Saturday, 22 June 2013

Wimbledon - Men & Women

The third Grand Slam of the season is upon us and The Overrule has already locked in three outright each-way selections for the tournament. In all three cases prices have gone out on us Petra Kvitova 14/1 (now 25/1), Tomas Berdych 50/1 (now 66/1) and Milos Raonic 100/1 (now 350/1). Kvitova lost earlier than expected in Eastbourne, Berdych reached the last eight at Queen's while Raonic has been woeful during the grass court season going 0-2 and looking very poor in the process.

Two selections appeal to us in the quarter betting market with one each from the men's and women's draws.

All the talk before the draw was about which quarter Rafael Nadal would land in and the answer is bad news for defending champion Roger Federer. Nadal and Federer are set to meet in the last eight and given the path ahead of him it seems unlikely anyone will be able to stop that encounter becoming a reality. There have been clear signs this year that Federer is a notch or two below the level required to win a Grand Slam and he can't be relishing the prospect of the Spaniard in the last eight.

Nadal's form since he returned to the tour has been well documented. He's only been beaten twice and he hasn't failed to reach at least the final of every event he has played. Nadal really appeals to The Overrule at 10/11 to reach the last four by winning his quarter. So much so that we will back him with a maximum five point selection.

5* Rafael Nadal win the third quarter at 10/11 (Stan James)

Li Na has had a disappointing time at Wimbledon in the past couple of years losing in the second round on each occasion. However, the former French Open champion is worth a two point selection at 7/2 to beat her previous best at SW19 when she reached the last eight in 2006 and 2010. Li could face a very tricky second round battle with Simona Halep who has been in great form in recent weeks on clay and grass but if she can clear that hurdle there is no reason why she can't have a deep run at Wimbledon this year.

Agnieszka Radwanska is the top seed in the quarter with Li holding a 6-4 head to head over the Pole. They have met three times on grass with one completed match win each. The other encounter ended in a retirement victory after only four games for Radwanska.

2* Li Na win second quarter at 7/2 (Coral)

The Overrule will have selections for the first round at Wimbledon later this weekend.

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