Williams to beat Konta – 11/10
Andy Murray’s old news! Jo Konta is making sure everyone starts recognizing her name and after an Istanbul-like comeback against Halep, it looks like there’s no stopping the Australian-born player.
It’s taken longer than a Djokovic serve for the British public to take her as one of their own, but Konta is now agonisingly close to being first British lady ranked no1 in WTA history.
She’s also the first British lady to reach semis of Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978. But, standing in her way Venus Williams has six titles at SW19 and 10 Wimbledon semis to her name.
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Feeling she has to do what her absent sister Serena would have done otherwise seems to be something the older Williams sister is very comfortable with.
Konjuh and Ostapenko, who both hit the ball really hard, just couldn’t cope with the American’s power and accuracy coming from the other side.
Venus lives for that famous Centre Court energy and you’d have to wonder at what point does the pressure start to get too much for a heroic Konta. This looks like it could be that time….
Muguruza to win 2-0 against Rybarikova – 11/10
While Magdalena Rybarikova is in uncharted territory when it comes to late stages of Grand Slams, Garbine Muguruza is already well experienced when it comes to that.
The former Wimbledon finalist will be looking for her second Slam after winning the French Open last year and, like everyone else, is trying to take full advantage of Serena Williams’ absence.
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Rybarikova on the other hand never made it past third round of a major before and despite her solid grass-court skills, the Slovak would have to pull yet another performance of her lifetime to get to her first Wimbledon final.
Unlike Rybarikova’s previous opponents, Muguruza is a very versatile opponent who will take initiative from the start.
Having plenty of experience in these sort of matches will certainly help a lot and with a new trophy just around the corner, Garbi will look to get this one over with as quick as possible.
* All odds correct at time of posting.