Tennis best bets for Wimbledon - Thursday, July 13th
Wimbledon is the third major of the tennis season and it's arguably the most prestigious of the four. The All England Club in London, England is one of the most beautiful venues that the sport has to offer, and the exclusive nature of grass-court tennis gives it a different feel than the rest. With that out of the way, I'm hoping to continue dishing out winners over the final few days, so make sure you keep reading for my tennis best bets for Thursday, July 13th.
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Elina Svitolina vs. Marketa Vondrousova
Svitolina is the popular bet to win this match, with three-quarters of all bets coming in on the Ukrainian. That’s not that surprising considering how good she looked in her win over world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. But it’s important not to overreact to the outcome of that match too much, especially with this being a let-down spot for Svitolina. That win over Swiatek was arguably the biggest of her entire career, so it might be hard for her to lock back in and beat a very strong opponent.
Vondrousova has been stellar since arriving in London, earning wins over Veronika Kudermetova, Donna Vekic and Jessica Pegula to get to this point. All three of those players had realistic shots at winning this tournament, so Vondrousova should be taken very seriously after having beaten them. I also view her game as a good fit on grass, even if the numbers didn’t back it up until this season. Vondrousova has a lot of power from both sides, but she also hits her spots and can mix in some spin. Against Svitolina, that should be pretty big. Svitolina doesn’t have much outside of her power.
Vondrousova has also won each of her last two matches against Svitolina, and those came when the Ukrainian was at the peak of her game. With that said, I’d expect her to get the job done here, even with the crowd firmly in Svitolina’s corner.
Bet: Vondrousova ML (-135)
Ons Jabeur vs. Aryna Sabalenka
Sabalenka has looked tremendous since the start of this tournament, but the same can be said about Jabeur. The Tunisian just came back from a set down to beat defending champion Elena Rybakina, and she was already coming off a straight-set domination of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Jabeur seems to always be undervalued in the market, and I’m not exactly sure why. But I love her to beat Sabalenka at this price.
Sabalenka is definitely going to have a big advantage in the power department here, but Jabeur has incredible touch and is going to try and prevent the Belarusian from getting comfortable. Jabeur can also be very steady with her serve, which we saw against Rybakina. If she is performing like that with the ball on her racquet, it’s very hard to see her losing to Sabalenka.
This match really can go either way, so it’s far from a sure thing. But there’s no way Jabeur should be going off at these odds, which is why it’s worth backing here.
Bet: Jabeur ML (+135)