Australian Open Men's & Women's 4th Round w/ bonus ass predictions
“YOUR PREDICTIONS ARE ASS.” The notification appeared suddenly on my phone. The person on the subway next to me pretend not to have looked. A small child nearby began to cry. I vowed that day never to write about tennis again. Round three was awesome, destroyed everyone’s survivor pools, cost all bettors money, and set up some really juicy round four matchups. The women’s draw is starting to look like it will produce a new grand slam champion which I would love, and the men’s draw is starting to narrow down to those familiar names who never seem like the favorites going in but always find a way to get there. i have climbed inside the popcorn machine at my local movie theatre for tonight's matches ... they tell me i have to leave, but i am too buttery for them to make good on their threats Nadal vs Kyrgios : Bought my mom a house, spent the rest on PCB. Well, I hope you didn’t because Pablo got the same generic beating from Nadal that he always does. He has a Berdych quality to him where his game is excellent but somehow is a bit too straightforward to beat the top ten in a major moment. Still young, and still time, but for now the man who has not blinked since 1994 will get a spectator seat. Kyrgios gutted out a very impressive non-Kyrgios win in 5 sets over Karen Khachanov. I continue to be impressed by Khachanov’s mental game, but the day goes to Kyrgios by two points. So now a matchup where Nick will need to produce perfect tennis to win a set, and all the other sets will be won by Nadal. Such is the reward for the guy who consistently outworked everyone on tour for the past ten years. It not only makes him more consistent because he has kept up this level for so long, it gains him errors and applies pressure to his opponents that doesn’t necessarily need to be there all the time. In the past when I’ve competed against a #1 ranked athlete it almost seems like I’m trying to impress them with the quality of my shots and earn their respect rather than score a point the way I normally do. Anyway, it isn’t to say that Nadal would fall to a more simple effort on court, as anyone who’s seen him in practice has had the thought “this guy can hit winners from anywhere, why does he play so defensively on court.” Not only does Nadal have the best work ethic, he also has one of the best teams on tour, and the lack of turnover in his camp lends itself to even more stability. The only knock on Nadal is the twitchy behavior he has on court, and there’s something to be said for that actually being a bonus as it allows him to constantly reset and clear his mind for the next point. Can Nick win? As in all Nick matches, the answer is “we hope so” but it isn’t expected. This is a popcorn match if Nick behaves poorly, if Nick behaves well, if Nick wins, if Nick loses, and that’s a big big testament to his chances today, and in the future. You have to back Nadal unless you’re looking to purchase a good sweat, but I would say it’s a testament to Nick’s capabilities and current focus that I probably would not back either player here. Monfils vs Thiem : Monfils made quick work of Gulbis, and discussion of a possible wrist injury should now be taken with a grain of salt as he seemed to play without much pain. If you still think Thiem isn’t the next Federer, watch the first set against Fritz. Thiem played such precision and controlled tennis, and executed the kind of game plan where his opponent almost looks like they know how they will be broken next and still cannot do anything about it. The backhand is no longer a club but is now the smoothest backhand on tour and he has cut down the errors on the down the line shot to the point where I’m not sure how it can be defended. The forehand wing is the one that can break down defensively but he hit with very good length, and his serving was tempered in non-pressure moments and perfect in pressure ones. A brief blip in the third set where he gave up a minibreak and Fritz was swinging freely on serve was the only nervous moment, and although Fritz played well, he never really had a chance in this match. Monfils has withdrawn in almost half of their recent matches, and hasn’t won any of the ones they’ve played. I like his chances better on a fast hardcourt, but I think Thiem has passed him by. Where Fritz was looking to hang in there and maybe sneak a set late by getting some errors, Monfils will be looking to play tennis, and that’s currently a bad idea with Thiem. I’m gushing, but that’s the level Thiem has displayed. Monfils will have to put on a serving clinic here and while he is faster, more skillful, more powerful, and better defensively than Fritz, possessing great variety plays into Thiem’s game. I see him generally struggle much more with guys who are in one gear and employing one tactic. Thiem in 4 or a Monfils withdrawal. Medvedev vs Wawrinka : Medvedev had one of the allegedly easier 3rd rounds, and made it look that way. He has flown under the radar here, and his first marquee matchup is probably one of the weaker players in this round. Wawrinka, who always looks like he is too drunk at your wedding and doesn’t know why you’re angry, had illness reports buzzing going into the match which led the line to slide very far. I felt Isner had a decent chance regardless as Wawrinka struggled to serve out Seppi, but Isner withdrew with an injury that wasn’t made wholly clear. Wawrinka will have time with the short match to prepare for Medvedev, but I’m not sure it matters. Peak Wawrinka has had some great wins, but I am starting to see Medvedev as one of the top 5 players in the world on a consistent basis, and while Wawrinka can generally dominate with his power, Daniil’s baseline game and consistency will likely be able to negate this. Wawrinka is a baller and will be able to find ways to win if they present themselves, but I think he is outmatched here. Medvedev in 4. Rublev vs Zverev : I’ll admit I started to think Rublev was going down early against Goffin. He was making simple errors, and Goffin was everywhere. His length got him in trouble late though, and if you watched the final tiebreaker of the match Goffin was basically trying to force the issue to avoid being overpowered. It didn’t work out, and everyone’s favorite high school drama club vampire came through to set up a verrrrrry important matchup. Zverev hasn’t really struggled in this event at all, and has been dominant over Rublev in the past, even notching a win after Rublev’s resurgence at the Shanghai Masters event 7-6, 6-0. I think this has the potential to be a cracker, but I’m not really seeing where Zverev has the edge. Zverev’s best bet here is to do what he does best, wear down his opponent and keep the ball in play with pace. Gone are the days of hitting clean winners off the backhand and forehand, but he is still a strong dude who hits hard and with clean margins. The serve has been decent this event, and given Rublev’s propensity to go after it could lead to a very frustrating day for Rublev, who even after tennis will have a brilliant career keeping crows away from farms. The pickle wizards in Vegas have made this one a pickem, which is odd considering Rublev seems in much better form, and odd considering Zverev hasn’t really lost to him at all. I haven’t seen the level of tennis from Zverev in a while that would lend itself to him beating a guy who seems like a threat to win a major, so I’m going to have to sit on the skeptic side of the h2h history. Rublev in 4. Sandgren vs Fognini : Tennys Sandgren into the 4th round of a major is a big story, and his win against Berrettini is the most indicative of the level he’s playing this week. Querrey seems to beat himself, making simply errors which play right into Tennys current strategy of “outlast” during rallies. You would think Fognini would have a similar struggle, but if you watched him beat the living crap out of Guido Pella, you’d wonder if there even are any errors in him. He took every ball on the rise and hit nonstop clean winners. It looked like a coach getting mad at their student and giving them a beating in the last set of practice. I think here is where my new mantra “your predictions are ass” comes in handy. i’m inclined due to my fanboy writeup of Pella to believe that Fognini is a class better than Sandgren, but were Sandgren to be playing Pella, I’d think this was an even matchup. The books set this one up at -160 +140 in favor of Fognini, and that’s kind of where I land as well. Sandgren has a way better serving game than Pella, and hits a very hard ball, but he’s played guys so far who gave him errors by trying to dictate the rally. Fognini seems like he “can” dictate the rally currently without making these same errors, so i see this one going deep unless he’s able to break Sandgren’s serve. Fognini in 4-5. Fucsovics vs Federer : Fucsovics broke Paul at will, and really never looked in danger in this matchup. Paul made errors on the backhand wing, and while his run these past few weeks is great, he needs to put in more hours on the practice court and develop his backhand into more than just a flat swing. I really think as a whole too many American’s look to make their backhand a “lockdown” shot that doesn’t make errors, and in the end make it a safe place for their opponents to deposit the ball when they’re in any trouble in the rally. Federer played a thriller with Millman, and barely escaped as he had to make a comeback in the 5th set tiebreaker. Now oddsmakers have decided the next match, against a significantly better player in peak form, is a blowout. I don’t buy it. The o/u is set at 35/36 on many sites, which is odd considering a (let’s say Millman is similar to Fucsovics) the last match contained 46 games. I have seen Fucs in the past go down in mundane fashion to better players, being the type of guy who’s good enough to limit the loss to one break, but being the type of guy who always plays timid enough to give up that break. This Marton seems different. This Marton seems better. This Marton seems to think that the years of practice and the doubt are going away, and the tour is going to have to learn the name, Marton. So in similar form to Pavlychenkuva but from the opposite end, the “this is a Federer blowout” doesn’t make sense to me from the books. I will be likely losing money taking Fucsovics ML and the over 35, but given that I am often humbled by “wanting to be right when others are wrong” I feel more like I am drawing a line in the sand of tennis beliefs rather than trying to win bucks. No pick here as I am skeptical of Federer’s recent results on tour and enthralled by Fucsovics’ level change. Raonic vs Cilic : Someone warned me Raonic was playing excellent and he did, serving great and never lapsing in his belief that he could win. No reward for the big Canadian for the rest of the event, as he’ll have to go through all the good people whose names end with “ic” if he wants to win this one. If you watched RBA and Cilic you saw the match transition from RBA in complete control, returning every serve and dominating the rallies, to RBA failing to convert multiple break points in multiple service games in a row in the second, and beginning to just push the ball into the court and look for errors. I don’t want to criticize the guys effort as he lives off his consistency but he needed to be more proactive as Cilic basically starting hitting bigger and bigger as the match dragged on. I have very little clue how RBA won the 4th set aside from Cilic simply having the “oh crap I’m about to win” thought and making some errors, but Cilic certainly was played into form during this match and will acquit himself nicely here. The Croatian fans are raucous. The Canadian fans are polite. This is more of this ridiculously high quality 4th round tennis that is very difficult to predict. The difference maker here will likely be Raonic’s serve but Cilic’s groundstrokes looked very good against RBA so I expect 4-5 sets here. Raonic in 5. Schwartzman vs Djokovic : Well, two rounds in a row I thought Diego was making errors, and each round he made fewer and fewer. Lajovic never escaped the backhand to backhand rallies, and Diego hit better T serves than I’ve seen him produce in a long time. No reward for Diego, who now plays the best hardcourt tennis player in the world right now. Novak beat down Nishioka until he had trouble even serving the ball in the court, and while I thought he would be able to hang in rallies, he really was outclassed and moved around throughout the entire match. Diego is a cut above Nishioka and has played Nadal/Novak enough times to be able to pull the trigger on going big on swing after swing, but he’s a worse version of these guys and I don’t think he notches a victory here, given Novak’s level at the ATP Cup. Djokovic in 3-4. Barty vs Riske : Barty rolled past Rybakina which is a very good sign, considering how many top players crashed out in the last round. Riske played herself into form against Goerges who ran out of offense after a difficult tiebreak loss in the second, and shouldn’t have a real shot here against Barty. Barty hasn’t really shown much weakness in the past few weeks, and although her possible matchup against Kvitova in the next round is probably the most difficult quarterfinal anyone will see, I think we will see it barring some real fireworks from Riske. Barty in 2-3 (I’m aware 2-3 is a copout but Riske’s run is relatively unexplainable and since she’s a good server she could steal a set) Sakkari vs Kvitova : Sakkari got the edge early on Keys and didn’t let up. Keys made errors and Sakkari is a baller. Kvitova absolutely smoked Alexandrova, and this is similar to the above matchup in that I’m starting to think Kvitova is destined for the next round. You always think a server is going to have lapses or have someone challenge their movement, and while Sakkari is a player who can do this, Sakkari Alexandrova is a matchup I would expect to go to Alexandrova in a 3rd set most of the time, so I’m going to fall victim to syllogism and I expect Kvitova to have the goods here. Kvitova in 2. Gauff vs Kenin : Gauff is the reason I am out of my survivor pool, but it’s cool to see a matchup against another top American player on a big stage. Osaka Kenin is something I have seen once but am already bored of. Osaka didn’t bring her best game to the last match, but that isn’t Gauff’s fault, and a lot of players are going to find themselves playing less than the level they expect as Gauff’s rise on tour continues. I don’t think Kenin’s attitude is anything but perfect for this matchup, as she has the underdog role already embedded in her despite being one of the best players on tour in major events. A relatively perfect backhand, good quickness, and an opponent who will be somewhat nervous with the occasion. Playing Osaka is a match where she can lose without pressure, and this sometimes translates to not being concerned with the outcome and playing your best tennis. This is a match where “since you beat osaka you can probably beat kenin” will start to creep into Coco’s mind, and I don’t think she’ll do it. Kenin did extremely well to come through her last match against Zhang, and that gamestyle will lend itself to her making fewer errors than she generally does when she loses a match. Kenin in 3. Jabeur vs Wang : Jabeur dug so deep to turn that match around against the Woz, and her subdued celebration was really classy as it was Woz’s final match on tour. Someday Caroline’s grandchildren will ask her about her last match on tour, and she can say “she was dummy thicc and had a crazy good forehand.” Dutch people all talk like this. Or wait is she Danish? idk … anyway, thank you for your years of service Caroline, and also my friend Matt thinks you’re cute (sry David). Wang played great, and took down the biggest name in women’s tennis. This next match is winnable too, and the hangover of beating Serena, who ultimately fell victim to errors on the backhand wing) is likely her biggest obstacle. Jabeur has a level of offense you don’t always see on the women’s tour, and is prone to the “F it” swing for the fences style of shots that make the opponent irrelevant. She’s come through some tough ones so far, and while Wang has to be favored here, Jabeur will have a puncher’s chance. Wang in 3. Kontaveit vs Swiatek : Bencic chose a strange time to decide that she would embrace her country’s neutrality, not making much struggle to defend herself against Kontaveit’s onslaught. 