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Czech pair fighting it out in betting as we enter the second week

Mon, Sep 4, 5:58pm by Head Editor

Petra Kvitova has stormed into the quarter-finals of the US Open without losing a set, which has seen her move into outright favouritism, at $4.50, to win at Flushing Meadows, for the very first time.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was a $5.50 favourite before the tournament started, but after Kvitova knocked her out of the tournament on Monday, the Czech has taken over that mantle.

Kvitova now meets Venus Williams in the quarter-finals on Wednesday Australian time, where she is a slight favourite ($1.76) to get past the American ($2.06), who was too strong for Carla Suarez Navarro, which pleased the full house at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The win sees the 37-year-old local move onto the fourth line of betting, at a quote of $7 to win her 11th Grand Slam title.

World No.1 Karolina Pliskova fought off a match point in the second set of her match against 27th seed Zhang Shuai of China before finally coming out on top 3-6 7-5 6-4 on centre court.

Pliskova has been solid at around the $5 mark since the tournament began. The 25-year-old – who also hails from the Czech Republic – is the shortest priced favourite of all the women’s matches on day eight, at $1.13 to beat American Jennifer Brady ($6.05).

Elina Svitolina is on the third line of betting – at $6.50 – but she won’t have it all her own way when she takes the court against another American, Madison Keys.

Svitolina is at $1.82 to reach the final eight at the expense of Keys ($1.99), who beat 17th seed, Russia’s Elena Vesnina in three sets on Sunday.

That match is followed on Arthur Ashe Stadium by Coco Vandeweghe’s ($1.74) Round of 16 contest against Lucie Safarova ($2.10).

Vandeweghe may be way out at $13 to win her first Grand Slam, but the American has been one of the stories of the tournament, storming past No.10 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Sunday (AEST).

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