Ivory Coast vs Algeria

Ivory Coast vs Algeria Live:Ibrahim Kamara warned Ivory Coast that Riyad Mahrez will not be the only threat Algeria pose them in Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.Algeria have cruised through the AFCON in emphatic fashion, winning all four of their matches without conceding a single goal, including a convincing 3-0 last-16 triumph over Guinea.While Ivory Coast represent a greater challenge than Algeria have faced so far, the Fennec Foxes are one of the few remaining favorites following the shock exits of Egypt and Morocco.

This clash extends one of the great rivalries in the tournament with the Ivorian Elephants winning three and the Algerian Desert Foxes two of seven previous meetings.

When they last met, in a 2015 quarter-final, Ivory Coast triumphed 3-1 with Serey Die part of the winning team while the losing line-up included Riyad Mahrez.

The midfielders, who have contrasting roles with Die primarily a destroyer and Mahrez a creator, captain the teams in Suez four years later.

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi believes his team, the only survivors with a 100 percent record in Egypt, can go all the way, saying: “It does not cost anything to be ambitious.”

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Rival coach Ibrahim Kamara is saying little during this Cup of Nations while a side boasting star attackers like Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Kodjia and Wilfried Zaha has yet to sparkle.The Elephants scraped past Mali in the last round – but Riyad Mahrez and co eased to a 3-0 win over Guinea as they both eye continental glory.All the information on how and when to watch the African Cup of Nations quarter final as Ivory Coast face Algeria in Suez on Thursday, July 11th.The African Cup of Nations third quarter final between Ivory Coast and Algeria takes place on Thursday, 11 July at the Suez Stadium (Suez), Egypt, and kicks off at 18:00 (CEST). That’s 17:00 in the UK, 12:00 in New York, 11:00 in Dallas, and 09:00 in Los Angeles.

Find out what time the Ivory Coast – Algeria game starts wherever you are in the world.The AFCON 2019 quarter final between Ivory Coast and Algeria is available in most countries through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. Your best bet is to check who is broadcasting the game in your country and see if they have an online platform or iOS or Android app to watch it through.Ibrahim Kamara warned Ivory Coast that Riyad Mahrez will not be the only threat Algeria pose them in Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.

Algeria have cruised through the AFCON in emphatic fashion, winning all four of their matches without conceding a single goal, including a convincing 3-0 last-16 triumph over Guinea.

While Ivory Coast represent a greater challenge than Algeria have faced so far, the Fennec Foxes are one of the few remaining favorites following the shock exits of Egypt and Morocco.

Mahrez has unsurprisingly been a star for Algeria, though Adam Ounas is the joint-leading scorer in the competition with three and Youcef Belaili – similarly to the Manchester City winger – has two to his name.

Consequently, Kamara wants Ivory Coast to be completely alert to all the Algeria threats, not just Mahrez.

“Algeria is a great team. They do not play only with Riyad Mahrez. If so, the other players would stay in the locker room,” Kamara said. “We will face a team that’s difficult to handle.”Djamel Belmadi has done an excellent job since he was made coach. I will not go so far as to say that I would have liked to avoid Algeria, because at this stage of the competition we have no choice.

“To be able to go all the way in this tournament, you have to play seven matches. We’ve played four, there are still three to go.

“Algeria is a great team, playing for the final coronation. We have our idea about the Algerian team, that is collectively strong with very good individuals.”

As impressive as Algeria have been, Belmadi’s side need to guard against complacency and he has urged his team to be ready to mount a response if they finally concede.

“We are now in a new stage where we will face difficulties, so we have to be aware,” he said. “The players are determined and they will spare no effort to make the people happy.

“We have to have a good reaction in the case of conceding a goal, a scenario that until now we’ve not experienced during this AFCON. We’d need to recover our poise and change the game in our favor.”

Serena Williams vs Barbora Zahlavova

Serena Williams vs Barbora Zahlavova : Barbora Zahlavova will be confident against the unseeded Serena Williams who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final.  The winner will play either Elina Svitolina or Simona Halep, who play in the first match on Thursday. Every champion must be tested.  She will be the heavy favourite against Barbora Zahlavova who is in her first slam semi final at the age of 33. Now at the semi final stage, Serena Williams‘ chances of finally getting her 24th singles grand slam look very big.