1 and 0 are tough scores for a third round in a major, and Kontaveit would be heavily favored in her next round were she not playing one of the best pure tennis players in the draw. Swiatek drove Vekic insane (mucho yelling at her box) with constant pressure, effective serving, and a forehand that shapes the ball in a manner where your shoulders can’t help but get fatigued getting up to swing at over and over. I really really enjoy watching Swiatek’s forehand down the line especially when you consider how low she goes when hitting it crosscourt. This match, given both players excellent form, is really hard to call, and I expect a third set to decide this. Swiatek may have the edge in physical ability, but Kontaveit has the edge in ballstriking (power). Should be a cracker. Someone in three. Mertens vs Halep : I’d be lying if I didn’t say Mertens is my favorite player. A second set surge by Bellis was dismissed with a third set zipping, and now the matchup of super similar flags if you look at the icons on your phone is set. Halep beat Putintseva, who I rather thought would put up more of a fight. This is a tight one for me, and I expect that this is the type of match Mertens should start winning if she wants to be more than a gatekeeper of later rounds on tour. She has been past this stage before at a major so the pressure shouldn’t be too much, and getting her hands dirty in some three set battles earlier should help as well. Halep thrives on her lateral movement and on moving the ball well, which shouldn’t bother Mertens too much as her game during the rally is very skilled and comfortable. She struggles with power which is convenient because Halep has none. Mertens in 3. Muguruza vs Bertens : I’d be lying if I didn’t say Bertens is my favorite player. A second set surge by Diyas was dismissed by a solid tiebreaker, and now the matchup of copy and pasting from the previous paragraph is set. Muguruza beat Svitolina fairly easily, and on this one my prediction really was ass. It really was. Now I’m going to make the same prediction, and around this point in the past is when I’d start to really think Muguruza was a contender for the title. Bertens is similar to Svitolina in that she keeps the ball on court, but she differs in the variety and skill that she brings to her offense. I expect Muguruza to either start or to get hot at some point, and Bertens is the king of going to three sets, so I expect that here. Someone in three. Kerber vs Pavlyuchenkova : I spelled Pavs name wrong earlier in this post, and I’d like to apologize. Kerber outlasted Giorgi and has to like her chances now that she’s not playing Pliskova and with Osaka and Williams out. There are a lot of players in the draw here who have won before even with all the upsets, and I think we’ll see a very high level of competition as a result. Pavs played great and served well at key moments in her win against Pliskova, who almost has a “fuck this shit let’s get out of here” style to her errors in a loss. Hard to predict much here except long rallies, and momentum shifts to likely decide this one. Pavs just beat the better player, and in quicker fashion, so I think she gets over the finish line here. Pavs in three. PS ... if anyone knows how to edit out the American announcer's talking and leave the tennis sound, please advise
Apologies I did not know matches started today and this is going up late. I wrote the first half of these earlier and didn't want to seem smart after the fact so I left my predictions as written even if I had already seen the results. Barty Tsurenko : Barty is the player in the best form coming into this AO and she’s playing on home soil. She actually looks slimmer than ever, and played with a ton of energy in her victory this past week. Tsurenko had a quick exit at the hands of Mertens which isn’t bad at all given Mertens skilled play and consistent performance as a favorite, but there isn’t much to suggest that she’ll test Barty here given her gameplan is generally to keep the ball in play and wear down her opponent into making errors. Barty in 2. Hercog Peterson : Hercog has been somewhat inactive to start the year and I’m not sure if she’s dealing with an injury or not. Her last appearance on tour was a title win at the Kremlin Cup, and if you’ve never seen her play Polona is a very skillful player whose only fault really is a failure to put it all together when she plays one of the top tier players. Peterson has had a quiet early season and had to retire in Hobart against Fiona Ferro who sounds like a pokemon gym leader. This could be a match of two injured players but tennis doesn’t bother to report injuries like normal sports so I’m inclined to believe Hercog’s offense will outlast Peterson’s consistency. Hercog in 3. Sasnovich Minnen : Greet Minnen is becoming a household name and coming through qualifying on the WTA is likely a harder task than the ATP given how many top tier players go through slumps and wind up there. Minnen dropped only one set en route but might drop a few here. Sasnovich doesn’t beat the top 20 often but she has very solid results in the early rounds. This could go 3 given Minnen’s form but I think Sasnovich likely comes through. Sasnovich in 3. Pera Rybakina : This line looks tight with Rybakina only -175 but I suppose after a run mirroring Rublev of two finals and one title they’re expecting fatigue to become an issue at some point. Rybakina has a pretty solid serve, is tall and hits big. This is a good formula and Pera’s speed and defense will be tested here. Pera has nabbed enough wins to always start on tour but no deep runs in events. It’s unlikely that she’s able to beat Rybakina here unless fatigue becomes a factor. Rybakina in 2. Riske Wang : Yafan Wang always seems like she’s going to lose and I never bet against her. Chinese tennis really boasts some of the more grounded athletes, as they rarely smash raquets or give up on matches. Riske is great when she’s playing well, and can barely find the court when she isn’t. She’s had a good winter and a good quality of tennis in her January, and she should find the finish line here. Riske in 2-3. Golubic Zhu : Golubic is my favorite player to back who will lose 6-1 and then turn it around and pitch a shutout in the second set. Zhu has similar scorelines, and in a match in the Australian heat, I do expect this to go three. Golubic likely has the more dominant offense, and she should have an edge in the third. Golubic in 3. Goerges Kuzmova : Julia Goerges seems like she should win every WTA event when she’s in form. Then there are the other times. Kuzmova will test her and is a threat against any 20-50 level player. Goerges will have the match on her raquet in this one. Will she keep it on the court long enough to get in a groove? Probably. Goerges in 2-3. It feels goofy listing so many matches in 2-3 sets as that’s somewhat of a copout but if you follow the WTA you know that momentum is huge and the 2/3 format comes down to a few key points in each matchup. Very hard to provide concrete results when levels are similar and the WTA boasts a great deal of depth. McHale Martic : This is another line that seems cheap at -230, given Martic’s ability to compete with the top players on the WTA and her deep runs in major events. McHale is a good all-around tennis player but I haven’t seen anything to suggest that she should beat Martic, who fared ok in Auckland before losing to Cornet in a threesetter. I think this is a winnable match for Martic and with Goerges/Kuzmova waiting, there is a good chance that Martic will know she can make a deep run if she plays solid. Martic in 2. Keys Kasatkina : Kasatkina has been hapless on hardcourt for a while and it’s strange to watch as she formerly was a master at court coverage and frustrated opponents with dropshots and variety. There was a time that Keys would likely lose to a player who makes her play the extra ball but she seems to have settled her nerves and usually plays her best at a major event. Keys in 2. Linette Rus : Magda Linette had some quality wins