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I've just written my first article for Betting Expert. You can read it on the following link: The Sultan's French Open Preview Hope you enjoy it, expect to see more in future! Eugenie Bouchard:. So, this is weird! I'm sat at my keyboard about to start regular, hopefully daily blogging for the first time in over 2 years.

When I started the blog, it was intended to be a daily log of what I'd done on the ladders and I managed that for the first 2 months. That was easy because I was so bad at trading, I had a lot to write about! So I'm not sure how this is going to go but I will try to get as many posts as I can done each week. It's week 2 of Roland Garros and as with the second week of any Grand Slam, it's one of the quietest weeks of the year for us regular tennis traders.

There simply aren't that many matches to trade and for someone like me, who relies on a good quantity of matches to make my money, it's often a frustrating week. Actually, it's not so much the number of games that is the issue but more that many of them are complete mis-matches. You will almost always have at least 3 of the big 4 men's players still in the competition going into week 2, so that means a fair few matches will have odds sub 1. This doesn't often leave you with many options for trading the match, other than the obvious lay.

The same thing seems to be occurring on the ladies side in recent tournaments, with Serena, Sharapova and Azarenka. It's why when I watch any major tournament now, I am always routing for the top players to get knocked out so we can have more even match-ups. I think people who don't trade tennis would assume these big tournament quarter and semi final matches are the ones where I'm going to be involved more than any other but in reality it's probably the complete opposite. Yesterday's men's quarter final matches I barely watched at all and didn't enter the market once, as Nadal and Djokovic breezed past Haas and Wawrinka.

And today, I only traded Sharapova v Azarenka as Williams hammered Errani in the second women's semi. What this does mean, is that we'll get a great semi final tie between Djokovic and Nadal and potential for a decent women's final. But I will always be much busier during a standard week, where on a Friday usually quarter final day I'll have tournaments to choose from and 4 matches in each one to trade. That's a massive difference to tomorrow, where the second Friday of Roland Garros will only have 2 matches for me to trade.

Of course, quality is more important than quantity but having quarter finals to select from means I'll always find at least a couple worth trading; no guarantee of that when there's just two. The truth will probably surprise a lot of people. I actually spend very little time placing any trades. The Sharapova v Azarenka game lasted over 2 and a half hours today.

I watched most of it but only entered the market on 3 occasions. That is pretty standard for me. If there had been another game I could have switched to during the final set, I would've done. The vast majority of my time is spent waiting and doing nothing.

For the 2 and a half hours of Shazza-Aza, I spent approximately 20 minutes where I was seriously involved in the market and highly focused on what was happening. That's over two hours where I was either just watching and waiting or keeping an eye on things from a distance aka, eating a cream cake with a cuppa whilst lying with the sun on my back!

So not far from Pareto's rule. Roll-on the men's semi finals, which promise to be absolute crackers and both should produce some trading opportunities for me. Sorana Cirstea:. OK, technically he hasn't won it yet but I think we all know that his semi final victory over Djokovic yesterday was the real final. The Serb pushed him all the way, just as I expected but in the end my Outright Winner bet was cruelly destroyed after an epic 4 and a bit hour battle.

In fact, both matches ended up frustratingly for me, as Tsonga barely put up a fight in his straight sets defeat to Ferrer. Thankfully, with the Nadal match having so many twists and turns Nadal was broken twice when serving for the match and Djokovic was ahead in the final set despite looking dead and buried both physically and mentally I was able to recoup much of those losses. I won't be trading either final as I expect Nadal and Williams to win pretty easily, so that's all from me for this week.

I'll be posting again next week for the start of the month-long grass court season, as the tour comes to England for Queen's Club, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. That said, the switch to a faster surface didn't make a huge difference last year to my profitability. I tend to stick even more to WTA during this grass swing, as whilst men's games can become serving stale-mates with few changes in momentum, the ladies still tend to throw up plenty of breaks if you pick the right match-ups.

I definitely do make small changes to my strategy for matches on quicker surfaces but value is still value and opportunities will still be available. I find that I just have a to be a little more patient in finding them, which doesn't really suit my personality but I've learnt to deal with that over the years.

Actually, a swift look at the calendar shows there is actually a new WTA clay event in Nurnburg starting today - bonza! In fact, looking at the weekend in-play tennis list shows a total of over 50 qualifying matches taking place on Saturday alone, for next week's tournaments. This is a fairly recent addition to Betfair's weekend tennis roster, which rarely used to put these weekend qualifiers in-play.

It now means that tennis is tradeable pretty much every day right through the day for over 10 months of the year - though you'll be hard pushed to get matched on most of these weekend games, as all the money will be on the big finals. I'm currently watching a match between two German women, Ozga and Witthoeft ranked and , attempting to qualify for the main draw in Nurnberg.

It certainly is still thriving on Betfair. To finish on, I found an excellent article by Ben Rothenberg on Slate. It obviously does go on and it's not surprising but in the case of Rebecca Marino who was an excellent young player it should really make everyone think about what they are saying to others on Twitter, professional sportsperson or otherwise.

And if you are reading this and have ever slated a player after you've done your bank - don't be a moron all your life. Unless it was a Janko Tipsarevic fixed special. Then I say, "fill yer boots". Ana Ivanovic:. Aaaahhh, lawn tennis. The smell of freshly cut grass, the polite applause of the middle class, the excuse for an afternoon supping of alcoholic beverages But it has its benefits. Matches tend to be shorter on average certainly than on clay , so I tend to be able to wrap up trades much sooner.

