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Auckland Open Final Odds & Pick: Williams vs Pegula

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Serena Williams and Jessica Pegula will face each other in an all American final at the 2020 Auckland Open. Photo by Photo by Edwin Martinez from The Bronx (Wikimedia Commons).
  • Serena Williams and Jessica Pegula will face off at the Auckland Open final tonight at 11pm ET
  • Pegula upset Caroline Wozniacki to make it to the final
  • Williams blew past 18-year old Amanda Anisimova to move onto the final – read our betting prediction below

Americans Serena Williams and Jessica Pegula both put on shows in their semi final wins and now will face each other for the first time tonight at the Auckland Open final. Williams, the number one seed, is the heavy favorite with -600 odds versus Pegula’s +400 odds.

Serena Williams vs. Jessica Peguala Auckland Open Final Odds

Player Spread Win Total at Bovada
Serena Williams -5.5 (-110) -600 O 19.0 (-130)
Jessica Pegula +5.5 (-120) +400 U 19.0 (EVEN)

Odds taken Jan. 11

Serena Williams’ Road to the Finals

Serena Williams showed the world yesterday that she is not ready to slow down or leave the tour in her semi final match against young American Amanda Anisimova. The 38-year-old defeated the 18-year-old in just 45 minutes to win 6-1, 6-1.

Anisimova was not a match for Williams’ power, being broken in her opening service game, and again in the third and seventh game of the first set. Williams broke her in the second and fourth games of the second set. This semi-final was very different than the other semi-final that had happened earlier in the night, which lasted almost last two hours.

Jessica Pegula’s Road to the Finals

Pegula shocked the world when she upset former number one Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-final of the Auckland Open. Pegula was able to break Wozniacki’s serve in the first game of the match. Wozniacki was able to fight back, breaking Pegula herself and going up a set around the 45-minute mark.

Peguala knew she had to step it up if she wanted to move on. In the second set she was able to completely control everything. She became move aggressive, moving Wozniacki all around the court and base line. She continued to change the pace of the game with her shots and stroke, completely putting Wozniacki in defensive mode.

Pegula continued to be dominant in the third set, winning 6-0. She went on to comeback and win the match 6-3, 4-6, 0-6.

Head-to-Head

This will be the first time the two Americans have faced each other. Serena is the heavy favorite going into tonights match, but Pegula could make it very interesting seeing how she played against Wozniacki.

If Pegula is able to win her service point, convert her break points, and have a high first serve percentage, it’s possible she could perform another huge upset. But right now, it looks like Serena Williams is playing the kind of tennis we all know her to play. She been dominant and powerful on the court, playing in the zone with no distractions.

The easy bet here is Serena. If Pegula’s odds were a bit better, there could have been the possibility of her taking this one, but it’s the finals, and Williams has had a tremendous start to the season.

Best Bet: Serena Williams (-600)

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