Polona Hercog vs. Cori Gauff (q)
Friday, July 5, London
Free Tennis Pick: Cori Gauff ML
Recommended Sportsbook: 5Dimes
Cori Gauff’s dream run at the All England Club continued on Wednesday as the teenager toppled former Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3 in just 69 minutes. The 15-year-old already made history this week by becoming the youngest player since 1991 to win a match at Wimbledon and now she wants to win the title. Gauff showed no signs of nerves after her first-round victory over Venus Williams, ending the match against Rybarikova with 18 winners to just 10 unforced errors. Adding to this, the former junior world No.1 didn’t face a single break points and has yet to drop a set on this event.
Gauff will next take on Polona Hercog for a place in the second week of Wimbledon. The world No.60 advanced to the third round at the All England Club for the second time in her career after a surprising 6-2, 6-4 win over No.17 seed Madison Keys. The American No.3 couldn’t find a solution to Polona’s tricky backhand slice with 31 unforced errors in just 72 minutes of play. Hercog has enjoyed a great 2019 and is guaranteed to return to the Top 50 after this tournament for the first time since 2012.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, Gauff is the slight favourite to win at -160 with 5Dimes. The American teenager was unstoppable in the previous round against Rybarikova and it’s impossible to go against her at the moment. On the other hand, this should be a good matchup for Gauff since she can handle slice shots very well with her topspin forehand as we saw in her second-round match. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Gauff’s moneyline to your betting picks to extend her run at the All England Club.