at the end of 2019, and Rus is always tricky but is way more of a threat on grass. Linette should have her way here. Linette in 2. Hibino Peng : Hibino who had dropped off the tour level quality for a while did well to come through qualifying. Her reward is a slightly worse than usual but still quality Peng. Peng played Alexandrova tight in Shenzen before falling, and this should be a close contest with Hibino playing her best tennis. Someone with a cool name in 3. Gasparyan Sakkari : Garsparyan reminds me a bit of Marius Copil, and the onehanded backhand on the women’s tour is always cool to watch. Her serving is solid, but this is a poor matchup for her due to Sakkari’s athletic ability. A player who struggles with possessing too much variety, choosing tactics is fairly simple against Gasparyan. You have to move her around, or her power is very effective. I think Sakkari can defend against it however, and she should get herself going here early in a nice spot in the draw. Sakkari in 2. Alexandrova Teichmann : Teichmann is pretty solid at holding serve but Alexandrova is coming off a title run where I don’t recall even seeing her get broken. This one may feature a tiebreaker or two but the writing is on the wall and Alexandrova is starting to become someone who should be in the discussion for deep runs at a major. Alexandrova in 2. Kanepi Krejcikova : This line makes me awfully suspicious that Krejcikova is simply going to win this matchup. Kanepi is one of the most consistent “show up and win matches at majors” names and she has a big serve and solid groundstrokes. She reminds me of Serena light with her gamestyle, but Vegas rarely lets their action get unbalanced, so I’m inclined to think she’ll have her hands full with Krej, who isn’t always the best on tour but played well in koalifying (see what i did there). Krejcikova in 2-3 (Vegas knows best, but I’ll be avoiding this one altogether as I believe confusion is the seed of paranoia if you act on it when you have the opportunity to simply wait and see the answer). Badosa Larsson : Upset alert. Larsson was a name I was surprised to see in the qualies as she usually has a good indoor season but she was there and she came through nicely, pulling a few upsets in the process. Badosa had a good 2019 but Larsson will have the better serve here and a bit more experience on hardcourt. That should be the difference and getting close to former glory usually brings out the best in a qualifier. Larsson in 3. Siniakova Kvitova : Kvitova and Siniakova can both gripe about this one. Siniakova is always a dangerous floater in the early rounds of majors, and although she CAN win this matchup, Kvitova showed up in her early events in very good form. The serve is the big difference here and should land Kvitova in the second round, although matches between compatriots often have squirrely results. Kvitova in 2. Osaka Bouzkova : Bouzkova is a player who could outlast the former error prone Osaka, but probably not this version. Osaka was more consistent and more focused in her play in Brisbane, and likely will be able to hit through this one. I’d caution against playing the under, as when Osaka is dominating play she tends to go bigger and bigger until she forces shots she doesn’t need to, but in the third set and as comfortable as she is in Australia she usually will find a way to win. Osaka in 2-3. Zheng Kalinskaya : Kalinskaya is an explosive player and I’ve been waiting for her to start making an impact on the tour. I think it starts here with Saisai Zheng. Zheng is consistent and a good retriever, but Kalinskaya boasts the type of power that should be able to break this down. She’s a young player, but it’s time to win. Kalinskaya in 3. Williams Gauff : Williams was one of Gauff’s first victories, and while she didn’t immediately dominate the tour, she has improved since then. Venus Williams has been a great ambassador for the sport, but nobody calls you a great ambassador for the sport unless you’re in the second half of your career. Her serve and backhand are still excellent for hiding it, but her movement is not tour-level. Gauff should roll here unless nerves become an issue. Gauff in 2. Cirstea Strycova : Slow start to the year for Strycova. Better start to the year for Cirstea, who struggles with consistency. This one is very hard to call as Strycova often steps it up in majors, and Cirstea has the power to win but often doesn’t produce. Strycova in 3. Stephens Zhang : Zhang put on a clinic this past week of hitting the ball into the court. It was inspiring honestly seeing her keep her backhand level and just go for nothing. This isn’t criticism by any means, and keeping the ball on the court is worth a ton against Sloane Stephens. Sloane doesn’t make much effort in tournaments outside the majors, and habit becomes form after a while. The Sandgren/Stephens training regimen seems to be the same, and I can’t fault them for enjoying food but the rest of the tour looks emaciated and they look happy, plump, and winded. This will be a tough test but Sloane’s power (if she balls) will give her an edge over a long match. Zhang in 2 or Stephens in 3. Stosur McNally : McNally has been getting involved on tour more and more recently, and while that hasn’t translated to victories just yet, it’s clear that she can ball. Stosur has been written off several times already, and consistently bounces back with victories. The serve/forehand combo coupled with her commitment to fitness keeps her a threat, and this is a good place for McNally’s tour to get started. Passing the torch is where it’s at, but on home soil this will be tough. McNally in 3 if she’s legit. Stosur in 2 if not. Li Cabrera : This is a tough one, as Li played great tennis in the qualifiers. Cabrera is the next big thing out of Australia it seems, and her gutsy performance against Caroline Garcia proves she’s legit. Again I think this one goes three, and I think Li’s experience in the qualifiers will give her an edge in the deciding moments. Li in three. Trevisan Kenin : Trevisan notched a nice win beating the overhyped Bouchard in qualfying, and I was hoping she’d play really … anyone else but Kenin. Kenin fared poorly against Collins last week, but there are some men’s tour players that might have. Kenin is plucky, but professional, and it’s unlikely she lets one loss trouble her for too long. Kenin in two. Konta Jabeur : Ons Jabeur has such a fluid game, and it’s excellent to watch her hit forehand winners. Not a ton of variety though, and although Konta had a quick loss to Strycova to start her season, she is a good problem solver on court. Jabeur should nab a set here but Konta’s serving and super annoying ballbouncing should give her the edge. Konta in 3. This is the point I had written to when I paused earlier, so I’ll skip the matches that are already completed going forward. Brengle Garcia : Garcia has struggled since getting established as a top prospect on tour. Some public fueds with French tennis compatriots have me suspecting her ambition exceeds her talent, and it’ll be a rough year if she doesn’t get her level up. Brengle has a good chance to win this match and I think she’ll go down in 3 or pull it out. Brengle in 3. Juvan Yastremska : Juvan would have been a tough draw for a lot of the other players, but Yastremska is playing the best tennis she ever has. She always had a ton of raw power but now she’s keeping the ball in the court. If you saw her dismiss Kerber you know she’s a legit top 10 talent. Yastremska in 2. Wang Parmentier : Parmentier always manages to win some matches you don’t expect her to, and this is mostly because I don’t really expect her to win any matches. I don’t expect her to win this one either, as Wang has proved herself a cut above the middle tier of the WTA. Wang in 3. Ferro Van Uytvanck : Van Uytvanck is cool, friendly, and has a great serve. She pulled out of her last event though with an unknown injury so I’m not sure what to expect from her here. She should be able to beat Ferro who is a French talent still learning the ropes on tour, but if she’s injured this may prove difficult. Van Uytvanck in 3, but likely avoid this one. Bencic Schmiedlova : Anna has