Today was a case in point. After the first 3 hours, I'd already traded 4 matches, with minimal time in the market. The games just whizzed by due to the shorter rallies and greater dominance of serve. Plus, the markets tend to over-react much more to breaks of serve on grass, which is exactly where I come in to take advantage.

In fact, looking back over last year's June profit, it's clear that the change to grass didn't affect my profit much at all. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a clay WTA event on this week but Nurnburg has been washed out all day, so I had no choice but to trade Queen's Club, Halle and Birmingham grass events. It was actually a very enjoyable day it's nice to have that change of pace and scenery and I particularly liked watching Grigor Dimtrov almost throw away his match against Dudi Sela in London, right in front of his watching girlfriend.

For those who don't know, her name is Maria Sharapova. She's OK at hitting the ball over the net too, I've heard. The funniest bit was watching the teenage hormones flying around amongst the watching ball girls, one of whom was actually crying as Dimtrov was two points from defeat. Apparently, he's a bit of a 'dream-boat' but I wouldn't know about that, being all masculine and shit.

It does make you wonder how much of an influence having strong support in the crowd actually has on player performance. Would Dimtrov have gotten out of that game had Sugarpova not been a few feet away? Could be a trading system in there somewhere I was considering watching some live tennis this week. There is a Challenger Tour next level down from ATP event taking place in my home town of Nottingham this week, which always attracts a strong field with several top players in the draw.

One of the most well known names is Donald Young. The American has been touted as the next big thing in US tennis for a number of years, after a fantastic junior career. It seemed, after a great where he reached a high of 39 in the world, that he was finally living up to the promise.

That was until , where he went on what I believe was the 4th longest losing run in the history of the ATP World Tour - 17 defeats in a row 16 first round losses in a row stretching from February to August. It would be a new low for Young to lose this match and I'd quite like to be there to witness it!

Young's story just goes to show you how quickly lack of confidence can destroy a sportsperson, just as it can a trader. I saw some of those losses during and he actually started most of them looking like the talented player he is but as soon as he was pulled back or missed a few shots, he completely lost all confidence.

If you don't have confidence in your strategy and self-belief in your ability to stay mentally strong during a bad period, you can spiral out of control much faster than Donald Young's career, that's for sure. Dominica Cibulkova:. I'm sure you've all read Cassini's latest post on Green All Over. It's a long one but a section of it is devoted to having a dig at yours truly based on my previous post - casting aspersions about the way I make my money in the tennis markets.

A few things need clearing up here and as it's too long to go on his comments section I thought I'd respond here instead. Firstly, I do not have fast pics and never have done - I use Bet streaming. My trading is based on my own knowledge of tennis and the markets and finding value - end of.

When I said on this very blog "ordinary betting syndicates, such as Sporting Data, which are legitimate businesses that make their money from sports trading - just like the one I traded for" Cassini has either deliberately twisted my words, misinterpreted or misread them. I meant that the syndicate I traded for were a legitimate business that make their money from sports trading. As are Sporting Data. I never said anything about exactly how they did that. To set the record straight, they had models for betting on cricket - nothing to do with courtsiding and nothing to do with tennis.

I was brought in as a trial to see if they could do something similar to what they did with cricket, with tennis trading. I didn't do anything differently to what I've always done - they knew nothing at all about tennis! The excerpt from my blog in Jan which had nothing to do with the syndicate I traded for for one month in was exactly as it reads: someone offered to give me money to trade for them - end of.

It didn't even go ahead, though it did with another offer later in the year. My "turnaround in fortunes" were purely because I had a bigger bank. I was actually consistently profitable well before any of these offers, which is why I was getting them in the first place! In fact, I actually said these people "have a distinct advantage over the rest of us in terms of man-power, time and capital.

He seems to have an issue with my belief that anyone can be successful in the sports markets, regardless of the competition. Why he would find this a problem is beyond me. I do think "Mr Normal" has less chance of success but that does not mean it's impossible.

I choose to be positive about this on this blog, rather than focus on the negative but that's my personality - if anyone views this as "suspicious", I feel sorry for them. I've never "hinted" at anything suspicious, always just tried to tell it exactly as it is and hoped people would respect that honesty. I'm surprised that Cassini would start to read anything negative into a few very innocuous things I've said.

It sounds as if he is desperate to believe that I couldn't possibly be doing well by myself, yet somehow this doesn't apply to Matt from Punt. Must be something afoot! Well there really isn't. Just a quick post today to tell you about my first ever interview! Andrew Brocker from the brilliant free betting community website Betting Expert.

Things have continued so far in May, in a similar vein to the April results shown in my previous post below , only now, I have finally reached a situation where things can build much more quickly. This will hopefully mean me reaching new levels of success and I'm very excited about the upcoming French Open, as I feel this could be a watershed tournament for me.

I'm deliberately keeping this quite cryptic for now, so all I will end on is "watch this space" We are at the halfway stage of Wimbledon and so far, not only has it been my best ever week of trading, it has turned June into my best ever month of trading. I hope none of you loyal readers of this blog stuck any money on Nadal because I did give you forewarning that he would not win Wimbledon and that he would be put under a lot of pressure by underdogs if you read my Wimbledon preview on Betting Expert - so you've only got yourself to blame if you did!