Serena looks to be in fine form now, heading into the deep end of the tournament where she gets tougher and tougher to beat. She did have to be at her best to fight off an inspired Alison Riske, beating her fellow American in three sets – 6-4 4-6 6-3. “She was not giving it to me. I needed to step up and take it. That’s what I had to do.” she said.

Strycova is now in the semi finals of both the doubles and singles after a win against Johanna Konta on Tuesday. She had to come from a break down in the opener but was always in control after taking the first set, eventually cruising to a 7-6 6-1 victory. Her more traditional grass court style is a rarity these days and Konta didn’t know what to do for large parts with 34 unforced errors helping her opponent out a great deal.

“This is the first time since Australia that I actually felt, like, good, It’s been a really, really long year for me already, and hard year, because I’m usually not typically injured. I don’t know where I am [in terms of my level]. I do know I feel good. Now that I feel good, I can actually focus on training and technique and practice, something that I just literally haven’t been able to do a lot of.” Serena said afterwards. It’s hard to bet against her if she’s fit and confident but Strycova will look to the 2015 US Open semi final for inspiration. There, a stunning performance from Roberta Vinci bamboozled a Serena who was looking to complete the calendar year grand slam. Keeping Serena from teeing off at will is going to be key for the Czech, otherwise it could be over very quickly.

Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets
When Serena Williams was beaten in the third round at the French Open last month, while struggling with a right knee injury, the idea that only a few weeks later she would be on the verge of yet another Wimbledon final seemed unlikely, even for her. But here we are, and the 37-year-old stands one match away from fighting for grand slam title No 24.

The significance of that number is not lost on anyone in the women’s game as Williams tries to equal the all‑time record of grand slam singles titles held by the Australian Margaret Court.

Ever since she returned to tennis in March of last year, following the birth of her daughter, Williams has been focused on the record.

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At times, especially at the US Open last September when she had a meltdown, the stress it has caused her has been all too obvious; but as she prepares to face the Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals on Thursday she seems at ease.

“I think she is in a good place at the moment,” her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told reporters.

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“She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here, her daughter is here and she is pain-free now for three weeks, so she feels so much lighter [mentally].”

Lacking match practice all year because of the knee injury Williams had flirted with the idea of playing a warmup event before arriving at Wimbledon. Mouratoglou advised against it, telling her she should get treatment. It worked, and over the past two weeks she has improved with every round. Playing in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray has sharpened her reflexes and she is beginning to look like the woman who has won the title here seven times before.

“With both singles and mixed doubles she has been able to spend quite a lot of hours on the tennis court playing matches – that is what she needed – and in the last match you could see she has been able to raise her level when necessary, which is one of her trademarks,” Mouratoglou said. “And this is back so everything is positive.”

Williams will be confident against the unseeded Strycova who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final. The American has won all three of their previous matches in straight sets. The most recent one was two years ago at the Australian Open and in the past fortnight, the 31-year-old Czech has been enjoying the time of her life. Her win against Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals was an example of what she is all about.

Trailing 4-1 she mixed up her game, serve and volleying on occasion, sneaking to the net when she could, slicing and dicing and generally making her opponent play the way she did not want to play.

“I never saw a player more talented than Barbora with the touch for the ball,” said Lukas Dlouhy, a former top doubles player and now Strycova’s coach. “That’s why she’s playing good on grass and why she loves this tournament.”

In the bottom half the former world No 1 Simona Halep of Romania takes on the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, two of the best athletes and competitors in the game. For Halep it is a second semi-final here, five years after her first, while Svitolina is the first Ukrainian woman to make a grand slam last four.

On paper Halep is favourite but Svitolina, coached by the Briton Andrew Bettles, has won four of their six meetings and won their last one, in Doha this year.

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Strycova vs Williams

Strycova vs Williams : Strycova will be confident against the unseeded Williams who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final. Now at the semi final stage, Serena Williams‘ chances of finally getting her 24th singles grand slam look very big. The winner will play either Elina Svitolina or Simona Halep, who play in the first match on Thursday. Every champion must be tested.  She will be the heavy favourite against Barbora Strycova who is in her first slam semi final at the age of 33.

Serena looks to be in fine form now, heading into the deep end of the tournament where she gets tougher and tougher to beat. She did have to be at her best to fight off an inspired Alison Riske, beating her fellow American in three sets – 6-4 4-6 6-3. “She was not giving it to me. I needed to step up and take it. That’s what I had to do.” she said.

