- Team Peace leads Team Kindness 8-6 after three days of action at the Credit One Bank Invitational women’s tennis tournament
- Which are the best plays to make on matches involved in Day 4 of competition?
- Examination of the matches, analysis of the odds and predictions on outcomes follow in the story below
Peace has overtaken Kindness at the Credit One Bank Invitational women’s tennis tournament. However, they’re a long way from achieving tranquility.
Through three days of team competition between two sets of eight-player WTA teams, Team Peace holds an 8-6 lead over Team Kindness. Team Peace is being captained by Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Team Kindness has Madison Keys occupying their captain’s chair.
Mattek-Sands and her regular doubles partner Sofia Kenin defeated Victoria Azarenka and Keys 6-2, 1-6, [10-7] in the final completed match of Day 3. That snapped a 6-6 tie and give Team Peace the advantage on the scoreboard.
Keys and Mattek-Sands were responsible for drafting their teams from the 16-player pool prior to the start of the Credit One Bank Invitational.
Three singles matches are on tap Friday as action continues. Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka will both be on the court for Friday’s matches.
Credit One Bank Invitational Odds
|Caroline Dolehide||+200||Amanda Anisimova||-275|
|Danielle Collins||-188||Victoria Azarenka||+138|
|Eugenie Bouchard||+110||Sloane Stephens||-150|
Odds taken June 26
Rules of Engagement
This event is considered an exhibition series. Nonetheless, results from the tournament are being counted towards each player’s individual UTR.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, just one official is working each match. Players are calling their own lines. The tournament is using only one official.
Ball crew members are limited to two. Each crew member is wearing gloves and using equipment to avoid touching the tennis balls.
Players are adhering to back to work tournament health guidelines established by the WTA. These protocols include on-site testing, daily temperature tests and health questionnaires. On the court, players are responsible for handling their own towels and refreshments.
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Workers are sanitizing equipment at high touch areas. Face masks are mandatory for all personnel. Housing for players is located within walking distance of the stadium.
The tournament is being conducted without fans and media. If you happen to see people sitting near the court, those are other participants. To maintain social distancing guidelines, each competitor has her own lounge around the stadium, enabling them to cheer on her teammates.
Bouchard Bouncing Back
Eugenie Bouchard was impressive while dispatching fellow Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in Day 3 competition. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist has felt the brunt of the criticism. Her inconsistent game plummeted Bouchard all the way down to #332 in the WTA rankings.
Stephens, ranked #37 in the world, once climbed as high as #3 in the rankings. She teamed with fellow American Amanda Anisimova to defeat Bouchard and Danielle Collins and give Team Kindness a doubles win on Thursday.
For those of you who want another look of what happened yesterday, here are the highlights of Day 3 at the #CreditOneBankInvitational
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Stephens shows a losing history against Bouchard. However, it’s not really recent history. The two haven’t played since 2016. Bouchard beat Stephens 6-3, 6-3 in the round of 64 at the Rio Summer Olympics.
Bouchard has won three of their last four meetings. She holds an overall edge of 3-2. Stephens hasn’t beaten Bouchard since 2013. She stopped the Canadian 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the round of 32 at Beijing.
Pick: Eugenie Bouchard (+110)
Bank on Anisimova
Anisimova is currently #28 in WTA rankings. She’s climbed as high as #21 in the past.
Fellow American Dolehide is currently at #134. She’s s never been situated better than #102. Dolehide is only in this event because US Open champ Bianca Andreescu was a last-minute dropout.
They’ve only met once previously and it went Anisimova’s way. She defeated Dolehide in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 at the 2018 Indian Wells quarterfinals.
Pick: Amanda Anisimova (-275)
Collins-Azarenka a Toss Up
On paper, the match between Collins and Azarenka is about dead even. Collins’ WTA ranking is #51. Azarenka is #58.
It’s going Azarenka’s way in terms of titles won (20-0) and career earnings ($30.5 million-$2.5 million). They’ve split two previous meetings.
However, Collins ending up winning in the quarterfinals at San Jose in 2018 after Azarenka was forced to retire through injury.
At the age of 30, Azarenka is looking very much like her days as a dominant player are done. Her only match of 2020 was a loss, while Collins is 6-3 this season.
Pick: Danielle Collins (-188)
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