4 Bets To Follow – Wimbledon

This entry was posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011

Here we go again…

It’s that time of year again. From Monday, the British middle classes, fresh from the Royal Wedding, will once again pretend they are all seasoned tennis connoisseurs, backing their latest British hopeful at Wimbledon. Here are four ways to make some money:

1) Andy Murray arrives in SW19 as the number four seed, but he’ll know that a fourth seed hasn’t made a final since Roger Federer began his reign of dominance back in 2003. Murray has of course made the Semis in the past two years and that’s where we think he’ll exit again – most probably at the hands of Rafael Nadal. A Semi-Final exit is a 6/4 shot whilst losing to Nadal is on offer at 7/4 – both with Ladbrokes.

2) The same bookmakers are running a market on how many sets Murray will lose at Wimbledon. Last year he lost four whilst the previous year saw him shed six. In the recent French Open, just to be different, he lost five. Close examination of the draw (which could pit him against Andy Roddick in the last eight), makes us think 5/4 is a good price on Murray losing five or more sets during Wimbledon 2011.

3) Ladbrokes also offer a market on the shortest match Murray will be involved in during the tournament. Last year his first three Wimbledon assignments all had 27 games. So the offer of 9/4 on his quickest game being over in either 26 or 27 games is enough to tempt us.

4) In the Women’s tournament, we think Serena Williams is generously priced at 5.9 on Betfair. Her last year has been heavily interrupted by serious illness and whilst a second round exit at Eastbourne last week wasn’t ideal preparation, she’ll have the early rounds at Wimbledon to find her groove. The 2009 and 2010 winner will certainly be the one to beat if she can find her form.

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