Serena Williams (11) vs. Barbora Strycova
Thursday, July 11, London
Free Tennis Pick: Barbora Strycova +5
Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle
Barbora Strycova’s dream run at the All England Club continued on Tuesday with a sensational 7-6(5), 6-1 win over No.19 seed Johanna Konta in one hour and 37 minutes. The Czech player has been talking about retiring this year but may change her mind after a brilliant run at the All England Club. Strycova is one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour and always a tough player to face on this surface. The 33-year-old played nearly perfect tennis in the previous round against Konta, ending the match with 22 winners to just nine unforced errors.
Strycova will next face Serena Williams, who needed three sets to beat fellow American Alison Riske in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Center Court. The 23-time Grand Slam champion struggled against Alison’s aggressive baseline game but found her best tennis in the crucial moments to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 12th time in her career. Serena is now the main contender to lift the trophy at the All England Club with Intertops offering +110 for the No.11 seed to win the title.
These two players will face each other for the fourth time in their careers with the American yet to drop a set in her three previous official encounters against Strycova.
The sportsbooks are well aware of Serena’s dominance in their head-to-head with the seven-time champion as the heavy favorite to win this contest at -394 with BetOnline. Nevertheless, Strycova is a very tricky opponent on this surface and is playing the best tennis of her career. Having said that, we expect this match to be much closer than the odds suggest, which makes Strycova’s +5 spread a very interesting line to add to your betting picks at -132 with Pinnacle.