Strycova is now in the semi finals of both the doubles and singles after a win against Johanna Konta on Tuesday. She had to come from a break down in the opener but was always in control after taking the first set, eventually cruising to a 7-6 6-1 victory. Her more traditional grass court style is a rarity these days and Konta didn’t know what to do for large parts with 34 unforced errors helping her opponent out a great deal.

“This is the first time since Australia that I actually felt, like, good, It’s been a really, really long year for me already, and hard year, because I’m usually not typically injured. I don’t know where I am [in terms of my level]. I do know I feel good. Now that I feel good, I can actually focus on training and technique and practice, something that I just literally haven’t been able to do a lot of.” Serena said afterwards. It’s hard to bet against her if she’s fit and confident but Strycova will look to the 2015 US Open semi final for inspiration. There, a stunning performance from Roberta Vinci bamboozled a Serena who was looking to complete the calendar year grand slam. Keeping Serena from teeing off at will is going to be key for the Czech, otherwise it could be over very quickly.

Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets
When Serena Williams was beaten in the third round at the French Open last month, while struggling with a right knee injury, the idea that only a few weeks later she would be on the verge of yet another Wimbledon final seemed unlikely, even for her. But here we are, and the 37-year-old stands one match away from fighting for grand slam title No 24.

The significance of that number is not lost on anyone in the women’s game as Williams tries to equal the all‑time record of grand slam singles titles held by the Australian Margaret Court.

Ever since she returned to tennis in March of last year, following the birth of her daughter, Williams has been focused on the record.

Wimbledon: Nadal and Federer set up semi-final, Williams and Murray out – as it happened
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At times, especially at the US Open last September when she had a meltdown, the stress it has caused her has been all too obvious; but as she prepares to face the Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals on Thursday she seems at ease.

“I think she is in a good place at the moment,” her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told reporters.

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“She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here, her daughter is here and she is pain-free now for three weeks, so she feels so much lighter [mentally].”

Lacking match practice all year because of the knee injury Williams had flirted with the idea of playing a warmup event before arriving at Wimbledon. Mouratoglou advised against it, telling her she should get treatment. It worked, and over the past two weeks she has improved with every round. Playing in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray has sharpened her reflexes and she is beginning to look like the woman who has won the title here seven times before.

“With both singles and mixed doubles she has been able to spend quite a lot of hours on the tennis court playing matches – that is what she needed – and in the last match you could see she has been able to raise her level when necessary, which is one of her trademarks,” Mouratoglou said. “And this is back so everything is positive.”

Williams will be confident against the unseeded Strycova who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final. The American has won all three of their previous matches in straight sets. The most recent one was two years ago at the Australian Open and in the past fortnight, the 31-year-old Czech has been enjoying the time of her life. Her win against Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals was an example of what she is all about.

Trailing 4-1 she mixed up her game, serve and volleying on occasion, sneaking to the net when she could, slicing and dicing and generally making her opponent play the way she did not want to play.

“I never saw a player more talented than Barbora with the touch for the ball,” said Lukas Dlouhy, a former top doubles player and now Strycova’s coach. “That’s why she’s playing good on grass and why she loves this tournament.”

In the bottom half the former world No 1 Simona Halep of Romania takes on the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, two of the best athletes and competitors in the game. For Halep it is a second semi-final here, five years after her first, while Svitolina is the first Ukrainian woman to make a grand slam last four.

On paper Halep is favourite but Svitolina, coached by the Briton Andrew Bettles, has won four of their six meetings and won their last one, in Doha this year.

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Williams vs Strycova

Williams vs Strycova : Now at the semi final stage, Serena Williams‘ chances of finally getting her 24th singles grand slam look very big. She will be the heavy favourite against Barbora Strycova who is in her first slam semi final at the age of 33. The winner will play either Elina Svitolina or Simona Halep, who play in the first match on Thursday. Every champion must be tested.  Williams will be confident against the unseeded Strycova who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final.

Serena looks to be in fine form now, heading into the deep end of the tournament where she gets tougher and tougher to beat. She did have to be at her best to fight off an inspired Alison Riske, beating her fellow American in three sets – 6-4 4-6 6-3. “She was not giving it to me. I needed to step up and take it. That’s what I had to do.” she said.

