<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[John Isner vs. Matthew Ebden 2017 Hall of Fame Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/23/john-isner-vs-matthew-ebden-2017-hall-of-fame-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments John Isner and Matthew Ebden meet in the final of the 2017 Hall Of Fame Open.

John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Bjorn Fratangelo that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 81 percent of his first serve points and 73 percent of his second serve points. Isner is finally experiencing some success after a hit or miss season, and this is the type of tournament that can get his season back on track. Isner has combined for 48 aces in his three matches and is coming off a match in which he won 43 percent of his return points. A win here should…

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John Isner and Matthew Ebden meet in the final of the 2017 Hall Of Fame Open.

John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Bjorn Fratangelo that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 81 percent of his first serve points and 73 percent of his second serve points. Isner is finally experiencing some success after a hit or miss season, and this is the type of tournament that can get his season back on track. Isner has combined for 48 aces in his three matches and is coming off a match in which he won 43 percent of his return points. A win here should help break Isner’s funk and create some momentum with the US Open about a month away. Isner hopes to win his 11th career title and first since the 2015 Atlanta Tennis Championships. Isner is 2-0 in final appearances on grass court. Isner has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.

Matthew Ebden is coming off a straight sets win over Peter Gojowczyk that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Ebden won 74 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Ebden has won six straight matches to get to this point, and its easily the most success he’s had in a singles tournament on the ATP level. Ebden has relied on his service game to get easy points, but he’s also given himself 31 break chances in his last three matches. If Ebden is going to be this successful on the return, he has a chance at the upset in this match. Ebden has a chance to win his first ever ATP singles title. Ebden has won eight of his last nine matches on grass court. 

These two have played twice and Isner has won both meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Wimbledon, a match Isner won in straight sets. Ebden hasn’t won a set against Inser in two matches.

Ebden is playing some solid tennis right now, but he’s had little singles success in his career and will have to serve at a high level to compete with Isner. The American needed this tournament to kind of get his season back on track and this was his event to lose. This should be no problem for Isner if we’re being honest. 

Inner wins in straight sets.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:32:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89946
<![CDATA[US Open 2017: Tennis WTA Odds, Preview, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/08/28/us-open-2017-tennis-wta-odds-preview-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments With the Wimbledon wrapped up and making money on hedging Venus Williams +1200 in the final, we now turn our attention to the 2017 US Open that takes place in a little over a month. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks.   

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With the Wimbledon wrapped up and making money on hedging Venus Williams +1200 in the final, we now turn our attention to the 2017 US Open that takes place in a little over a month. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks.   

ATP US Open Preview, Odds, Predictions, Dark Horses

Here goes…    

Here are five WTA players to consider betting on in the 2017 US Open.

Victoria Azarenka - Victoria Azarenka still doesn’t have a ton of matches under her belt since returning from her pregnancy, but she’s gotten better with each performance and made the fourth round of the Wimbledon before losing to Halep in two tight sets. Azarenka is getting rid of rust rather quickly and now heads into a tournament where she’s made the quarterfinals or the final in her last four appearances. Azarenka loves the US Open and has a 32-10 record here for her career. With no Serena Williams and in better shape, Azarenka and odds of +700 are extremely intriguing.

Caroline Wozniacki - Caroline Wozniacki continues to be disrespected by oddsmakers in big tournaments, as you can get her with +2500 odds in the US Open. While she hasn’t won a grand slam and has been a quick exit more times than not, Wozniacki has made the semifinals or better in five of her last eight US Open appearances. Wozniacki enjoys the US Open more than any other tournament and has an advantage over her competition considering she gets to live at home while others are sleeping in hotels. Wozniacki has to win a grand slam eventually and with a wide open field, these odds are a steal.

Simona Halep - Simona Halep is winning 69.5 percent of her US Open matches, which is her highest in a grand slam and includes back-to-back quarterfinal appearances. It’s no secret Halep has the defense and the shotmaking ability to beat anybody in any tournament, but it comes down to consistency with her and keeping her head in the game despite mistakes. We saw it in the French Open final that she should have won. Either way, I still think Halep is the best player in the field when she’s playing her best and you throw out Serena. I’ll take Halep and odds of +800, which also provides hedging room in later rounds.

Coco Vandeweghe - Coco Vandeweghe has yet to have her breakthrough moment at the US Open, but she did make the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Vandeweghe is finally putting the pieces together at 25 years old and seems to be the American female to beat when you remove the Williams sisters from the conversation. An emotional player like Vandeweghe, who is also from New York, would love nothing more than to build on her momentum and make a deep US Open run. I’ll take Vandeweghe and odds of +2000. 

