Day Two at the All England Club was cut short by the rain with one winning bet from two selections and one still in-play.
Vasek Pospisil did easily enough to win the overs bet in his match against Sam Querrey just before the rains came, but there was heartbreak earlier on as I managed to come out on the wrong end of two long five setters. How Jurgen Zopp managed to lose from two sets ahead and then 5-2 ahead I’ll never know and the same could be said of Edouard Roger-Vasselin who served for the match and also lost.
Tamira Paszek and Caro Wozniacki were tied at 2-2 when the rain came, so that one carries over to today.
There are several opportunities that catch my eye today on the men’s side and the first one is to take a chance on Jerzy Janowicz to take the wind out of Ernests Gulbis’s sails. The eccentric (to put it kindly) Latvian was always a nightmare draw for Tomas Berdych first up on a show court and he raised his game accordingly, but it would be just like him to go and lose to the capable Janowicz today out on Court 17.
The Pole defeated Gulbis recently on the clay in Rome, so we know he has the ability to take out anything less than a 100 per cent Gulbis today. The question is, which Gulbis will turn up?
At 2.28 it’s worth a bet that Janowicz, who we know for sure will be giving this his all, can do the business.
Gilles Simon caused a bit of a stir yesterday by wading in to the age old debate about equal prize money for men and women and it’s fair to say that he won’t be massively popular among the WTA players as a result. And there’s a decent chance that the women might have the last laugh later today, as I fancy Xavier Malisse to send Simon packing and off to answer some awkward questions in his press conference. Simon has never done very well on grass with a solitary fourth round appearance being his best effort on the lawns of SW19 and he takes on a seasoned grass court campaigner in Malisse today.
The Frenchman does have a 2-0 head-to-head lead over Malisse and Simon’s defensive style would tend to get the better of the Belgian on most surfaces, but on grass I like Malisse’s attacking game to prevail today at a price of 2.0
Finally today, I’ll take on another treble, despite the shocking luck from yesterday and the three players concerned are Sabine Lisicki, Denis Istomin and Julien Benneteau.
Lisicki looked vulnerable before her first round match against Petra Martic because of her recent form and injury status, but she came through that impressively and she’s making the right noises about her fitness at the moment.
She loves the grass of Wimbledon and she should be way to classy for Bojana Jovanovski who plays a similar type of game, but not as well, today.
Istomin is coming off a great win over Andreas Seppi in five sets in round one and if he’s OK physically after that effort he should be too solid for the wayward Andreev who was lucky to get past Oli Golding in round one.
Benneteau should put Russell’s little run to an end to complete the treble. With two previous wins over the American on hard courts and clay, Benny should be just too good for the hard working but limited Russell. Russell has never been past the second round at Wimbledon in his long career and although he’ll make this a battle, Benny should be winning this one.
Back Janowicz to beat Gulbis at 2.28
Back Malisse to beat Simon at 2.14
Back Benneteau, Lisicki and Istomin in a treble at 1.86