Wimbledon Women's Betting: Wozniacki to halt Zahlavova Strycova progress

We’ve reached the second week of the third grand slam tournament of 2014 and the serious stuff starts on Monday at the All England Club.

Rain disrupted proceedings on Saturday and with the traditional (and most welcome) day off on Sunday there are several third round matches still to be completed.

And it was an equally day for my wagers, with neither finding the mark after Alison Riske was unable to keep up her good start against Maria Sharapova and similarly Belinda Bencic fell just short in the opener against Simona Halep.

The scheduling has gone a bit peculiar on Monday and we have six of the fourth round matches in-play today on what should be a fairly decent day for tennis weather-wise.

In the fourth round last year there were seven winning favourites from the eight matches, with the one exception being Sabine Lisicki’s win over Serena Williams.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
I said on these pages on Friday that Na Li was vulnerable to an upset at the hands of Zahlavova Strycova, but I can’t see the same fate befalling Wozniacki.

Li has never been comfortable playing grass court tennis, but Wozniacki is much more comfortable defending and has the athleticism to chase down enough of what she’ll get from BZS today.

This has become a very good draw for the Dane, with in all likelihood only Petra Kvitova and Aga Radwanska standing in her way of another major final, but she must get this out of the way first.

Caro has never been past this fourth round stage at Wimbledon and lost as a decent favourite three times, but looking back, those losses were to very decent players and this is a great chance to put that straight.

Impressive at Eastbourne and a little unlucky to lose to an in-form Angelique Kerber in the semis there, Woz has carried on here against fairly limited opposition, although Ana Konjuh is a very decent young player.

Caro ran away from the 16-year-old in the latter stages of that one and those losses I mentioned in the fourth round here all came against players who can really hit the ball with plenty of power.

BZS doesn’t have that in her locker and I can’t see anything other than a comfortable win for the Dane here, with the 2-0 at 1.75 or the minus 4.5 games at 1.87 appealing.

Alizé Cornet vs Eugenie Bouchard

Cornet, like Zahlavova Strycova, has the task of backing up a win over one of the top two seeds to contend with and she has a decent shot at it against Bouchard.

The Frenchwoman didn’t manage it too well the last time she beat Williams, with a thumping defeat by Venus Williams in the Dubai final being the outcome, but it’s hard to see the same thing happening again on Monday.

Bouchard had just about the better of things against Andrea Petkovic in the last round, but this could be a little tougher and I expect Alizé to handle the situation better this time than she did in Dubai.

Genie looks on the short side to me at 1.38 and I like the over total games in this one, with a tough battle expected.

Elsewhere, Kvitova should get past Shuai Peng, but perhaps not as easily as odds of 1.15 suggest and the over 19.5 total games looks interesting there, while Ekaterina Makarova looks the one most likely to cause an upset.

The Russian is effective on the grass and if she has a good day with her lefty forehand she could cause damage to Aga Radwanska, but fatigue may be a problem after a tough singles and doubles campaign.

Kerber has been in decent form and has a chance of forcing Sharapova to a decider and the 2-1 win for the Russian appeals in that one at 4.0.

Best Bets
Back Wozniacki to beat Zahlavova Strycova 2-0 at 1.75
Back over 21.5 total games in Cornet/Bouchard at 1.95