Preparations for the US Open continue this week in Cincinnati, with the 120th edition of the Western & Southern Open. Daniil Medvedev is the top-ranked player in men’s singles action at this year’s event. Medvedev is aiming to build off his recent victory at the National Bank Open in Toronto as he seeks a second career tournament win at this event. Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev makes his first tour appearance since reaching the top of the podium in Tokyo. Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime also continues his preparations for the US Open this week in Cincinnati.
Over in women’s singles action, 15th-seeded Victoria Azarenka aims to duplicate her efforts from last year, when she claimed victory in Cincinnati, and followed up with a march to the finals at the US Open. Australian Ashleigh Barty is the top seed at this year’s edition of the tournament, while Toronto’s own Bianca Andreescu hopes to rebound as the No. 5 seed after making an early exit from the National Bank Open.
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Medvedev on a Roll
After storming to a championship win in Toronto, Daniil Medvedev will be aiming to maintain that momentum as the top seed in men’s singles action at the Western & Southern Open. The 25-year-old Russian lost just two sets on the way to his Canadian victory. The impact of that performance has buoyed Medvedev on the odds to win the upcoming US Open, with a $20 bet at Betway (6.00) paying out $120.
Daniil Medvedev dominated Reilly Opelka to win the ATP Toronto Masters 6-4 and 6-3 in just 87 minutes in Canada.
𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐯 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝟐𝟏 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬.
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Medvedev has also enjoyed past success at this event. The Moscow native raised the trophy in Cincinnati two years ago, and carried over that momentum into the US Open, with a drive to the finals.
Zverev Aiming to Build on Olympic Success
Also perched among the favourites on the US Open futures at Bet99 (8.60), with a $20 bet returning $172, Zverev is riding high in the wake of his Olympic success. That win extended what has been a solid season for the talented German, who has also tallied wins in Acapulco and Madrid.
Alexander Zverev on Olympic gold medal: “It is a very special feeling. But I’ve got to get back to playing so I’ve got to forget that feeling a little bit and I’ve got to start working again and start competing again. I am extremely hungry. I’m not satisfied yet.” 🥇 #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/Q2GaPgdX80
— James Henry (@olerafa) August 17, 2021
Zverev has also enjoyed strong performances at this year’s Grand Slam events, reaching the semi-finals at Roland-Garros and the quarters at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. However, he has struggled in recent trips to Cincy, bowing out in the early rounds in each of his past appearances at this event.
Auger-Aliassime Holds Canadian Hopes
The man that Zverev defeated to reach the quarter-finals in Wimbledon also represents one of Canada’s brightest hopes at this tournament. Felix Auger-Aliassime arrived in Cincinnati as the No. 12 seed at this tournament but has a lot of work to do to reverse a run of streaky play that has plagued him since his ouster at Wimbledon.
Auger-Aliassime loses opening match in Toronto: Wimbledon quarterfinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime said the toll of traveling and playing a lot of tennis at the Tokyo Olympics might have been the reason for his 7-5, 6-4 loss to Dusan Lajovic at the National… https://t.co/qggg4UaKQa pic.twitter.com/XRn2iOD6s2
— JPDAILYSPORTS (@JCPGATA) August 12, 2021
Auger-Aliassime has won just one match in four tournament outings since and has never advanced past the second round at this event. Despite those struggles, the Montreal native has remained resilient on the US Open odds at Betsafe (67.00), where a $20 wager on the 21-year-old will generate a $1340 return.
Barty Preparing for Osaka Showdown
Over on the women’s side, this week in Cincinnati provides a huge chance to prepare for the US Open for Ashleigh Barty. The 24-year-old is coming off her first-ever win at Wimbledon but has endured nothing but disappointment at the US Open, where she has failed to advance past the fourth round in five previous appearances.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) August 14, 2021
Barty enjoyed a deep run in her last appearance in Cincinnati, advancing to the semi-finals. But while more success at this event is obviously desirable, the Australian’s focus will be on preparing for a showdown with Naomi Osaka. Currently listed second behind Barty on the WTA rankings, Osaka has struggled since her victory at the Australian Open, failing to get past the Round of 16 in her past five overall outings. That has failed to dampen Osaka’s position atop the US Open futures, where she remains perch as the favourite, with a $20 bet at Funbet (5.00) returning $100.
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Andreescu’s Health Put to the Test
As for Bianca Andreescu, fingers remain firmly crossed. The 2019 US Open champion has continued to be plagued by injury woes and has now made early exits from each of her past five tournament appearances.
Canada’s Andreescu eliminated from National Bank Open in dramatic match https://t.co/FRDC4tOLTm
— CTV News (@CTVNews) August 13, 2021
Cincinnati provides a clear opportunity to determine just how ready Andreescu is for Flushing Meadows, and whether she continues to offer value on the odds to win the US Open, with a $20 bet at Bet99 (11.00) now returning $220.