a nice game, but doesn’t really beat top 20 talents. Bencic had her best season ever in 2019 and although she didn’t bring much against Collins last week, she has the talent to get through this one. Bencic in 2. Samsonova Ostapenko : I really did like Ostapenko training and getting back in gear at the end of last year, but the late in the year surge is not always a sign of continued success. It’s garbage time for a lot of the top players, and randoms usually prosper. Samsonova is my favorite player on the WTA right now; she boasts a very well rounded game, big groundstrokes, and a solid serve. She’s been on a heater the past few weeks, and I think she is the perfect candidate to further frustrate Ostapenko, who really needs to get a real coaching team in her corner, or actually get in shape. Samsonova in 2-3. Sorribes Tormo Kudermetova : These are long beautiful names. This will be a long beautiful match. Who wins? Not sure. Kudermetova is randomly favored to beat a lot of players and loses in two. That kind of streaky behavior is something Tormo has exhibited in the past as well. Someone in 3 and they lose to Kontaveit the next round anyway so I feel less terrible for being lost about this outcome. Sharma Kontaveit : Sharma is making her way nicely onto the tour and should have future success. Playing Kontaveit in the first round of a major is not really the best situation, and she’ll be able to swing freely, but isn’t quite there yet to compete at this level. Kontaveit in 2. Vekic Sharapova : Sharapova has been hitting the exhibition tour, which is good because she cannot win on the professional tennis tour. In short, the tour has passed her by and her mobility is an issue. Vekic certainly has the game to beat her, and while Sharapova can hit big and get to tiebreakers, every opponent in the draw is literally a threat to remove her from it. Vekic in 3. Cornet Niculescu : Nice to see Monica back on tour. I am a big fan of the finesse players on the women’s tour and her inside out slices on the forehand wing are really fun to watch. Variety is the name of the game here and while Cornet is very skilled, she plays a much more straightforward game which could see this one going deep into the third. Cornet in 3. Swiatek Babos : Swiatek is a baller, and her inactivity due to injury had me actually excited to see her name in the draw here. The pickem odds against Babos lend themselves to the idea that she’s not exactly back to form, and given this there’s no real way to predict this. An in-form Swiatek can beat Babos probably 75% of the time, but Babos hits big and depending on her health, she could steal a win. Suarez Navarro Sabalenka : Suarez Navarro winning matches at majors that she’s not supposed to is kinda her thing. While she doesn’t wear a jean jacket vest and rep the same gang as the Fonz, that’s kinda how I always imagine her. 2018 and 2019 Sabalenka can lose to her, but not 2020 Sabalenka. She lost a bunch of weight, and the power is still there but with a bit less anxiousness which translates to wins. Sabalenka in 2-3. Mertens Kovinic : Mertens is pretty much perfect, and her position on tour reminds me of Bertens and Berdych, in that she’s clearly capable of winning a major but probably won’t get the chance to. The brother of famed explorer Finn Mertens, she has a similar crop of golden hair, and a similar positive attitude. I dunno Kovinic, and I’m clearly crushing hard on Mertens so I won’t say she has a chance. Mertens in 2. Pliskova Watson : Which Pliskova is this? Doesn’t matter. Watson gets hot on serve and gets to tiebreakers, and that’s good for a set against Kristyna. A good start to 2019 though should have the big lefty server through to the second round here,but it’ll be decided on momentum and a few points at the end of each set. Pliskova in 3. Bellis Maria : They must know something I don’t know, because Bellis has been in poor form since returning to the tour and Maria is almost +250 on some sites. I expect a closer match than the books but they may know something about the decline of Maria’s game, and with her tendency towards slices she’s certainly better off on grass/clay. I think Maria wins in 3, but I’m fairly certain I’ll be proven wrong if either Bellis is finding her old form, or Maria is on her retirement swing. Flipkens Muchova : Last I saw Flipkens was getting frustrated playing in the wind against in Hobart against eventual champion Zhang. She had that match largely won but her slices hung up nicely in the breeze for Zhang to drive over and over. Is it windy in Australia? Will the hardhitting Muchova show up? This is the classic Flipkens matchup where she has the skill to compete and frustrate her opponent, but ultimately is utilizing it to hide her movement and lack of power. I expect this to go three, and calling a winner is basically guessing. I won’t do it. I’ll do it. Muchova. Collins Diatchenko : Collins is crushing the ball and should handle this in two sets. Putintseva Hsieh : One player smashes raquets and spazzes when she misses. The other seems to be playing pingpong and smiles when she gets lucky. Putintseva is actually notching some wins on tour after 2019 struggles and that makes her a threat in this match, but I think Hsieh has more talent and better physical attributes. Small edge to Hsieh and given that most of her losses come in three sets against top tier opponents, she should get this one in three. Hsieh in 3. Dart Doi : Dart came through qualifying, and that’s a solid indication that she can compete here. Doi is a frustrating player who uses her quickness to make up for her lack of power. I don’t think Dart will have a tough time holding serve here and given her experience on the courts in pressure moments she shouldn’t blink when the business end of the sets arrive. Dart in 3. Brady Halep : Rough one for Halep to open up with. Brady could beat her, simple as that. A good serve and an inside out forehand are really the only shots Brady employs, but that’s good beans when they’re working. Halep hasn’t done much to start the year, and I expect this to go three sets. No pick. Svitolina Boulter : Is Svitolina injured? Her quick exit to Collins made it seem so, but given her relative past success I don’t think she’s in Melbourne just to pick up a check, and the air quality lends itself to people with actual injuries withdrawing. Katie Boulter is another young player making her way on tour, but this is not the way. Svitolina in 2. Davis Fernandez : I haven’t seen Fernandez play yet but Canadian tennis is in good shape looking at her results and given her qualifier victory. Lauren Davis is a plucky nugget and has had a recent resurgence. A good opportunity to set up a clash of similar styles with her and Svitolina is something she should take advantage of, but Fernandez won’t make it easy. Davis in 3. Muguruza Rogers : I usually don’t endorse backing Muguruza but I did a little bit early this year. She can get into really bad slumps and her timing seems to disappear sometimes. I don’t think she’s 100% into tennis all the time and she has a lot of other interests (these can all be seen on her app she made which she named MUGURUZA and tbh I don’t think anyone makes an app about themselves and names it like Prince unless they’ve got some goals besides tennis). Rogers is probably playing the best tennis she has since her Charleston run a few seasons back. and she has a legit chance to win here. The backhand is a liability for Rogers, and Mugu is definitely the better athlete. Mugu’s errors or Rogers’ one dimensional game will be the flaw that causes one of these players to fall, but it will likely be in three sets. Muguruza in 3. Tomljanovic Sevastova : Autocorrect is signaling me from across the room that it wants to change these names, but that because autocorrect doesn’t respect good tennis. Sevastova is angry when she arrives on court, and Ajla has consistently stolen sets in matches against top ten ranked opponents. I think this one will be a cracker, and although Sevastova has had the better results historically in majors, she hasn’t really won a lot of matches on tour lately. Tomljanovic in 3. Anisimova Diyas : Diyas was a ballmachine in her last