Emma Raducanu, from Britain, returns a shot to Shuai Zhang, of China,during the second round of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
- Emma Raducanu and Maria Sakkari will go head-to-head in the second women’s singles semifinal match tonight
- This will be the first meeting between these two players
- Continue below for odds, preview, and our best bet predictions
The final four players for women’s singles are locked as the semifinals of the US Open take place today. Qualifier Emma Raducanu will look to continue her Cinderella run, as she takes on 17th seed Maria Sakkari. The two are set to begin their match at 8:15 pm ET tonight.
Sakkari enters the match as the favorite to move onto the finals, but Raducanu has yet to drop a set on route to the semi’s. The 18-year old has been playing the best tennis of her career.
Where’s the best bet as we look towards this match? Take a look at the odds and a breakdown of how each player managed to get to this point in the tournament.
Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari US Open Women’s Singles Semifinals Odds
|Emma Raducanu||+2.5 (-120)||+128||Ov 22 (+100)|
| Maria Sakkari||-2.5 (-110)||-152||Un 22 (-110)|
Odds as of September 9th at FanDuel
Raducanu’s Perfect Run
The British teen made headlines a little earlier this year at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round in her debut at the tournament. But she is really making a name for herself with her run at the US Open. She has yet to drop a set in her eight matches played, which includes the qualifying rounds. With her quarterfinal win, she became the first qualifier to reach the US Open semi’s in the Open Era.
🇬🇧 @EmmaRaducanu is still YET to drop a set!
The qualifier takes the opener 6-3 over Belinda Bencic. pic.twitter.com/tY0n0gMbX3
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2021
She went on to defeat Olympic gold medalist, Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 to earn a spot in the final four of a Grand Slam in only her second career appearance. In just under an hour and a half, Raducanu just stunned Bencic. She recorded 23 winners to 12 unforced errors, and converted three of six breakpoints.
Raducanu now joins some great company as she becomes the third woman ranked outside the Top 100 to reach the semifinals of the US Open. The other two players she joins, are unranked Kim Clijsters in 2009, and the one and only Billie Jean King, who was unranked when she made the semi’s in 1979.
Sakkari’s Looks Towards First Major Final
The 26-year old recorded her third straight win over a Top 10 seed when she defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to her second Grand Slam semifinal of 2021.
Sakkari’s serve was working really well against Pliskova. The Greek only lost two points on her first serve over the entire match, and only eight points on serve in total. In the first set, and early in the second Sakkari won 22 straight service points.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2021
Her serve is a big part of what won her this quarterfinal match.
On route to the semifinals, Sakkari herself has only dropped one set. She lost the first set to Bianca Andreescu in their Round of 16 meeting. She has upset higher seeded opponents in her three previous matches, defeated Petra Kvitova, Andreescu, and Pliskova.
This will be the first meeting between these two players, as their head-to-head record sits at 0-0.
Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari Head-to-Head Stats
The competition is as tough as it gets now. Both of these women are playing incredible tennis, and both have the opportunity to win.
These two have a similar style of play in the sense that they like to be on the attack. Both enjoy setting the pace, and controlling the match, so that will be interesting to see who’s able to strike first.
Both will be reliant on their serve to get them through. As mentioned earlier, Sakkari’s serve brought her to another level in her match against Pliskova. Raducanu herself, recorded six aces to just two double faults, and was only broken once against Bencic.
Raducanu seems to just be playing on another level, and riding a different wave than the rest of the tournament. She really has nothing to lose here, and she’s able to continue playing the way she has over the past two weeks, it looks like she’ll end up in the finals.
A less risky move would be that regardless of the winner here, the match will most likely go the distance.
Over 2.5 sets (+112); Raducanu to win (+128)
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