Followers of Bet Enthusiast are facing a massive trading dilemma ahead of the semi-finals of the men’s singles at Wimbledon. We advised Andy Murray to win the championships and Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the final and both bets are still alive heading into the last three days of the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
The most obvious trading decision is to back Novak Djokovic to win the event as that would cover most of the bases but then if Jerzy Janowicz emerged as the champion all bets would be losers. On form the most likely final would be between Murray and Djokovic but major championship sport at the highest level does not often run to from.
Murray and Djokovic are big favourites to win their respective semi-finals and clearly both players are well ahead of their opponents in assessing form ahead of play in south west London on Friday. In the women’s draw there’s no Serena, Maria or Victoria but what a great scenario is developing in which Sabine Lisicki or Marion Bartoli could win the most valued prize in the game.
In the first week of Wimbledon several players bemoaned the condition of the grass courts but this is akin to Rory McIlroy complaining that links golf courses are not fair in the context of major championship golf. As they say in golf you play the ball as it lies and so Bartoli and Lisicki have been the best female players at Wimbledon and cannot be denied their position in the final.
Bet Enthusiast subscribers were on Sloane Stephens to reach the final but that bet went astray though this is a player to follow during the hardcourt season after Wimbledon. Stephens is a future major champion and a player to follow over the next few years but can we say the same about Laura Robson, the new darling of British sport?
On a pure analysis of the form we have to say that Robson lost in straight sets to Kaia Kanepi who was then beaten in two sets by Lisicki. So if Robson cannot beat Kanepi can we assume she has the ability to eliminate Lisicki deep into the second week of Grand Slam tennis?
Robson is the highest ranked teenager in the women’s game which suggests given natural development over the next five years means she can become a top 10 player. That means the BBC, Sue Barker and Henman Hill will have a player to follow well into the next decade.
In ten years we may look back on Wimbledon 2013 and say this was Robson’s great chance to really make a name for herself. Older readers may remember Virginia Wade winning Wimbledon in front of the Queen in 1977 after many agonising efforts but there is a feeling in the year of the shocks this was an opportunity for our Laura that may not come again over the next five years.
Middle England and Centre Court ticket holders will be relishing a final between Djokovic and the sporting hero of troubled Dunblane but can we discount Janowicz and Del Potro really upsetting the apple cart? Del Potro beat Djokovic in the bronze medal match at the Olympics and Janowicz could be as good as anyone. That means we could see Bartoli or Lisicki and Janowicz starting the dancing at the Wimbledon Ball on Sunday night.
Back next Friday.