Potito Starace – Nikolay Davydenko 2
Starace in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament? It has never happened in the U.S., and will only happen if Davydenko withdraws with an injury. Which isn’t impossible, but let’s just bet that he makes it 3-0 in their h2h.
Stanislas Wawrinka – Donald Young (0-2.5 set) 2
Wawrinka is a player who can deliver the sublime, but then also collapse when least expected. Example: in 2008 he was in the fourth round here. A year later he crashed out in the first round, while in 2010 reaching the quarterfinals. He lost a set against poor hard courter Gonzalez in the first round which makes me believe Young also stands a chance.
Steve Darcis – Juan Ignacio Chela 1
Neither of them usually goes far in a tournament like this and I wonder if Chela is satisfied with just being in the second round and then go back to play some clay courts before the indoor tennis is coming up? Darcis won their only encounter so far in 2009 on clay, and I take a chance on Belgian again.
David Ferrer – James Blake (0-2.5 set) 2
Blake is NOT the player he once was, but in front of the home crowd, he will of course fight as good as he can, it may be the last time that he attends the US Open after all. Ferrer gave up a set in the first round, and haven’t played many hard-court matches this summer. He may be a little rusty, and on top of that Blake actually leads 2-0 in their h2h, with the most recent meeting being in March last year, where Blake only gave up 5 games.
Pauline Parmentier – Akgul Amanmuradova 1
Both delivered good performance in the first round, but especially Parmentier by totally dismantling Hantuchova. Can she take the tennis from that match into this one, she will be going into the third round. They have met 4 times previously and Amanmuradova won the latest one which was played on clay. Parmentier won the first 3 though that were all played on hard surfaces.
Elena Baltacha – Svetlana Kuznetsova 2
As written before the first round Kuznetsova has been at least in the third round since 2006. Baltacha has NEVER been in the third round, and she is after all approaching the age of 30.
Kaia Kanepi – Silvia Soler-Espinosa 1
There must still be some doubt over the physical abilities of Kanepi after her injury, since she offers these odds against Soler-Espinosa. She has a quarter-final to defend here and came throught the first round smoothly. She leads 1-0 over the Spaniard in a showdown fought on clay which must be considered Soler-Espinosa’s favourite playground.
Victoria Azarenka – Gisela Dulko 2
Our biggest bet of the day, but it’s not as crazy as it might seem. They have met 5 times in the past, and Dulko has won the last 3! The latest win was at the U.S. Open in 2010 when she led 5-1 before Azarenka retired. Dulko LOVES these showdowns against huge favourites, and who says that Azarenka won’t get hurt again?
Shahar Peer – Sloane Stephens over 19.5 games
Peer had to go through 29 games in the first round. Stephens played out 32. Peer is the big favourite, but I believe the American can push the Israeli out in a harder fight than the odds indicate.
Mona Barthel – Chanelle Scheepers 1
None of the ladies have been in the third round before, but Scheepers has had quite a few opportunities to achieve it. She is 27 after all 27, and has been here since 2003. Barthel’s only 21 and it is only the second time that she is here. Therefore I put my trust in the German.