The quarter final line up will be finalised in the US Open on Monday as the remainder of the last 16 gets played out on the two show courts at Flushing Meadows on what is an exciting looking Labor Day out in the States.
The tournament is still reeling from the shock exit of the defending champion and world number one on the women’s side as Iga Swiatek was dumped out on Sunday night. The men’s equivalent Carlos Alcaraz will look to avoid doing the same thing on Monday.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
The schedule for Labor Day is always good as it is the biggest day of the tournament for attendance and so it is fitting that two American stars get the action underway on the main court when the third seed Jessica Pegula takes on the heavy hitting Madison Keys for a place in the quarter final. When they are done the world number one Carlos Alcaraz continues his title defence when he closes out the day session when he takes on Matteo Arnaldi, who is having his best run in a Grand Slam.
The night session is every bit as good as the day one and it gets underway with the new favourite for the women’s event as the number two seed Aryna Sabalenka looks to move a step closer to bookending the year with Grand Slam titles when she meets the feisty Daria Kasatkina. When they are done the pick of the matches on the men’s side on Monday takes place when the 2020 finalist Alexander Zverev meets the exciting Jannik Sinner to round off a top order of play on Ashe.
Louis Armstrong Stadium
The other four singles matches on Monday come over on the Louis Armstrong Stadium where it is the Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova who gets us underway. The Czech is four wins away from successive Grand Slam titles and looks for the first of those against the American youngster Peyton Stearns, who took care of Katie Boulter in the previous round. When they are finished the first of the two men’s matches will take to the court as the sole remaining Brit in the event, Jack Draper, goes up against Andrey Rublev for a place in the quarter final.
The other two matches on the court are officially part of the day session but have been scheduled so that they take place around the time the lights come on. The first of those sees the Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur looking to take a step closer to a second successive US Open final when she meets Qinwin Zheng. The final match over on Armstrong sees the 2021 champion Daniil Medvedev going up against the in form Alex de Minaur in what looks a cracker to conclude the schedule with.
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Two bets take my fancy on Monday with them both coming over on the Louis Armstrong Stadium with the first of them coming in the form of Qinwen Zheng to beat Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian has battled hard to make it into this stage of the competition, needing three sets to see off Linda Noskova and Marie Bouzkova and it has become apparent that she has been suffering with this respiratory illness which has done the rounds in the locker room. On the hottest day of the tournament so far that is certainly less than ideal. Zheng has had to go three sets in her last two rounds but Kaia Kanepi is streetwise enough to hang tough with anyone and the Chinese woman deserves credit for finding a way in the last match. I think she’ll be assisted by not having the pressure of favouritism in this contest and if she can get some clean hits away and get Jabeur moving in the heat she might find her challenge weakens quite quickly. Jabeur struggled to put an injured Bouzkova away in the last round and might be dumped out herself here.
The other bet I like follows that match onto the court as Daniil Medvedev takes on Alex de Minaur. Despite reaching three finals in his last five events coming into the US Open, the Australian still isn’t really getting spoken about. He had a bit of a wobble in the opening round here but since then he has dropped just eight games so he needs to be taken much more seriously than he is, not least because he has won the last two meetings with Medvedev, including in Toronto last month. I think de Minaur is a big price but I am aware this is a Grand Slam and the best of five dynamic is a little different and Medvedev often finds a way when it really matters. I wouldn’t say the Russian definitely wins this but he won’t go without a good battle and the same can be said of de Minaur so the over 36.5 games looks the way forward here, particularly when you factor in the last three sets between these two have finished 75 or 76. Any four set match, and I don’t see this being won in straight sets either way, should see this line covered.
Back Q.Zheng to beat O.Jabeur for a 3/10 stake at 2.20 with William Hill
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Back D.Medvedev vs A.de Minaur – Over 36.5 games for a 3/10 stake at 1.87 with BetVictor