I will admit that I did not expect Steve Darcis to be the man to knock out Nadal, as I never saw him as having a big enough game to out-hit Rafa. But if Darcis did, it just goes to show how much of a problem Nadal is going to have on any surface other than clay.

His knees just cannot handle the pounding they will take on harder courts. I was amazed to see Nadal's price at 1. It turned out to be my biggest ever win on a tennis match and has made up a large chunk of my Wimbledon profit. I have to admit that I've had a fair amount of luck this Wimbledon so far. The now legendary day 3 or Wipeout Wednesday as it's been nicknamed , really was a spectacular day for me.

Seven withdrawals 4 before the match even began , and 7 huge upsets Jankovic, Hewitt, Ivanovic, Sharapova, Federer, Tsonga, Wozniacki made it the most exciting day's trading I've ever known, both from a gambling and a tennis-lover's perspective. Not only was I on the right side of the two biggest upsets, with Federer and Sharapova being ousted, I also managed to be on Gulbis when Tsonga retired and Cetkovska when Wozniacki took a tumble and injured herself.

I like to see it as reward for daring to lay the favourite but I doubt I'll have a day like that for quite some time. Who is to blame for all the slips and upsets? No one! If the underdogs had slipped and exited the tournament, no one would be talking about the state of the grass, that's for sure.

Just before Wimbledon started, I was very surprised to find several bookies offering money back on outright winner bets if Andy Murray wins Wimbledon. I jumped at the offer to back Djokovic, which I felt at the time was as good as a free bet, as I expect either him or Murray to win. With Nadal, Tsonga and Federer all out early, I'm sure a few bookies are going to be sweating come the end of this week. Nothing has really changed though as far as I'm concerned.

Murray and Djokovic were faves to make the final and both still are. Same with Serena Williams despite the loss of Azarenka and Sharapova. The great thing about all of this is that week 2 will see many more even contests with these big guns knocked out, than you would normally get in the second week of a slam and so better prices to trade with.

As you can see, I've not done too badly on the old soccerball either, for the second month in a row. The Confederations Cup turned out to be a fantastic spectacle and a great tournament to trade if you were looking for goals. The Italy 4 Japan 3 match was the best international I've seen in many a year and a big chunk of my profit came from this and also laying under 9.

Spain just hit their 10th and final goal with a minute or two to spare but it was a fairly low risk bet around 1. I figured that after a dire Nigerian side still managed to put 6 past the admirable Tahitians who played the game as it should be played , the Spaniards would have little trouble hitting double figures. Aside from a little bit of bragging, I do have a reason for notifying you of these larger wins.

Someone recently asked me how I coped with over-confidence, as I "never having losing days". I replied with a wry smile, that I often have losing days. The truth is, I actually have more losing trades per month than winning ones. So that shows you that trading isn't about picking loads of winners. It's about maximising your wins and minimising your losses. I still get emails asking for a copy and I feel a bit bad having to turn them down!

You never know though, this may well change one day Mandy Minella:. I'm going to reveal something now that might surprise many of you. Back at the beginning of the year, I wrote about how I had traded for a betting syndicate in October and how I had a few offers from potential investors to do something along similar lines.

There was much debate amongst the blogging world at the time, about the merits of what I was doing and not long after, there was even more talk about the negative side of entrusting someone else with your money, as the 'Betfair King' aka Elliot Short , was found to be a fraudster. Very few people had a good thing to say about the pluses of such a deal but then, very few people will have experienced the pros of a successful mutual trading agreement.

But I have. Because of all the negativity, I decided to stay tight-lipped and not write about this subject any further but I can now reveal that the main reason that I am experiencing such great profit over the past few months, is because one person who will remain un-named decided to take a chance on me. It wasn't a particularly large sum of money in fact, it was the smallest amount that I'd initially discussed of all the offers I've had but I always insisted that I didn't need a large amount; just something to kick-start me and enable me to reach a stage where I can compound on my own.

I have now finally reached that stage. So my investor has made back all his money and several times that, in just a few short months. Had he not taken the plunge and trusted me, I would not be in the position that I'm now in and I am extremely grateful for that. So much so, that although I no longer require his investment, I want to reward him for giving me an opportunity where most others wouldn't all the other potential investors I spoke to elected not to get involved and in fact, a couple of them disappeared without a word, mid-discussion, which I find extremely rude.

So I'll be continuing our partnership for a while longer yet and hopefully making both of us more money. It's not gonna be for everyone but for every Elliot Short disaster and let's face it, that was a one-off in terms of the sheer scale and incredulity , I'm sure there are plenty of smooth, success stories - you just don't get to hear about them. Which is why I wanted to write about it here on Centre Court Trading but also to put in writing my sincere thanks to my investor.

It just goes to show you that there are good, trustworthy people out there and that taking calculated, well-researched risks can reward the brave. July has broken my monthly profit record again, which shows that you don't need a Grand Slam to make money trading tennis Wimbledon ended on July 6th but I made relatively little profit on those last few days.

