Four players remain in the women’s draw of the 2021 U.S. Open. On Thursday evening, both semifinal matches will take place, and the nightcap pits talented youngster Emma Raducanu against No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari. The winner will face either Leylah Annie Fernandez or Aryna Sabalenka in the women’s final. The match between Raducanu and Sakkari is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET in New York.
Sakkari is a -150 favorite (risk $150 to win $100) in the latest Raducanu vs. Sakkari odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Raducanu listed at +120 (risk $100 to win $120) as the underdog. Caesars sets the over-under for total games at 21.5, with Sakkari favored by 2.5 games in the latest 2021 U.S. Open odds. 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 Raducanu vs. Sakkari and revealed his best bets. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Top Raducanu vs. Sakkari predictions
Raducanu and Leylah Annie Fernandez are the breakout stars of the event, with both still shy of their 20th birthdays. Raducanu is the first qualifier, male or female, to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open since 1968. She is also only the fifth woman to make the semifinals in her first entry to the U.S. Open, and Raducanu is the first British woman to reach this point in the U.S. Open since 1983. Not only has Raducanu been victorious in every match, she has been dominant, winning every set in the tournament, including a very impressive showing against 2020 gold medalist Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals.
Raducanu will face a real challenge in Sakkari, however, and Sakkari is coming off a memorable Round of 16 win over Bianca Andreescu and a dominant, straight-set victory over No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals. She has been impressive with her serve, not losing a single service game against either Pliskova or Petra Kvitova, and Sakkari won 22 straight service points against Pliskova in her last match. She also holds a significant experience advantage over Raducanu, including two wins in the pressure-packed environment both will face under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
How to make Sakkari vs. Raducanu picks
Mair has studied this matchup in-depth and locked in two best bets, including a strong play on the winner. Head to SportsLine to see his best bets.
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