Kerber vs Johanna Konta by Estebaneiro
I think it's an interesting option here.
Johanna Konta throughout last few weeks, including her performance here in Rio, has played 11 matches on hard courts, losing just one - against Kristina Kucova in Montreal, who was phenomenal in that tournament. However, she managed to claim the title in Stanford and the remaining 10 victories were against players like Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova or Svetlana Kuznetsova here, just two days ago. Generally she is 23W/8L on hard courts in 2016, and reached Australian Open semifinal where she has lost to...well, unfortunately Angelique Kerber.
However, I'm not sure if Kerber now plays better or at least similar level tennis like she did on Australian Open. She did reach the final at Wimbledon, but after that she has withdrawn in the middle of the Bastad tournament, due to problems with her elbow. In Montreal she was struggling in first two games against Svitolina and Lucic-Baroni, won against Kasatkina and lost against Halep. Match with Halep was really strange because it finished with 0-6 6-4 2-6, where somehow Kerber came back from behind in the second set, had 2:0 lead in third set, and then just collapsed losing 6 games in a row. I wasn't sure if everything was ok with her. Anyway this year she is 22/6 on hard courts, so it's pretty good result.
However, taking into consideration Kerber not so distant injury, the fact that Konta was playing really good recently, and their first match was pretty close in the first set, I think that Konta shouldn't be so much underestimated. Especially that Johanna serving, on her good day, can be really hard to return - in first two matches here, she has lost her serve only once, although against Kuznetsova she had worse day in this regard, and was broken 7 times.
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|Johanna Konta||Pinnacle||3.49||8||2-0 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.