event, falling to Muguruza but not before outlasting Blinkova in a 3 hour war. Anisimova managed to struggle with Bouchard and was making a ton of impatient errors. It’s great to have her back on tour as she has one of the best backhands you’ll see, but I don’t think this will be as straightforward an affair as the books do. Diyas’ speed and consistency coupled with Anisimova’s rust and errors should have this in two or three tight sets. I don’t quite think Diyas has the edge to beat Amanda though. Anisimova in 2-3. Paolini Blinkova : Paolini is dangerous but Blinkova is a tad bit better on hardcourt. Blinkova in 3. Bondarenko Rodionova : Riding the confidence from competing against Sloane will be good for Rodionova coming into this one. Bondarenko is a good tour player but not really overwhelming, and I think this is one of the first wildcard victories I’m predicting on the women’s side. Rodionova in 2. Begu Bertens : Bertens is simply one of the best players on the tour, and I’d really like to see her win or make the finals of a major this year, as there are younger players whose time is approaching in the next few years. Begu is a good starting point, and while she has a big serve and some heavy power on the forehand, she is at times hampered by her height and movement. This will be no bueno against Bertens. Bertens in 2, and if she loses the first it’s likely Bertens in 3. Voundrousova Kuznetsova : Voundrousova is easily in the 6-10 range on tour, and her reward is one of the unseeded players you really don’t want to play. Kuznetsova went lights out at one event last year, and played poorly in the rest. She knows how to win and is a veteran so there’ll be no pressure. This match could boast a lot of high level rallies, but Marketa should have the goods to finish them. Voundrousova in 3. Lottner Giorgi : I really enjoy Lottner’s attitude on court. Qualifying for a major is a once in a lifetime moment and playing someone who can hit themselves right out of a match is a bonus. Lottner lacks power which will be tough against Giorgi who hits the ball faaaaaaast but if she can hang in, she may reap the benefit of unforced errors which have always derailed Giorgi’s game. Most likely though, Giorgi in two. Kozlova Hon : Kozlova should win this match. She should win a lot of her matches. Hon can put together one set of brilliant tennis, and that’s why she’s into this event with a wildcard. There is a great deal of promise there. Kozlova in 3. Cocciaretto Kerber : I haven’t watched Kerber’s opponent here, so I can’t offer much. Also I am quite sleepy. Pavly_________ova Stojanovic : I haven’t watched Stojanovic although she’s been winning at the qualifier level a great deal over the past year, and Pavs has been very inconsistent since returning from injury. Not sure what to expect here. Townsend Pegula : Pegula can ball as evidenced by her recent finals run in Auckland. Townsend played my favorite match of the year so far as her and Asia Mohammed defeated Serena and Wozniacki in the finals at Auckland. Townsend has such a unique and skilled game what with being lefty and actually believing in her shots that I almost don’t notice that she’s carrying a few extra lbs that the rest of the tour isn’t. She should be able to win a set here and could take the match if she gets a jump on Pegula, who is more of a frontrunner than anything. Still, Pegula’s had the better early season. Pegula in 3. Siegemund Vandewedge : I’ll be cheering for Siegemund in this one. Coco’s attitude on court rubs me the wrong way, and her supreme confidence is based on a whole lot of nothing. Siegemund on the other hand has played through a ton of injuries and goes big on her groundstrokes, which applies pressure to her opponents. Coco’s not much for defense, but has her own dominant groundgame when she’s playing well. Siegemund in 3. Mladenovic Pliskova : Tough opener for Pliskova, and tough opener for Mladenovic. Hard to see Pliskova struggling too much in this one although Mladenovic is one of the more skilled players on tour. I’m sure we’ll get to see her ply her craft later this year, but for this one it’s one way traffic. Pliskova in 2.
Match Thread: Williams vs Halep live stream Discussion
Wimbledon Women Final 2019: Serena Williams vs Simona Halep Tennis Former world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania tries to deny Serena Williams' bid for history when they meet in Saturday's 2019 Wimbledon final. The match begins at 9 a.m. ET from Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. With a win, Williams, 37, would tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and notch her eighth Wimbledon championship. She lost last year's final to Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Stream►letswebtv.com
On the other side of the court, Halep is playing in her fifth Grand Slam final and seeking her second title, following her 2018 French Open triumph. Sportsbooks list Williams as a -184 favorite (risk $184 to win $100) in the latest Williams vs. Halep odds, with the latter getting +156 (risk $100 to win $156) as the underdog. Williams is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and you can get +135 (risk $100 to win $135) on the American winning in straight sets, among a slew of wagering options. Before you make any Williams vs. Halep picks and 2019 Wimbledon predictions, see what red-hot British tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say. Mair is the expert who called Naomi Osaka winning the 2018 U.S. Open championship at 32-1, and over the past two years, he's up an astounding 213 units on his picks to win tournaments and quarters. That means if you had simply placed $100 on each of those picks, you'd be up $21,300. Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form. The result: Barty was sent packing in the fourth round, eliminated by the world's 55th-ranked player. Anyone who followed his advice dodged a major bullet. Before the semifinals, Mair confidently told readers to bank on Williams winning in straight sets, and he said she'd easily cover the 2.5-game spread in the first set. The result: Williams steamrolled Strycova, giving Mair's followers two easy cashes. Now, Mair has broken down Williams vs. Halep from every possible angle and locked in his Wimbledon best bets. Not only is he picking the winner, he's also betting on how many sets it goes and the exact score of the first set. He's only sharing it all at SportsLine. Mair knows Williams has won nine of 10 meetings with Halep and sports a sterling 23-8 record in Grand Slam finals, including 7-3 in the Wimbledon finals. Grass is Williams' favorite surface, and while some questioned her fitness entering Wimbledon 2019, she silenced any doubts with a 59-minute thrashing of Barbora Strycova in the quarterfinals. Williams also should benefit from losing Wednesday's mixed doubles match, meaning she will be fully rested for Saturday's final. And after dropping last year's final, Williams is determined not to squander another opportunity to tie Court's historic record. But just because Williams has dominated the rivalry doesn't mean she'll cruise to another Wimbledon crown Saturday. Halep has won a major, the 2018 French Open, more recently than Williams, and the Romanian is an explosive talent. She held the world No. 1 ranking for 64 weeks. In the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore, Halep dismantled Williams in a shocking 6-0, 6-2 rout. All three of their previous Grand Slam meetings have gone three sets. And now Halep, who's a decade younger than Williams, is playing with more confidence than ever on grass. She's won her last four matches in straight sets and just dismantled the No. 8 player in the world with stunning ease. "Halep is arguably the most consistent top-level player on the women's tour when Serena isn't around," Mair told SportsLine. "She has the ability to keep Serena honest. There is also an element of doubt over the fitness of Williams given that she barely features on the week-to-week professional tour." Mair is confident he has the Williams vs. Halep winner, plus he's going big on how many sets it lasts. You can only see his in-depth picks and analysis at SportsLine.
