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Wimbledon Day 5 - three best bets for Friday July 5 at The Championships

Andrew Hendrie 5 Jul 2019
  • Three best bets for Day 5 at Wimbledon on Friday July 5
Su-Wei Hsieh (PA Images)

Third round action begins at Wimbledon today and we’ve selected our three best bets of the day.

Su-Wei Hsieh to beat Karolina Pliskova at 10/3 @ Ladbrokes

Pliskova deserves to be favourite in her current form, but I can’t believe Hsieh is at those odds. The 33-year-old is a maddening player who’s slice and variety of pace works wonders on grass - and she’s no stranger to beating Pliskova or causing huge Wimbledon upsets, defeating then World No. 1 Simona Halep at The Championships last year and also conquering Pliskova in Dubai earlier this season.

The Czech is riding a seven-match winning streak after claiming the Eastbourne title last week, but Pliskova has only ever been to the R16 once in seven previous attempts at Wimbledon and I think Hsieh is a very tough match-up for her, especially on grass where the ball stays low and skids through quickly. Pliskova can struggle to get down low and honestly, apart from the last week and the Australian Open, I don’t think she’s played that well in 2019. Hsieh is more than capable of producing another Wimbledon upset on Friday.

Fernando Verdasco and Thomas Fabbiano to go five sets at 21/10 @ Coral

This one has five sets written all over it. Verdasco and Fabbiano both went the distance in their second rounds, with the Spaniard coming back from two sets down to edge Kyle Edmund and the Italian conquering the big-serving Ivo Karlovic.

Fabbiano is in great form at the moment, reaching his first ATP semi-final in Eastbourne last week and conquering sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets in the opening round, while Verdasco made the quarter-finals in Eastbourne and remains a very dangerous player on the lawns with his big serve and lefty forehand. Verdasco is the one who is prone to lapses in concentration, while Fabbiano’s level stays pretty much the same throughout. Expect Verdasco to go through peaks and troughs and Fabbiano to take advantage of the low moments. I don’t know who wins, but this could end up being another marathon for both!

Benoit Paire and Jiri Vesely to go five sets at 21/10 @ William Hill

Another unpredictable match when it comes to who will emerge victorious, but I’m fairly confident this has the makings of another five-setter.

Paire is similar to Verdasco in that he’s going to have ups and downs throughout the course of a match, while Vesely - while a pretty streaky player himself - will remain the more solid of the pair. Paire leads their head-to-head 2-0, including winning in straight sets earlier this year in Pune, but Vesely is at his best on grass and is coming off a big win over Alexander Zverev in the opening round before taking out Pablo Cuevas - and that’s after three wins in qualifying for the main draw.

With this part of the draw opening up, there’s actually a decent chance for these two to make it all the way to the semi-finals - and the winner might have to go the distance here to have a chance…

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