Alison Riske vs. Serena Williams (11)
Tuesday, July 9, London
Free Tennis Pick: Alison Riske +5
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Unseeded American Alison Riske battled from a set down to beat world No.1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Manic Monday and claim the biggest win of her career. The world No.55 ended Barty’s 15-match winning streak and proved once more why she’s considered one of the best grass-court players on the WTA Tour. Ash couldn’t find a solution to Alison’s aggressive style with the American ending the match with 30 winners to just 15 unforced errors. Adding to this, Riske converted all four of her break points and won 63.16% of the points on Barty’s second serve to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Riske will next take on fellow American and seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams for a place in the semifinals. The 37-year-old continued her quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title on Monday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over Carla Suarez Navarro in just 64 minutes. Serena is getting better day by day and after Barty’s surprising defeat in the previous round, the No.11 seed is now the main contender to lift the trophy at the All England Club at +150 with Intertops.
The sportsbooks are expecting a straightforward win from Serena on this match with world No.10 as the heavy favorite to win this match at -340 with BetOnline. Nevertheless, Riske is an incredibly tough opponent on this surface and will create a lot of problems to Williams with her counter punching skills. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Alison’s +5 spread to your betting picks at -120 with Bookmaker as the best play for this contest.