There were also no Masters or WTA Premier events all month, which proves what I've said for a long time: quality of sport has little or no effect on trading opportunities as long as you know your stuff. The only difference is in the liquidity available, which has not been an issue for me personally. We are now into the final third of the tennis season and that starts with the run up to the US Open. I personally dislike this period as it plays havoc with my social life but it will at least mean I can experiment with some larger stakes and see if I can take my profit up to another level.

I will also be keeping a close eye on the football when it starts. After a couple of successful months trading soccer recently, I want to see if I can continue it this season. Or maybe I'm just becoming more and more greedy the more money I make! It's not a quality I admire but in this game I've come to realise that there is no point holding back and being content when you never know what's around the corner.

The words "hay", "sun" and "shine" have never been more pertinent. Petra Cetkovska:. There are 4 reasons for this: 1. I don't want my profit or losses! I know that when I was learning, often when I looked at other blogger's profit, it made me feel inadequate. This often lead to me losing faith in what I was trying, because I wasn't making much or losing and that meant switching strategies and becoming more and more frustrated.

Yes, they can be an inspiration to some and a guide as to what is possible to achieve but everyone is different. I try to instil in my members that profit targets are a bad idea and they should not even be thinking about making profit at this stage, so to have my own profits staring at them, is possibly a little hypocritical.

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It was only because I saw that 5 figure sum on the horizon and a Grand Slam event to help chase it, that affected my mind and my trading. I would've had a few wins amongst those 22 losses too, as by entering the market at incorrect moments, I often ended up ruining the chance for me to later enter when I should have done, for profit.

I also found myself getting more timid. The Kohlschreiber win should also have been almost double the amount. So anyway, no real harm done and in retrospect, it does show just how far I've come. Now, 4 times that amount constitutes failure. Trading, eh? Camila Giorgi:. It's been a real slog since the start of the US Open. After my horrible downswing during the first week of Flushing Meadows where I made a lot of mistakes , I found myself in a rut of bad variance. For a good three weeks, opportunities dried up and when they did arrive, they more often than not, didn't work out.

So another slightly disappointing month in comparison with how I did over the beginning of summer but I'm still pleased as this was a tough month. Any month with profit is pleasing to me. But I think it's something many traders find difficult to grasp - that not every month will be the same.

The general theme I find and I'm seeing it with some academy members , is that aspiring traders expect that the pros all make similar amounts of profit every month and it never deviates much. Consistency doesn't necessarily mean consistent over a 30 day spell and it certainly doesn't mean consistent over a weekly or daily period.

In my case, I have been quite fortunate in that I've found a way to trade that is fairly consistent over a relatively short time period but that isn't intentional - it's just the way it's panned out. My only aim each month is to protect the bank and execute the strategy properly, not to make a certain amount. My months tend to pan out quite similarly, possibly because I trade a lot of games I average around markets per month. What most people won't realise, is that within that month, I will have ups and downs.

It's never a straight profit line on the graph from start to finish. I will usually have at least one week where I don't make any money at all - even be in the red. This month was unusually tough, in that I went about 3 weeks where I was basically breaking even. Only in the final week did variance swing positively for me. My aim during a difficult week, is always to break even. My records show that when I have a tough week where the wins aren't coming, I will usually end up around break-even point - as long as I hold it together mentally and don't start chasing.

But that doesn't mean I don't have losing streaks of matches. Those streaks are the true test of any trader and I've already seen academy members who are close to giving up at the first sign of a downturn. Unfortunately, downswings are part and parcel of any pro trader's life. There will not be a single pro who doesn't go through downswings and if they don't, it's because they've found a holy golden egg laying grail! In fact, I consider myself lucky in that I have not had a losing month in a long time because I know many pros do have them and I've heard that some even go a whole YEAR without making profit.

But the key is, they know in the long run that the system they have works and will eventually produce an upswing which cancels out any losses. My biggest downswings don't tend to last longer than a week and I'll usually have a big upswing not long after because I am confident in what I'm doing, have got my numbers worked out and stick at it. It doesn't make a downswing any less frustrating though! I can fully understand why anyone who didn't have my experience or faith in my way of trading, would feel like giving up during a bad spell of variance but trading is TOUGH.

I think too many people think it's easy and that's why when they are faced with the reality, they change strategy for something they think will be easier. It's a classic newbie error, one I made countless times. So yes, I'm proud of how far I've come and grateful that I seem to always have profitable months - for now. But if people knew what I had to cope with DURING each month, I reckon they would think very differently about just what it takes to achieve that green figure on such a consistent basis.

I certainly don't plan to make a certain amount or even expect a certain amount each month. I just deal with it one trade at a time and at the end of the month, if I'm out on top, it's a bonus. If one month I end up in the red, so be it. As long as it's not a massive loss, I'm fine with it because in the long run, I will have enough saved from winning months to cover it and I will expect a spell of good variance is not far around the corner. If it isn't, then I know it's time to start worrying and perhaps look to change something.

Monica Puig:. I can't believe I'm still going, to be honest! To start things off, I have an interview in which I answer some questions for the excellent new trading website QuantBubble. With the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, about to get underway, I have a preview of the tournament which you can read here on Betting Expert.

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions because it's just an arbitrary date that shouldn't really affect when we start to make important changes to our life. But as New Year coincides with the start of a new tennis season, it's a natural time for me to reflect and plan ahead.

I'm putting all my energy into my trading academy for this year and so the blog is likely to take a back seat. But I'm always open to new opportunities, ideas, suggestions. I will just be grinding it out every day on the ladders as usual, trying hard not to get carried away and to keep my feet on the ground!

It was interesting to hear about the British courtsider who was caught during the Andy Murray match yesterday. There's a huge furore about it in Australia but I'm struggling to see what the big deal is. Was he really doing anything illegal? In the UK it certainly wouldn't be, even though it is frowned upon by tennis and betting authorities and would have you evicted from the venue for breaching ticket conditions.

The guy was only taking advantage of the time delay to place bets but the news coverage in the Australian media is comparing it to the bribery scandals that we've seen in sports like football and cricket. It's completely being overblown. Yes, you can argue that it is essentially a form of cheating but it doesn't guarantee you profit - you still are risking your money and can still lose it all.

As I showed when I went to the O2 for the World Tour Finals in November , it's not as straightforward as you might think, though certainly, if you are experienced and have a reliable set up, the opportunities are undeniable. Still, reporting of these betting scandals are as always, uninformed. The same source also suggests that these courtsiders "take advantage of websites that allow bets to be laid on individual events such as whether a player faults on serve" - really?

You certainly can't do this on Betfair and even if you could, liquidity would be almost non-existent and no bookie that set up this market would allow any substantial amount to be accepted. But in what way does it influence the outcome of a match? It doesn't! In what way is it corrupting the sport? It isn't! But that's not the line they are taking in the Australian media. It was perhaps a bit naive of him to courtside in Australia considering this.

Firstly, it's a country that has banned in-play betting. Secondly, it's one of the biggest tournaments in the world and it's well known that the ITF and ATP have officials who are specifically trained to catch courtsiders - so doing it on a main court in broad daylight during a high profile match is always a risk.

That said, I'm sure he knew the risks and was prepared to take them, especially if flying all the way to Australia. Then they will simply press on a series of buttons. So this man was probably not placing bets at all and someone at Sporting Data in Surrey would've been responding to the button press signal and placing any trades. He got caught and paid the price - though pretty sure he would not have expected talk of jail time!

The biggest topic of discussion this week has been the man caught courtsiding at the Australian Open, which I commented on myself see previous post below. Such is the prolific nature of Cassini's posts, even though I check every day for new posts, I would have missed this entirely had I not been on Twitter and read a tweet about it from another sports trader.

Many of you will know this trader as Matt who used to write the superb blog Punt. His tweet about Cassini lead me directly onto Matt's timeline, where I noticed he had just tweeted this:. I've just written my first article for Betting Expert. You can read it on the following link: The Sultan's French Open Preview Hope you enjoy it, expect to see more in future! Eugenie Bouchard:. So, this is weird! I'm sat at my keyboard about to start regular, hopefully daily blogging for the first time in over 2 years.

When I started the blog, it was intended to be a daily log of what I'd done on the ladders and I managed that for the first 2 months. That was easy because I was so bad at trading, I had a lot to write about! So I'm not sure how this is going to go but I will try to get as many posts as I can done each week. It's week 2 of Roland Garros and as with the second week of any Grand Slam, it's one of the quietest weeks of the year for us regular tennis traders.

There simply aren't that many matches to trade and for someone like me, who relies on a good quantity of matches to make my money, it's often a frustrating week. Actually, it's not so much the number of games that is the issue but more that many of them are complete mis-matches.

You will almost always have at least 3 of the big 4 men's players still in the competition going into week 2, so that means a fair few matches will have odds sub 1. This doesn't often leave you with many options for trading the match, other than the obvious lay. The same thing seems to be occurring on the ladies side in recent tournaments, with Serena, Sharapova and Azarenka. It's why when I watch any major tournament now, I am always routing for the top players to get knocked out so we can have more even match-ups.

I think people who don't trade tennis would assume these big tournament quarter and semi final matches are the ones where I'm going to be involved more than any other but in reality it's probably the complete opposite. Yesterday's men's quarter final matches I barely watched at all and didn't enter the market once, as Nadal and Djokovic breezed past Haas and Wawrinka. And today, I only traded Sharapova v Azarenka as Williams hammered Errani in the second women's semi.

What this does mean, is that we'll get a great semi final tie between Djokovic and Nadal and potential for a decent women's final. But I will always be much busier during a standard week, where on a Friday usually quarter final day I'll have tournaments to choose from and 4 matches in each one to trade. That's a massive difference to tomorrow, where the second Friday of Roland Garros will only have 2 matches for me to trade.

Of course, quality is more important than quantity but having quarter finals to select from means I'll always find at least a couple worth trading; no guarantee of that when there's just two. The truth will probably surprise a lot of people. I actually spend very little time placing any trades. The Sharapova v Azarenka game lasted over 2 and a half hours today.

I watched most of it but only entered the market on 3 occasions. That is pretty standard for me. If there had been another game I could have switched to during the final set, I would've done. The vast majority of my time is spent waiting and doing nothing. For the 2 and a half hours of Shazza-Aza, I spent approximately 20 minutes where I was seriously involved in the market and highly focused on what was happening.

