We’re at Day Three of the United States Tennis Championships and we’ve had some success over the first two days of this event. Winning seven wagers of our last nine including two underdogs yesterday with Tennys Sandren and Alize Cornet and Monday we went 3-0. I’m feeling confident about today’s slate and have Three Plays to consider for Wednesday at the U.S. Open.
You’d better get this bet in quickly because the match begins at 1:00 pm ET. Venus Williams is one of my all-time favorite people and she’s going to have her hands full against Svitolina Wednesday. Williams knocked off China’s Saisai Zheng in straight sets to reach the opportunity to play the current #5 Svitolina. The 24-year old Ukrainian defeated up and coming American Whitney Osuigwe in straight sets on Monday. Svitolina is 12-3 this season at the Slams and has a 2-1 career record over Williams with their latest a straight-set victory at Roland Garros. The daytime crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium will clearly support Williams, Svitolina should get this one over with quickly on Wednesday afternoon.
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Martic advanced to the second round with a solid, three-set victory over Slovenian Tamara Zidanek and now faces Ana Bogdan of Romania. Bogdan defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart in straight sets to force this second-round showdown with the 29-year old Croatian. Martic holds a decisive 3-0 head to head record with two of her three victories on the hard courts. Martic is the #22 seed and ranked 140 spots higher than her counterpart and shouldn’t have any problems winning this match Wednesday afternoon. Martic is my pick for this matchup!
Pick three of my three plays for today has the eleventh ranked Sevastova taking on 49th ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third match this afternoon on Court 13. After a lackluster summer hard court season, Sevastova looked impressive Monday against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, beating her in straight sets. Sevastova has a career record of 15-6 at Flushing Meadows and reached the semi-finals of this event in 2018. Swiatek buried Serbian Ivana Jorovic 6-0, 6-1 and is playing her first U.S. Open. Look for the nerves to get to Swiatek and she goes down in straight sets on Wednesday. Sevastova is my pick for this one.
Phil "Cash with Flash" Naessens hosts the Phil Naessens Show and This Week in Tennis. Phil was formerly a sports handicapper of three years at Winners and Whiners, Racing Dudes, and Stat Salt. Phil’s work has been showcased on several SB Nation websites, Win Daily Sports, FanSided, BetQl, Creative Sports 2, FanTrax, Fantasy Team Advice as well as many others. In addition to his writing, Phil has been a featured guest on Sirius XM, ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Radio Europe, Armed Forces Radio as well as several local radio and TV spots in the Cleveland Area.
Phil is a semi-retired high-performance tennis coach and still teaches at camps and clinics worldwide, including Brookwood Sports Academy in Glen Spey, New York where he is the current Director of Tennis.