Today there is an 18-match slate that includes plenty of big favorites as well as live dogs. With $5,000 on up for grabs, let’s dive right in to DraftKings Tennis DFS picks for Friday’s slate.
DraftKings Tennis DFS Picks | April 30
Tennis DFS Pick: Victoria Azarenka ($8,500)
Opponent: Ekaterina Alexandrova
Opened at : -168
Ekaterina Alexandrova has been average at best (10-16) since 2019 but has looked a bit better in 2021. Recently she has been playing more on hardcourts than clay, which may explain the change in focus compared to earlier in her career. Despite this matchup being Victoria Azarenka’s first on clay courts, she tends to handle time away well. Clay courts were actually the surface where Azarenka had a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) against No. 4 Sofia Kenin just last year. Azarenka should be able to win this matchup in three sets.
Tennis DFS Pick: Coco Gauff ($7,000)
Opponent: Karolina Pliskova
Odds to win: +120
Coco Gauff is a player with tons of potential but at times tends to beat herself. Her three-match win streak was ended against Ons Jabeur in a matchup that saw her have over 13 double faults and win just 21% second-serve points. These mistakes can be fixed. Karolina Pliskova is 2-1 this year but lacks any dominant wins, needing three sets each time. She also had eight double faults in two of her three matches. Considering form, if Gauff makes the correct adjustments, this is a winnable match that most likely will go three sets regardless of the outcome.
Other plays: Nikoloz Basilashvili, Marin Cilic, Magda Linette, Sorana Cirstea, Elise Mertens
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