Venus Williams - Venus Williams believes nobody can beat her when she’s playing a tournament that doesn’t include her sister. Venus has made the final in two of the three grand slams this season and has convinced herself even more that she’s capable of winning a major at 37 years old. Venus is 14-3 this season on hard court and 26-8 overall. The consistency has proven this is no fluke and Venus is a legit threat to win a grand slam. I’ll take my +1400 odds.

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<![CDATA[US Open 2017: Tennis ATP Odds, Preview, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/08/28/us-open-2017-tennis-atp-odds-preview-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments With the Wimbledon wrapped up and our winner in Roger Federer hitting with +275 odds, we now turn our attention to the 2017 US Open that takes place in a little over a month. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. 

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With the Wimbledon wrapped up and our winner in Roger Federer hitting with +275 odds, we now turn our attention to the 2017 US Open that takes place in a little over a month. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. 

WTA US Open Preview, Odds, Predictions, Dark Horses

Here goes…  

Here are five ATP players to consider betting on in the 2017 US Open.

Roger Federer - It’s almost impossible to have a US Open card without Roger Federer on it considering he’s won his last 12 matches in straight sets and has won the two grand slams this year that he’s participated in. Federer is playing lights out tennis all season long and there’s nobody who can beat him if he stays in his current form. Not to mention Federer made the final in his last US Open appearance and has made at least the quarterfinals in 11 of his last 12 appearances overall. While oddsmakers are getting tighter with Federer, you can still get him at +225 to win the US Open, and you have to take it. Right now, Federer has to be the pick to win another grand slam with the way he’s playing.

Stan Wawrinka - Stan Wawrinka always seems to be the forgotten man in tournaments, as you can get him with +1200 odds to win the US Open. Keep in mind Wawrinka’s style is best on hard court where he can blast the ball and hit winners, and he’s won 78 percent of his matches in this tournament, his best percentage in a grand slam. Wawrinka of course won last years US Open and has made at least the quarterfinals in each of his last four tries. As long as Wawrinka can get through his first few matches without any hiccups, these odds are terrific value and kind of disrespectful to his chances.

John Isner - John Isner hasn’t had a great season and has never been good in grand slams due to his marathon matches that cause him to wear down. However, Isner loves playing in the United States and uses the crowd to his advantage. Isner’s 69 percent winning percentage here is easily his best for a grand slam, and he did make the quarterfinals in 2011. Also, Isner seems to be finding his form and gaining confidence in Newport that could carry over to this tournament. While a title is out of the question, you can certainly make money with hedging +10000 odds and the American.

Marin Cilic - Marin Cilic is coming off a Wimbledon final appearance and has now made at least the quarterfinals in seven of his last 13 grand slam tries. Cilic has found his serve the last couple of events, and he’s a nightmare to play when he’s hitting his spots, as it puts so much pressure on his opponent to stay engaged every point. Of course, Cilic won the US Open in 2014 and has made at least the quarterfinals in three of his last four appearances. Cilic and odds of +1400 feels too good to pass up and provides hedging room later in the tournament. 

Andy Murray - There’s a decent chance Novak Djokovic sits out this tournament due to injuries, and that kind of waters down the men’s side and increases chances for guys like Andy Murray. Murray has been bounced before the fourth round of a grand slam just twice since 2011, and he had a chance to win his second US Open last year before falling apart against Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals. Murray is the definition of consistency and it’s nice to have +400 odds in your pocket knowing a deep run is going to take place.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:59:39 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89880
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic 2017 Wimbledon Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/16/roger-federer-vs-marin-cilic-2017-wimbledon-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Marin Cilic meet in the final of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set in his last 11 matches and is coming off a match in which he got 67 percent of his first serves in play while hitting 53 winners. Federer is simply playing some of his best tennis in quite some time, as he has everything working for him and is proving the time…

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Roger Federer and Marin Cilic meet in the final of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set in his last 11 matches and is coming off a match in which he got 67 percent of his first serves in play while hitting 53 winners. Federer is simply playing some of his best tennis in quite some time, as he has everything working for him and is proving the time off can do wonders for a guy his age. There’s really not much Federer can improve on heading into the title match, as the 35-year-old is serving, returning and hitting his spots with ease all while playing the fewest tennis possible to get to get to this spot. Federer hopes to win his 19th career grand slam title and eighth Wimbledon title. Federer is 16-6 in his career in final appearances on grass. Federer has won 11 straight matches on grass court.