Strycova is now in the semi finals of both the doubles and singles after a win against Johanna Konta on Tuesday. She had to come from a break down in the opener but was always in control after taking the first set, eventually cruising to a 7-6 6-1 victory. Her more traditional grass court style is a rarity these days and Konta didn’t know what to do for large parts with 34 unforced errors helping her opponent out a great deal.

“This is the first time since Australia that I actually felt, like, good, It’s been a really, really long year for me already, and hard year, because I’m usually not typically injured. I don’t know where I am [in terms of my level]. I do know I feel good. Now that I feel good, I can actually focus on training and technique and practice, something that I just literally haven’t been able to do a lot of.” Serena said afterwards. It’s hard to bet against her if she’s fit and confident but Strycova will look to the 2015 US Open semi final for inspiration. There, a stunning performance from Roberta Vinci bamboozled a Serena who was looking to complete the calendar year grand slam. Keeping Serena from teeing off at will is going to be key for the Czech, otherwise it could be over very quickly.

Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets
When Serena Williams was beaten in the third round at the French Open last month, while struggling with a right knee injury, the idea that only a few weeks later she would be on the verge of yet another Wimbledon final seemed unlikely, even for her. But here we are, and the 37-year-old stands one match away from fighting for grand slam title No 24.

The significance of that number is not lost on anyone in the women’s game as Williams tries to equal the all‑time record of grand slam singles titles held by the Australian Margaret Court.

Ever since she returned to tennis in March of last year, following the birth of her daughter, Williams has been focused on the record.

Wimbledon: Nadal and Federer set up semi-final, Williams and Murray out – as it happened
Read more
At times, especially at the US Open last September when she had a meltdown, the stress it has caused her has been all too obvious; but as she prepares to face the Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals on Thursday she seems at ease.

“I think she is in a good place at the moment,” her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told reporters.

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“She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here, her daughter is here and she is pain-free now for three weeks, so she feels so much lighter [mentally].”

Lacking match practice all year because of the knee injury Williams had flirted with the idea of playing a warmup event before arriving at Wimbledon. Mouratoglou advised against it, telling her she should get treatment. It worked, and over the past two weeks she has improved with every round. Playing in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray has sharpened her reflexes and she is beginning to look like the woman who has won the title here seven times before.

“With both singles and mixed doubles she has been able to spend quite a lot of hours on the tennis court playing matches – that is what she needed – and in the last match you could see she has been able to raise her level when necessary, which is one of her trademarks,” Mouratoglou said. “And this is back so everything is positive.”

Williams will be confident against the unseeded Strycova who is playing in her first grand slam semi-final. The American has won all three of their previous matches in straight sets. The most recent one was two years ago at the Australian Open and in the past fortnight, the 31-year-old Czech has been enjoying the time of her life. Her win against Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals was an example of what she is all about.

Trailing 4-1 she mixed up her game, serve and volleying on occasion, sneaking to the net when she could, slicing and dicing and generally making her opponent play the way she did not want to play.

“I never saw a player more talented than Barbora with the touch for the ball,” said Lukas Dlouhy, a former top doubles player and now Strycova’s coach. “That’s why she’s playing good on grass and why she loves this tournament.”

In the bottom half the former world No 1 Simona Halep of Romania takes on the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, two of the best athletes and competitors in the game. For Halep it is a second semi-final here, five years after her first, while Svitolina is the first Ukrainian woman to make a grand slam last four.

On paper Halep is favourite but Svitolina, coached by the Briton Andrew Bettles, has won four of their six meetings and won their last one, in Doha this year.

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Simona Halep vs Elina Svitolina

Simona Halep vs Elina Svitolina Live : Former World No.1 Simona Halep and WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina will meet for the ninth time in the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals – with the head-to-head all square at 4-4. The 2018 Italian Open Final will be a rematch of last year, with Elina Svitolina once again facing off against Simona Halep. Halep, the world’s 1 ranked player, has had a positive year. A look at the records of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Romania’s Simona Halep before their semi-final match at Wimbledon. Seventh seed Simona Halep is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014 after a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory over China’s

