Wimbledon Odds & Best Bets | Svitolina–Wang, Ostapenko–Putintseva

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The round of 16 at Wimbledon continues and there are plenty more exciting matches on deck!

I’ve found value on two of Monday's matchups — Svitolina-Wang and Ostapenko-Putintseva.

Read on for my Wimbledon best bets and prediction.

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Wimbledon Odds & Wimbledon Best Bets

Elina Svitolina (-205) vs Xinyu Wang (+168)

9 a.m. ET

Elina Svitolina continued her high level of play, defeating Ons Jabeur 6-1, 7-6(4) in the third round. The Ukrainian, a Wimbledon semifinalist last season, is now 3-1 this season and 25-23 as a professional on the surface.

Svitolina, since returning from maternity leave last year, has been noticeably more aggressive from the ground, which has helped her have a combined 8-3 record on grass the past two years. Svitolina can dictate play from both wings and positions herself in more offensive areas of the court. Svitolina's serve can also be a weapon, as she hits her targets wit pace.

However, the 29 year-old still has excellent anticipation. She can move, defend and counterpunch at a high level on the surface.

Xinyu Wang battled back to beat Harriet Dart 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the round of 16 in London. She has a 5-2 record on grass in 2024 and is 16-9 for her career.

Wang is playing high-level, aggressive tennis so far this grass season. She's done a great job of positioning herself offensively and taking time away from her opponents. The 22 year-old dictates well with her forehand, although the heavy topspin can sit up at times on the surface and she can sometimes over-hit from this wing. Wang's backhand is flatter, yet not a reliable shot. While Wang has a strong drop shot, she doesn't move particularly well on grass.

Svitolina has the better all-around game compared to Wang. She is the better athlete who can defend at a higher level, with a better ability to move on the surface. Svitolina should wear Wang down from the ground and draw errors out of the Chinese.

Wang has the worst shot on the court in her backhand and while she has a good drop shot, Svitolina's anticipation and speed should render this shot less effective.

In addition, Svitolina has the controlled aggression to extract Wang from the baseline and force her to play more defense. Wang is not nearly as comfortable, or as effective, when she's pushed back in the court.

Pick: Svitolina -3.5 games (-110 via FanDuel)

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Jelena Ostapenko (-132) vs Yulia Putintseva (-110)

10 a.m. ET

Jelena Ostapenko continues to steamroll her opposition, beating Bernarda Pera 6-1, 6-3 in the third round. The Latvian, after a slow start to the grass season, is now 4-2 on grass in 2024.  As a professional, Ostapenko is an impressive 52-23 on the surface.

Ostapenko's game, when it's clicking, works well on grass. The 27 year-old might not have a massive serve, but she can take the racquet out of her opponents' hands from the ground. While she's a little more sturdy with her backhand, Ostapenko hits with incredible pace from both wings. She has easy power and dictates baseline play with ease.

While Ostapenko can become erratic from the ground, she's playing within herself this week, having a positive winner/unforced error ratio in all three matches, which should scare the rest of the field.

Yulia Putintseva upset Iga Swiatek 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the round of 16. The Kazakh continued her excellent form which sees her currently at 8-0 this year on grass, improving her career-record on the surface to 20-22.

It's been an incredible rise on grass for Putintseva, who has learned how to maintain her rally tolerance and move on the surface. Putintseva defends and counterpunches at an incredibly high level on grass and spreads the court beautifully, particularly with her heavy forehand.

However, Putintseva doesn't have overwhelming power from the ground and both her forehand, along with her second serve, can sit up in the box. The Kazakh's backhand also can break down under pressure.

While Putintseva will get the shine from her win over Swiatek and her 2024 grass-court record, Ostapenko has only dropped ten games this tournament for a reason.

With the way Ostapenko is striking the ball at the moment, despite Putintseva's strong defense, she is no match on grass for an in-form big ball striker in the Latvian. Ostapenko should just have too much pace.

Ostapenko should also do a much better job than Swiatek in punishing Putintseva's heavy baseline, heavy topspin sitters. Since Putintseva's serve is not a weapon, Ostapenko should be all over the Kazakh's service games.

Pick: Ostapenko ML (-132 via FanDuel)

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