Tuesday Wimbledon Odds, Best Bets, Predictions: Pegula & Schunk to Come Through as Favorites (June 28)
John Berry/Getty. Pictured: Jessica Pegula.
With the opening day of action at Wimbledon in the books, it’s time to shift focus to a busy Tuesday.
Several matches from the opening day were postponed due to rain delays and the difficulty to get all matches in before the dew and darkness made the courts unplayable.
Let’s take a look at two of the matches that look intriguing from a betting standpoint from the women’s draw, as they try to complete the opening round from The Championships.
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Nastasja Mariana Schunk (-165) vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu (+135)
6 a.m. ET
In a match that isn’t likely to land on the radar of most tennis fans on Tuesday, the contest between Nastasja Mariana Schunk and Mihaela Buzarnescu presents a solid opportunity to find a win.
While Schunk began her grass-court season with a rough loss to Storm Sanders, the German looked great in her qualifying campaign.
She managed to win all three of her matches in convincing fashion, needing more than nine games in a set just twice.
It makes sense as well, considering the game style she employs. Schunk has a big lefty serve and forehand combination that plays up on the quick, skidding grass courts.
While she continues to battle inconsistencies at times, she’ll be helped out by the fact she’s playing against another erratic player in Buzarnescu, who simply hasn’t been able to regain the form that saw her once reach the WTA’s top 20.
Without an abundance of power, the Romanian needs to find consistent play to be effective on the grass. As her game is more erratic since returning from injuries and the power edge favors the German, I have no issue laying the games in this one.
It’s also worth noting that Buzarnescu was forced to retire (while leading) from the lone tournament she played during the grass-court swing in Surbiton.
The fact she may not be 100% healthy and looking to come to Wimbledon to simply complete a match and earn the prize money that comes with playing in the main draw of a major also plays into this handicap.
Pick: Schunk -2.5 (-115 via PointsBet)
Jessica Pegula (-150) vs. Donna Vekic (+115)
1 p.m. ET
An interesting match between Jessica Pegula and Donna Vekic is also on the card for Tuesday.
The books are showing plenty of respect to the Croatian in this spot after a 7-3 campaign on the grass courts in 2022.
For Vekic, problem is that the level of competition she’s played hasn’t been that great. While she managed an easy win over the mercurial Dayana Yastremska, Vekic’s next-best win was Caty McNally – who isn’t even a tour-level regular right now.
Her game also lacks any kind of dynamism. Vekic possesses an incredible serve and a massive forehand, but the backhand wing – while also being able to produce some winners – is far too inconsistent and her movement is really poor.
It doesn’t help that Vekic is not in peak physical form at the moment following a prolonged injury absence.
On the flip side, the American is far more athletic and more reliable from the baseline. She’s adept at dealing with pace and plays well on quick courts.
Pegula’s game benefits from faster conditions, as she has decent but not overwhelming power, and her ability to prolong points is still a weapon on return.
Despite not yet playing during the grass-court swing, I’m backing Pegula and her superior, more well-rounded game to emerge victorious in this tilt.
Pick: Pegula ML (-150 via BetMGM)