The events of last week have left many stunned – but is Bencic good enough to win in Cincinnati and get the double?
Match: Belinda Bencic vs Angelique Kerber
Selection: Belinda Bencic
Best Odds: 2.67 @ Pinnacle
Every single tennis fan will probably say that it is impossible for her to win the double with a draw like this, but nobody seemed to be backing her last week and she won nonetheless, so maybe it is time to think again and re-evaluate one’s positions. In the first round, the young star from Switzerland is going to face the world’s number eleven, Angelique Kerber, so that is indeed going to be a very tough task, but Bencic has both the form and the momentum right now, so it would take a fool to go against her at short odds. It is often said that Kerber performs best under a lot of pressure, but that was not what happened when she met Bencic in the US Open last year, as she lost 1-6 5-7 in a very interesting match, so this factor is not one to bank on, even though there is going to be quite a lot of pressure on both players in Cincinnati.
While Bencic will be hoping to build on her recent successes, Kerber will be looking to boost her confidence ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season. She had a lot of momentum going into Toronto, but there is some work ahead now that she lost against Halep there. In any case, her defensive skills will need to be working overtime if she wants to succeed against Bencic and there are no guarantees that they will, so shrewd punters should be looking to back Bencic if value is what they are after.