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Wimbledon 2022: Predictions, Top Contenders to Win and Value Odds

Flash:

Welcome to the BetUS golf, tennis, and horse racing show. And we’re off in two weeks to SW19 for grand slam number three, and that is Wimbledon. Wimbledon, the oldest tennis competition, oldest grand slam, and probably one of the most iconic. Obviously coming from England, it was everything that we looked forward to. It was really your start of your summer, but it is number three. So what we’re going to do, first of all, is tell you we’re America’s favorite sportsbook. So we’d like you to subscribe and ring the bell. Ring the bell means that we’ll notify you and you’ll never miss any content again. So that means, well, this is a very early preview. Next week we’ll get really deep and down because we’ll know the draws. So you’ll get our quarter-finalists, winners, to appear in the final, and the week after we’ll then show you the ladies and the men’s finals, cleaned up to be fair, that my guests, which is obviously Snize and at [Nupes], which is Alex.

Flash:

If you was with us for the Roland-Garros, which is the French Open, we cleaned up, absolutely cleaned up, 5-0 for the finalists. And that’s what we absolutely adore. Now, this is how we’re going to do it. We’re going to have contenders. We’re going to have four contenders from the ladies, four contenders from the men. And we’re going to have a wild card or a dark horse, and we’re going to have their odds. The best thing about all of this is that we’re going to be able to maybe jump the gun because we think that there’s going to be massive value to be had if you want to press the button early. Okay. So let me introduce you. First of all, from stateside, we’ve got Alex Christensen. Alex, how are you, sir?

Alex Christensen:

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, gentlemen. I’m excited for Wimbledon. The French Open is probably my favorite slam, but Wimbledon is a close second. It’s just something special about that place and I can’t wait.

Flash:

Yeah, it’s called class. Can’t teach that, Alex. Can’t teach that, Alex. It is the iconic event of the year. And especially in this sport where it’s just a lot of players, they say, this is the one that they want to win. Is it one of your favorites?

Alex Christensen:

Oh, yeah. Absolutely. Again, it’s for me, it’s this and the French Open. I love the US Open. The Australian Open’s fun. But it’s those two tournaments for me. And I probably like the French Open just a little bit more, but grass tennis is awesome.

Flash:

It’s nice. It’s grass, quicker surface. Does that mean that we like should get, especially on the ladies side of things, we should get maybe a little bit more value in our winner?

Snize:

Yeah. Because grass is, as you call it a novelty surface. It’s one that is very difficult to master. And one that very few have ample experience on because the grass season is only three to four weeks long every year. And in a lot of countries in the world, you simply do not have grass courts to play on. So it’s absolutely one where really the books have also struggled to price some of these women because it’s really tough to know what to expect.

Flash:

Okay. So listen, let’s crack straight on. We’re going to start off. We’re going to give you four women’s contenders and a dark horse. And then we’ll have a look at the outrights as well and trying, maybe, just steer you right into the money before the tournament even starts. So let’s crack straight on with our number one contender and it’s world number one, Iga Swiatek. And its grand slam wins of two, WTP wins of nine. But our Winward at best is only the fourth round. The BetUS odds to win at the moment are plus 150. She was odds on in Paris and she duly obliged. Alex, I’m going to let you take this one. At plus 150, she is the world number one, but with a Winward at best of fourth round, is that not too short?

Alex Christensen:

It does look like an awfully short number to me. And it’s probably a correct number. Just given the amount of respect you have to have for a woman that hasn’t lost a tennis match in three to four months at this point. I mean, I think we’re at 40 plus consecutive wins. She’s pushing towards possibly the consecutive winds record, I believe. I mean, it’s just incredible here, but we’ve got a surface change and it’s a particular surface she doesn’t have a lot of experience on. And Snize knows the game a little bit better, but it’s a real serve and volley surface. And again, it’s hard to get a lot of practice on that outside of the three or four weeks that there is grass tennis. And I don’t believe she plays a lot of doubles. And that’s another thing to look at in this tournament. Doubles experience helps a lot. It gives you a better understanding of what you need to do at net in some of these situations. So Iga’s still the best player on tour. She’s the best woman tennis player in the world. But at plus 150, I’m happy to put that aside and look for somebody else.

