Sun, Jun 14, 11:25pm by Kevin Pitstock
Anticipation is building as we come closer to the start of what should be an open affair at the 2009 grass court championships at Wimbledon. The betting on this event has fluctuated as punters speculate on who will come through.
The betting on the mens event is one that is perhaps the most interesting. Roger Federer won the French Open for the first time last month. He has since pulled out of preparation events bcause he is mentally drained.
Rafael Nadal is having more than his fair share of problems as well. After losing to Soderling in the French Open 4th round he has since pulled out of tournaments due to a knee injury. He has said that he is uncertain as to how fit he will be, but he will give 100% no matter what.
This injury saw him blow out to 16-1 at one point and several punters got on him at 11-1. He is now settled at around the 5-1 range. If the betting is anything to go by, we are in for a treat because odds have been fluctuating wildy.
After winning the French Open Roger Federer is at around the 2-1 for sports betting on Wimbledon 2009. I’m not so so sure he should be so short though. I have my doubt, even though he just won his first French Open and 14th Grand Slam.
Even though he won it wasn’t a smooth ride. He almost lost to Tommy Haas and was taken to 5 sets by Juan Martin Del Potro. He has pulled out of tournaments since and the fact that he has said he is mentally drained is worrying to me. I think both Federer and Nadal are too short in the betting on Wimbledon 2009, especially Federer.
For the first time I am going to back Andy Murray. It is rare these days in professional mens tennis that anyone has a look in other than the top 2. He has been in good form and is at home on the grass. I think he can break through for his maidan Grand Slam. Sportsbet has him paying 5-1. While I think it is a tad short for him I will still be jumping on board. I think the 7-1 mark would be better suited, but I won’t be complaining if he wins.
Best Bet for Mens Wimbledon 2009 – Andy Murray – Sportsbet = 5-1
As for the womens event at Wimbledon 2009 I can’t see anyone beating the Williams sisters. I am almost certain the winner will be one of these two. They have both had indifferent form in the lead up but that has never mattered much in the past. They always light up the courts around Wimbledon time.
Out of the two sisters I like Venus better. Her game is better suited to the grass counts and moves better than he sister. She is solid at the net and her serve is lethal of the grass.
The betting on the womens 2009 Wimbledon event is telling the same story that I am. Serena and Venus Williams are the two favourites. Serena is the favourite on SPortsbet at $3.50. Suprisingly Maria Sharapova is the 3rd favourite paying $7.50 on Sportsbet. She has been in terrible form and I don’t think her history on grass is enough to justify those odds. She hasn’t recovered from her time off with injury and I don’t think she will make an impact in the womens draw at Wimbledon 2009.
Womens Wimbledon 2009 best bet – Venus Williams = $4.75 on Sportsbet.
Overall it should be an exciting event to watch in both the mens and womens events. I don’t think the favourites are a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination. I think we could be in for some big upsets. Both events are very open and the betting on Wimbledon 2009 relfects that. The betting has been volatile and rapid fluctuations have become the norm.
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