Thursday, July 02, 2009




We already have plenty of interest in today's matches, with our earlier outright bets in the Ladies event, details of which are .

Therefore, there seems little point in any further major involvement, both sisters look at, or near the top of their game and should both make it through to saturday's final, when we can review the situation.

However, I do think that there are a couple of small bets we could make on the Venus-Safina match. The older Williams sister has come flying out of the blocks in every match so far and pretty much tended to stay there, she has only once been taken beyond three games in any set and only lost eight games in total, during her five first sets.

William Hill offer a very interesting quote of 3.25 for her to win the first two games of the match, she will want to impose herself on Safina from the off and given the Russian's propensity to start slowly, this looks an excellent bet.

I am going to pair this with a first set handicap bet on Venus giving up 2.5 games, a bet which would have been a winner in 8 of her 9 completed sets so far at these Championships. Very few of these semi finals tend to be close, Venus likes to win hers with the minimum of effort and on grass, she is head and shoulders above Safina. The two last met in Rome earlier this year, on clay, a surface that Venus is very uncomfortable on, Safina had all the advantages that day, yet still had to battle through in three close sets. Now that they are in the Williams "backyard" it will be a very different story.

Huge number of double faults for Safina in her quarter final and the pressure is going to be even more intense today.

3.5 points Venus to win the first two games 3.25 William Hill.

4 points Venus first set handicap -2.5 games odds 2.50 William Hill.

you should find similar quotes elsewhere later this morning.

Good Luck.

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