Wimbledon 2017 Women’s Second Round Expert Predictions

Posted by Eric Williams on Wednesday,July 5, 2017 10:45, EST in

With the incomparable Serena Williams sidelined due to her impending pregnancy, the field is virtually wide open for any of the top players on the women’s WTA World Tour to bag the third  major of the year, much like the recently completed French Open that was won by powerful newcomer Jelena Ostapenko less than a month ago. While the field is wide open at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships for another new winner or an older veteran that is looking for a slam breakthrough (like Caroline Wozniacki) the fact of the matter is that I’ve got a quartet of tennis betting second round picks that all have the look of virtual locks. With the second round of action getting underway in a mere matter of hours, let’s get started.

A Closer Look At The Wimbledon 2017 Women’s Second Round Expert Predictions

 

 

Kristina Mladenovic -210

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Kristina Mladenovic – Pauline Parmentier – 6-1, 6-3
30-Jun-16 – First Round – Aliaksandra Sasnovich – Kristina Mladenovic – 6-3, 6-3
3-Jul-15 – Third Round – Victoria Azarenka – Kristina Mladenovic – 6-4, 6-4
1-Jul-15 – Second Round – Kristina Mladenovic – Jelena Ostapenko – 6-4, 7-5
29-Jun-15 – First Round – Kristina Mladenovic – Alexandra Dulgheru – 6-2, 6-1

Alison Riske +175

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Alison Riske – Sloane Stephens – 6-2, 7-5
28-Jun-16 – First Round – Roberta Vinci – Alison Riske – 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
29-Jun-15 – First Round – Lucie Safarova – Alison Riske – 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
28-Jun-14 – Third Round – Maria Sharapova – Alison Riske – 6-3, 6-0
26-Jun-14 – Second Round – Alison Riske – Camila Giorgi – 7-5, 6-2

Analysis: 24-year-old World No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic has compiled an impressive 36-14 record on the year with one title and has gone 4-0 on four career meetings against Alison Riske, the World No. 46 who is a modest 16-14 on the year with no titles.

Moreover, Mladenovic beat Riske once in 2016, twice in 2015 and once in their first meeting in 2014. More importantly, it is Kristina Mladenovic that has the bigger game and more firepower that is suited for the fast courts at Wimbledon.

In addition, the World No. 14 reached the quarters at the French Open, the finals at Madrid and Stuttgart and semis at Indian Wells, while also reaching the finals at Acapulco and winning in St Petersburg. The outcome of this second round affair is an absolute lock.

Pick: Kristina Mladenovic in Straight Sets

Agnieszka Radwanska -300

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Agnieszka Radwanska – Jelena Jankovic – 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
4-Jul-16 – Fourth Round – Dominika Cibulkova – Agnieszka Radwanska – 6-3, 5-7, 9-7
2-Jul-16 – Third Round – Agnieszka Radwanska – Katerina Siniakova – 6-3, 6-1
30-Jun-16 – Second Round – Agnieszka Radwanska – Ana Konjuh – 6-2, 4-6, 9-7
29-Jun-16 – First Round – Agnieszka Radwanska – Kateryna Kozlova – 6-2, 6-1

Christina McHale +240

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Christina McHale – Katie Boulter – 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
1-Jul-16 – Second Round – Serena Williams – Christina McHale – 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-4
28-Jun-16 – First Round – Christina McHale – Daniela Hantuchova – 7-5, 6-2
2-Jul-15 – Second Round – Sabine Lisicki – Christina McHale – 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
30-Jun-15 – First Round – Christina McHale – Johanna Larsson – 6-3, 6-2

Analysis: 60th-ranked 25-year-old American Christina McHale is just 16-17 on the year with no titles while World No 10 Agnieszka Radwanska has gone 11-10 with no titles. However, with the consistent Radwanska going a perfect 5-0 in five career meetings against McHale, the outcome of this second round pairing is a virtual lock.

Consequently, if you didn’t know before, now you do, Agnieszka Radwanska has won all five matches against Christina McHale in straight sets and this year’s second round meeting at Wimbledon will be no different.

Pick: Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets

Kirsten Flipkens does have a skill set suited for the fast grass at Wimbledon.

Angelique Kerber -330

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Angelique Kerber – Irina Falconi – 6-4, 6-4
9-Jul-16 – Finals – Serena Williams – Angelique Kerber – 7-5, 6-3
7-Jul-16 – Semi Finals – Angelique Kerber – Venus Williams – 6-4, 6-4
5-Jul-16 – Quarter Finals – Angelique Kerber – Simona Halep – 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
4-Jul-16 – Fourth Round – Angelique Kerber – Misaki Doi – 6-3, 6-1

Kirsten Flipkens +265

LAST 10 RESULTS AT WIMBLEDON

Date – Round – Winner – Loser – Sets

4-Jul-17 – First Round – Kirsten Flipkens – Misaki Doi – 6-4, 6-3
30-Jun-16 – Second Round – Madison Keys – Kirsten Flipkens – 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
27-Jun-16 – First Round – Kirsten Flipkens – Nicole Gibbs – 6-3, 6-1
1-Jul-15 – Second Round – Victoria Azarenka – Kirsten Flipkens – 6-3, 6-3
29-Jun-15 – First Round – Kirsten Flipkens – Annika Beck – 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

Analysis: World No. 1 Angelique Kerber is 21-14 on the year, but has yet to win a title while World No. 88 Kirsten Flipkens has gone 17-16 on the year with one title in doubles. Kerber has won both career meetings between these rivals including her 2014 win at Wimbledon, though it took three tough sets to get it done.

Moreover, while Kirsten Flipkens isn’t real big in the heart department, she does have a skill set suited for the fast grass at Wimbly, which is why I’m picking her for the huge second round upset. Thus, I know Kerber reached the finals at Wimbledon a year ago and that she also reached the semis in 2012, but the two-time slam winner has also been dispatched in the first round at the All-England club three times while failing to reach the third round on three other occasions.

Therefore, while it doesn’t look like there are many reasons why you should back the underdog in this contest, I’m going to urge you to do just that as I smell an upset brewing!

Pick: Kirsten Flipkens in 3 Sets