Ray Flanagan with two selections for the Ladies Wimbledon Tennis
It is tennis time again and the Wimbledon fortnight is upon us. The womens event has been thrown wide open this year following Serena Williams pregnancy while a number of the other top players have not been having the best of years. There are a fair few good value bets in the tournament but I will restrict myself to a pair of selections who both displayed potential in last years event.
A big serve is a great weapon on grass and with that in mind Coco Vandeweghe looks a decent bet at around the 20-1 mark. The 25-year old California native has had the third best serve on the womens tour in recent years and served notice at last years event that her aggressive game is well suited to the green grass of Wimbledon. She admittedly lost in the round of 16 but that was mainly due to an erratic showing on the day which hopefully she will have learnt from.
She showed she is ready to make the next step up the ladder after an excellent performance in the Australian Open in January beating a number of top players before losing a tight semi final against Venus Williams. She has recently hired a new coach-BBC commentator and 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash- and appears to have the credentials to give the tournament a good shot.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is a big price given her impressive showing at the tournament last year where she gave Serena Williams a scare in a closely fought quarter final. A former star of junior tennis, the now 25-year old could be ready to make her mark having struggled a little initially to make the transition to the senior grade. Her recent form could be a little better but she won two tournaments back in the spring on hard courts and clay showing she is a versatile operator. In view of her fine showing last year she must be backed at big odds.
Ladies Wimbledon Tennis
1.5 pts ew-Coco Vandeweghe-25-1 Betfred/20-1 General- 1/2 odds- 1-2 places.
1 pt ew-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova-80-1 General-1/2 odds-1-2 places