If you’ve been paying attention to the WTA tour recently, you’re likely aware that world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka is currently dealing with a bad case of the yips. The Belarusian is having all kinds of problems trying to figure out her serve, and it has been genuinely uncomfortable to watch. It’d be one thing if the issues were injury related, but the 23-year-old has confirmed that the struggles are all mental.
Sabalenka was able to pull out a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Storm Sanders in the opening round of the Australian Open, but given her situation, she ought to be on upset watch for the remainder of the tournament. With that in mind, her opponent, Wang Xinyu, is now looking like a potential golden ticket for bettors.
Wang’s first-round match was a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over world No. 56 Ann Li. The 20-year-old had lost her two matches heading into the Melbourne major, but betting on this match is less of a bet on Wang and more of a bet against Sabalenka.