Marin Cilic is coming off a four sets win over Sam Querrey that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 88 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has won no less than 79 percent of his first serve points in each match this tournament and is coming off a performance in which he had 70 winners to 21 unforced errors. Cilic has been broken 10 times in his last five matches, so there is an opening for his opponent to capitalize, but his serving consistency and constant winners has become overwhelming for his opponent. Cilic has combined for 144 winners in his last two matches, a formula that makes anybody tough to beat on any given day. Cilic looks for his second career grand slam title and first since the 2014 US Open. Cilic is 1-2 in his career in final appearances on grass. Cilic has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.

These two have played seven times and Federer has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Federer won in five sets. Cilic’s only win over Federer came in the 2014 US Open. This will be the second time these two meet on grass court. 

I can only say it one more time, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before the tournament started, and he’s shown me nothing to shy away from that pick. The guy is simply on another level right now and looks unbeatable. While Cilic is a respectable opponent in his own right, there’s nothing tripping up Federer in his current form. He has everything working for him at the moment. 

Federer wins his second grand slam of the year.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:50:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89424
<![CDATA[Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams 2017 Wimbledon Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/15/garbine-muguruza-vs-venus-williams-2017-wimbledon-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams meet in the final of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 74 percent of her first serve points and 69 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has dropped just nine games in her last two matches and has had 15 or less unforced errors in five of her six matches this tournament. Muguruza is coming off a match in which she won 58 percent of her return points and is hitting the ball with great pace. Muguruza is easily…

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Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams meet in the final of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 74 percent of her first serve points and 69 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has dropped just nine games in her last two matches and has had 15 or less unforced errors in five of her six matches this tournament. Muguruza is coming off a match in which she won 58 percent of her return points and is hitting the ball with great pace. Muguruza is easily playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from her since that 2015 season. This is Muguruza’s third career grand slam final appearance, and she hopes to win her second title. Muguruza is 0-1 in her career in final appearances on grass. Muguruza has won nine of her last 11 matches on grass court.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 79 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Venus has dropped just one set this tournament and is coming off a match in which she lost just seven first serve points. Venus has combined for just 37 unforced errors in her last three matches and had just nine in her semifinals victory. Venus looks very comfortable on the court right now and is in her third grand slam final since the 2009 season. Venus hopes to win her first grand slam final since the 2008 Wimbledon and her eighth grand slam title of her career. Venus is 5-3 in her career in final appearances on grass. Venus has won 11 of her last 12 matches on grass court. 

These two have played four times and Venus has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match Muguruza won in three sets. Venus’ victories were in 2013-15. This will be the first time these two meet on grass court. 

Two of the four matches between these two have gone the distance and with the way both are playing right now, you can probably expect the same here. You could make a case for either player and Muguruza is probably the safer bet given the pace she’s hitting the ball and the fact she’s the better mover right now. However, I thought Konta had the edge over Venus in the semifinals, and she won just 26 percent of her return points and got nothing from her second serve. After that domination, it’s kind of hard to pick against Venus, especially with the plus money. Maybe it’s just her tournament to end the drought.

I’ll side with Venus here.

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Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:26:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89361
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych 2017 Wimbledon Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/14/roger-federer-vs-tomas-berdych-2017-wimbledon-semifinal-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 90 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he lost just six of 61 first serve points. Federer’s serve has been extremely sharp all tournament long and it’s why he’s winning in such dominating fashion when you combine it with his known return ability…

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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 90 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he lost just six of 61 first serve points. Federer’s serve has been extremely sharp all tournament long and it’s why he’s winning in such dominating fashion when you combine it with his known return ability and defense. Federer is damn near impossible to beat with the way he’s seeing and the fact he’s combined for 20 unforced errors in his last six sets. Federer hopes to make his fourth grand slam final since 2015 and his 11th Wimbledon final appearance of his career. Federer has lost five of his last nine grand slam semifinal appearances. Federer has won 10 straight matches on grass court.

Tomas Berdych is coming off a two sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 93 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Berdych had control of the first two sets and lost just two of 27 first serve points before Novak retired due to an elbow injury. Berdych is serving like the young version of himself and has been broken just twice in his last 10 sets played. If Berdych can continue to get his first serve in play, he has a chance to win this match. Berdych hopes to make his second career grand slam final appearance and first since the 2010 Wimbledon. Berdych is 1-5 in his career in grand slam semifinal appearances. Berdych has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.