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania faces Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in what could be a very competitive 2019 Wimbledon semifinal on Thursday morning. Halep, the No. 7 seed, and Svitolina, the No. 8 seed, have split eight all-time matchups. This is their first meeting on grass, and the match begins at 8 a.m. ET from Centre Court at the All England Club. Halep has the edge in big-stage matches, having won the 2018 French Open and making the Wimbledon semifinals once before. Svitolina is making her first Grand Slam semi appearance. The latest Halep vs. Svitolina odds list Halep as a -220 favorite (risk $220 to win $100), with Svitolina getting +182 (risk $100 to win $182) as the underdog. Halep is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and she’s a slight +115 underdog to win in straight sets, among many wagering options. Before you make any Halep vs. Svitolina picks and 2019 Wimbledon predictions, see what red-hot British tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say.

Mair is the expert who called Naomi Osaka winning the 2018 U.S. Open championship at 32-1, and over the past two years, he’s up an astounding 213 units on his picks to win tournaments and quarters. That means if you had simply placed $100 on each of those picks, you’d be up $21,300.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form. The result: Barty was sent packing in the fourth round, eliminated by the world’s 55th-ranked player. Anyone who followed his advice dodged a major bullet.

Now, Mair has dialed in on Svitolina vs. Halep and locked in his best bets. Not only is he picking the winner, he’s also betting on how many sets it lasts. He’s sharing it all over at SportsLine.

Mair knows the powerful Halep, 27, has improved dramatically on grass and comes in off three convincing straight-sets wins, including a domination of American sensation Coco Gauff. Halep has dropped only one set through five Wimbledon matches. This is the same pro who held the world No. 1 ranking for a combined 64 weeks, the 10th-longest tenure in history.

But just because Halep has a more glittering pedigree doesn’t mean she’ll beat Svitolina, the first Ukrainian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since the country became an independent nation in 1991.

Svitolina, 24, is a grinder who runs everything down, extending points and making opponents uncomfortable. She is well-suited to take on Halep, according to Mair. “Halep likes to counter-punch by creating angles to move her opponent off-balance,” Mair told SportsLine. “Svitolina rarely falls into the trap created by counter-punchers and has a strong career record against players similar to Halep.”

Svitolina has knocked off two seeded players at Wimbledon and just dispatched her quarterfinal opponent, Karolina Muchova, in 94 minutes.

Svitolina vs Halep

Svitolina vs Halep Live : A look at the records of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Romania’s Simona Halep before their semi-final match at Wimbledon. Seventh seed Simona Halep is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014 after a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory over China’s Former World No.1 Simona Halep and WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina will meet for the ninth time in the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals – with the head-to-head all square at 4-4. The 2018 Italian Open Final will be a rematch of last year, with Elina Svitolina once again facing off against Simona Halep. Halep, the world’s 1 ranked player, has had a positive year.

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania faces Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in what could be a very competitive 2019 Wimbledon semifinal on Thursday morning. Halep, the No. 7 seed, and Svitolina, the No. 8 seed, have split eight all-time matchups. This is their first meeting on grass, and the match begins at 8 a.m. ET from Centre Court at the All England Club. Halep has the edge in big-stage matches, having won the 2018 French Open and making the Wimbledon semifinals once before. Svitolina is making her first Grand Slam semi appearance. The latest Halep vs. Svitolina odds list Halep as a -220 favorite (risk $220 to win $100), with Svitolina getting +182 (risk $100 to win $182) as the underdog. Halep is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and she’s a slight +115 underdog to win in straight sets, among many wagering options. Before you make any Halep vs. Svitolina picks and 2019 Wimbledon predictions, see what red-hot British tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say.

Mair is the expert who called Naomi Osaka winning the 2018 U.S. Open championship at 32-1, and over the past two years, he’s up an astounding 213 units on his picks to win tournaments and quarters. That means if you had simply placed $100 on each of those picks, you’d be up $21,300.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form. The result: Barty was sent packing in the fourth round, eliminated by the world’s 55th-ranked player. Anyone who followed his advice dodged a major bullet.

Now, Mair has dialed in on Svitolina vs. Halep and locked in his best bets. Not only is he picking the winner, he’s also betting on how many sets it lasts. He’s sharing it all over at SportsLine.

Mair knows the powerful Halep, 27, has improved dramatically on grass and comes in off three convincing straight-sets wins, including a domination of American sensation Coco Gauff. Halep has dropped only one set through five Wimbledon matches. This is the same pro who held the world No. 1 ranking for a combined 64 weeks, the 10th-longest tenure in history.

