Hunting for outsiders

Kaia Kanepi – Tamarine Tanasugarn 1
Kanepi has not played since Wimbledon, so maybe it’s risky to bet on her, but she has a quarter-final from last year to defend, and may have trained specifically to be ready to defend it. The last six times Tanasugarn was knocked out in the first round, so the motivation must be questioned.

Sara Errani – Svetlana Kuznetsova 2
Kuznetsova is perhaps not the player she once was, but she has defeated Errani in 2011, and it was the third victory of three possible. Since 2006, she has at least reached the third round at U.S. Open.

Irina-Camelia Begu – Roberta Vinci 1
Vinci has been here 9 times before. She has never experienced the second round, and she lost the last meeting with Begu back in July. Should Begu then really be offered at these odds?

Mathilde Johansson – Carla Suarez Navarro 1
Navarro has better statistics on clay than on the hard court. However, she has a bad record against Johansson, who have won their three meetings so far. All on clay, so why should she has a bigger chance of winning on hard court?

Shahar Peer – Sania Mirza 2
An even nicer odds we find on Mirza, and it just has to be tried out, because shoud it really be odds of 3.55 that she wins, when she has won the last 4 showdowns against Peer? All the hard court.

Vania King – Greta Arn 1
As an American, you can count on King’s motivation, but it is doubtful that one can do the same with Arn. She is at the U.S. Open for ninth time, and has NEVER seen the second round.

Chanelle Scheepers – Anne Keothavong 2
It is the seventh time that Scheepers turns up here, and she has never experienced the second round before. Keothavong reached round three in 2008 and has won both meetings against Scheepers.

Petra Martic – Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 1
Martic looked very strong in a tournament in mid-August on the same surface as here, while Strychova have been looking out of form for quite some time.

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