These two have played 24 times and Federer has won 18 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Miami Masters, a match Federer won in three sets. Federer has won the last seven matches against Berdych with his last loss coming in the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships. This will be the fourth meeting on grass. 

I said it once and I’ll say it again, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before this tournament started and he’s done nothing in five matches to change my mind. Federer’s serve, return and shotmaking ability has all been on point, not to mention he’s played the fewest tennis possible to get to this point. Then you throw in the head to head numbers against Berdych, and there’s no reason to pick against Federer here.

Federer reaches another Wimbledon final.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:02:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89334
<![CDATA[Marin Cilic vs. Sam Querrey 2017 Wimbledon Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/14/marin-cilic-vs-sam-querrey-2017-wimbledon-semifinal-pick-odds-prediction#comments Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Marin Cilic is coming off a five sets win over Gilles Muller that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Cilic finally showed he was human on the serve, as he won just 47 percent of his second serve points and was broken three times. However, Cilic did hit 74 winners and dominated the deciding fifth set, 6-1. Cilic has hit no less than 39 winners in each of his last five matches and has won no less than…

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Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Marin Cilic is coming off a five sets win over Gilles Muller that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Cilic finally showed he was human on the serve, as he won just 47 percent of his second serve points and was broken three times. However, Cilic did hit 74 winners and dominated the deciding fifth set, 6-1. Cilic has hit no less than 39 winners in each of his last five matches and has won no less than 79 percent of his first serve points this entire tournament. The only thing you can question with Cilic at this point is his conditioning after a five setter. Cilic looks to make his second career grand slam final and first since the 2015 US Open. Cilic is 1-2 in his career in grand slam semifinal appearances. Cilic has won nine of his last 10 matches on grass court.

Sam Querrey is coming off a five sets win over Andy Murray that took 46 games to decide. In the victory, Querrey won 84 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Querrey dropped just two games in the final two sets and gave himself 12 break chances against the top player in the world. Querrey has won no less than 83 percent of his first serve points in his last four matches and has been broken 10 times throughout this tournament. Querrey is by far playing his best tennis ever in a grand slam and the confidence is building, but you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after playing 22 sets to get to this point. Querrey has a chance to reach his first ever grand slam final at 29 years old. Querrey has won seven of his last nine matches on grass court.

These two have played four times and Cilic has won all four meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Citi Open, a match Cilic won in straight sets. This will be the fourth meeting between the two on grass. 

I question how much Querrey has left after playing so much tennis to get to this point and the fact he’s not used to these deep tournament runs. He’s now being asked to beat back-to-back top-10 players on one of the biggest stages in tennis. You also have the fact Cilic has been the most consistent player between the two this tournament and has owned the head to head even though the grass matches have been competitive. Cilic hasn’t had the occasional dips in his serve and his shotmaking has been on point. 

I like Cilic to reach the Wimbledon final.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:44:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89331
<![CDATA[Venus Williams vs. Johanna Konta 2017 Wimbledon Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/13/venus-williams-vs-johanna-konta-2017-wimbledon-semifinal-pick-odds-prediction#comments Venus Williams and Johanna Konta meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Jelena Ostapenko that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 78 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Venus has won her last eight sets and is coming off a match in which he dropped just nine first serve points. Venus has also had 15 or less unforced errors in her last three matches, which is key for her considering that’s been her downfall over the years. Venus has to love her chances…

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Venus Williams and Johanna Konta meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Jelena Ostapenko that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 78 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Venus has won her last eight sets and is coming off a match in which he dropped just nine first serve points. Venus has also had 15 or less unforced errors in her last three matches, which is key for her considering that’s been her downfall over the years. Venus has to love her chances as long as she continues to play clean tennis and not help her opponent. Venus hopes to make her second grand slam final appearance since 2010. Venus also hopes to make her ninth career Wimbledon final appearance. Venus has won 10 of her last 11 matches on grass court.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 68 percent of her first serve points and 66 percent of her second serve points. Konta has won three of her five matches in three sets, as she continues to come away with the biggest points, and she’s coming off a match in which she got 68 percent of her first serves in play. Konta has also had 21 or less unforced errors in four of her five matches, putting a lot of pressure on her opponent to play consistent tennis. Konta hopes to make her first career grand slam final appearance, and this is her second career grand slam semifinal. Konta’s only other grand slam semifinal trip was in the 2016 Australian Open. Konta has won eight of he last nine matches on grass court.

These two have played five times and Konta has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match Venus won in three sets. Kona has beaten Venus three out of the four meetings on hard court, but this is their first match on grass.

