena Williams (3-6, 7-6, 3-6). Before that, Sakkari has managed two R3 finishes, one R2, and two R1 exits in her first two appearances at the American Grand Slam in 2015 and 2016.

For Pliskova, this year’s elimination marks her ninth unsuccessful attempt to claim the U.S. Open title. She had already made it to the quarter-finals twice before (2017, 2018) and even reached the finals in 2016, when she lost to Angelique Kerber (3-6, 6-4, 4-6).

Sakkari’s next opponent, Raducanu, is ranked no.150 in the world, albeit she has been playing like a top-10 player at the 2021 U.S. Open. She has already eliminated the likes of Sara Sorribes Tormo (6-0, 6-1), Shelby Rogers (6-2, 6-1), and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics singles gold medalist Belinda Bencic (6-4, 6-4).

Given her form, Raducani seems more than ready to take down Sakkari and take one step closer to her maiden Grand Slam title. 

 


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