MARIA SHARAPOVA has her work cut out trying to reach the Wimbledon final as she goes into battle today against nemesis Serena Williams.
The Russian has lost their last 16 meetings and taken just one set off the world No.1 in seven years. Sharapova is 9-2 at BetVictor to end that long losing streak while Williams is just 1-5 at Paddy Power to triumph.
The other semi-final is much more evenly matched, with 20th seed Garbine Muguruza 10-11 at Paddy Power against 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska who is generally available at evens.
Their head-to-head record is two wins each and it could well be a tight one so I’ll be having a go at over 2.5 sets at 5-4 with bet365.
Gilles Simon let me down yesterday with a meek straight-sets surrender to Roger Federer and Marin Cilic was the scourge of plenty of other punters when he failed to win a set against Novak Djokovic.
Joe Root was England’s hero on day one of the Ashes with a century stand to steady the ship after the loss of three early wickets. The hosts posted 343-7 and are now 23-10 at Boylesports to win the first Test, with the Aussies out to 13-8 at Skybet and the draw paying 9-5 at Boylesports.
There’s also Tour de France cycling and a Super League match among the day’s sporting highlights so post your tips and thoughts here and good luck with your bets.
Scott’s tennis bet
Muguruza v Radwanska over 2.5 sets (5-4, bet365)