Wednesday Tennis: The Rogers Cup
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Wednesday sees us reach round two of the respective ATP and WTA events in Toronto and Montreal and the action should really start heating up over the coming days.
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Some of the world’s top male and female stars in action in Canada as they bid to win this Masters event in preparations for the fourth and final Grand Slam, which gets underway in New York later this month.
The next few days will serve up some quality matches and Wednesday should be another fantastic offering in Canada. Game on!
Top Seeds Join The Action
Having received a first round bye, the top eight men and women enter the action in round two and that will undoubtedly increase the tempo in North America.
As far as the Men’s tournament in Toronto is concerned, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will begin their campaigns and both Wimbledon finalists will be fully expected to ease their way through to Thursday’s next round.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Andy Murray is set to face highly-rated teen sensation Nick Kyrgios. The Australian emerged as the unsung hero at Wimbledon and successfully eased through his first round tie against Colombian Santiago Girldo – just as we predicted.
Murray will naturally enter as the favourite but he must be careful, particularly over three sets, and that could potentially be the game of the day.
Over in Montreal,2013 champion Serena William will start her title defence against Sam Stosur. Meanwhile, Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova also faces Australian opposition as she takes on Casey Dellacqua for a place in round three.
With the likes of Agnieszka Radwanksa , Stanislas Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov also set to take to the court, round two should offer us plenty of entertainment.
Britain’s Heather Watson Looking To Build On Successful Start
Having passed her opening test by beating Tereza Smitkova in three sets, Britain’s Heather Watson is back on action as she meets Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova in round two.
Cibulkova booked her place in Tuesday’s clash with a three sets win over Francoise Abanda and the winner of this showdown could be set to meet Victoria Azarenka on Thursday – that is of course assuming that the Belarusian overcomes France’s Alize Cornet.
Arguably the best match on Tuesday for the neutrals, aside from Murray’s meeting with Kyrgios, is the all-French affair between Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The latter has threatened to emerge as a genuine contender at various stages in recent years without ever succeeding and the 29-year-old powerhouse will be desperate to have a real go at the US Open – a strong week in Canada would certainly provide a timely morale boost.
Elsewhere, the likes of David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Venus Williams are all bidding to build some much needed momentum in Canada.
Rogers Cup: Day 3 betting
As far as a weekly bet goes, we’re looking towards the WTA event in Montreal and are backing a slight outsider to lift the trophy this weekend.
Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard has been sensational this year, reaching at least the semi-final stages in all three Grand Slams so far. We think the French starlet can go all the way in Canada.
When it comes to Wednesday’s action, there is one selection that really stands out as great value. That bet comes from the contest between Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens.
These two women are both decent players without ever and each play some fantastic tennis without ever really hitting the pinnacle. Jankovic and Stephens are quiet evenly matched on paper and we think that will transfer to the court in Montreal.
We are also on the following four-fold, which is comprised of matches in both the Men’s and Women’s events.