Monday, 1 July 2013

Wimbledon - Quarter Finals (II)

Let the overreactions begin! Sabine Lisicki knocked out defending champion, world number one and overwhelming Wimbledon favorite Serena Williams, so naturally every sheep bettor in the world now wants to back her. The herd have spoken and Lisicki is priced as Wimbledon favorite in a number of places although she doesn't deserve to be. Some books have Petra Kvitova as joint favorite but the truth is that the 2011 champion is now the favorite. Whether that translates from paper on to the court is another matter, but on paper with her Wimbledon credentials and her less taxing path to the final the Czech should be favored to lift a second Wimbledon title.

Lisicki faces Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday in the last eight which will be the first meeting between the two. Kanepi broke the hearts of the BBC who have been ramming Laura Robson down our throats ever since she defeated Maria Kirilenko in the first round. Lisicki is the better player on grass and will no doubt be feeling confident of victory. However, with expectation comes pressure and not every player handles pressure routinely.

Kanepi is available with a +4.5 games start and the Estonian - with seemingly no one in the betting world willing to give her a chance - is capable of making the likeable and always smiling Lisicki work hard for a place in the last four. Just because Lisicki beat Williams, it doesn't mean she now is Williams.

3* Kaia Kanepi +4.5 games beat Sabine Lisicki at 5/6 (Ladbrokes)

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