Wimbledon 2017 Women’s First Round Predictions (Monday, July 3rd)
With the start of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship’s getting underway in earnest on Monday, it’s time for a quartet of expert first round picks on four WTA matchups that all have the look of virtual locks.
Since haste makes waste and the second round will be getting underway in no time at all, let’s get started.
A Closer Look At The Wimbledon 2017 Women’s First Round Predictions (Monday, July 3rd)
Kki Bertens +110 +110
Sorana Cristea -130
Analysis: There’s not a whole lot to dislike about Kki Bertens seeing as how the blossoming the 25-year-old has gone 22-17 with one title in singles and another in doubles this year.
Unfortunately, Sorana Cristea has pretty much owned Bertens by going 3-0 in three career meetings, including a 6-4, 6-2 smackdown in Linz, Australia in their last meeting a year ago.
Consequently, one win could be luck, two in a row is kind of a trend and three straight victories means Cristea is the pick to win and advance.
Pick: Sorana Cristea in three sets
Monica Puig +180
Timea Bacsinszky -220
Analysis: Puig and Bacsinszky have never met before, but Monica Puig is a modest 12-13 on the year while Timea Bacsinszky is a robust 16-9.
More importantly, Bacsinszky has beaten Venus Williams in two straight French Opens and is simply the more consistent hitter and better thinker n the court.
In addition, Monica Puig is more athletic and stronger, but this match will be decided by the more consistent hitter and more experienced pro in big matches. Timea Bacsinszky gets the win in three hard-fought sets.
Pick: Timea Bacsinszky in Three Sets
Kristina Mladenovic -1580
Pauline Parmentier +920
Analysis: Kristina Mladenovic is 1-0 in the only career meeting between these two titles’ hopefuls, having beating Pauline Parmentier in three sets at Strasbourg in 2015.
Furthremore, we have Mladenovic who is a blistering 36-14 on the year with one title while Parmentier is just 12-15 with no titles. I’ll be stunned if Kristina Mladenovic doesn’t win in straight sets.
Pick: Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.
Agnieszka Radwanska -255
Jelena Jankovic +205
Analysis: I like Jelena Jankovic a whole lot more than I ever liked Agnieszka Radwanska, but the fact of the matter is that Radwanska absolutely owns Jankovic as evidenced by her career 7-2 mark in head-to-head meetings.
Moreover, Radwanska has recorded five of her seven career wins over Jankovic in straight sets including the last two meetings and will take their first round meeting about Wimbledon in three sets.
Pick: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets