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Saturday, 9 September 2017

US Open Tennis Day 13 Picks 2017- Women's Final (September 9th)

The women's Final at the US Open is the end of what has been a very good tournament for that side of the tennis world. The most memorable matches from the US Open this season have been contested by the women and the Final has every chance of being another really good match.

The men's Final was also set on Friday as the two favourites won their respective Semi Final matches. Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson have a day of rest before the Final which will be played on Sunday as the final Grand Slam of 2017 comes to a close.


Madison Keys - 3.5 games v Sloane Stephens: There are going to be plenty of nerves ahead of the women's Final for both Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens who will be playing in their maiden Grand Slam Final on Saturday. Both will know this could potentially be the start of a number of Slams won if they can make the breakthrough on Saturday and that makes for an interesting Final.

Two American players in the Final should also mean a fantastic atmosphere inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

There have been plenty of matches in the women's draw that have been highly competitive, particularly over the last week, but Sloane Stephens has been involved in more than Madison Keys. Stephens has won third set deciders in each of her last three matches and the last two have gone almost the distance both times.

It has not been the same for Keys who has had back to back dominant wins over Kaia Kanepi and Coco Vandeweghe which has to be giving her a lot of confidence. The serve has been working wonderfully well and Keys has to feel that another strong serving day will give her enough of an edge to see off Stephens who has to be feeling the amount of tennis she has had to play.

Emotionally Stephens has invested a lot and I have to think at some point that is going to be a factor for her. Whether she can use the adrenaline to get through another match is up for debate, especially as her own serve has been one that players have been able to attack and earn breaks. Having to continue to come back against someone serving as well as Keys would be a big ask for Stephens, particularly has Keys has been returning so well in her last couple of matches.

The return is not as good as it should be, but Keys has earned a lot of confidence from the way she has played on that side of her game over the last couple of matches. I think that can carry over to this match and I do think Keys is the one player who has had all the tools to be a Grand Slam Champion in the making and can fulfil her ambition in the US Open Final.

It is a big number of games to cover when you think of the fight Stephens has shown as well as how competitive the women's matches have been over the last week. However I think Keys is playing about as well as she can and looks to have peaked at the right time for the US Open Final and I think she can work her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win here.

MY PICKS: Madison Keys - 3.5 Games @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)

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