Wed, Oct 3, 11:34am by Staff Writer
The Asian Swing is underway with tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo this week, ahead of the ATP tour Masters event in Shanghai, starting next Monday.
Alexander Zverev is a $3.50 favourite to win the ATP500 event in Beijing and dispatched of a tricky opponent in his first round on Tuesday night.
Zverev defeated Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 6-4, with the second seed Zverev handed a challenging first round match up against a top 30 player.
It was Zverev’s first win since he was bundled out of the US Open as a $1.12 favourite, losing to fellow German Phillip Kohlschreiber.
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro defeated Albert Ramos in straight sets to set up a second round match against exciting Russian Karen Khachanov.
Del Potro looked to be hitting through his backhand a lot more than usual against Ramos, but did look to be suffering from a knee complaint. The US Open finalist’s health is always a concern and he is looking a lean price at $3.50 to win this tournament.
Another that is priced far too low is Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. He is a $7 chance of winning the China Open and hasn’t won three games on the trot since Rotterdam in February. He got past lucky loser Tennys Sandgren and faces Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the next round.
Fabio Fognini shook past Radu Albot in his first round match and is $11 to win in China. This tournament comes shortly after he spurned four match points against Bernard Tomic to lose the Chengdu final last week.
A price of $19 on Andrey Rublev is enticing given the good form he showed against Joao Sousa in round one. The young Russian won his first match since early August and takes on Fognini in the next round.
The Japan Open is usually played on fast hardcourt but has moved indoors this year as the Ariake Coliseum undergoes renovations for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Top seed Marin Cilic was bundled out after twice failing to serve out his first round match against Jan Lennard Struff.
Home favourite Kei Nishikori is the $5 favourite to win the tournament, along with Canadian Milos Raonic.
Nishikori plays the often prolific Benoit Paire in the round of 16 in a tricky match for the world number 12. He is 4-2 all-time against Paire and won the only indoors match between the two at the 2012 Paris Masters.
Martin Klizan’s price of $34 appeals in outright betting given the fact he won two indoor titles last year and made the final of St Petersburg a fortnight ago.
He takes on another good indoor player in Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
Richard Gasquet is a $19 chance of winning this title and has played well on French indoor courts, but is unproven elsewhere in the world.
Australia’s Alex De Minaur gets his campaign going on Wednesday afternoon against Gilles Simon. De Minaur is $26 to win the Tokyo Open and is seeking his first tour win on the indoor surface. He lost in the Shenzen Open semi final to Pierre Hugues Herbert in a third set tiebreak after failing to convert two match point chances.
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka is having a terrific season and took out the coveted Wuhan Open title last week.
She is an equal favourite at $6.50 to win the China Open after beating Garbine Muguruza in straight sets on Tuesday night.
Joining her at $6.50 are US Open champion Naomi Osaka and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
All these of those women play with a tremendous amount of power and all should move through their round of 16 matches comfortably.
One wildcard will be Chinese hope Qiang Wang. She received a wildcard for this event and has used it to good effect so far, dispatching 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-0 6-0 in a ruthless performance.
Wang has local support and will play the winner of Karolina Pliskova and Alexandra Sasnovich on Thursday.
ATP China Open Odds
Alexander Zverev $3.50
Juan Martin Del Potro $3.50
Grigor Dimitrov $7
Fabio Fognini $11
Kyle Edmund $13
ATP Japan Open Odds
Kei Nishikori $5
Milos Raonic $5
Kevin Anderson $6
Stan Wawrinka $6
Denis Shapovalov $10
WTA China Open Odds
Aryna Sabalenka $6.50
Naomi Osaka $6.50
Sloane Stephens $6.50
Angelique Kerber $7
Karolina Pliskova $8
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