Tuesday was a slightly frustrating one for my bets at Wimbledon 2013, with three of my four selections proving successful.
We really needed Dani Hantuchova to make it four for an excellent payout, but after Shuai Peng, Petra Martic and Marina Erakovic had all won, Dani threw in a mediocre performance and was beaten by Klara Zakopalova.
Wednesday’s play at the All England Club, where I will be in attendance today, features 16 matches in the ladies singles and there a few odds-on shots that could be vulnerable today.
The obvious one is Vika Azarenka, who suffered what appeared to be a bad injury during her first round match and I’m not sure that the 1.12 for her to beat the very capable Flavia Pennetta provides good value.
Petra Kvitova struggled for consistency yet again against the big hitting but limited Coco Vandeweghe in round one and had treatment for a hip problem, but that didn’t seem too bad. She remains an enigma though and opponent Shvedova has had injury problems too and I’d want bigger than 2.85 on her today.
The Serbian duo of Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic are also short prices and I would certainly prefer Jankovic’s chances than those of Ivanovic, who is rarely at her best on grass and faces the talented Eugenie Bouchard.
Those intending to watch Michelle Larcher de Brito and Maria Sharapova should take the necessary ear plugs – or better still don’t watch that at all. It should be over quickly in Maria’s favour.
I’m not convinced about Caroline Wozniacki at 1.36 against the dangerous Petra Cetkovska. The Czech has been playing well since returning from injury and qualified here easily without dropping a set before an impressive win over Donna Vekic, who was a finalist in Birmingham in the first round.
Wozniacki has never been past the fourth round here and it’s worth taking a chance that Cetkovska can put in another performance like the one against Vekic. If she does the 3.10 will look very big.
There’s a decent chance that Garbine Muguruza can cause problems for Ekaterina Makarova, who will be wary of her opponent, having lost to the Spaniard at Indian Wells this spring.
Makarova tends to perform better on quicker grass than this and finds these conditions a touch slow, which is why she’s yet to better the second round here and Muguruza +1.5 sets at 1.75 looks a good bet. The Spaniard can be hit-and-miss but she should be good enough for at least a set here.
My second bet is to side with Sloane Stephens against Andrea Petkovic at a price of around 1.68. Petkovic was, perhaps surprisingly, handed a wild card for this tournament, but she’s not great on grass and, other than a run to the Rosmalen final in 2010, the German has done nothing on the surface and is yet to get back to the sort of form that saw her once ranked as high as nine in the world.
Injuries have taken their toll on the German and she has lost eight of her last 11 matches against top-25 players. Infact, she hasn’t beaten one on grass since 2010 and she’s yet to defeat anyone of note at Wimbledon.
Stephens is not that experienced on the grass, but she moves well and has shown an aptitude for it in her short career thus far and she should come through this test against Petkovic.
Back Cetkovska to beat Wozniacki at 3.1
Back Muguruza +1.5 sets to beat Makarova at 1.75
Back Stephens to beat Petkovic at 1.68