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tennis | Sunday, July 3, 2022 11:39 PM (Revised at: Monday, July 4, 2022 11:06 AM)

Monday's WTA Tennis Best Bet: Wimbledon, July 4th

Monday's WTA Tennis Best Bet: Wimbledon, July 4th
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Monday, July 4th, 13:00 UK Time

As the fortnight continues to play out, the upsets continue to play out in the women’s draw. Sunday saw the veteran German, Tatjana Maria, pull off another massive upset, taking down Jelena Ostapenko in three sets. Her slice continues to be incredibly effective, and players with that tool at their disposal continue to be rewarded.

That brings us to Monday’s selection, with Elena Rybakina taking on Petra Martic. Much like Maria has in her previous matches, Martic could very well continue to progress through the draw as an underdog, having defeated American Jessica Pegula as an outsider in the third round.

The tall Croatian possesses a big serve, which is key in playing against Rybakina, whose serve and forehand can find her cheap points. Being able to keep up in your own service games is imperative. Martic also has an incredibly potent backhand slice. With the grass courts already providing lower bounces naturally, the slice makes it even harder for opponents to reach.

Compounding the issue in that regard for Rybakina is that her glaring weakness is her movement and athleticism. Being pulled in to reach those sliced balls won’t just be tough to get down to for someone of her height, but getting into the court to reach them in the first place won’t be easy either. Martic can set herself up really well in points using that slice backhand in an attacking fashion, forcing Rybakina into no man’s land and then having to choose between retreating to the baseline or moving to the net and giving Martic the chance to pass her.

With both women having progressed to this point without dropping a set (though Rybakina’s matches have all been rather tight affairs) and both looking to advance to the quarterfinal stage for the first time at Wimbledon, I’m backing this one to remain close and see value in the underdog.

  • Selection: Martic to win
  • Odds: 2.84 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes: 2/10

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Odds are valid as of 01:30 am on 4th July 2022. Odds may now differ. 

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