Aryna Sabalenka vs. Victoria Azarenka - 8/27/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Victoria Azarenka - 8/27/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Victoria Azarenka

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)

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Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis US Open.

Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a third round loss in Cincinnati and has split her last 10 matches overall. Sabalenka has found hr groove again on hard court after making the final in San Jose, and she’s playing some of her best tennis of the year at this very moment. However, Sabalenka is also coming off a match where she got nothing on her second serve and hit 17 double faults. Sabalenka can go for broke a little too often and it leads to a mixed bag of results. Sabalenka has lost in the first round in four of her eight previous grand slam appearances. Sabalenka has split her last six matches on hard court.

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Victoria Azarenka won one match in Cincinnati before bowing out, and she’s also split her last 10 matches. Azarenka is still trying to find her form since returning from pregnancy and right when you think she’s turning the corner, she has a few hiccups that have you questioning things. A consistent first serve and unforced errors continue to be the main issues for Azarenka, who has won back-to-back matches just twice since Madrid. Azarenka has 67 career wins over top-10 players, with three of those wins coming this year. Azarenka has lost in the first round of a grand slam just twice since 2011. Azarenka has split her last six matches on hard court.

There’s no match history between these two players.

You can make a case for both of these players, and they’re both a little hard to trust for different reasons. Sabalenka can hit herself to victory or out of a match, and Azarenka has been so up and down with her game. If forced to pick, I’d lean toward Azarenka in a slight upset, as she’s shown flashes of turning things around and has three wins over top-10 players. Azarenka also thrives on the big stages and brings that fire in her belly to the court. Sabalenka has yet to have any real grand slam success.

I’ll lean Azarenka in this big first round match.

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Randy’s Pick Victoria Azarenka

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