But just because Halep has a more glittering pedigree doesn’t mean she’ll beat Svitolina, the first Ukrainian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since the country became an independent nation in 1991.

Svitolina, 24, is a grinder who runs everything down, extending points and making opponents uncomfortable. She is well-suited to take on Halep, according to Mair. “Halep likes to counter-punch by creating angles to move her opponent off-balance,” Mair told SportsLine. “Svitolina rarely falls into the trap created by counter-punchers and has a strong career record against players similar to Halep.”

Svitolina has knocked off two seeded players at Wimbledon and just dispatched her quarterfinal opponent, Karolina Muchova, in 94 minutes.

 

Halep vs Svitolina

Halep vs Svitolina Live : Halep, the world’s 1 ranked player, has had a positive year. A look at the records of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Romania’s Simona Halep before their semi-final match at Wimbledon. Seventh seed Simona Halep is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014 after a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory over China’s Former World No.1 Simona Halep and WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina will meet for the ninth time in the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals – with the head-to-head all square at 4-4. The 2018 Italian Open Final will be a rematch of last year, with Elina Svitolina once again facing off against Simona Halep.

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania faces Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in what could be a very competitive 2019 Wimbledon semifinal on Thursday morning. Halep, the No. 7 seed, and Svitolina, the No. 8 seed, have split eight all-time matchups. This is their first meeting on grass, and the match begins at 8 a.m. ET from Centre Court at the All England Club. Halep has the edge in big-stage matches, having won the 2018 French Open and making the Wimbledon semifinals once before. Svitolina is making her first Grand Slam semi appearance. The latest Halep vs. Svitolina odds list Halep as a -220 favorite (risk $220 to win $100), with Svitolina getting +182 (risk $100 to win $182) as the underdog. Halep is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and she’s a slight +115 underdog to win in straight sets, among many wagering options. Before you make any Halep vs. Svitolina picks and 2019 Wimbledon predictions, see what red-hot British tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say.

Mair is the expert who called Naomi Osaka winning the 2018 U.S. Open championship at 32-1, and over the past two years, he’s up an astounding 213 units on his picks to win tournaments and quarters. That means if you had simply placed $100 on each of those picks, you’d be up $21,300.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form. The result: Barty was sent packing in the fourth round, eliminated by the world’s 55th-ranked player. Anyone who followed his advice dodged a major bullet.

Now, Mair has dialed in on Svitolina vs. Halep and locked in his best bets. Not only is he picking the winner, he’s also betting on how many sets it lasts. He’s sharing it all over at SportsLine.

Mair knows the powerful Halep, 27, has improved dramatically on grass and comes in off three convincing straight-sets wins, including a domination of American sensation Coco Gauff. Halep has dropped only one set through five Wimbledon matches. This is the same pro who held the world No. 1 ranking for a combined 64 weeks, the 10th-longest tenure in history.

But just because Halep has a more glittering pedigree doesn’t mean she’ll beat Svitolina, the first Ukrainian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since the country became an independent nation in 1991.

Svitolina, 24, is a grinder who runs everything down, extending points and making opponents uncomfortable. She is well-suited to take on Halep, according to Mair. “Halep likes to counter-punch by creating angles to move her opponent off-balance,” Mair told SportsLine. “Svitolina rarely falls into the trap created by counter-punchers and has a strong career record against players similar to Halep.”

Svitolina has knocked off two seeded players at Wimbledon and just dispatched her quarterfinal opponent, Karolina Muchova, in 94 minutes.

Australia England

Australia England Live: Captain Eoin Morgan believes his England side could not be better prepared for their World Cup semi-final against Australia England on Thursday. The hosts lost to Australia in the group stage, but reached their first semi since 1992 with wins against India and New Zealand.

Former captain Michael Vaughan has backed England to win the World Cup ahead of their semi-final showdown with Australia. The Ashes rivals meet in Birmingham on Thursday with England aiming to keep their hopes of winning a first-ever World Cup alive and Australia going for a sixth title.

