2021 US Open Best Bets for September 6

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Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates match point against Greet Minnen of Germany on September 04, 2021. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

A former US Open Champion takes on a young up-and-comer with an undeniable fighting spirit. When Bianca Andreescu faces Maria Sakkari which player should bet to make the proper pick? Let’s take a look at the WTA odds for this matchup.

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu vs. Maria Sakkari

Monday, September 06, 2021 – 09:00 PM EDT at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Path to Victory

After a win over Greet Minnen, Bianca Andreescu improved to 10-0 at Flushing Meadows. Andreescu is arguably the most talented player on tour and she blends offense and defense better than any other player currently remaining in the US Open field. Andreescu missed the 2020 US Open after becoming the champion in 2019. Andreescu is at home on the hard courts and with Naomi Osaka taking some time off tennis, it can be argued that she is trying to take her reign as the current best hardcourt player in the world.

Andreescu won her first-round match against Victorija Gokubic. The match lasted two hours and 49 minutes with Andreescu winning 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. After that extended battle, she defeated Lauren Davis in a 6-4 6-4 romp. She looked even stronger against Greet Minnen, winning 6-1, 6-2, and saving all four break chances against her serve.

Andreescu looks to continue her success after becoming the first player male or female to win the US Open in their debut. With Osaka and Barty now being out, Andreescu has a great path to win another US Open title. Yet the fiery upstart Sakkari stands in her way, fresh off a win against another former champion.

Maria Sakkari is a young Greek player known for her fiery, fighting spirit. Sakkari possesses incredible fitness and is an embodiment of the Greek ideal physique. Sakkari had problems with consistency earlier in her career but with her work ethic, she has developed to be a more consistent player. Avoiding the big unforced errors that had plagued her early in her career.

Another aspect she worked on is her first serve and that has been the difference between her being a top 50 player and the current top 20 player that she is right now. Sakkari is currently ranked 18 in the world.

Third Time’s the Charm

Maria Sakkari beat Maria Kostyuk in the first round. Kostyuk is a talented young player who is still learning how to navigate at the top level of the game. Regardless, a win over Kostyuk should be rated highly just due to the talent level of the young Ukrainian prodigy. Sakkari then beat the mercurial Katerina Siniakova in the second round.

Siniakova has talent but lacks consistency and Sakkari's ability to continue to put the ball in play wore down the erratic Czech player.

Sakkari's most impressive win of this fortnight however came against a different Czech player, former Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova. Kvitova has a big serve, a big forehand, and experience on how to play the big points. I have to rate this victory highly. Sakkari served well, closing out sets.

Serving out sets had been a weakness for her in the past, and it's something that if she continues to improve on, will help her reach the top 10.

Sakkari has won 29 games and a win today would be only her second time in her career recording 30 wins in a single season. Sakkari had failed to reach the quarter-finals in her first two attempts, but in her third attempt this year at Roland Garros she defeated Iga Swiatek and Sonya Kenin to make the semi-finals. While Andreescu has the pedigree right now, Sakkari's status and level of play have been rising.

The Pick

If both players are at their best however you have to give Andreescu the advantage. Andreescu has the better serve and can switch between offense and defense more efficiently. While Sakkari will attack on short balls she's quite content to be a returner and not blast away until need be.

Andreescu is much quicker to try to take control of a point and this could lead to her advantage against the hard-fighting Sakkari. Finally, in a close match, especially one that has tie-breaks, you have to give the serving advantage to Andreescu. She also knows how to drop the big bombs when need be, and her proficiency on serve is one of the reasons she was able to win the title here in 2019.

Maria Sakkari is greatly improved and a fun player that is easy to root for. Unfortunately, she will not beat the best hardcourt player in the world. Bianca Andreescu's all-court ability will once again win the day. Take Bianca Andreescu moneyline as your WTA pick of the day.

WTA Pick: Bianca Andreescu ML (+124) at BookMaker (visit our BookMaker Review)

Bianca Andreescu ML (+124)
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