Best Bet – Sloane Stephens v Naomi Osaka Osaka might be the favourite but has hardly tickled a hard court since the Aussie swing, where she started well enough before bailing out of the Melbourne Summer Set semi-final with an injury before hand. She reached the third round of the Australian Open.
Stephens found herself newly wed and then bounced out of the Australian Open by a blister-affected Emma Raducanu, but won the Guadalajara title. Osaka (4/9) remains the favourite despite having slipped down the rankings, but could well find herself taken the distance by a resurgent Stephens.
Next Best – Caroline Garcia v Dayana Yastremska Another resurgent performance coming into this tournament from Garcia – once touted by Andy Murray as a future World No. 1 the likeable but fragile Frenchwoman had a great run last week in Lyon, to reach the semi-final – but she is up against the once divisive Yastremska, whose escape from Ukraine last week (with her 15 year old sister) saw her scrap her way to the final with emotion and pride.
Garcia is by far for more experienced player, but the overwhelming support from the tennis community for Ukrainian’s fate could tip the balance for the 21-year-old Yastremska (8/11).
Long Shot – Sofia Kenin v Beatriz Haddad Maia
Not that long ago it looked as though Kenin would be keeping US tennis alight- shining at Roland Garros before winning her first Slam in Australia in 2020. But then the wheels really started to come off – she struggled to live up to that expectation and how comes in as a wildcard, against Brazil’s Haddad Maia. Her start to the year has been slow but she reached the semi-final in Monterrey last week while Kenin (1/1) will look to the home crowd to help her snap a five match losing streak.