Venus Williams vs. Cori Gauff (q)
Monday, July 1, London
Free Tennis Pick: Venus Williams
Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle
Cori Gauff made history on Thursday by becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw of Wimbledon since the start of the Open Era in 1968. Known as one of the most talented young players on the WTA Tour, the 15-year-old dropped just two games in the final round of the qualifying tournament at Roehampton to beat Greet Minnen in 56 minutes. Gauff will be the 12th youngest player in the Wimbledon main draw but all the 11 players who were younger than her received a wild-card to the main draw.
The American teenager will now take on five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams for a place in the second round. The former world No.1 is the oldest woman in the draw at 39 and will make her 22nd appearance at the All England Club in 2019. Venus is one of the most successful players ever on this surface with an outstanding 89-16 record in Wimbledon. Adding to this, Williams only lost in the first round in one of her last 20 appearances on this event.
Regardless of the outcome, this match will be in the history books because of the 24-year age gap between the two players. Venus has been an inspiration for Gauff and it won’t be easy for the teenager to beat one of her idols in such a big tournament. The sportsbooks are well aware of that with Williams as the main favorite to win this match at -357 with Intertops. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Venus’ -4.5 spread to your betting picks at -125 with Pinnacle as the best play for this contest.