Monday 30th July

Murray moved easily through to the next round with a straight sets wins over Wawrinka. After 2 or 3 games Murray slipped on the grass and got up holding his back and I did think, ” ah here we go!” but his Swiss opponent only put up minimal resistance.

The rain in London badly affected the day’s play with several games delayed until today and several more unable to be completed yesterday. In all 4 of the interrupted matches the favourite won’t have been too disappointed to see the rain come down. Lisicki is a break down, Lepchenko had just lost the second set, Baggy is a set down as it Stepanek.

 

Venus Williams starts as favourite against Errani. Williams reached the quarter finals in Rome and at times in that tournament looked a little more like the player she was before the illness. However since then she went out of the French Open in the second round having come close to losing her first round match and went out of Wimbledon in the first round to Vesnina winning just 4 games. She has said that she doesn’t know how she will feel from one day to the next.

Errani suffered the embarrassment of the Golden Set in her loss to Shvedova at Wimbledon but bounced back well winning the title in Rome without losing a set. Grass isn’t her best surface but I expect her to be too strong for Williams unless the American comes out serving as she used to.

Update: Venus was on top form today and won 6-3, 6-1.

 

Federer and Benneteau meet again on the Wimbledon grass. Just 1 month ago Benneteau had a 2 set lead over Fed but was unable to get that third set. Today if he wins the first 2 sets he wins the match! In the first round Federer needed 3 sets to beat Falla,  another player who has taken the first 2 sets from him at Wimbledon and been unable to finish the job.

Its not unthinkable that Benneteau will keep the first set at least close. He beat Youzhny in straight sets in the first round and 1.08 on Federer is a lay.

Update: Fed had a point to prove. He won 6-2, 6-2.

 

Cornet should have a good chance against Hantuchova. Hantuchova beat Na Li in the first round although Li’s performance was below par. Cornet has discovered some of her old form recently and her first round win over Eastbourne Champion and Wimbledon quarter finalist Paszek will have given her a lot of confidence going into this match. Hantuchova is worth a lay at 1.44.

Update: The scoreboards were pretty messed up for this one. Cornet broke early but the price didn’t move as traders didn’t know ( or weren’t sure) what the score was.

Hantuchova won 6-3, 6-0.

 

I’m quite looking forward to Schiavone v Zvonareva. Mad Vera leads the head to heads 9-0. She is incredibly still ranked 14. She won a  bronze at the last Olympics.

You just know Schiavone is going to fight 100% and if this comes down to mental toughness then Vera will finish the match in tears.

Zvonareva starts at 1.71 which is too high to lay her considering the head to heads but I will be looking to get a lower lay on her and an early break of the Schiavone serve would be perfect.

Update: Well, none of my lays worked out and this completes the set. Zvonareva won 6-3, 6-3.

 

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