The final of the Ladies’ Singles at The Championships Wimbledon 2014 is all set for Saturday at the All England Club.
And it should be a very watchable final, as we have two players who love to attack in Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard on display.
My bets on the pair of them were unlucky on Thursday, as Kvitova won the second set rather than the first with ease over Lucie Safarova, while Simona Halep injured herself and was unable to take the one set I needed from her to land the Bouchard 2-1 bet.
So, at 14:00 UK time on Saturday afternoon Petra and Genie will battle it out for the Wimbledon title.
Petra Kvitova vs Eugenie Bouchard
The Wimbledon champion of 2011 looks to land her second major title at the scene of her first on Saturday and assuming she’s fit and injury-free I really fancy the Czech to win this one.
Former junior champion Bouchard was always likely to be a threat this fortnight, but in all honesty she has been rather fortunate to face two lame opponents in the last few rounds – rather like fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the men’s draw.
Angelique Kerber was physically very much under par in the quarters, while Halep turned her ankle in the semis and arguably the pivotal moments of the latter match were that injury and a net cord in the opening set tie break.
That’s not to take anything away from the Canadian, who has shown again her ability on serve, speed of shot on return and commitment to attacking play, so she deserves her place in the final, but she is yet to be really tested.
One could argue the same about Petra, who hasn’t faced a top-20 opponent all fortnight so far, but she has certainly played top class tennis throughout and I give her the edge here.
Genie, for all her bluster in pressers after the Halep match, is bound to be very nervous and she showed that by almost choking from a set and 5-1 against Halep on Thursday with several double faults and nervy errors.
Had Halep not already been defeated mentally she may have got back into that one and Kvitova’s greater big match experience will surely count here.
First time finalists don’t have a great record in majors lately, with the last five losing and it’s a tall order for Bouchard to buck that trend against an opponent that I see as the classier on her best form.
Petra defeated Genie in their only prior career meeting in Bouchard’s backyard in Canada last season, but the latter’s improvement since then makes that pretty much irrelevant and this one could be very close.
Another factor in Petra's favour is the rain forecast for today in Wimbledon and a final indoors under the roof will surely benefit the Czech, whose record indoors is excellent.
It’s always tricky trying to second guess how a particular player will perform on the biggest of stages and that makes a lot of markets, such as handicaps and score betting pretty much a stab in the dark.
So, I’m going to keep it simple, as this is pretty much a pick ‘em match, but the edge for me goes with Petra and I’ll be backing her to land her second Wimbledon title.
Back Kvitova to beat Bouchard at 1.66