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Friday, 20 June 2014

Tennis Picks 2014 (June 20th)

On Friday 20th June, we are going to see the Wimbledon draw for the first time as the third Grand Slam of the season is just days away from getting underway. That will be the biggest story from the tennis world over the next twenty-four hours, but there are also some big matches to be played as the tournaments from this week reach the final four stage.

Unfortunately, both Eastbourne and Hertogenbosch have been affected by rain meaning they have some Quarter Finals to be completed on Friday and that means double duty for those winners with the Semi Finals scheduled for later in the day.

I was particularly surprised that the schedulers at Eastbourne decided to switch another WTA match before the Feliciano Lopez match against Jeremy Chardy, particularly as they did have a court free for the other match and that left the defending Champion waiting until Friday to play his Quarter Final and potential Semi Final.

Richard Gasquet - 2.5 games v Denis Istomin: Richard Gasquet has been struggling with an injury heading into the French Open, but clearly must be feeling a little better having competed at Halle and now in Eastbourne ahead of the tournament at Wimbledon.

Gasquet has played well in his two wins this week and I think his game is well suited to the grass courts and may give him an edge against Denis Istomin.

However, I have to respect Istomin for the fact that he has a decent serve that can give him some cheap points and put the pressure on Gasquet. That makes this Semi Final a little more difficult to judge, but I do think the Frenchman is the better grass court player and will come through with a 76, 64 win.

Angelique Kerber - 1.5 games v Caroline Wozniacki: Angelique Kerber has gotten the better of Caroline Wozniacki in four of their last five matches and I think she is the better grass court player of the two and can win this Semi Final.

Kerber has a decent serve, moves well on the grass courts and has penetrating groundstrokes which makes her a very dangerous opponent on these courts.

The movement is something that not all players really feel comfortable with on grass, but Kerber has enjoyed success in the past and was a dominant winner over Ekaterina Makarova in the Quarter Finals.

On the other hand, Caroline Wozniacki is going to have to work hard to hold serve in this match and has come off a long Quarter Final which had to be mentally and physically draining. Recent successes for Kerber will give her more confidence and I like her to move into the Final at Eastbourne.

MY PICKS: Richard Gasquet - 2.5 Games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Angelique Kerber - 1.5 Games @ 1.92 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Jeremy Chardy @ 2.33 Pinnacle (2 Units) Already advised and postponed due to rain.
Nicolas Mahut @ 1.80 Pinnacle (2 Units) Already advised but match postponed due to rain.

Weekly Update: 4-9, - 10.94 Units (26 Units Staked, - 42.08% Yield)

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