That's over two hours where I was either just watching and waiting or keeping an eye on things from a distance aka, eating a cream cake with a cuppa whilst lying with the sun on my back! So not far from Pareto's rule. Roll-on the men's semi finals, which promise to be absolute crackers and both should produce some trading opportunities for me. Sorana Cirstea:. OK, technically he hasn't won it yet but I think we all know that his semi final victory over Djokovic yesterday was the real final.

The Serb pushed him all the way, just as I expected but in the end my Outright Winner bet was cruelly destroyed after an epic 4 and a bit hour battle. In fact, both matches ended up frustratingly for me, as Tsonga barely put up a fight in his straight sets defeat to Ferrer. Thankfully, with the Nadal match having so many twists and turns Nadal was broken twice when serving for the match and Djokovic was ahead in the final set despite looking dead and buried both physically and mentally I was able to recoup much of those losses.

I won't be trading either final as I expect Nadal and Williams to win pretty easily, so that's all from me for this week. I'll be posting again next week for the start of the month-long grass court season, as the tour comes to England for Queen's Club, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

That said, the switch to a faster surface didn't make a huge difference last year to my profitability. I tend to stick even more to WTA during this grass swing, as whilst men's games can become serving stale-mates with few changes in momentum, the ladies still tend to throw up plenty of breaks if you pick the right match-ups.

I definitely do make small changes to my strategy for matches on quicker surfaces but value is still value and opportunities will still be available. I find that I just have a to be a little more patient in finding them, which doesn't really suit my personality but I've learnt to deal with that over the years.

Actually, a swift look at the calendar shows there is actually a new WTA clay event in Nurnburg starting today - bonza! In fact, looking at the weekend in-play tennis list shows a total of over 50 qualifying matches taking place on Saturday alone, for next week's tournaments. This is a fairly recent addition to Betfair's weekend tennis roster, which rarely used to put these weekend qualifiers in-play. It now means that tennis is tradeable pretty much every day right through the day for over 10 months of the year - though you'll be hard pushed to get matched on most of these weekend games, as all the money will be on the big finals.

I'm currently watching a match between two German women, Ozga and Witthoeft ranked and , attempting to qualify for the main draw in Nurnberg. It certainly is still thriving on Betfair. To finish on, I found an excellent article by Ben Rothenberg on Slate. It obviously does go on and it's not surprising but in the case of Rebecca Marino who was an excellent young player it should really make everyone think about what they are saying to others on Twitter, professional sportsperson or otherwise.

And if you are reading this and have ever slated a player after you've done your bank - don't be a moron all your life. Unless it was a Janko Tipsarevic fixed special. Then I say, "fill yer boots". Ana Ivanovic:. Aaaahhh, lawn tennis. The smell of freshly cut grass, the polite applause of the middle class, the excuse for an afternoon supping of alcoholic beverages But it has its benefits.

Matches tend to be shorter on average certainly than on clay , so I tend to be able to wrap up trades much sooner. Today was a case in point. After the first 3 hours, I'd already traded 4 matches, with minimal time in the market. The games just whizzed by due to the shorter rallies and greater dominance of serve. Plus, the markets tend to over-react much more to breaks of serve on grass, which is exactly where I come in to take advantage.

In fact, looking back over last year's June profit, it's clear that the change to grass didn't affect my profit much at all. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a clay WTA event on this week but Nurnburg has been washed out all day, so I had no choice but to trade Queen's Club, Halle and Birmingham grass events. It was actually a very enjoyable day it's nice to have that change of pace and scenery and I particularly liked watching Grigor Dimtrov almost throw away his match against Dudi Sela in London, right in front of his watching girlfriend.

For those who don't know, her name is Maria Sharapova. She's OK at hitting the ball over the net too, I've heard. The funniest bit was watching the teenage hormones flying around amongst the watching ball girls, one of whom was actually crying as Dimtrov was two points from defeat. Apparently, he's a bit of a 'dream-boat' but I wouldn't know about that, being all masculine and shit. It does make you wonder how much of an influence having strong support in the crowd actually has on player performance.

Would Dimtrov have gotten out of that game had Sugarpova not been a few feet away? Could be a trading system in there somewhere I was considering watching some live tennis this week. There is a Challenger Tour next level down from ATP event taking place in my home town of Nottingham this week, which always attracts a strong field with several top players in the draw.

One of the most well known names is Donald Young. The American has been touted as the next big thing in US tennis for a number of years, after a fantastic junior career. It seemed, after a great where he reached a high of 39 in the world, that he was finally living up to the promise. That was until , where he went on what I believe was the 4th longest losing run in the history of the ATP World Tour - 17 defeats in a row 16 first round losses in a row stretching from February to August.

It would be a new low for Young to lose this match and I'd quite like to be there to witness it! Young's story just goes to show you how quickly lack of confidence can destroy a sportsperson, just as it can a trader. I saw some of those losses during and he actually started most of them looking like the talented player he is but as soon as he was pulled back or missed a few shots, he completely lost all confidence. If you don't have confidence in your strategy and self-belief in your ability to stay mentally strong during a bad period, you can spiral out of control much faster than Donald Young's career, that's for sure.

Dominica Cibulkova:. I'm sure you've all read Cassini's latest post on Green All Over. It's a long one but a section of it is devoted to having a dig at yours truly based on my previous post - casting aspersions about the way I make my money in the tennis markets. A few things need clearing up here and as it's too long to go on his comments section I thought I'd respond here instead. Firstly, I do not have fast pics and never have done - I use Bet streaming.