Flash:

Okay. We’re looking for somebody else. Snize, I’ll come back to you. I just want to check, when we look at the outrights. Let’s have a little look at contender number two, please. Simona Halep, been there, seen it, done it. Has two grand slams, but the most important one for me is that she’s been a winner here and you’re getting a plus 1000. Do we think that she comes back and wins at Wimbledon number two, Snize?

Snize:

Oh, sorry. She has a fantastic opportunity to do so this year. And especially with Iga, you knew, Wimbledon win aside, really does not have much experience and her spinny forehand doesn’t sit up as much on the grass. Simona Halep has been here. She’s done that. She’s been out injured, but come back in a bit of form, and really is a massive, massive danger with her all court game, her fantastic backhand, her defense, her pedigree, former world number one, multiple slam winner. That’s exactly the type of player that you want to back in a tournament like this. So it’s a massive opportunity for Halep and I quite fancy her to go for the title here.

Flash:

Are you confident she’s coming into the Wimbledon 2022 fully fit and mentally fit?

Snize:

Yes, I am. She made her comeback this week in Birmingham. She’s completely clobbered the opposition of Lesia Tsurenko and Harriet Dart in straight sets. Looking really dominant as she’s done that. So I’m confident she’ll be coming to SW19 in great shape of physically and mentally.

Flash:

Okay. And the other one, I want to just come back to you with, Alex, is we talked about the world number one, she’s actually passed the early grass court competition because she’s nursing a niggling injury again, at plus 150. That’s another negative. So Simona Halep at plus 1000, is that a number you don’t see getting any bigger?

Alex Christensen:

Hard to see that number getting much bigger. As Snize said, she’s been playing very well this week. People are going to pick up attention. They know that she’s won Wimbledon before, that number is only going to go one direction. Smaller is the direction.

Flash:

Okay. Just have a little look at contender number three, because this one here is always there or thereabouts, but again, not really got into the depths of the final of the second week. So, Ons Jabeur, world rank number four, tells you a lot. Grand slam wins, she’s still looking for her first. But Winward at best is quarter-finalist. So she’s just fallen really before that first major hurdle, but her odds to win are at plus 1600. Alex, is this one you see going deep into the competition?

Alex Christensen:

I do. Ons Jabeur is without a doubt, one of the smartest players on tour and arguably the smartest player on tour. The variety to her game, the way she knows how to set up shots, plays especially well on this surface. She’s generally very good. And the only thing that’s really held her back in the past is her physical fitness. She is someone who has come into the season, maybe not as sharp as you’d like from physical fitness perspective. And you can see later in tournaments, her body sort of betrays her with either an injury or built up fatigue and stuff. But she’s been much better the last year and a half. And this particular tournament, because it’s a grand slam, she’ll have every other day off. She’s one of the most talented players in the field. One of the most talented players on the surface, and at plus 1600, that looks like a nice number to me.

Flash:

Okay. Nice number at plus 1600. Remember, we have got question marks over the plus 150 favorite and world number one. Get yourselves into the chat, hold your Q&A because that will be at the end of the show. We won’t have any official picks, but we will be trying to guide you. So after we’ve done the men’s outrights, we will be having a Q&A. So please, Aaron, Natalie, and Paul, if you can hold your questions til then, that will be most grateful.

Flash:

Snize, let’s move on to contender number four, because here’s a girl who’s really, really informed, but again, grand slams are none. It’s Cori Gauff, who’s world ranked at 13. I think that this, although she’s only got to the fourth round a little bit like our favorite, you’re getting plus 1200. But with Cori, she has got may maybe grass attributes, would we say?

Snize:

Absolutely. So, Cori Gauff had her breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2019 where she only, aged 15, qualified, beat Venus Williams in the first round in straight sets, and went on all the way to make the last 16 where she lost to Simona Halep who won that year. So she absolutely has grass court pedigree. We haven’t seen much of her, of course, on the surface yet, but she backed that up with a round of 16 in 2021 last year as well. And she’s only gotten better since.

Snize:

Remember, she’s still only 18 years of age, but she’s got a big serve, a fantastic backhand, freak athleticism, and the leaky forehand is improving as well. So she has everything in her game to be able to contend and early signs this year are spectacular. Obviously a Roland-Garros final best she’s done at a major. And this week in Berlin, on the grass, she’s currently in the semifinal, haven’t lost a set yet. So she’s looking really, really strong and definitely one I fancy to contend for the title here.

