Samantha Stosur needs to play the match of her life if she hopes to reach the US Open quarterfinals because standing in her way is the defending champion Kim Clijsters.
Bookies aren’t rating her chances very high however; that is, at BetUS Sportsbook, Stosur is a significant puppy tipped at +400 to win outright. Meanwhile Kim Clijsters is a hot favourite, and justifiably so, at -700 to win and advance into the semis.
Regardless of the outcome, this is the feature women’s match of the quarterfinal round and the match tennis bettors should spot. I expect we will be talking about this one for some time.
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tosur defeated Elena Dementieva in the R16, in a rather topsy-turvy match, but a match that displayed some of the best hitting in the women’s game. Heck, in the tournament so far. So well matched were those two that not until the last ball was struck was it clear which player was the winner. Stosur saved four match points to Dementieva before converting on her second match point opportunity of the night.
Stosur has never beaten Kim nor has she ever taken a set of the Belgian in three previous meetings. Stosur came up against Kim as recently as the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but failed to derail her when they collided in the quarters. Kim defeated Stosur 6-3, 7-5 en route to the title.
Clijsters has looked awfully good at the US Open. She advances without dropping a set. After dropping only five games in the first round against Greta Arn, she has dropped three games per match to convincingly dispatch Sally Peers, Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic.