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day 8 action at Wimbledon

Great result on Saturday courtesy of Lisicki, unfortunately the two men didn't offer a squeak. Onto Monday...

Teenage American qualifier Oudin has come from a set down in all three rds so far, which shows a great deal of determniation, a trait often lacking on the women's tour. I'm yet to catch any of her matches live so I'll be making a point of doing so tomorrow. Radwanska played a defensive game against Li, just hitting soft shots back and watching the Chinese player self-destruct. Just a watch match for me, but I'll probably lay Radwanska if she goes a set up purely on the Oudin resilience factor.

Azarenka has dropped just five points on first serve in two and a half matches. Incredible stat. She faces Petrova who beat her here in two breakers last yr. The Russian needs to play a lot better than she did against Dulko, but you know she can from her earlier rounds.

Ivanovic showed her best form in months against Stosur, if she lived up to that form, she could stretch Venus.

Mauresmo has the grasscourt brain and experience to cater for Safina, but the prices have this factored in. On any other surface, the gap would be a lot wider.

Berdych vs Roddick could be a cracking match if they keep up their form from previous rounds. I can never catch Berdych, he has unbeatable streaks and then looks ordinary the next week.

Looks like a trading day for me tomorrow in quite a few matches, we shouldn't be seeing too many cakewalks now we are into the ronud of 16. Best outsider of the day is Mauresmo but the value is gone.

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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes
Group 2, 6f, 2yo C&G
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6 [2.5] Multilateral (54) 60-1
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8 [4.3] Aomen (58.5) 30-1
11 [6.8] Monton (60) 16-1
12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

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