Two semi-final spots remain up for grabs and Jaymes Monte has picked out his best bet from the remaining quarter-final matches...
"We can be confident, at least in the early jostling, that Jennings will hit his doubles when he gets the opportunity."
Earlier in the week I touched on Scott Waites' poor record at Lakeside. Poor that is in relation to the obvious talent that he has. So far he has dropped just one set in comfortable wins over Willy van de Wiel and Geert de Vos, but there were signs of uneasiness in Wednesday night's defeat of De Vos, signs that Too Hotty is still not entirely comfortable at Frimley Green.
Missed doubles were a theme of the early part of the match as Waites powered in the big numbers but couldn't close out legs. Quite the opposite to how Paul Jennings managed to see off Jason Cullen in straight sets.
Although he faltered a touch as the winning line approached Jenno was ruthless on the doubles in the first three sets, taking 11 of the opening 12 legs in the match. Whether he can score well enough to stay with Waites over the course of a race to five sets remains to be seen, but we can be confident, at least in the early jostling, that Jennings will hit his doubles when he gets the opportunity.
And despite Waites' ability to hit big scores, he does afford his opponents plenty of opportunities to win legs.
At odds of 1.282/7 the tournament favourite can be taken on in this quarter-final match-up, but I'm more inclined to look at the Handicap market where Jennings is given a 2.5 set head start and odds of 2.01/1.
By backing Jennings in this market, we don't need to worry about whether he can hold it together at the business end of a match, instead we only need worry that he stays with Waites in the opening exchanges. Something I'm fairly confident that he can do.