Wimbledon: Women’s Semi Finals
There are few words to describe the performance of Roger Federer last night as he pulled out all the stops plus more to overcome a two sets to love deficit and win a epic 5 setter over Marin Cilic. He will be 35 next month but somehow continues to play a brand of tennis that only Federer can. He is on a collision course to meet Murray in the final who also needed 5 sets to get past Tsonga. Big servers Raonic and Berdych will try to deny them and prevent the organisers and the public from yet another dream Wimbledon Final.
Tonight we have the semi finals in the women’s draw as the Williams sisters look to meet in the Final at the All England club for a fourth time. Serena is a firm favourite against Elena Vesnina who she has never lost to. Her older sister Venus will take on the lady that denied Serena the title in Melbourne earlier this year – Angelique Kerber.
Serena Williams v Elena Vesnina
History beckons for Serena Williams as she looks to finally equal Steffi Graf after coming agonisingly close over the last 9 months. The pressure has definitely gotten the better of her since winning her 21st Grand Slam here last year but against Vesnina she should have few troubles. Serena is a perfect 4-0 against Vesnina and is yet to drop a set against the Russian. What is even more concerning for the rank outsider is the manner in which she has lost to the world number one in the past. She has lost all 8 sets by at least one break of serve and half of them by at least two breaks. Moreover they are also scheduled to meet in the double’s later in the day and it could have been worse for Vesnina who was also scheduled to play in the mixed doubles. Vesnina is a stranger to playing this much tennis in the second week of a major and it will take it’s toll. The level required to beat Serena in the semi’s of a slam is beyond what Vesnina has to offer and The Wolf is predicting a straight sets domination.
Tip: Williams -5.5 ($1.73)
Angelique Kerber v Venus Williams
Wimbledon has been very kind to a couple of the veterans this year with both Federer and Venus Williams making their way into the semi finals. It is a clear example that you have to play a certain style of tennis to succeed on the grass courts of the All England Club – a style that former champions are all too familiar with. Venus is a 5 time winner here, has made a further 3 finals (lost all 3 to sister Serena) and is 5-0 in semi finals. She has drawn on every ounce of experience so far and it has helped her consistently win the points that matter. Her first set victories in the 5 matches she has played in the tournament read as follows: 7-6, 7-5, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 – quite remarkable to say the least. Kerber will have to be at her very best and if their recent encounters are anything to go by this one will go down to the wire. Kerber leads the H2H 3-2 and the last 3 meetings have all gone to a deciding set. Only 3 of the 13 sets played have been won by more than one break of serve and 4 of the last 8 sets have had at least 12 games. Following her maiden Grand Slam win at the Australian Open Kerber will be full of confidence but the Wolf says to never doubt the heart of a champion.
Tip: Over 21.5 games ($1.83)
Day 10 Tips
|S. Williams v Vesnina||Best: S. Williams -5.5 ($1.73)
Value: Score Cast 2ns Set Williams 6-1 ($5.00)
|V. Williams v Kerber||Best: Over 21.5 games ($1.83)
Value: 1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($4.80)
Wednesday ROI: 105.38%
Feature Previews: 16-10
Overall ROI: 104.88%