Betting Week in Review 7/9/21: The US Open Features
Betting Week in Review: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter-finals of the US Open. The Brit beat Shelby Rogers in the Round-of-Sixteen. The showpiece competition has already thrown up plenty of surprises, much to the delight of operators.
Raducanu Shines in New York Debut
Emma Raducanu has built on her impressive showing at Wimbledon this year, where the wildcard entry reached the fourth round. However, the 18-year-old has exceeded expectations by reaching the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
The youngster is yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open and recovered from a break in the opening game, and won 11 games in a row to dispatch Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1.
Just a few short months ago, Raducanu was collecting her A Level results and was ranked at 338th in the world; her form has seen her rapidly climb up the seedings, and she is now in the top 150 in the women’s game.
After the victory, Raducanu admitted she was nervous before the match, saying: “It feels absolutely amazing. Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open, and she’s had a great week, so I knew it was going to be a tough match, but I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”
Raducanu appeared to be enjoying the occasion and was full of smiles before the game with Rogers. The teen looked relaxed, but nerves were evident as the match started and her opponent took the first two sets. The Brit was in danger of going three down but showed her class in her second service game by saving two breakpoints.
From that moment, she took control of the game against world number 43, who herself had caused an upset in the previous round by beating world number one, Ashleigh Barty.
It was an assured performance in front of 24,000 fans which included tennis royalty, including American Billie Jean King and Britain’s Virginia Wade. Wade, in particular, watched the game with interest as she was the last British woman to win a Grand Slam title back in 1977 at Wimbledon.
Raducanu, after the victory, thanked the 75-year-old for watching her play. Saying: “Thank you so much for watching my match. I really appreciate it, you’re an absolute legend, so I’m really honoured to have you here. I will just do my best and see how it goes.”
The youngster has already improved on her Wimbledon performance, handling the pressure better after breathing difficulties forced her to retire in the Last-16 match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic. Raducanu admitted after that game that the occasion had “caught up” with her.
Raducanu now faces Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in tomorrow’s quarter-final, and depending on the result, she could overtake Heather Watson and Johanna Konta to become British number one. It’s almost guaranteed that the teen will break into the top 100 when the latest rankings are released after the US Open. That would mean that she automatically qualifies for Grand Slam events.
Raducanu’s run in the US Open has also been a profitable one for the Brit; she is guaranteed at least £307,000 for reaching the quarter-finals to add to the £181,000 she received for her performance at Wimbledon. The bookies have the 18-year-old as the outsider in tomorrow’s game priced at 32/25. Her opponent Bencic, who was the world’s number 4 in 2020, is priced at 33/50.
No Shocks As England Control Their Group
So far, the international break has been good for the Three Lions with back-to-back 4-0 wins, putting them firmly in control of group I and continued their 100% record.
In the first game, England overcame a dour first half and a hostile atmosphere to beat Hungary 4-0. Goals in the second half from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice overpowered the hosts in Budapest.
Hungary are likely to be punished by FIFA for the behaviour of their fans who racially abused players, with goalscorer Sterling a main target of the abuse.
England picked up another three points in their second game, a 4-0 win at home against Andorra. Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford was handed his debut for the Three Lions, but Jesse Lingard stole the show, scoring two and assisting another in the rout. The Manchester United man who spent the second part of last season on loan at West Ham was unlucky not to score a hattrick and is likely to give his club manager a selection headache with the 28-year-old seemingly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
England are among only two teams with a 100% record in the competition (along with Denmark). They do, however, have a tricky trip to Poland in tomorrow’s match. Poland’s star player is Robert Lewandowski, who is in great form for his country, scoring six goals in four World Cup qualifier games. The Bayern Munich man has had a glittering career, scoring 368 goals in 474 games for club and country.
Despite Lewandowski, the bookies feel it will be a routine win, pricing Poland at 4/1 with England odds on at 33/50. The draw is offered at 277/100.