2011 Record: 0-0-0 (0.00 units)
NOTE: 1st play of the season, good luck to all!
Hopman Cup - 5005 Belgium vs 5006 Australia - Saturday, 07:00 GMT***SINGLE DIME PLAY***Projected line: Australia @ -219 / 1.457As you probably know, a Hopman Cup tie consists in three matches: women's match, men's match and a mixed doubles match.
Match #1: Justine Henin vs Alicia Molik Even though
Henin is still limited by an elbow injury, she will absolutely crush
Molik, who is on her farewell tour and can do anything anymore at this
level. Belgium will make it 1-0 after this match, no doubt about it.
Match #2: Ruben Bemelmans vs Lleyton HewittBasically
this is the same story of the match #1, but this time it's the
Australian player who has all the edge on this matchup. Hewitt is
playing at home, ready for a new season after resting some months after
the US Open and he will have no problems beating a player ranked 178 and
who lost to Hewitt last September, when Hewitt was heavily hampered by
injuries. Australia will make it to 1-1 after this match.
Match #3: Justine Henin/Ruben Bemelmans vs Alicia Molik/Lleyton HewittSo,
everything will come to the mixed doubles match and make no mistake:
Australia is absolutely the favorite to win this match. Justine Henin
has been one of the top players for the past 10 years on WTA, however
unlike the other top players, she has never played doubles at all,
having just played a total of 6 doubles matches her entire career! The
case isn't much better for her partner Bemelmans, who posts a pretty
weak 24-24 career record on doubles, with all matches being at
challengers. So, with against a poor Belgium doubles team, Australia
will have little problems in taking them down. With the crowd on their
side, Australia has a remarkable doubles team, with 2-time Grand Slam
doubles champion Alicia Molik will have on her side Lleyton Hewitt, who
is also a very capable doubles player, but not a remarkable one, but at
least much better than Ruben Bemelmans. So, with all these edges in
favor of Australia, I have no other option but taking them to win this
Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 5006 Australia to win tie @ -123 / 1.813 on Pinnacle
Just like you called it Andre! Ballsy play especially after basically spotting them the first play! Sounds like you know more than just the hardwood!
I actually went to go and make a play on the Aus vs. Belgium Hopman Cup yesterday evening, but it must have been right after Henin's match started because of the incredible time difference.
I also didn't realize you blogged as much as you did which is great! I'll make it a point to regularly visit your NBA blogs (as I am now fully vested in your NBA Season package - see my post in your latest NBA blog) as well as your freebies such as this tennis match-up. I tend to think there would be a TON of value in sports like tennis and golf where you have more recreational bettors than sharps (so I would tend to believe and correct me if I'm wrong). Will there be more Hopman Cup or other tennis plays coming up down the line?
HENIN J. (BEL) MOLIK A. (AUS) 6-4 6-4
BEMELMANS R. (BEL) HEWITT L. (AUS) 4-6 3-6
HENIN/BEMELMANS(BEL) MOLIK A./HEWITT(AUS) 6-1 3-6 8-10
FT: Australia 2 Belgium 1