Victoria Azarenka -3.5 games v Heather Watson – 8/11
Azarenka struggled a bit in her first tournament back since having her first child, which is to be expected. Her rhythm was an issue and that matters playing on grass as you have less time to get prepared for your shots.
The Belarusian is looking a bit better now and a big comeback in first round against the talented Ci Ci Bellis gave her a much needed boost of confidence. Azarenka followed that with a routine win over Elena Vesnina, continuing the path of improvement for the tournament’s top grunter.
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Heather Watson has had her moments in Wimbledon (remember, she was once a couple points away from beating Serena), but will always struggle when faced with a top player. In fairness, Azarenka isn’t a seed at the moment, but we all know what her true qualities are.
Never one to keep the noise down, Vika is determined to come back to be a champion and that’s easy to see by her new lean figure. Watson has a few decent results on grass, but her head-to-head record with her opponent doesn’t bode well.
Azarenka leads the series 4-0 and the Brit has only managed four games once in eight sets played. The fact is Watson will face a very motivated player, who simply has far more weapons than her.
Over 37.5 total games in Bautista v Nishikori – 5/6
It’s very hard to imagine a scenario where this match doesn’t go to at least four tight sets.
Both players are bigger big fighters than Conor McGregor and although Kei Nishikori has been struggling with a hip injury, the Japanese superstar claims he’s almost 100 per cent fit now.
We’ve heard that before though, so that would definitely open some opportunities for Roberto Bautista Agut at 2/1.
Both players like long rallies as much as the Wimbledon crowds love strawberries and cream, so expect the games to pile up!
Ana Konjuh to beat Dominika Cibulkova – 9/10
Konjuh is a future star, but she’s still dealing with teenage issues.
We’re backing a brat here! She’s probably worse than Nick Kyrgios if things don’t go her way, but the teenage Croatian has the perfect counter-punching style of play to handle Cibulkova.
Constant niggles have previously held her back from progressing higher in the ranks. This time last year she blew a golden chance to take down a top 10 player in Agnieszka Radwanska after rolling her ankle by stepping on a ball, eventually losing the deciding set 9-7.
However, she won’t be lacking motivation this time around though – this is Wimbledon goddamit!!
Cibulkova has made some steps back in the game after winning WTA Championships last year but Konjuh is on the rise and will be keen to leave her mark.
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* All odds correct at time of posting.