Wimbledon Day 2 preview and best bets: Flipkens thumps Fourlis
First-round action at Wimbledon will conclude on Tuesday, when the Centre Court schedule is headlined by Iga Swiatek, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. Yes, Serena is back! I also still have two best bets carried over from Day 1, so it is going to be a nerve-wracking afternoon and evening at the All-England Club.
Below are my picks for Day 2.
Mikhail Kukushkin +4.5 games over Jenson Brooksby (-110)
Jenson Brooksby has played 9 grass-court matches in his career; Mikhail Kukushkin has played 55 — including a 4th-round run at Wimbledon in 2019. The Kazakh is already 5-3 on the green stuff this summer and he successfully qualified for the Wimbledon main draw last week. Brooksby, on the other hand, has been a complete disaster of late. The 21-year-old American is 1-5 in his last six matches and his only win during this stretch has come over an opponent ranked 171st in the world. I have Kukushkin winning this one straight up, so I will happily take +4.5 games as a bonus.
Kirsten Flipkens ML over Jaimee Fourlis (-128)
Jamiee Fourlis did well to qualify for the main draw, but that came against unspectacular competition. Now she is going up against a grizzled veteran in Kirsten Flipkens, whose guile often befuddles opponents — especially on grass. The Belgian is an awesome 67-39 lifetime on the slick stuff, including 6-2 in 2022. Her winning percentages on clay and hard courts over the course of her career are nowhere near the same. This may not be a complete blowout, but look for Flipkens to give Fourlis a free grass-court lesson.
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