An enthralling weekend of Davis Cup tennis saw the US move through to the semi-finals, with a stunning victory over the French in Monte Carlo.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams won her 40th tour title after defeating Lucie Safarova in the Charleston final.
The Davis Cup
It always looked like John Isner held the key to US success on the Mediterranean clay, but the big-serving American’s outstanding displays against both Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, meant the Bryan brothers needed to just do what they do best and provide the point which ultimately helped the US to a 3-2 victory over the French.
Trading opportunities were plenty in Monte Carlo. The French came in as comfortable favourites with the bookmakers, but any traders who held out for the French to take the first rubber, when Tsonga recorded the expected singles win over Harrison, and then backed the US at big odds, would have had chances aplenty to either get out with a profit or stay in, as one by one, the US took the following three points to seal victory.
Isner’s match with Simon on Friday afternoon saw the American face five break points as he recorded a straight sets victory. Tennis traders backed the big man each time the break points went against him and made a healthy profit as Isner didn’t lose any of those points.
The crucial match against Tsonga on Sunday afternoon saw more perfect scenarios playing out for the tennis traders. Tsonga had seven break point chances but was only able to take one of them. The game with the most profit came in the 11th game of the third set. Isner found himself 15/40 down and with two break points against. A perfect scenario for all those fans of Tennis Scalper. This was one of the most profitable matches with many reporting profits of £200 +.
Elsewhere in the Davis Cup, the deciding match of the Czech Republic v Serbia match proved both dramatic and hopefully profitable. Berdych was taking on World No.8, Janko Tipsareivc and whilst it was the Czech man who won 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, the odds fluctuated wildly throughout the match as Berdych continued to comeback when behind in sets, saving break points at crucial moments and overturning deficits in two out of the three tie-breaks. Berdych won all three sets but if you were trading on short-term odds fluctuations, you would have made a great profit here!
The Family Circle Cup
The final three days of this event didn’t provide too much in the way of drama or tension as Serena Williams put together one of the most impressive weekends of her career to win her 40th title and fire a warning to the tour that she is far from done.
In Friday’s quarter-final with Sabine Lisicki, Serena stormed into a 4-1 lead before her opponent pulled out injured. A 6-1, 6-1 victory over her US Open conqueror followed in the semis, before she took just 58 minutes to defeat Saforova, 6-0, 6-1 in Sunday’s final.
Such a powerful romp to victory for Serena made it a difficult weekend for traders hoping to make a profit at this event, however trading on Williams breaks using Scalper across the week could have got you out with some decent earnings. The American lost just 15 games all week in Charleston and even if trading was tough, no learnings are ever without merit and it’s worthwhile keeping in mind these awesome clay court displays from the American when she steps out at the Madrid Masters next month.
The Week Ahead
There are a couple of decent looking ATP events to get your trading teeth stuck into this week, in Houston and Casablanca.
Isner, Blake, Harrison, Fish and Karlovic are all in action in the Texas event so look out for tennis trading opportunities later in the week. All these players have presented close matches with plenty of profit for anyone using Tennis Trading League Strategies.
Over on the clay of Casablanca, it’s the likes of Mayer, Dolgopolov, Young and Montanes in action. There are plenty of players who would not necessarily count the red stuff as their strongest surface, so I’d expect to see a lot of breaks in matches – perfect for tennis trading. Tennis scalper could be a profitable trading strategy for the week, but with such close action anticipated, don’t rulke out Race Your Profits, ChampWinnings, or Final Serve.
Meanwhile, the WTA has events in Barcelona and Copenhagen with Schiavone and Wozniacki leading the fields in each event. Expect Wozniacki to come out victorious in her home event, but keep an eye on Barcelona, where we have a fairly open field and anyone could take the title. Should be a great week in both Men’s and Women’s.