Draw | PDF Projected quarter finals: Serena Williams  vs. Angelique Kerber  Agnieszka Radwanska  vs. Li Na  Caroline Wozniacki  vs. Sara Errani  Petra Kvitova  vs. Victoria Azarenka  Projected semi finals: Serena Williams  vs. Agnieska Radwanska  Sara Errani  vs. Victoria Azarenka  Projected final: Serena Williams  vs. Victoria Azarenka  Stand-out first round clashes: Madison Keys vs. Jelena Jankovic  Kirsten Flipkens  vs. Venus Williams Heather Watson vs. Simona Halep 
The World No. 1 Serena Williams, and the No. 2 Victoria Azarenka are the only realistic contenders for the title, especially in light of Maria Sharapova's withdrawal with a shoulder injury. This is the best rivalry in the game, and if they were to meet in the final, it would be a rematch of last year's title decider, which Williams won after Azarenka failed to serve out the match in the third set. Serena Williams  The French Open champion has been the dominant force on the WTA Tour this year, winning 8 titles (including her first Roland Garros victory since 2002), and has held the No. 1 ranking since February – the oldest woman to do so. Despite her impressive 60-4 record, she has had a patchy year at the majors – losing in the QF of the Australian Open to Sloane Stephens, and falling to Sabine Lisicki in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. There has been some speculation that Serena suffers from putting too much pressure on herself at the slams due to her dominance on the tour and the high standards she holds herself to. The youngest Williams sister has also had a patchy history at her home slam, with controversies such as her 2009 semi final default and 2011 final meltdown. An off-day could be exploited in the later rounds, especially given the pressure Serena will be under. Her win last year over Azarenka went some way to repairing her reputation at Flushing Meadows, and barring disaster, only a fool would bet against her to make the final again. Serena's draw looks kind, with her projected quarter final opponent Angelique Kerber being out of sorts. The real popcorn clash is a potential fourth round against Sloane Stephens. Stephens unceremoniously dumped her disrespectful elder out of the Australian Open in a quarter final upset, and Serena is not one to take these matters lightly. Serena's insatiable desire for revenge combined with a smorgasbord of off-court drama means that this is arguably the most mouth-watering prospect the women's draw has to offer before finals day. Victoria Azarenka  The Belorussian has had an odd year – she has lost only once on hard courts (to Sam Stosur in the final of Carlsbad), and won the Australian Open at the start of year, as well as crucially notching two wins over Serena Williams in the Doha and Cincinnati finals – but an ankle injury sustained at Indian Wells, and a knee injury at Wimbledon means she has had a stop-start season otherwise. The first real test Azarenka will likely face is Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, but Ivanovic’s loss of power (probably due to her lack of muscle mass...) and confidence should prove no match for Vika. Another potential fourth round opponent is Dominika Cibulkova, who won Stanford at the start of this summer, and upset Azarenka in the 2012 French Open. Kvitova will in all likelihood be her most serious challenger before the final – if the Czech is able to hold her seeding – who Azarenka has not beaten in her last four attempts. If there were to be issues with Vika’s game, it will be her serve, in particular her second serve. The recent 3 set victory over Serena Williams in Cincinnati means she will enter the US Open on a high, and her consistency on hard courts makes her a more than solid bet to emerge from her half.
Agniezska Radwanska  The third-seeded Pole was upset in the fourth round last year, and will be looking improve on that in 2013. She withdrew from Cincinnati without losing a match to attend the funeral of her grandfather in Poland, but looked in fine form, and should be able to defend her points from last year with little trouble, though a question mark remains over her mental state. Obstacles include Ekaterina Makarova in the third round, and Sabine Lisicki in the round of 16 – who prevented her from reaching her second Wimbledon final back in July. A player like Lisicki can over-power Radwanska, but if Sabine is not hitting her spots, Radwanska will take advantage with ease. Beyond this, Radwanska's variety and superb defensive skills can cause problems for any player, although she has caused her former friend Victoria Azarenka little trouble in recent times, her clever game can pose a threat to both Azarenka and Serena Williams if she catches them on an off day. Li Na  The Chinese tennis rebel, Li Na, made the Australian Open final at the start of the year, losing in 3 sets to Victoria Azarenka. She has had a characteristically patchy year since then, but the mercurial Li can never be counted out at a slam (apart from maybe Wimbledon). She has been drawn into Serena Williams’ half, and is projected to face Radwanska in the quarter finals, which would be a rematch of their Wimbledon quarter final, from which the Pole emerged victorious. Potential trouble along the way includes her vanquisher of last year, Laura Robson, in an expected third round clash, and in the form of a resurgent Jelena Jankovic, the ninth seed.
Outside bets for the title:
Jelena Jankovic : The former World No. 1 has played herself back to the edge of the top 10 and has had a series of deep runs in big tournaments, especially during the clay season. She has never won a major, but it was at the US Open that she made her only grand slam final, in 2008. Sam Stosur : the 2011 champion has just parted ways with her long-term coach, David Taylor, but also won only her fourth ever title recently, defeating Victoria Azarenka in the Carlsbad final. It was Azarenka who knocked the then defending champion out last year. Former champions can never be counted out, so Stosur remains an outside bet despite her inconsistency. Simona Halep : In an incredible run of form, the Romanian Halep won Nuremberg, 's-Hertogenbosch and Budapest in quick succession in late spring, and catapulted herself into the top 30. She routed Petra Kvitova in the final of New Haven, 6-2, 6-2, winning her fourth title this year. Svetlana Kuznetsova : The 2004 champion can beat anyone on her day, and nearly knocked the eventual champion Serena Williams out of the French Open in the quarter finals. If she meets Sara Errani in the fourth round, expect an upset. The two-time major winner is a perennial dark horse at majors – she has the game, the experience, and she’s done it before.
