Tennis Betting - First Day Of Action At Flushing Meadows Underway

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Although most of the online betting attention is on the NFL week 1 odds right now as the season approaches, the US Open - the last Grand Slam of the tennis betting season - is underway. There will be a slew of matches today as half of the field starts on Monday, then the rest of the field plays on Tuesday. Let's recap what has happened so far on Monday.

Mikhail Youzhny defeats Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2

One of the first upsets of the tournament was the loss of No. 26 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu. It was the sixth time in his career that he had faced Youzhny and the loss didn't come as too much of a surprise. Youzhny does lead the all-time series now 5-1, so the win was somewhat expected even though Youzhny is unseeded an Henri Mathieu is the No. 26 seed. The Russian Youzhny has been ranked among the Top 30 in his career many times before so this isn't as big of an upset as many people might think.

Kim Clijsters defeats Viktoriya Kutusova 6-1, 6-1

Kim Clijsters is back on the Tour after taking a couple of years off to get herself healthy. Now that she's back in business, she's been sending some tremors through the Women's bracket. On Monday, she had a very easy time of things against Viktoriya Kutusova, who was spanked 6-1, 6-1. Not that many sports betting system picks had Kutusova winning, but it would have been nice for her to get an interview after the match.

Victoria Azarenka defeats Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 6-1

The eight-seeded Belarussian, Victoria Azarenka, put a beat down on Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round of the 2009 US Open with an effortless 6-1, 6-1 win. Dulgheru was clearly in over her head and she couldn't handle the 20-year-old up-and-comer. Azarenka has been impressive on the women's tour this year and although she's not among many sports picks to win the big fish at Flushing Meadows, she's a dark horse to go deep.

Robin Soderling defeats Albert Montanes 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

The No. 12 seed on the men's side, Robin Soderling, had no problems in the first round of the US Open. He quickly disposed of Albert Montanes in four sets. Soderling lost his focus in the third set a little bit, which allowed Montanes to steal a set, but Soderling woke up in the fourth and moved on to the next round.
 

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