Flash:

Snize, is this another one of those at plus 1200, we don’t see it getting any bigger. She goes and wins in Berlin on the grass. People are going to be thinking, is this a young Venus Williams? Obviously Venus is one of history’s greats, but she has them tools that you could sort of say, “Okay. The serving, the athleticism, the strength, is this something that…” Is Cory Gauff a future number one, world number one?

Snize:

I absolutely think she is. She’s already 13 in the world at only age 18. And she’s only getting better, improving her weaknesses. She has a fantastic team around her and the books and the public are already, since really she came through, been hyping her up and pounding down the Tennis odds. I don’t see this number growing any bigger, especially in life, if she goes well here in Berlin. So best to get in as soon as you can before the market takes notice.

Flash:

That’s why, that’s exactly why my boss said to me, “Let’s have a very early show.” Remember, you can join us on Friday, just after the draw’s made because that’s when we’ll be able to maybe say to you, “Cori Gauff is one of our bets as winning one of the quarter finals, or getting to the final, or even maybe being a semi-finalist.” So, at plus 1200, we certainly do like that. Let’s have a little look at our next lady because this is our dark horse. And the dark horse is Barbora Krejcikova, and it’s plus 2000. Sorry if I absolutely butchered that. Alex, would you say I butchered her name or did I do quite well?

Alex Christensen:

I think you did all right with Krejcikova there. And I know Snize is always the best at this in terms of three of us. But Barbora Krejcikova is pretty close to, I think, what is accurate. And I hope we get to see her here. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen her play tennis. She played one match at Roland-Garros, won the first set and then fell apart to lose there. Just concerned, I mean, she had a great start to the season, won a tournament in Sydney, made it all the way to the quarter-finals in the Australian Open. But had two pretty bad losses in Dubai and Doha, had to take some time for an injury. Again, came back for the French Open. We will see her in Eastbourne next week. So she has a chance to build up some form.

Alex Christensen:

But if she’s healthy and playing solid tennis, she has as good of a game for this surface as anyone in the women’s group here. She is, arguably, the best doubles player of the last five or so years on the women’s tour, probably one of the best doubles players of all time, is really comfortable on these courts here. And if she looks pretty confident and healthy and makes a nice little run on Eastbourne, will definitely be a contender for this Wimbledon championship.

Flash:

Yeah. And we don’t see the plus 20,000 getting any bigger if she has a deep run at Eastbourne because the Eastbourne is so… It’s almost like part of your calendar. You have the Queens, you have Nottingham, you have obviously Berlin and you have Eastbourne for the ladies. They go on a good run there. It’s almost like they don’t want to peak too early. So even if they get knocked out in the quarter-finals, they have that little bit extra rest. But a plus 2000, that’s where our dark horse is.

Flash:

Let me have a little look at the lady’s outrights because you can see the visual then. And we can maybe push to you and say, “Okay. This is where we think we should go.” I think Swiatek at plus 150 is something that we don’t really want to be getting involved in because her best is a fourth round loss. Osaka, we’ve not even mentioned, and she’s plus 600. Raducanu, I can’t have, by the way, yes, there’s going to be like a whole host of people saying, “Oh, it’s the British girl.” No. So really we are getting rid of the top four in the betting, Snize. And when we come in with Halep and Gauff, and then there’s Serena Williams. Serena Williams has obviously got the, well, she’s got the golden key. If she’s fit, every single tournament wants her in. She’s not going deep, surely?

Snize:

I doubt it. She hasn’t played in almost a year. She’s pushing 40 now and even really post maternity leave, we’ve seen her struggle with her game, her physical fitness and her nerves. She’s lost her fourth straight finals. And she hadn’t even taken a sight in any of them. And now coming back here, age 40, it’s going to be very difficult for Serena to contend. And we seriously don’t know anything about what kind of shape she will be in. But, of course, it’s Serena. So, if it’s anyone that could pull out a magic run from nowhere, it would be her to get that record tying win finally.

Flash:

Yeah. As you can see, I’ve aged because if you look at Karolina Pliskova at plus 1600, I’ve had her so many times, one are the most talented tennis players I’ve seen, maybe the last 15, 20 years. Does not get it done, Snize. Is this going to be the time for her?

