Victoria Azarenka has had a comfortable route to round three so far, including dropping only two games in her last outing.
Halep, on the other hand, has had it much tougher with a gruelling first round match and then having to go the distance against her compatriot Buzarnescu.
It’s well known that grass is not Simona Halep’s favourite surface and with her exertions so far we reckon that Viktoria has more than enough left in the tank to topple the world number seven.
Su-Wei Hsieh did the business for us earlier in the week beating Flipkens two sets to love and we fancy her to take down the number three seed.
Yes, Pliskova arrives here in high spirits after claiming her second Eastbourne title but only once has she passed the third round in Wimbledon.
Hsieh plays a kind of slice’n’dice tennis, which is likely to get underneath Karolina Pliskova skin and, hopefully for us, can cause another huge upset in the women’s draw.
This promises to be a titanic tussle between two literal giants.
Both men rely heavily on their big serves and, with them each having a hold percentage over 90%, I can’t see there being many breaks in this match.
I’m giving the edge to the Canadian Raonic over the American Opelka and with a match that’s likely to go the distance I am more than happy to take the tasty price on Raonic to win in five.
- Match Odds – Victoria Azarenka to beat Simona Halep – 10/11
- Match Odds – Su-Wei Hsieh to beat Karolina Pliskova – 7/2
- Set Betting – Milos Raonic 3-2 versus Reilly Opelka – 16/5
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