Sun, Sep 4, 1:51pm by Jake Equid
As the final Grand Slam of 2016 moves into the second week the queen of American tennis, Serena Williams won her 307th match to move past Martina Navratilova and level with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam victories in the Open era. Australia’s last hope Nick Kyrgios retired with a hip injury after three sets against Illya Marchenko who now moves through to take on number three seed Stan Wawrinka who survived an epic five set battle with Brit David Evans.
Both the number one and two seeds are through in the men’s tournament. Djokovic moved through after playing only six games when his opponent Mikhail Youzhny retired due to injury. However, 2nd seed Andy Murray did drop his first set of the tournament against Italian Paulo Lorenzi. Next up he faces 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov ($5.80) and is of course a very short-priced favourite at $1.14.
Speaking of Brits, this tournament is fast becoming the resurgence of British tennis with Murray joining both Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta in the last 16. Next up Edmund ($10.25) faces the most daunting task in tennis when he takes on the world number one Novak Djokovic ($1.05). Konta ($1.22) takes on unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova ($4) for a spot in the last eight.
The last American in the men’s draw is Jack Sock after hometown hero Jared Donaldson lost to 22nd seed Ivo Karlovic. Sock is $2.29 when he takes on Joe Wilfred Tsonga ($1.63) in what has the hallmarks of a classic and will have Flushing Meadows rocking.
Just hours after her sister became the most successful female in the Open era her older sister Venus joined her in the fourth round. Next up Venus is a $2.31 outsider when she takes on number 10 seed Karolina Pliskova ($1.62). Serena ($1.05) shouldn’t have too many problems against unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova ($10.50). Second seed Angelique Kerber faces her first challenge when she meets 14th seed Czech Petra Kvitová ($2.87). She’s looked strong though and I’ll be taking the $1.42 on offer.
We hope you followed our advice for the third round when our best bet delivered a nice return of $1.75.
Stay tuned to australiangambling.com.au over the coming days as we continue to preview the final grand slam of 2016.
*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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