Snize:

It well could be. You mean last year she finally made the final, that’s the deepest she’s been in any major for multiple, multiple years. So many disappointments, easy draws, and she hasn’t been able to make it work. But last year final, even took a set off of Ashleigh Barty. And, you know she played decent in Berlin, a bit rusty and a bit shaky at times, did play fairly close to Gauff. And you know with her serve, her massive ground strokes, she has every chance if she can find just a little more form, couple of extra gears, absolutely someone to watch out for as well.

Flash:

Okay. Remember, we’ll have a new name on the ladies singles this year because obviously last year’s winner has retired, in Ashleigh Barty. So who do we go for? Just let’s go for one each here. Okay. Halep for you, Snize?

Snize:

Yeah. Halep is my one and done, if you will. I think she has the all around game, the mental fortitude, and she’s coming into form at the exact right moment. And one of the few women that has the experience on grass and winning big majors. So she’s the one for me.

Flash:

Alex, plus 1000 ticks your box as well, I guess.

Alex Christensen:

Yeah. Halep is my pick, if I have to pick one woman to win this tournament. The other names I would look at again, Gauff, I think is really got to have a chance. I think she is really building on the experience and that deep run in the French Open. And Ons Jabeur, I think this sets up nicely for her again. We’ll see how the draw goes. But Halep, Gauff, and Jabeur are probably three of my top picks to win.

Flash:

Okay. Let’s move on. Let’s get to the men’s because the men’s, household names. And there might not be as much value. So let’s go to contender number one on the men’s. It’s Novak Djokovic, my word, it will take me three weeks just to tell you how well he has done. Six, by the way, six Wimbledon titles, world ranked number three. At minus 125, they’re almost saying that this is where Djokovic is going to be mentally tuned in because obviously he’s missed one. He then didn’t get because of Nadal. Let’s come to you, Snize. Novak Djokovic, at minus 125, do we steer clear, or is he one of those that we have to have in just to save our stake?

Snize:

It’s really, really difficult to oppose Novak Djokovic here. He’s won Wimbledon three times in a row and it’s, especially now considering the law in the US, it’s not looking like he’ll be allowed in to play the US Open. Remember, he was also barred from Australia. So that would give him extra motivation to really close the gap on Nadal. He’s a couple back now. So, I think Novak is going to come in here super, super motivated. He’s really the best grass court player in the world, the best player of all time. And it’s just someone, even at that price, that’s usually where he is at. And on these courts, there’s really only maybe one or two men that can even contend with him. So I think you have to either play him or just bet someone else and hope that Djokovic doesn’t come through, because he’s really, definitely, still the one to beat here.

Flash:

Okay. Well, if we’re trying to find one to beat him or one to join him in the final, then we got to go to contender number two, because contender number two, I mean look at Rafael Nadal, 92 ATP wins. Grand slams are at 22, world rank of number four. So there’s a chance, a small chance, that Nadal and Djokovic will meet again. But, like Roland-Garros when we said that Nadal, you could get around plus 400, here plus 600, Alex.

Alex Christensen:

It’s tough to support him at that number, but he’s done a lot more success in Wimbledon than I think people remember. Everyone knows him as the king of Roland-Garros, but he generally makes the semi-finals or quarter-finals here. He won it in 2000. I’m sorry, lost to Novak in the 2011 final, did win in 2010, won in 2008. And, again, I think his game does translate a little bit better to grass than people think, but, at plus 600, that number’s probably closer to right than it is wrong and I’m happy to stay away from it. But if he’s in the final, I won’t be surprised.

Flash:

Okay. And the other reason maybe, Alex, we have to steer clear is, he’s not getting any younger. So, he’s won the first two. So he is the only player on earth that can actually go and do this year’s grand slam. But are we thinking that this may be just like one step too far?

Alex Christensen:

It probably is. Like you said, it’s always tough for anybody to win all four in a year. But as Snize said so eloquently, he still probably has to beat Novak who is really just the best tennis player and the best grass player. So not that Nadal can’t do it, but I surely don’t expect him to.

Flash:

Okay. Put a line through Rafael. Oh, that is like the presenters curve. Let’s move on to contender number three. I’m only joking, by the way, you can never put a line through Rafael. And it’s Matteo Berrettini, last year’s beaten finalist at plus 700. So really, he’s on a match with Rafael Nadal. Grand slams, big duck egg, but world rank number 10. Why, or do we expect Berrettini to maybe go one step further than last year, Snize?

