Olympics Betting: Serena's nerves might undo her
Back Tamira Paszek @ Betfair odds of (100.0).
When it comes to Women's Tennis at the Olymics, Gary Boswell urges you to steer clear of Serena Williams and keep your eye an Austrian.
Venue: Wimbledon SW19
Dates: July 28 - August 4
Last Three Singles Winners: Elena Dementieva, Justine Henin, Venus Williams
World's top 56 ranked players with no more than four from each country, plus eight wild card entries - six to be decided by ITF and two to be decided by Olympic committee. Knockout tournament from set draw made before tournament begins with final and bronze medal match scheduled for August 4. Women's doubles tournament will feature world's top 24 pairs with eight wild card entries.
The singles market is predictably dominated by Serena Williams (3.2) with Maria Sharapova (5.1) next best, Victoria Azarenka (8.4), Petra Kvitova (9.4) and defeated Wimbledon finalist Agnieska Radwanska (21.0)
British chances: Number one and two players Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha will both trade at (170.0).
That tells you where the hope for British women's tennis lies - in the future!
Longshots: The two to keep an eye on are China's Zheng Jie @ Betfair odds of (170.0) and Kazakstani Yaraslava Shvedova (100.0). Both recently won a set off Serena Williams at Wimbledon. With the tournament played on grass and coming so soon after the Grand Slam at the same venue, there's a real chance to study current lateral form and its relevance to preferred surface making this an ideal betting event for the procurement of profit.
The other longer priced player who will seriously appreciate the grass is monster German server Sabine Lisicki (28.0) - conqueror of Maria Sharapova at SW19 a fortnight ago.
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Lay Wimbledon champion Serena Williams @ Betfair odds of (3.2). This is a seriously skinny price. The 30-year-old, all-conquering American has made no secret of her desire to finally win gold in the singles. She played herself into awesome grass court form in the second week at the Grand Slam but she was still not her old untouchable self. Three sets dropped including one in the final where lightweight hitter Agnieska Radwanska took advantage of a growing tendency to show nerves in matches. Those with longer memories will also remember the wilt against Elena Demienteva in Beijing in 2008.
Back Tamira Paszek@ Betfair odds of (100.0)with a view to laying off as her price descends.The Austrian is another whose grass court game came sharply into form and focus in England with the win at Eastbourne and the QF at Wimbledon. Her big hitting forehand looks set to put her in with a chance of a medal.