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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Alex de Minaur can show he's on the right road

Recent winners Bertens and Sabalenka look on short side

Alex de Minaur has a big future ahead of him
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On day one of the US Open a couple of men stood out as value, but it's a different story on the second of the two first-round days with a handful of WTA aces making the most punting appeal and it may be worth taking on well-supported recent winners Kiki Bertens and Aryna Sabalenka.

De Minaur v Daniel
The only ATP player who appeals as match-betting value in the bottom half of the draw is impressive young Alex de Minaur.

The 19-year-old Australian may have to toil to overcome Taro Daniel, the New York native who represents Japan, because he has been in decent nick this year and lifted his first main-tour silver­ware on clay in Istanbul in May.

But while a battle is on the cards, it will be disappointing if Washington DC finalist De Minaur cannot find a way to prevail on what should be his best surface.

A de Minaur
2pts 8-15 Betfair, Paddy Power

Bertens v Kristyna Pliskova
Hopes are high among many observers that Kiki Bertens can continue the good work after her stunning Cincinnati final triumph over Simona Halep, but the Dutchwoman is up against an improving talent in her Flushing Meadows opener.

Kristyna Pliskova has not enjoyed the singles success that has gone the way of her twin Karolina, but there is still plenty of time for the less heralded of the Czech sisters to shine.

Bertens is a fine player who is now proving she can do it on hard courts as well as clay, but this could be closer than the betting suggests and the outsider may be value with a handicap start of 5.5 games.

Kristyna Pliskova +5.5 games
2pts 8-11 BoyleSports

Tournament previews

Men's singles

Women's singles

Kontaveit v Siniakova
Anett Kontaveit and Katerina Siniakova are both exciting talents, but while the Estonian hits the ball hard she’s no certainty to be superior to the Czech in the long run.

Both women have posted heavy wins over the other – Kontaveit leads their personal series 2-1 – but it may not be long before Siniakova is expected to challenge for Grand Slam titles and she looks worth an interest with a start of 4.5 games.

K Siniakova +4.5 games
2pts 4-6 Betway, Coral

Collins v Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka is going places and last year's Fed Cup finalists Belarus have a bright future in the competition with her, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Victoria Azarenka to call on.

Sabalenka has looked a threat on most surfaces this year, but on a hard court it way be unwise to think the powerful European can sweep aside Danielle Collins.

Feisty Floridian Collins came through qualifying to reach the semi-finals in Miami in March and she can be backed with a handicap start of 5.5 games.

D Collins +5.5 games
2pts 4-7 Coral

Townsend v Anisimova
Teenager Amanda Anisimova is a hugely promising performer, but it may be wrong to ignore the chance that Taylor Townsend could keep it close against her fellow American.

Anisimova is all the rage for this one, but Townsend defeated the New Jersey 16-year-old in three sets in Miami last year and the Chicago could be worth an interest with a start of 5.5 games to maintain a respectable scoreline in their second clash.

T Townsend +5.5 games
1pt 1-2 Betway

Yafan Wang v Schmiedlova
Yafan Wang has a decent future in her chosen sport but there are still hopes that Anna Schmiedlova can go deep in Grand Slams.

With that in mind, the Slovak should probably be backed to start positively in New York. She is 17-20 with a start of 2.5 games but in the view that she should win anyway it's probably wiser to stick with a straightforward match bet.

A Schmiedlova
1pt 6-5 general

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While a battle is on the cards, it will be disappointing if Washington DC finalist De Minaur cannot find a way to prevail
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