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US Open accumulator: Safarova the sole female in our team

| 29.08.2012

Victoria Azarenka, Na Li and Maria Sharapova are among the players in action as the second round of women’s action gets underway at the US Open, but all are too heavy odds-on to feature in our daily accumulator.

In fact, Lucie Safarova is our only female pick of the day and she is accompanied by six players from the final batch of men’s first round games to complete our 14/1 picks.

Safarova takes on Aleksandra Wozniak and has been in good form in the current hard-court season, with victories over the likes of Sam Stosur and Roberta Vinci.

Wozniak has not been so dominant and her defeat to Casey Dellacqua in Dallas was slightly worrying.

Safarova has also triumphed in the last two meetings between the pair, including in their only clash in 2012 to date.

In men’s action, Viktor Troicki and Tommy Haas are our shortest-priced favourites.

Troicki takes on Cedric-Marcel Stebe, who has lost his last two hard-court matches against players positioned 288 or higher in the ATP rankings.

Meanwhile, it has taken Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro to stop Haas in his last two tournaments and he faces the often frustrating Ernests Gulbis.

Michael Llodra is already out of the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows and he may struggle in the singles too against Philipp Kohlscreiber, while Rajeev Ram is in the better current form compared with US compatriot Steve Johnson.

Mikhail Kukushkin has lost six of his last seven matches and has been struggling with a hip injury, which should make him a big underdog against Jarkko Nieminen.

Finally, Andreas Seppi is over 150 places higher than Tommy Robredo in the ATP rankings and this difference in class should see the Italian through.

US Open selections

Viktor Troicki to beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe @ 2/9
Tommy Haas to beat Ernests Gulbis @ 2/9
Philipp Kohlscreiber to beat Michael Llodra @ 1/4
Andreas Seppi to beat Tommy Robredo @ 2/5
Lucie Safarova to beat Aleksandra Wozniak @ 4/7
Jarkko Nieminen to beat Mikhail Kukushkin @ 8/11
Rajeev Ram to beat Steve Johnson @ 5/6

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.