Sunday, 30 June 2013
Middle Sunday Wimbledon Overview
It's middle Sunday of Wimbledon which is also known as the most boring and depressing day of the tennis season. We'll take this opportunity to assess how our pending selections stand as we enter the business end of the tournament.
0.5* Tomas Berdych win Wimbledon 50/1 (each-way) - Berdych is in to 33/1 for the title and while the bottom half of the draw lost big names in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer the top half has remained intact. The Czech is 2/5 to see off Bernard Tomic in the fourth round before a likely make or break encounter with world number one and tournament favorite Novak Djokovic. The Serbian seems to be clicking through the gears as the tournament progresses so Berdych will have a mighty task in front of him but he's beaten Djokovic at Wimbledon before so it's not crazy to suggest he could do so again.
1* Petra Kvitova win Wimbledon 14/1 (each-way) - Much like Kvitova's consistency levels her Wimbledon price has been up and down over the year like a yo-yo. 6/1 at the start of the year, 14/1 two weeks before Wimbledon, 28/1 on the eve of Wimbledon and now as short as 8/1 and as big as 12/1. Everything has gone perfectly for the 2011 champion. Victoria Azarenka out with injury and Maria Sharapova shocked in the second round has opened the door for Kvitova to reach a second Wimbledon final. On paper Kvitova should make the final from here but we know tennis isn't played on paper.
2* Li Na win Wimbledon second quarter 7/2 - Li is as short as 5/4 and as big as 2/1 to reach the semi-finals from her quarter of the draw. Agnieszka Radwanska remains in the quarter as the highest seed but faces a tricky encounter with Tsvetana Pironkova in the last sixteen. Li faces Roberta Vinci in the fourth round whom she hasn't lost to in three meetings although one of those encounters was as long as twelve years ago! Li survived a real scare in the last round and was two points away from going out to Klara Zakopalova but managed to survive. She's 8/15 to see off Vinci and providing she makes the last eight you'd have room to be able to hedge the selection if you so wished.