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Ward and Robson to be best of British on Wimbledon day two

| 21.06.2011

There are plenty of Brits in action on day two at Wimbledon fighting to get through the first round of the competition, with all bar one of the four previewed below rated the outsider.

Florian Mayer v Daniel Evans
The world number 301 is 15/2 to conquer the 20th seed, a feat that looks implausible given that he lost his previous Wimbledon match 3-0 to Nikolay Davydenko, who isn’t great on grass himself. Mayer (1/20) on the other hand has never fallen in the first round in five SW19 visits. Have a small flutter on the first set falling 6-3 in the German’s favour at 7/2.

James Ward v Michael Llodra
Britain’s Queen’s Club hero hasn’t been rewarded for his heroics there with a kind draw, instead being forced to face French veteran Llodra. There is far more reason to believe an upset is possible here though, as his opponent hasn’t got a great record in London, not once passing the second round, so Ward is begging to be backed at 2/1.

Elena Baltacha v Mona Barthel
Baltacha has been dealt a nicer hand in the draw than her male compatriots but it still might not be enough to save her from suffering a third first-round exit in five years. 20-year-old Barthel enjoyed an run to the semi-finals in Copenhagen recently before losing to local hero and world number one Caroline Wozniacki and can win this at 13/8.

Angelique Kerber v Laura Robson
After meeting Daniela Hantuchova and Jelena Jankovic in her first two senior Wimbledon ties, it’s no shock that 2008 Junior champion Robson has another tough task against Kerber, who made the third round last year. Robson scared Hantuchova and Jankovic though so take the 6/5 on this going to three sets and consider backing the Brit at 6/4.

Odds of over 17/1 are available on a four-fold for Mayer, Ward and Barthel to triumph and Robson’s match to go the distance.



John Klee