Wimbledon is off to an amazing start and there are more exciting matches scheduled for Tuesday.
The good news for us is that I have found more value in Tuesday’s order of play.
Read on for my best Wimbledon bets and previews.
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alize cornet (-130) vs. Yulia Putintseva (+104)
6 a.m. Eastern time
Alize Cornet played well in Bad Homburg last week but ultimately lost in the semi-finals to Caroline Garcia.
Cornet won 75% of his first serves, serving with 67% first serves and 61% second serves. She hit 3-for-9 on break points and came up short in the crucial moments of the match.
The Frenchwoman beat impressive grass-court opponents like Tatjana Maria and Angelique Kerber in Bad Homburg.
She also beat Serena Williams in the third round of Wimbledon in 2014. So it is somewhat surprising that she is only 27-35 on grass in her career.
Cornet can sometimes slip into a defensive mindset, which isn’t conducive to success on the grass court.
On the other hand, when Cornet is on his game, he can control the baseline with his powerful backhand, including getting fantastic angles off this wing. His forehand consistently stays deep down the court, making it difficult to attack.
Yulia Putintseva lost in the second match of her only preparation event at Wimbledon, falling to Anhelina Kalinina. Putintseva only won 47% of her service points in the match and failed to win 65% of her first serve points in any of her matches at Eastbourne last week.
Putintseva is just 12-19 on grass as a pro. She has a strong forehand and a high tolerance for rallies, but she struggles to produce the power to make an impact on grass courts.
Also, faster conditions and low rebounding don’t play to Putintseva’s strengths, though her dropshot and sliced backhand can be effective on grass.
This will be a baseline-focused game, with both players solid on the ground. Cornet has the biggest weapon on the court in his backhand, which he will use to control the baseline.
Her forehand has looked solid enough recently that Putintseva can’t effectively target that wing.
Cornet, who has already played seven games on grass this season, has more experience on the surface both this season and overall. She feels more comfortable on grass than Putintseva and she will be able to assert herself better during rallies.
To choose: Cornet ML (-130 via FanDuel)
Kristina Kucova (-200) vs. Laura Pigossi (+160)
11 a.m. Eastern Time
Kristina Kucova has yet to play on grass this season, losing in the round of 16 of a clay court Challenger in her only event since Roland Garros. However, Kucova has some experience on grass courts, as she has gone 7-15 on grass in her career.
Last year, Kucova played in Wimbledon qualifiers, beating her first qualifying opponent before falling in three sets against 2022 qualifier Astra Sharma.
Kucova has the game to succeed on grass. He can flatten his groundstrokes from both wings and generate some nice controlled aggression that allows him to outpace opponents. The Slovak also controls her groundstrokes well.
Laura Pigossi has never played a professional match on grass in her career. Pigossi hasn’t even played since losing in three sets against Nastasja Mariana Schunk in qualifying for the French Open. So expect Pigossi to be rusty and don’t know how to play on a grass court.
Pigossi game is not suitable for grass at all. While Pigossi’s consistency, movement and strong forehand are admirable, he is seriously underpowered. The Brazilian struggles to finish points, even when she has a chance.
And while Pigossi isn’t terrible at net, she’s also not very comfortable with her transition game.
Neither player is a grass-court specialist, but Kucova at least knows what to expect on the surface in terms of ball rebounding, movement and point construction.
Pigossi will need time to understand the basics of lawn tennis. He has played one game since May 12, which means rust could also be a factor.
Also, Kucova’s game is better suited to grass. He hits with more power and can flatten his groundstrokes and hit with controlled aggression in a way I’ve never seen from a more defensive Brazilian.
At a minimum, I expect Kucova to comfortably win the first set while Pigossi gets his bearings.
To choose: Kucova -1.5 games first set (-135 via PointsBet)