- The women’s UTR Pro Match Series will be taking place this weekend, May 22-24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. There is no public access
- Each day will consist of three hours of live coverage on Tennis Channel or tennis.com
- Read below for odds, analysis and our predictions
Four players ranked inside the WTA 60 – Alison Riske, Amanda Anisimova, Danielle Collins, and Ajla Tomljanovic – will be participating in the UTR Pro Match Series. This will be the first live tennis tournament featuring WTA players since sports shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a successful men’s tournament earlier in the month, the women participating this weekend will be taking the same proper precautions, as well as following social distancing recommendations. Round robin play will begin Friday at 12:00 pm EST, and continue to Sunday. Below we cover the three opening round robin matches taking place on Friday afternoon.
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Anisimova vs Collins Round Robin Odds
All odds taken May 21
Anisimova has had herself quite a year, and is looking to make her way back into the tennis world. After unfortunate events last year, and splitting with her new coach this year, after just two tournaments together, Anisimova is looking to the future.
Collins had hurdles in 2019 as well. In October, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and has had to find ways to deal with the pain. With only one match on Friday, this could be the slight edge needed in this match to win.
These two players have yet to play against each other, but have played together. Most recently, the two competed in doubles in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open. The fact that these players know each other as well as they do, and neither has a significant edge over the other, might make for the most interesting match of the day on Friday. Anisimova and Collins are evenly matched, and it could go either way.
Pick: Collins (-138) in three sets
Riske vs Tomljanovic Round Robin Odds
Alison Riske is the highest ranked player competing in the tournament this weekend. Ranked inside the WTA top 20, ranked 19, she has a strong chance to win this tournament. But she is one of two players who will be playing two matches today. Despite constant workouts and trying to stay on track, not having played a tournament match in a few months, might lead to fatigue for these players. It’ll come down to who can handle it the best.
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— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 18, 2020
Tomljanovic, the only non-American participating in the tournament, is one of the two players that are only playing one match today. There’s no worry of having to conserve energy for her next match. She’ll have to play clean, tight tennis, to compete with Riske.
These two have faced each other a total of four times, with each player winning twice. Most recently the two saw each other in the round of 32 at the 2019 China Open, where Riske won in three sets. The two have gone head to head, and neither has ever beaten the other in straight sets, it’s always been a battle.
But going into this tournament, and with significantly better odds, Riske is the one to beat.
Pick: Riske (-175) in three sets
Riske vs Anisimova Round Robin Odds
This will be both players’ second match of the day. Riske will be coming off a match, whereas Anisimova may be a bit luckier, scoring somewhat of a break in between her two matches.
Just like her previous match earlier in the day, Anisimova hasn’t played against her opponent, Riske, but has played with her. The two Americans played together at the 2019 Miami Open.
Amisimova is one of the young up and coming tennis stars, who at just 18-years old, has been able to move her way up through the WTA rankings. She will give Riske a tough match, but if the 29-year old is able to win her match right before this, and conserve enough energy, it’ll be close. But the possibility of fatigue is very real factor that could play into the outcome of this match.
Pick: Riske (-110) in three sets
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