With both the men’s and women’s matches totally washed out on Wednesday the ATP and WTA Rome tournaments will be hotting up in every sense on Thursday. Nearly every player remaining will have to play twice today which could put a fair strain on all of them with the French Open just days away.
Obviously this will favour the younger players for the most part and anyone carrying a slight niggle or injury will either struggle or possibly pull out of the tournament completely. On the men’s side the older boys like Federer and Nadal may be either unwilling or unable to cope with this new schedule. I don’t expect either to win the tournament but finding who will is particularly tough given the level of talent around.
It’s a similar situation for the women and with so many different winners of tour events this year their draw is even more open right now. A good clay court player may struggle with fatigue, a lesser clay court player may possess superior fitness. A genuine candidate for the Roland-Garros title could go behind early and decide they’re not going to put too much effort in to try and turn things around.
One player however does have an advantage over the rest at the moment and that is Venus Williams. How she’s still doing what she does I’m not quite sure but Serena aside there aren’t many players you’d nominate as nailed on to beat her. Venus was due to play Serena today but the younger sister withdrew from the tournament beforehand giving her a bye.
Like half the draw, Venus played on Monday and due to her walkover victory she is the first, and currently only player, through to the next round. The rest of the draw played on Tuesday and all of the other players will have to play two matches today. Venus awaits the winner of Johanna Konta v Sloane Stephens who will play their match first thing.
The combination of Serena being out and Venus getting the walkover makes the latter well worth a look with an eye to laying off or cashing out later. The outright odds of 40/1 will certainly tumble if she can win tonight and some of the seeds around her crash out – as seems inevitable.
How we placed our bet
Tournament: WTA Rome Tennis
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Venus Williams
Bookie: Mr Green
Published on: May 16, 2019 @ 06:04