Snize:

He can, absolutely. He’s really the contender to me that has the biggest chance in this draw to beat Novak Djokovic. He was the finalist last year, took a set off of the great Serb. And it’s not difficult to see why because his game is tailor made for the grass surface. He has one of the biggest serves in the men’s game and his sledgehammer forehand is nigh unbeatable. He nails you either with an ace, an unreturnable serve, or a shot that just sets up an easy plus one for his forehand. And he barely, barely needs to hit any backhands, which would be the primary weakness. He has a great slice and a great net game as well. That is very usable on grass. He’s 34-8 in his career. He’s 11-2, he was in 2019, 11-1 in 2021, and he’s 7-0 this year going for back to back titles in Stuttgart and Queens Club. So Berrettini is really the name that I think has the greatest chance to contend. And he is one that I do like at the plus 700 there offered.

Flash:

Is there a chance that he gets in the different half of the draw to Novak? So if I said to you, “Okay, we’ll have a look at the draw, obviously next Friday when we can really like hammer down some picks. But if these two are in the opposite halves, we could actually go with finalists Djokovic versus Berrettini.” That’s something that we could be looking at.

Snize:

Yeah. It’s still possible, mathematically possible, that they get placed in different draws, different halves of their draws. So if that materializes, that would be excellent. It is definitely something I’d be wanting to back.

Flash:

Yeah. Another quick question, because some people might be watching this thinking, “Okay. Well if Djokovic won, and Berrettini comes second, are they not seeded one and two?”

Snize:

They are not because Wimbledon, they redid their seeding system. They had a grass specific seeding system in the past that is quite complicated. But it basically added up all the grass results that you had and they made a specific seeding system around that. But right now they reverted back to world ranking. So I mean the seedings aren’t set yet, so we’ll have to see. But Matteo is not going to be, he’s not even a top eight seed right now. Whereas, Djokovic will be top four. So we’ll have to see where Berrettini ends up. They’re not going to be as closely together in the seeding that would be required for them to automatically be placed in the same half, if you will. So there will be a good chance that they aren’t.

Flash:

Okay. Well, someone were definitely going to have on our radar at plus 700. Let’s move on to our next contender, please, because it’s Felix Auger-Aliassime. Is it Aliassime, please, Alex?

Alex Christensen:

I believe it’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Flash:

Okay. So what an absolute carve up I had there. So we’re going to just call him Felix. World rank number nine, grand slams, none. ATP wins, he said just solitary. But his Wimbledon best is quarter finalist, which tells you he quite likes the surface. And he’s at plus 1000. But remember what we said about the plus 1000 on the ladies side, it was a former winner. This one, he’s got to play out his boots, hasn’t he?

Alex Christensen:

A little bit here. I mean, if he does win Wimbledon it will be his first grass title in his ATP career, but he has a great game for it. I really, again, I hate to keep saying this, I don’t think he’s going to win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a deep run and was even a little bit of a challenge against Novak in a final, if he could make it that far. It just has a great versatility to his game. He’s really enjoyed working with Uncle Tony. I think it’s got his brain a little bit more settled down and locked in because, at the end of the day, it really is a mental battle, especially in these best of five grand slams. But he has great success in grass tournaments.

Alex Christensen:

Now, I said he didn’t win any, but he’s in the quarter-finals here in Halle. He made the semi-finals in ‘S-Hertogenbosch last week, was a quarter finalist in the last Wimbledon. And, really, I think every tournament he’s played in on grass, he’s at least made the quarter-final. So, has a great game for the surface, the outright number, maybe a little bit lower than I wanted, but he’s definitely a contender to make a deep run here.

Flash:

Okay. So maybe we’ll mention him in a week’s time when we actually have the draw and we can actually try and map his route. And I apologize to Felix for absolutely butchering his name. Let’s move on to our next contender though. Dark horse, it’s Roberto Bautista Agut. And I know I’ve got that right, so I don’t need Snize telling me it’s wrong. World rank number 20, duck egg on the grand slams, but his Wimbledon best, he was semi-finalist. Odds to win are, I think that’s plus 1000. I don’t think Bautista Agut is going to be 100-1. If he is, sign me up, Snize.

Snize:

Yeah. You are actually reading that correctly. It is plus 10,000, 100-1.

Flash:

100-1.

Snize:

Roberto Bautista. Yes. That is, in my opinion-

Flash:

He is a dark horse. He is black. He is like the darkest of the dark.