My trading is based on my own knowledge of tennis and the markets and finding value - end of. When I said on this very blog "ordinary betting syndicates, such as Sporting Data, which are legitimate businesses that make their money from sports trading - just like the one I traded for" Cassini has either deliberately twisted my words, misinterpreted or misread them.

I meant that the syndicate I traded for were a legitimate business that make their money from sports trading. As are Sporting Data. I never said anything about exactly how they did that. To set the record straight, they had models for betting on cricket - nothing to do with courtsiding and nothing to do with tennis. I was brought in as a trial to see if they could do something similar to what they did with cricket, with tennis trading. I didn't do anything differently to what I've always done - they knew nothing at all about tennis!

The excerpt from my blog in Jan which had nothing to do with the syndicate I traded for for one month in was exactly as it reads: someone offered to give me money to trade for them - end of. It didn't even go ahead, though it did with another offer later in the year. My "turnaround in fortunes" were purely because I had a bigger bank. I was actually consistently profitable well before any of these offers, which is why I was getting them in the first place! In fact, I actually said these people "have a distinct advantage over the rest of us in terms of man-power, time and capital.

He seems to have an issue with my belief that anyone can be successful in the sports markets, regardless of the competition. Why he would find this a problem is beyond me. So I'm going to stay focused and enjoy it after. The final is scheduled for Sunday. Ben Curtis. We welcome your comments. Bell Media reviews every comment submitted, and reserves the right to approve comments and edit for brevity and clarity.

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Bouchard gets on the front foot on the next and puts away a volley to take the opening set. Now it's the turn of the Romanian to show her mettle. Three straight points, the third a cracking backhand into the corner after a ding-dong of a baseline rally, the best of the match, takes us into a first-set tie-break.

Halep tries to make her move, sensing the shift in play but strikes a groundstroke into the net and misses an opportunity. A strong first serve keeps the No 3 seed at bay as Bouchard chips away to and she saves the danger with a fourth straight point. This time Halep eases to but can't take a second successive game to love as Bouchard pushes a return deep to the corner, Halep scrambles to it but can't retrieve.

A double fault allows Bouchard to hang around but the Canadian is overeager on a slower second serve and hits very long. We've been here pretty much every game before the other mounts a fightback. Bouchard toys with Halep on the next, giving her ankle a good work out with a cheeky drop shot and then wraps up a hold to love when she creates enough room to fire a forehand winner into the advantage side. That's the first hold to love this match.

This time, Bouchard finally has her chance of another break when she whips a forehand which lands flush on the line. Halep saves the danger, moving into midcourt and stepping into a forehand which is too good for Bouchard. Halep throws in another sloppy error to hand Bouchard a second chance, but she raises her level again with a backhand which lands inside the line.

It's risky tennis, but paying dividends. After two deuces, Halep finally strings two points together. Bouchard targets Halep's backhand on the next. The Romanian gingerly makes her way into the corner, but can't get her return back. She returns to her chair shaking her head. Some heavy hitting brings Bouchard all square, but Halep jumps on a slip from Bouchard at the baseline to send her rival off balance with a return.

Bouchard goes on the attack at deuce, but she misses the easiest shot of the rally when she smashes a backhand volley into the net. After a second deuce, Halep leaps on a short return to square the first set. Her right one was already taped up before the start of this match. Along with her bandaged left-thigh, she's not the picture of health out there.

Bouchard's concentration was affected by that delay, throwing in a couple of unforced errors for but then draws level. Bouchard makes Halep chase a smash down, it's the first run she's had on that twisted ankle. She gets her racket head on it, but can't get the ball back and Bouchard holds. She can't make it a hat-trick as she shanks a return. But Halep is staring at two break points on the next, as now she can't dig the ball out from under his feet.

She's broken straight back when she loops a backhand return into the tramlines. Halep turned her ankle on that point too, ouch. She hobbles away, fingers crossed it's nothing major. Hopefully some strapping will do the trick and she'll be able to continue after a medical time-out.

Bouchard eases to before Halep pulls level. The Canadian's first serve evades her, she swings wildly at a return on the next to hand Halep an early break. She can't muster another first serve and is caught flapping on the baseline as Halep fires a return right into her feet.

She digs the ball out, but drills it too far long. Bouchard overeggs a backhand on the next to move Halep to but a double fault gifts her rival a free point. Bouchard can't make the most of it as she hits into the tramlines and Halep holds. She takes it when Halep can't return a serve down the middle. Yes, that is fact. Ok, warm-up over, game on.

Bouchard already has experience of playing on Centre, having beaten Alize Cornet to take her into the quarters - a match played under the roof. I hope he's proud of how I played today. He was looking down. Hopefully he enjoyed the match. Hope you enjoyed playing under my protection today? You are welcome back anytime Take a bow Petra Kvitova. The champion saw off fellow Czech Lucie Safarova , to reach a second slam final. Safarova was unlucky to lose the first set on a tie-break but never recovered from that moment on against a fellow leftie.

With the exits of Maria Sharpava , Serena Williams and Li Na , this would've made a cracking final line-up with both players holding the best records when it comes to slams this season with 15 wins apiece. Bouchard is through to a third straight slam semi-final too - the first player to do so since Dinara Safina in and already has experience of winning at the All England Club, having clinched the girls' title in So for me, professional tennis player is succeeding, top 20, top As I started playing more and more, I really had concrete dreams of winning a grand slam," Bouchard said.

