Wimbledon’s ladies’ singles and doubles finalist Vera Zvonareva (above + below).
First Ladies Semi-final (approximate start, 1:30 PM EST, CBS)
Caroline Wozniacki: – 320 (wager 32o units to win 100 units, plus initial wager)
Vera Zvonareva: + 240 (wager 100 units to win 240 units, plus initial wager)
Evening line, 9/9/10:
Wozniacki: – 340 (wager 340 units to win 100 units, plus initial wager)
Zvonareva: + 260 (wager 100 units to win 260 units, plus initial wager)
Wozniacki: – 450 (wager 450 units to win 11 units, plus initial wager)
Zvonareva: + 325 (wager 100 units to win 325 units, plus initial wager)
Second Ladies’ Semi-final (directly following Wozniacki-Zvonareva on CBS)
Kim Clijsters: – 200
Venus: + 160
Evening line, 9/9/10:
Clijsters: – 220
Venus: + 170
Clijsters: – 190
Venus: + 150
Everyone bought Wozniacki, apparently, causing the money line to almost double, but frankly, I think Zvonareva is a very good bet, even in the 200’s, and an excellent bet at + 325. Zvonareva has become a big time player, a tested player at the majors, and this is a good matchup for her because Wozniacki is a defensive style player, whereas Zvonareva is a very good offensive player, and cuts a lot of points off at the net. On decoturf I think Zvonareva has a surface edge, and I’d love to see her exploit that edge today.
As for Venus-Clijsters, Clijsters should be the favorite based on what happened last year and how the matches have gone between the two of late. Venus, at one point, held a 6-2 edge in the head to head, but now they are dead even at 6 all. Clijsters has won 19 straight matches at The Open and hopefully, she’s due to lose. Plus, Venus is a very attractive underdog.
I’d love to see both underdogs come through. Zvonareva had such a heartbreaking final weekend at Wimbledon, losing in both the singles and doubles finals, and based on her year and how much she’s improved, I feel she deserves better this weekend. As for Venus, she’ll always be our Lady V, and a 3rd Open title, to go with 6 Open semis and 10 Open quarters, would give her 8 majors, and further advance her position on already hallowed ground.