This year’s US Open continues at a furious pace with the conclusion of the third round on Saturday.
In the men’s draw, top seed Carlos Alcaraz is the most eye-catching player in action with the Spaniard taking on British ace Dan Evans, while third seed Jessica Pegula faces Elina Svitolina in the women’s draw.
Jannik Sinner -6.5 on handicap v Stan Wawrinka @ 10/11
Jannik Sinner has barely broken into a sweat en route to the third round of this year’s US Open and the Italian could be a dark horse in the men’s singles draw.
Sinner has won both of his matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets, proving far too strong for Yannick Hanfmann and Lorenzo Sonego.
He dropped only 10 points on serve against compatriot Sonego and he should also have an easy time of it against veteran Stan Wawrinka.
Wawrinka took down Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round but was pushed close last time out by Tomas Etcheverry, eventually winning 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-2, meaning he could be a touch fatigued heading into this contest.
Back Sinner to cover the games handicap at -6.5.
Liudmila Samsonova to beat Madison Keys @ EVS
Madison Keys was a finalist at the US Open in 2017 but has not made it beyond the third round in any of the last three seasons and she could struggle against Liudmila Samsonova.
Keys took down Arantxa Rus and Yanina Wickmayer in the first two rounds at Flushing Meadows but Samsonova represents a step-up in quality.
The Russian reached the last four of the Washington Citi Open only last month and was runner-up at the recent WTA Montreal, beating Elena Rybakina, Belinda Bencic and Aryna Sabalenka in Canada.
At evens, she is a great bet to win against the American.
Over 21.5 games in Ons Jabeur v Marie Bouzkova @ 4/5
Often the bridesmaid and rarely the bride, Ons Jabeur once again had to settle for the runner-up spot at Wimbledon this year, as was also the case at last season’s US Open.
But the Tunisian is a determined player and has made a strong start to the hard-court major in New York, defeating Camila Osorio and Linda Noskova in the first two rounds.
Against Noskova, though, Jabeur was up against it, being pushed all the way to a third set.
She even found herself down a break at 3-2 in the decider but won the subsequent four games to get over the line in two hours and eight minutes.
That was perhaps a sign she is vulnerable and she could be challenged by Noskova’s compatriot Bouzkova, who can take this game beyond 21.5 games, which can be backed at 4/5.