The fearless attitude is reflected in Bouchard's aggressive tennis, and Halep will have her hands full. But Halep reached the French Open final last month on the strength of her more compact game, with which she makes few errors and manoeuvres opponents skilfully.

Halep, who has won seven titles in the space of 13 months to transform a previously steady career, is ready to turn her home tournament into a week-long party if she wins Wimbledon. Halep said: "After this tournament I will go home. I have a tournament there.

Halep has won six of her last eight matches on hard court. Eugenie Bouchard is coming off a straight sets win over Vera Lapko that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Bouchard won 63 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Bouchard won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 13 break points.

Bouchard has 12 career wins over top players, but none of those have come since the Madrid Masters. Bouchard has split her last six matches on hard court. Wonder who the Top Experts Picked? Click Here To Find Out. These two have played four times and Halep has won three of those meetings.

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Halep extends her lead at the restart for at the changeover, Bouchard gets a bit of luck from the tape, catching Halep off balance and giving the Canadian a lifeline. She makes the most of it, keeping Halep pinned behind the baseline on the next with a series of overheads and forcing her to blink first. At and Bouchard serving, she wins a third straight point before handing the baton back over.

Halep is charging up and down the baseline, scampering to make returns but she can't keep one deep return in and she's staring at two set points. Bouchard leaps on a second serve, gets an angled return back but Halep is all over it, firing a forehand from out wide which is deep and crucially in.

The first set point is saved. Bouchard gets on the front foot on the next and puts away a volley to take the opening set. Now it's the turn of the Romanian to show her mettle. Three straight points, the third a cracking backhand into the corner after a ding-dong of a baseline rally, the best of the match, takes us into a first-set tie-break.

Halep tries to make her move, sensing the shift in play but strikes a groundstroke into the net and misses an opportunity. A strong first serve keeps the No 3 seed at bay as Bouchard chips away to and she saves the danger with a fourth straight point. This time Halep eases to but can't take a second successive game to love as Bouchard pushes a return deep to the corner, Halep scrambles to it but can't retrieve.

A double fault allows Bouchard to hang around but the Canadian is overeager on a slower second serve and hits very long. We've been here pretty much every game before the other mounts a fightback. Bouchard toys with Halep on the next, giving her ankle a good work out with a cheeky drop shot and then wraps up a hold to love when she creates enough room to fire a forehand winner into the advantage side.

That's the first hold to love this match. This time, Bouchard finally has her chance of another break when she whips a forehand which lands flush on the line. Halep saves the danger, moving into midcourt and stepping into a forehand which is too good for Bouchard. Halep throws in another sloppy error to hand Bouchard a second chance, but she raises her level again with a backhand which lands inside the line. It's risky tennis, but paying dividends.

After two deuces, Halep finally strings two points together. Bouchard targets Halep's backhand on the next. The Romanian gingerly makes her way into the corner, but can't get her return back. She returns to her chair shaking her head. Some heavy hitting brings Bouchard all square, but Halep jumps on a slip from Bouchard at the baseline to send her rival off balance with a return. Bouchard goes on the attack at deuce, but she misses the easiest shot of the rally when she smashes a backhand volley into the net.

After a second deuce, Halep leaps on a short return to square the first set. Her right one was already taped up before the start of this match. Along with her bandaged left-thigh, she's not the picture of health out there. Bouchard's concentration was affected by that delay, throwing in a couple of unforced errors for but then draws level. Bouchard makes Halep chase a smash down, it's the first run she's had on that twisted ankle. She gets her racket head on it, but can't get the ball back and Bouchard holds.

She can't make it a hat-trick as she shanks a return. But Halep is staring at two break points on the next, as now she can't dig the ball out from under his feet. She's broken straight back when she loops a backhand return into the tramlines. Halep turned her ankle on that point too, ouch. She hobbles away, fingers crossed it's nothing major. Hopefully some strapping will do the trick and she'll be able to continue after a medical time-out. Bouchard eases to before Halep pulls level.

The Canadian's first serve evades her, she swings wildly at a return on the next to hand Halep an early break. She can't muster another first serve and is caught flapping on the baseline as Halep fires a return right into her feet. She digs the ball out, but drills it too far long. Bouchard overeggs a backhand on the next to move Halep to but a double fault gifts her rival a free point. Bouchard can't make the most of it as she hits into the tramlines and Halep holds.

She takes it when Halep can't return a serve down the middle. Yes, that is fact. Ok, warm-up over, game on. Bouchard already has experience of playing on Centre, having beaten Alize Cornet to take her into the quarters - a match played under the roof. I hope he's proud of how I played today. He was looking down. Hopefully he enjoyed the match. Hope you enjoyed playing under my protection today? You are welcome back anytime Take a bow Petra Kvitova. The champion saw off fellow Czech Lucie Safarova , to reach a second slam final.

Safarova was unlucky to lose the first set on a tie-break but never recovered from that moment on against a fellow leftie. With the exits of Maria Sharpava , Serena Williams and Li Na , this would've made a cracking final line-up with both players holding the best records when it comes to slams this season with 15 wins apiece.

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