Wimbledon day 4 betting: Busy night ahead after more rain delays

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Updated: June 30, 2016

2016 The Championships, day 4Wimbledon, London, England; June 30 – tips by Alex Romanovich

 

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As a result of yesterday’s prolonged rain delays, there was less than an hour of play on the no.1 court and less than two hours of play on the remaining outside courts at Wimbledon so there’s a backlog of matches heading into day 4, including the bulk of our betting card from day 3. It’s another big session for the Brits, starting with the battle of Jo Konta and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard (pictured below). Two years ago Bouchard reached the Wimbledon final, while Konta remained a long way from most fans’ radar screens. But when they meet, for the first time, on Centre Court today, Konta will be the favorite –she’s currently ranked 19th to Bouchard’s 48th.

 

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As far as their Wimbledon preparation goes, there isn’t much to choose between them – Konta won three matches in Eastbourne, Bouchard two. They also have similar games. They like their two-handed backhands, they like to attack from the baseline whenever they can, and, like the rest of us, they’ve been known to the feel the pressure. Konta worked hard to dispose of the dangerous Monica Puig on Wednesday while Bouchard did not complete her victory over Magdalena Rybarikova until 8.45pm, after the match had been switched to be completed under the Centre Court roof last night. Bouchard said it was a “surreal moment” to be back there again two years after losing to Petra Kvitova in the final.

It won’t be long before Andy Murray and Lu Yen-Hsun, who at the weekend both got voted in as representatives for the ATP Player Council, sit down together to thrash out the burning issues affecting men’s tennis. Before that, though, the former champion will be hoping to deliver an emphatic statement on Centre Court when he takes on his 32-year-old colleague from Chinese Taipei, a tough campaigner who is in his 13th Wimbledon and knows how to beat the Scot, having knocked him out in the 2008 Olympics. “Rendy”, as he’s known on tour, became the first man from Asia to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam in 15 years here in 2010.

 

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Marin Cilic (3-0) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (one unit @ $2.10)
John Isner -2.5 hcp v Marcos Baghdatis (one unit @ $1.73)
Nicolas Almagro v Denis Istomin -3.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.83)
Federico Delbonis + 5.5 hcp v Fabio Fognini (one unit @ $1.80)
Kei Nishikori (3-0) v Julien Benneteau (one unit @ $1.62)
Milos Raonic -6.5 hcp v Andreas Seppi (one unit @ $2.25)

Samantha Stosur v Sabine Lisicki 2-0 (one unit @ $2.38)
Lucie Safarova -4.5 hcp v Samantha Crawford (one unit @ $1.83)
Simona Halep -5.5 hcp v Francesca Schiavone (one unit @ $1.80)
Sara Errani WIN v Alize Cornet (one unit @ $2.27)
Varvara Lepchenko v Angelique Kerber – 5.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.66)
Venus Williams v Maria Sakkari -19.5 total (one unit @ $1.72)

 

Yesterday’s results: 2-0-1, +0.66 units; overall record: 10-2-5, +6.21 units

Fernando Verdasco v Bernard Tomic +40.5 total (one unit @ $1.83) WIN (47)
Monica Puig v Johanna Konta three sets (one unit @ $2.20) LOSE
Eugenie Bouchard -4.5 hcp v Magdalena Rybarikova (one unit @ $1.83) WIN

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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