I would love to see Venus win this match and have a shot to win another grand slam at her age. She’s also capable of getting it done if she can avoid the mountain of unforced errors that sometimes creep into her game. However, Konta is the more consistent player at this stage and is easier to trust due to her defense and ability to constantly keep the ball in play. Konta does not beat herself, and she’s going to put a lot of pressure on Venus to hit winners and make the right play time and time again.

I’d love to be wrong with this pick, but I see Konta getting the victory here.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:59:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89313
<![CDATA[Garbine Muguruza vs. Magdalena Rybarikova 2017 Wimbledon Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/13/garbine-muguruza-vs-magdalena-rybarikova-2017-wimbledon-semifinal-pick-odds-prediction#comments Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 71 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has still dropped just one set this tournament and has been broken just once when you remove her match against Angelique Kerber. Muguruza has gotten no less than 62 percent of her first serves in play and has had 15 or less unforced errors in four of her first…

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Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 71 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has still dropped just one set this tournament and has been broken just once when you remove her match against Angelique Kerber. Muguruza has gotten no less than 62 percent of her first serves in play and has had 15 or less unforced errors in four of her first five matches. Needless to say, this is the dominant Muguruza that we saw win the French Open title in 2016. Muguruza hopes to make her third career grand slam final appearance and second in the Wimbledon. Muguruza is 2-0 in grand slam semifinal appearances. Muguruza has won eight of her last 10 matches on grass court.

Magdalena Rybarikova is coming off a straight sets win over Coco Vandeweghe that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Rybarikova won 78 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Rybarikova has dropped two sets this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 46 percent of her return points and had just eight unforced errors. Rybarikova has been very sharp with her return and has given herself a combined 47 break chances in her five matches overall. Rybarikova is simply hitting the ball with terrific pace and has proven to be very tough to beat when she’s not racking up the unforced errors. Rybarikova has a chance to make her first ever grand slam final appearance at 28 years old. Rybarikova has won 10 straight matches on grass court.

These two have split their previous four meetings with Rybarikova winning the most recent match in the 2015 Birmingham Classic. Muguruza’s last win over Rybarikova came in the 2013 Indian Wells Masters. The last two matches between these two were decided in straight sets. 

Not many players can compete with Muguruza when she’s playing in this form and she’s able to mix in her shots and not cater to Rybarikova, who wants power shots win rallies. Muguruza has more variety to her game than Coco, and that’s going to be the difference to slay the cinderella. Not to mention you have to question when nerves will eventually takeover for Rybarikova, as this is somebody who never even made the fourth round of a grand slam before this event.

I like Muguruza to get the victory here.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:58:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89316
<![CDATA[Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych 2017 Wimbledon Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/07/12/novak-djokovic-vs-tomas-berdych-2017-wimbledon-quarterfinal-pick-odds-prediction#comments Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 71 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic still has yet to drop a set on grass court this season and is coming off a match in which he got 71 percent of his first serves in play. Djokovic has been broken just twice this tournament and is winning no less than 42 percent of his return points. The only question with…

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Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 71 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic still has yet to drop a set on grass court this season and is coming off a match in which he got 71 percent of his first serves in play. Djokovic has been broken just twice this tournament and is winning no less than 42 percent of his return points. The only question with Djokovic is can he put together a complete match on such a quick turnaround. Djokovic hopes to make the semifinals of a grand slam for the 11th time since 2014. Djokovic also hopes to make his eighth career Wimbledon semifinal appearance. Djokovic has won eight straight matches on grass court.     

Tomas Berdych is coming off a five sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 83 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Berdych has won no less than 83 percent of his first serves this tournament and is coming off a five setter in which he had just 19 unforced errors. Berdych is hitting the ball extremely well and has been broken just three times in his last 16 sets. Berdych hopes to make his seventh career grand slam semifinal and third in the Wimbledon. Overall, Berdych has made the semifinals of a grand slam three times since 2013. Berdych has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.      

These two have played 27 times in the past and Djokovic has won 25 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Canadian Masters, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Berdych’s last win over Djokovic came in the 2013 Rome Masters. 

Berdych in this form is tough as it is, but he’s an even tougher out when you factor in the rest advantage he has over Djokovic. Novak has to play back-to-back matches, while Berdych had Tuesday off. Tough ask of Djokovic. Either way, I’m still siding with Novak because of the massive head to head advantage. When a guy beats you 25 out of 27 times, it means your game doesn’t give him many issues.

I like Djokovic to advance to the semifinals.

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