Aussie v Aussie: Kyrgios Exits US Open
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was ranked fifth in US Open 2017 betting when the tournament started, offered on many sites online at around $16.00. So Aussie punters were horrified to see the tournament 14th seed crash out in the first round on Wednesday, beaten 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 by fellow Australian John Millman.
Kyrgios was plagued by a shoulder injury throughout the contest, and his US Open exit caps a year in which his Grand Slams have been a parade of disappointments. He was knocked out of both the Australian and French Opens in Round 2, and he picked up a hip injury in his first-round Wimbledon exit that worried him for weeks.
Australia’s online sports betting enthusiasts won’t find too much consolation in the fact that Kyrgios’ ouster was also an Aussie, either. Ranked at World No. 235 and an outsider at $200.00 and above in the outright futures betting, Millman will have a tough time against any of the big guns. At the time of writing, he was about to start his Round 2 match against Tunisian World No. 80 Malek Jaziri.
Nadal and Federer Safely into Round 2
Spanish legend Rafael Nadal took a straight-sets win against Dusan Lajovic on Tuesday, although the Serb did fight him all the way to a tie-break in the first set, which Rafa won 7-6 (8-6). But then he stepped up a gear, and took the next two sets 6-2, 6-2.
Equally legendary Swiss star Roger Federer, trying to improve on his 19 Grand Slams world record by taking three in a year, had a much tougher first round against the USA’s Frances Tiafoe on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Floridian ran his 36-year-old opponent ragged for five sets, but Federer eventually triumphed, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
He remains at the top of the betting to win the men’s singles championship, at around $1.50. Nadal is second-favourite, at $2.50.
Kerber Crashes Out of Women’s Singles
The biggest surprise in the women’s singles was Maria Sharapova defeating Romanian second seed Simona Halep on Tuesday, but it wasn’t the only huge shock of the day. Sixth seed Angelique Kerber also got her marching orders in Round 1, defeated by Japanese World No. 45 Naomi Osaka.
Sharapova is now third in the outright futures to win the title, at around $5.50. Garbine Muguruza at $3.00 and Karolina Pliskova at $4.50 lead the betting.