Wimbledon Women's Betting: Back Bouchard to overcome her semi-final hoodoo

Is Bouchard to finally make it through to a Grand Slam Final?
Is Bouchard to finally make it through to a Grand Slam Final?

We're down to the last four at Wimbledon 2014 and Abelson Info consider who will likely contest the final on Saturday...

"Having dispatched of Angelique Kerber just a day after the German’s epic win over Maria Sharapova, Bouchard is rolling again, and the ‘Queen of selfies’ will be desperate to go one better this time round and reach the final."

With many of the pre-tournament favourites crashing out along the way, we're down to the last four at SW19, and the two semi-final clashes promise to produce some gripping tennis.

2011 champion Petra Kvitova has arguably been the biggest beneficiary of all the shocks and upsets over the past week or so, with the Czech ace cruising through the majority of the rounds except for a tough third round clash with Venus Williams.

Nevertheless, she has made it this far by playing some dominant tennis and beating who is put in front of her, but she will have to be wary of her next opponent who has enjoyed a memorable run this year.

Lucie Safarova, the 23rd seed, hasn't even dropped a single set en route to the semi-final and she has faced some tough opposition in the form of Cibulkova and Makarova.

Seemingly undaunted by going so deep into a Grand Slam, Safarova will now have to achieve something that she has been unable to do thus far in her career, and that is defeat her compatriot.

Kvitova has won all five of their previous meetings, and perhaps most worryingly for the Safarova camp, she lost as recently as Eastbourne in the build-up to this tournament.

However, she will take confidence from the fact that she took her more celebrated rival the distance, and if she is able to put the pressure on early, this could be anything but a mere formality.

That isn't reflected in the odds as Kvitova has been installed a strong favourite, so the value is elsewhere and we expect Kvitova to produce a professional performance to see off her countrywoman in straight sets.

Meanwhile, the other semi-final undoubtedly has many excited as third seed Simona Halep faces the ever improving Eugenie Bouchard for a place in Saturday's showpiece event.

Having been consigned to the outside courts for the early rounds, Halep made an emphatic appearance on Centre Court on Wednesday, defeating Sabine Lisicki in under an hour.

Last year's finalist appeared to be in control in the early stages but Halep's precise hitting and placement was the difference and the Romanian marches on as she looks to go one better than she did in Paris last month.

However, standing in her way is one of the most improved players on the tour, with Bouchard becoming a regular fixture in the latter stages of the Grand Slams with this being her third consecutive appearance in a semi-final.

Having dispatched of Angelique Kerber just a day after the German's epic win over Maria Sharapova, Bouchard is rolling again, and the 'Queen of selfies' will be desperate to go one better this time round and reach the final.

Halep's rise to the top ensures that she is the favourite, but if Bouchard can produce her best, then the Canadian starlet is undoubtedly worth backing.


Recommended Bets

Back Bouchard to beat Halep @ 2.245/4
Back Kvitova to beat Safarova 2-0 @ 2.111/10


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