Snize:

He is. You cannot see him just like John Cena. He is completely blackened out. This price is outrageous. He is, if you look at other contenders like Marin Cilic, for example, he was in the 2000 range. That’s where he should be. He is former semi-finalist, took a set off of Novak Djokovic in 2019, hasn’t been knocked out any earlier than the last 16, in the last three Wimbledons, has fantastic grass court pedigree, flat hitting game, can rally with the best in the world. He’s been out injured, but he came back this week and he looked pretty good in Halle, created nine break points against Medvedev. It really should have taken some of them in and gave him an even tougher test, but he looked great there. So, really it’s just outrageous. And this price will not last. So this is one that you’ll have to get in because I am expecting this to be after people wake up. “Oh, it’s grass. It’s Bautista. Good. He’s back. He’s looking good.” Expecting this price to drop to the plus 3000 range, or plus 2000 range even. So, definitely one you have to get ASAP.

Flash:

Yeah. I did actually know that it was plus 10,000. I was just trying [inaudible] so we’re going to get like plus 1000 maybe for him to win a quarter-final, or plus 800. Alex, is this one that you can see going into the last eight?

Alex Christensen:

Absolutely. I mean, we’re getting the value of him coming off an injury here. The market has sort of put him aside. Maybe even forgotten about him a little bit, but he’s had a bunch of success here. You can see he’s made the semi-finals before. This is a spectacular number. I’d be more than happy to play 100-1. And hopefully, it holds somewhere near then because you’re right, we might get a really tasty quarter price. So, hopefully the market isn’t too quick to catch up.

Flash:

Yeah. For 100-1, I’m expecting the players like not even got trainers, or not even got a racket, you know what I mean? He just turns up and he’s having a go. This is someone that’s been a semi-finalist. So, listen, that’s the biggest, I think that’s the biggest positives we’ve seen on the side of value. Let’s have a little look at all the outrights for the men’s side because, listen, there’s some big names there that we’ve not even mentioned. We’re not going to go down them all because this is our very early preview. But we got Kyrgios, plus 2000. Cilic at plus 2000. And look at the bottom, there he is, plus 10,000. Tsitsipas, why have we not mentioned him, Alex, just quickly, plus 1000?

Alex Christensen:

He was really close to making my list, but he’s just kind of a flaky dude. And as I mentioned, this is a real mental struggle, trying to come through best of five tennis. He should be very good on grass. Actually, Snize, I’d be curious to hear why he doesn’t have much more success on grass. His game, to me, would seem to be built for it a little bit.

Snize:

The big problem for Tsitsipas is he is the worst player in the top 10, along with Berrettini at returning. He’s played a one handed backhand, which gets rushed on grass. The ball stays so low, so he doesn’t have time to wind it up. He doesn’t have a good slice backhand. And, yeah, those things all coming together, just brews trouble for him. He’s actually terrible on grass. The worst player, really, of the elite on grass. He has been knocked out in the first round, two Wimbledons in a row to Fabbiano as the minus infinite favorite. And then again, Tiafoe minus infinite last year. So he’s one that I’ll be looking to oppose early and that would be the one to avoid, like red, red lights. Do not bet Stephanos Tsitsipas to win Wimbledon.

Flash:

Okay. I’ve just got to mention, because everyone wants us to mention, golden boy himself, who was an absurd favorite at Roland-Garros. We said, “No. Steer clear.” He’s never won a five set event. And now he comes into potentially, he’s worse server as Carlos Alcaraz, plus 500. Is it a straight no, no from you both, Alex?

Alex Christensen:

Yeah. He is played two matches on grass in his professional career. They were both at Wimbledon last year. He struggled to beat Ujiyama and then got blown off the court by Medvedev. Again, he has super talented. Maybe it’s just a lack of experience, but I certainly would be shocked to see him, even in the semi-finals, let alone the final.

Flash:

Okay. Let’s go for a quick Q&A. Snize, let me just go back because I think it was Aaron was our first person on Q&A. Just please excuse me. Natalie’s gone, “Osaka for me.” I think she’s ordering lunch and she’s just typed thinking she was doing Uber Eats. Let me have a little look. Aaron said, “Serena at Wimbledon.” I think we’ve already mentioned there’s got no chance there, but I’ve got to ask my experts how deep can Serena go, Snize?

