Wimbledon – week 1, Friday

Great weather forcast for the whole day! About time.

 

Martinez Sanchez v Venus Williams: Williams starts at 1.35 which seems generous but has to be because of Venus being taken to the final set by Date Krumm and also due to the fact that she is understandably below par. That was an exceptional match from Date Krumm and although Venus was well below her best she managed to scrape out a win. Martinez Sanchez beat Jankovic in the first round in 3 sets so is clearly playing well.

As Williams is coming back from a long break and that match against Date Krumm could have taken a lot out of her laying her from the start is an option. As the match progresses I expect Williams’ experience to help her out-think the Spaniard so Martinez Sanchez needs to take advantage of any slow start from her opponent.

I think it will be close but expect Williams to find a way to win.

Update: Well that was easy money! Williams won 6-0, 6-2.

 

Schiavone plays Paszek and starts at 1.71 on Betfair. Paszek is a decent grass court player but fails against the higher ranked players. Her stats on grass this year are actually better than Schiavone’s with more points won on first serve, more service games held and more points won on return of serve.

The head to head is 2-2 with 3 of the 4 matches going to three sets so this is going to be a tight match.

Schiavone has had 2 much tougher opponents this week and I expect her to come through this one too.

Update: Schiavone took the first set  but paszek levelled at 1 set all. The match was finished on Saturday and ended with a win for Paszek 3-6, 6-4, 11-9

 

Mardy Fish takes on Robin Haase.   Their only previous match was in this year’s French Open when Fish won in straight sets after a tie break in the first.

Fish has yet to lose a set but has had 3 tie breaks and three  6-4 sets in the first two rounds. Haase has dropped just one set which was against Verdasco. In that match Haase called for the trainer 3 times so there must be a question mark against his fitness for what is bound to be a tough match.

Haase will probably compete for the first set but after that Fish will take control. I’ll be backing Fish from the start.

Update: This match was delayed until Saturday. Fish started well and after a shaky first service game he held easily and also threatened serve each time Haase served. Fish wasn’t able to take his chances in the second set and it went to a tie break which Haase won. A very one sided third set went to Fish and Haase retired injured in the fourth.

Fish won 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 1-1(retired)

 

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