The 2021 U.S. Open has delivered on the hype, with the women’s draw providing excitement daily. Even with early exits for Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty, the drama has been prevalent, and that continues on Thursday with the semifinals. Teenage phenom Leylah Annie Fernandez headlines one match, though she faces a stiff challenge in Flushing Meadows at 7 p.m. ET. Fernandez takes on No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka, as the youngster aims to pull another upset.
Sabalenka is the -450 favorite (risk $450 to win $100) in the latest Fernandez vs. Sabalenka odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Fernandez going off as the +325 underdog. Caesars sets the over-under for total games at 19.5, with Sabalenka favored by 4.5 games. Before making any 2021 U.S. Open picks, be sure to see the latest tennis predictions from SportsLine’s Gavin Mair.
A renowned women’s tennis handicapper, Mair has cashed in huge at previous U.S. Open tournaments. He called Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open. He also held a position on semifinalist Belinda Bencic (50-1) at the 2019 edition, and he nailed a +550 position on the second set of the 2021 Wimbledon final. Anyone who followed Mair’s advice was handsomely rewarded.
Now, Mair has locked in on the 2021 U.S. Open women’s semifinal matchup featuring Fernandez vs. Sabalenka and revealed his best bets. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Top Fernandez vs. Sabalenka predictions
Fernandez is a decisive underdog in the market, but she has been slaying giants throughout her run in New York. The 19-year-old knocked off Osaka in the third round, attracting all kinds of attention in the process. From there, Fernandez came back from down a set and a break against 2016 U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber on the way to a fourth round win.
Then, she outlasted No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, winning a tiebreaker against a seasoned opponent in the process. However, Fernandez does face a talented and polished opponent.
Sabalenka breezed by reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals, winning in straight sets, and no challenger has taken more than six games against Sabalenka in the last four matches. The No. 2 seed is playing the best tennis of her career, reaching the semifinals for the second straight grand slam. Sabalenka also has 10 singles titles to her credit, including two 1000-level tournament wins in 2021.
How to make Sabalenka vs. Fernandez picks
Mair has studied this matchup in-depth and has found value on multiple best bets that include plus-money payouts. Head to SportsLine to see his best bets.
Who wins Fernandez vs. Sabalenka in the U.S. Open 2021 women’s semifinal? And which picks could lead to a big return? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s best bets, all from a renowned tennis handicapper, and find out.