It is Day Five of this week’s tennis DFS tournaments, and some of the top players on the WTA side will be in action today. The fifth slate of this tennis DFS week has 8 matches with WTA players in action. We’ve got thoughts on Veronika Kudermetova and Magda Linette, so let’s dive in.
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Veronika Kudermetova (DraftKings $9,400; FanDuel N/A)
Veronika Kudermetova is one of the big hitters on the WTA tour, and when she’s rolling it’s hard to stop. Kudermetova is 21-10 on the hard courts in 2019, including a title win in Guadalajara in March. She is yet to drop a set this week while firing down aces at a 7.5% rate. Her record against top 100 players on the hard courts in 2019 is 8-6, and with the way she’s playing, she can add a couple more to that win column this week.
Kudermetova will go up against Laura Siegemund, the WTA world number 84 from Germany. The hard courts haven’t been kind to Siegemund in 2019, with a 13-12 record on the surface. Only two of those 13 wins were against players ranked inside the top 100, which proves that she isn’t comfortable on the hard courts. She barely managed to escape against Patricia Maria Tig in her last match, as she served double faults at a 7% rate and lost serve four times. Kudermetova is unreal on fast surfaces, and I don’t think Siegemund will be able to keep up.
Elena Rybakina (DraftKings $9,100; FanDuel N/A)
Elena Rybakina is one of the up and coming players on the WTA tour, as she’s skyrocketed over 140 ranking points in one year. Her 2019 hard court record hasn’t been in her favor however, as she’s just 5-6 on the surface. Eight of those 11 matches were in the qualifying rounds, but her level of play has increased drastically over the last few months. She’s lost just one set this week, and I think she’ll be able to make a deep run.
Rybakina has a third round matchup with Viktorija Golubic, the WTA world number 76 from Switzerland. Golubic has been solid on the hard courts in 2019, with a 22-10 record on the surface. However, she is 1-4 in her last five matches against top 100 players. Her last match wasn’t very appealing either, as she won just 52% of service points and didn’t serve a single ace. This will be the first meeting for these two, and I think Rybakina will come out on top given her current form.
Magda Linette (DraftKings $7,900; FanDuel N/A)
Magda Linette is playing out her mind, and I don’t think anyone can stop her. Linette is 10-1 in her last 11 matches, including four wins over top 50 players. She captured a title in New York a few weeks ago, and her lone loss on this run was against the WTA world number one, Naomi Osaka. She is in incredible form at the moment, and I think she can take down another title this week if she can play at this level consistently. Linette fired down aces at a 30% rate in her last match, while winning 88% of first serve points and faced zero break points.
Linette will go up against Rebecca Peterson, the WTA world number 78 from Sweden. Peterson has played well in 2019, with a 17-12 record on the hard courts. However she is just 4-7 against top 50 players, including a recent beatdown from Dayana Yastremska at the US Open. She has played well this week, winning all four sets while winning 74% of first serve points. Peterson owns their head to head meetings with a 1-0 advantage, but that match came on a clay court. Linette is playing some stellar tennis, and I think it’ll take a top 10 player to take her down.
Possible upset/value plays: Lin Zhu (DraftKings $7,700; FanDuel N/A)
Lin Zhu has been outstanding on the hard courts in 2019, with a 33-14 record on the surface while capturing a title in Singapore. She’s 7-7 against top 100 players, which proves that she can compete against the WTA tour level players. Zhu has played out of her mind this week, winning all four sets while dropping just four games. Shuai Zhang didn’t win a single game against Zhu yesterday, and she was forced to retire when it was 6-0 1-0.
Zhu’s next opponent is Shuai Peng, the WTA world number 132 from China. Peng is 7-5 on the hard courts in 2019, but all of her losses came against quality players. She is yet to lose to a player ranked outside the top 100 this year, but I think that run may come to an end today. Peng posted an impressive win against Kristyna Pliskova yesterday in three sets, but she did lose four of the eight break points she faced. Peng is 1-0 against Zhu, but Zhu is looking unstoppable at the moment.
Best of luck!