The Apia International Sydney semi-finals take place this Thursday with a spot in the final at stake. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixture below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
Konta vs. Bouchard
Playing in Australia is always special for Johanna Konta, especially in Sydney since she was born and raised in this city. After reaching the Australian Open semi-finals last year, Konta is just one win away from her 3rd career final. It has been a terrific week for Johanna so far, winning all her previous three matches in straight sets. Looking now to Konta’s numbers throughout the week, the highlight clearly goes to her return to serve with the world no.10 generating an average of 1.33 break points per return game.
Eugenie Bouchard jumped to the spotlight in 2014 with her presence in the Wimbledon final and after ending the year as world no.7. However, Eugenie failed to match the expectations since then with very poor performances. Despite her inconsistent results, Bouchard is always a dangerous opponent due to her extremely aggressive game. This is by far one of Eugenie’s best weeks in recent years with the Canadian defeating three players better ranked than her – including the world no.5, Dominika Cibulkova.
This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Bouchard emerging victorious from their previous encounter in Wimbledon 2016 by 6 – 3 1 – 6 6 – 1.
Both players present a very aggressive baseline game, always trying to hit the ball extremely early. Despite Eugenie’s performances this week, Konta is currently at a higher level. Therefore, the bookmakers consider the British the main favourite at 53/100 at Coral while Bouchard is available at 7/4 at Bet365. Even though we agree with their analysis, it’s impossible to find value at the current prices. This should be a very close contest, which makes the Over 20.5 at 43/50 at Pinnacle the best betting approach for this contest.