Snize:

It really depends on the draw. If she runs into a couple of qualifiers, a couple of players that aren’t adept at playing grass tennis and could also respect her a lot, because there’s really that aura factor that we have to take into account with Serena. How much fear does she still instill into some of these players that have idolized her growing up? It’s going to come down to that, and obviously how physically fit she is. Is the serve working? Is she moving well? So it’s really difficult, but I’m expecting her to go no further than round three, really. That would be the absolute ceiling for me. She’s going to run into someone that’s going to be able to take her out at that point at the latest.

Flash:

Alex, could we oppose her from round one, because we’re expecting her to be odds on just because it’s Serena Williams. Maybe we are just getting an inflated price on the opposition?

Alex Christensen:

It’s always tough to bet on Serena Williams. That name draws so much power and so much money in the market that you’re almost blindly going to have value betting against her. But we’ll see how she looks in Eastbourne. I’m still of the mindset that anything is possible with her, just given the way her serve is still head and shoulders above anybody else’s, given that aura that Snize talked about. And there are a couple players that aren’t quite as scared of her as they used to be, Osaka being one. But I don’t see them really being a problem in this tournament. So, I think you’re right. There’ll be value going against her, but I could see anything happening. I mean, if Serena wins Wimbledon, I won’t be surprised. I may or may not already have a fear of missing out ticket in my pocket.

Flash:

Okay. And Snize, just to not be completely rude, ignorant, or arrogant, why are we not going for Osaka because she is second best in.

Snize:

Yeah. The problem for Osaka is that she’s barely played any professional grass tennis in her career. It’s the surface she’s the absolute worst on. She even skipped the entire grass court swing last year. She hasn’t played it since 2019, and she’s also injured. Last time I saw Osaka, she posted a video of running on an underwater treadmill. She is in severe distress right now. She has an ankle injury. We’re not even sure she’ll be able to suit up. She withdrew from Berlin. So, I mean, I don’t even know if she can walk, come Wimbledon, or if she can run and exercise properly. So, those two are the biggest factors that you want to swerve Osaka in this particular tournament.

Flash:

Okay. So let’s wrap this up by, first of all, why don’t you please subscribe and also ring the bell. Ring bell means that we will notify you. So that means if you have subscribed, then you’ll know that on the 24th of June, on the Friday, 2:00 PM Eastern time you can join us because we’ll have plenty more meat on the bone, because we’ll know the draw.

Flash:

That means that our top man, our dark horse, who’s like plus 10,000 could well be plus 2000 by then. But if he’s not, we might get a plus 1000 just for him to win the quarter-finals. And we’re all going to have a little piece of Simona Halep at plus 1000, because that’s the number that we do not see getting any bigger. So, from the chat really, appreciate you. A quick one from Aaron is, “what about Cilic?” You liked Cilic last time, Snize. I’m going to ask you both, why? Why not Cilic?

Snize:

So I mentioned this during the final, the Roland-Garros final show that someone that’s playing well off the surface that they prefer is someone that you should be looking at adding. I mentioned, I got him at like 80-1 back then. That price has since plummeted, he’s down in the plus 2000s. And really, the only reason I’m not advocating for him is because I think the price is too short. He still can be very inconsistent and you also have to trust him to have the mental fortitude to be able to beat someone like a Novak Djokovic, or a big, big, big player. And Cilic does have mental demons that plague him sometimes. So it’s really just too short now. I would love to back him, but I just can’t get there with the price.

Flash:

Okay. Same with you, Alex?

Alex Christensen:

Yeah, exactly. That number’s just a little bit too low. He has a great game for it. Again, the mental fortitude that you’re looking for in best of five tennis, could make a deep run, but I have no interest in 20-1.

Flash:

Okay. Before we actually leave, there is a massive golf tournament going on that myself, James, and Craig Edwards, we actually covered. It’s not too late to go over and have a little look at that video because we do actually bet him running. The boys will just be going out, the afternoon starters, in round two. So if you are subscribed to this channel, remember you get golf, you get horse racing, and you get tennis. And we only give you the creme de la creme.

Flash:

So, from Alex, from Snize, and from myself and everyone at BetUS, we look forward to seeing you next week. It’s Friday the 24th, it’ll be 2:00 PM Eastern time, and there’ll be plenty meat on the bone. You take care.

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