The rest of the top 10 (seeds):
Sara Errani : The Italian made the semi finals last year, but it is in poor form, going out of the New Haven Open in her first match to Ekaterina Makarova. Expect an early upset. Caroline Wozniacki : A final in Indian Wells is the highlight of another inconsistent year for the former World No. 1 and 2010 finalist, but she played World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka close in Cincinnati, and her projected quarter final against Errani would be sure to delight tennis purists and television viewers alike. Petra Kvitova : The frustrating 2011 Wimbledon champion has one of the best games in women's tennis, but her fitness issues, confidence issues, mentality issues and asthma (which acts up in North America) cast aspersions over her chances to make the second week - she has played herself into some form at New Haven, though was comprehensively beaten in the final. If she does make the quarter finals, she will likely meet Azarenka, who she boasts a 4-2 record against, and has not lost to since 2009. However, Kvitova's victory in the 2011 YEC final is their last meeting. Anglique Kerber : It was at the US Open in 2011 where Kerber made her breakthrough, but her questionable form in recent months leaves her in danger, especially with Eugenie Bouchard possibly waiting in the second round. Roberta Vinci : The veteran Italian with the all-court game made the quarters last year, but could face the 22nd seed Elena Vesnina in the 3rd round, who is having a career year, winning two titles. Vinci and her doubles partner Errani are favourites to defend their doubles title.
Players to watch:
Sloane Stephens : Though Stephens' reputation suffers from being overhyped, no one can deny she brings her best to the majors, and has made a semi final, fourth round and quarter final in the three slams so far this year. The young American has beaten both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in 2013, but worryingly, they are her only top 20 wins, and both came when her opponent was playing through injury. Nonetheless, Stephens deserves credit for closing these wins out. Sabine Lisicki : The Wimbledon finalist is a fan favourite for her big heart and even bigger teeth smile. Hard courts are not her best surface, but you would expect Boom Boom Bine to make a good run. Her form has been so-so since Wimbledon, but she looks likely to meet Makarova in the third round. Dominika Cibulkova : The Slovakian defeated the World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in impressive fashion in the Stanford final, but has yet to build on that this summer. Her record at the majors in recent times is not spectacular, but she is always dangerous. Jamie Hampton : The 24 year old American, who is in the midst of a career year, adds intrigue to an otherwise fairly straightforward top quarter. Her chronic back injury is always a worry, and could hamper her chances. Ekaterina Makarova : The Russian has been in fine form this year, and reached the quarter final of the Australian Open for the second time in January. She knocked the top seed Sara Errani out of the New Haven Open, and could pose problems for Radwanska in the fourth round. Laura Robson : The British No. 1 exploded onto the scene with the run to the fourth round last year, defeating Kim Clijsters and Li Na, before falling to Sam Stosur. She has added to her collection of WTA scalps this year by conquering Kvitova, Radwanska, Venus Williams and Maria Kirilenko. A wrist injury forced her to miss most of the USO Series, and she could potentially face Li Na in the third round again. The 19 year old is the first British woman to be seeded at a major since Jo Durie (1987 Australian Open). Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : 'Pavs' had a great start to the year under the tutelage of Martina Hingis, but the former World No. 1's doubles comeback and the Russian's reported unwillingness to dispense with the advice of her father ended their partnership, and she has looked out of sorts since. Things look on the upturn, losing a tight quarter final to Petra Kvitova at New Haven, and fellow Russian Sharapova's withdrawal means Anastasia has just squeaked in as the No. 32 seed. She could meet the 3rd seed, Radwanska, in the round of 32. Unseeded and looming: Eugenie Bouchard: The 19 year old Canadian, who upset Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon, has a very tidy draw, and if she makes it past Kerber in the second round, could make the fourth round. Andrea Petkovic: Fan and media favourite Petkovic has been plagued by injuries over the past 18 months, after finishing 2011 in the top 10. Her return to the tour has been difficult, but she is making progress, and she could face Petra Kvitova in the second round. Donna Vekic: The Croatian 17 year old trains and lives in England. She opens against Duque-Marino in a very winnable match, and last year at the age of 16 was the youngest player to make a final in 6 years, at the Tashkent Open. Her highlight of 2013 is her second WTA final at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.
Venus Williams' decline? Sadly, that she is declining is no longer in doubt, and it has led to some difficult questions for Venus to face. It was at the US Open in 2011 that the 7-time grand slam champion discovered she was suffering with Sjogern's Syndrome, a debilitating auto-immune disease, and she has struggled since then. You can never write a champion off, but the 33 year old, who holds an 11-7 record this year, faces more and more questions about the prospect of retirement. However, aside from a tricky first round clash against the Belgian 12th seed, Kirsten Flipkens, Venus has a fairly comfortable draw. Younger sister Serena would likely lie in wait in the quarter finals. American tennis: The women are generally agreed to be in better nick than the American men, but at their home slam, all Americans will inevitably come under intense scrutiny. Serena Williams has been leading the way, backed up by a very able supporting cast of Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton and Madison Keys. Hampton and Stephens could potentially face each other in the third round, and the winner will likely face Serena Williams for a place in the quarter finals. Keys has a tough first round draw in ninth seed Jelena Jankovic, especially as she has missed her last two tournaments with a shoulder injury Of them all, the 18 year old with the huge serve and forehand is perhaps the one who has the most to offer in the future. Other Americans to watch include Christina McHale, Varvara Lepchenko, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, as well as junior Grand Slam champion Taylor Townsend. There are 19 American women in the main draw. The future of the WTA: Again, this is one area where the WTA can boast of a slight advantage over their male counterparts, with young stars such as Stephens, Laura Robson, Eugenie Bouchard, Donna Vekic, Monica Puig and Madison Keys already making an impact. Of this group, it is Stephens who leads the way, but Bouchard could make a deep run if she is able to topple Kerber in the second round, and her friend Laura Robson always brings her best to the majors. Puig has been quietly having an excellent year, and the 19 year old Puerto Rican upset Nadia Petrova at the French Open, and Sara Errani at Wimbledon.
Order will be restored as Serena Williams gains her revenge over Azarenka in a tight 3 set win.
Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams go head-to-head for the title on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday, a repeat of the 2016 women's singles final. This post contains our Kerber vs Williams betting preview, with free predictions, betting tips, best odds, exclusive offers and no deposit free bets on 2018 Wimbledon. Kerber vs. Williams betting odds . Latest prices according to Oddschecker (as of 13 July). Serena Williams to win: 1/2 Angelique Kerber to win: 13/8; Set betting . Williams 2-0: 5/4 In 11 tries, Kerber has only made it as far as the quarterfinals on two occasions. One of those occasions was last year. She also has a 17-11 record at Roland-Garros, which is the worst winning percentage for her in any Grand Slam. With that said, Kerber is due for a strong showing in 2019, which is why she offers betting value for this Grand Slam. Venus Williams vs Angelique Kerber Tennis Betting Tips. At least, at Kerber v Williams, the bookmakers’ odds are that it will be the other way around this time, as Angie is considered the favorite. For a bet, we would still choose a different approach and tap on the number of games to be played. At Kerber against Williams, the tip on Bet now on Williams vs Kerber with the highest Australian Open odds at 1xbet.com! Serena leads the Head 2 Head 5-1 (all meetings were on hard courts), winning all 5 matches in straight sets. The last meeting was in 2014, won by Williams, who has a 4 match winning streak against Kerber.
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