Australia are the most successful team in the history of the competition and have won their past four World Cup meetings with England, but Vaughan still expects Eoin Morgan’s side to progress to the final. If England beat Australia, they will face either India or New Zealand at Lord’s in Sunday’s final. Eoin Morgan’s side face Australia in the second semi-final (Picture: Getty) Asked who he believes will win the World Cup,

Vaughan told the Test Match Special podcast: ‘England, I think. But India will be very tough to beat in the final.’ England, who finished third in the group stage after winning six of their nine matches, looked set to face India in the semi-final but Australia slipped up in their final match to drop to second. ‘They won’t admit

it, but England will be quietly quite happy to play Australia,’ 2005 Ashes-winning captain Vaughan said. ‘It’s going to be a difficult game but if you had to pick one of the two you would pick Australia at Edgbaston, knowing you won’t have to play them at Lord’s.’ Morgan’s side suffered a comprehensive defeat to Australia at Lord’s last month but boast a superb record in Birmingham, winning their last four ODIs at the venue.

The Aussies thrashed England at Lord’s last month (Picture: Getty) They also knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a 40-run victory at Edgbaston two years ago. Vaughan added: ‘Edgbaston and Trent Bridge are two of the grounds where you arrive feeling very, very comfortable as an England player, so England will be delighted to play there. ‘The fact England have won two must-win games on the trot must stand them in good stead that they can cope with that pressure. ‘But they also know Australia gave them a good hiding a few weeks ago. I just look at left-arm seam bowlers and I look at Lord’s in particular.

‘Australia have two left-arm quicks. Because of the slope it can be a real advantage to have left-armers, so they are playing at a ground where I don’t think it plays a bigger part.’ England are bidding to win the World Cup for the first time in history (Picture: Getty) England face Australia in their first semi-final appearance since 1992.

The team have not won a World Cup knockout match in 27 years. But Vaughan believes the hosts are the ‘favourites’ to lift the trophy and says anything but ultimate victory will be considered a ‘failure’. ‘England over the course of the past four years have managed to beat everyone in all conditions and now it’s time to show they can do it under the upmost pressure,’ he said. ‘Failure for England for me is not winning. They are such a good team. They are favourites, they have to go on and win it.’

England, Australia, India and New Zealand will battle it out to be crowned champions after progressing to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

A five-week, 45-match group stage drew to a close this weekend, leaving just four teams still in with a chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s come July 14. And it was the four best sides – according to the rankings, at least – who qualified for the knockout stages, with group leaders India facing New Zealand in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Two days later, host nation England – bidding to win the ICC Men’s World Cup for the first time – will attempt to reach the final by knocking out defending champions Australia. India v New Zealand (Emirates Old Trafford, Tuesday, 10.30am) Virat Kohli has led India to the World Cup semi-finals (Picture: Getty) What happened in the group stage? For India, the group stage was a relatively straightforward affair. After having to wait almost a week to kick-start their campaign, Virat Kohli’s side won their opening two games before their encounter with New Zealand was abandoned. An emphatic and joyful victory over rivals Pakistan followed, before the two-time winners secured maximum points from their games against Afghanistan and West Indies, despite being pushed all the way by the former.

Defeat to England mattered little to India, who recovered to beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and finish top of the group stage. Considering their consistent performances over the month, it was nothing more than they deserved. New Zealand need to regroup after three consecutive defeats (Picture: Getty) New Zealand enjoyed an equally strong start, securing three straight wins before the India wash-out.

Narrow triumphs over South Africa and West Indies followed, before Kane Williamson’s side tasted defeat for the first time in the competition at the hands of Pakistan. That loss would mark the start of a tricky period for the Kiwis, who were subsequently beaten by Australia and England to ensure they enter the semi-finals on the back of three successive defeats.

England vs Australia

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Former captain Michael Vaughan has backed England to win the World Cup ahead of their semi-final showdown with Australia. The Ashes rivals meet in Birmingham on Thursday with England aiming to keep their hopes of winning a first-ever World Cup alive and Australia going for a sixth title.

Australia are the most successful team in the history of the competition and have won their past four World Cup meetings with England, but Vaughan still expects Eoin Morgan’s side to progress to the final. If England beat Australia, they will face either India or New Zealand at Lord’s in Sunday’s final. Eoin Morgan’s side face Australia in the second semi-final (Picture: Getty) Asked who he believes will win the World Cup,

Vaughan told the Test Match Special podcast: ‘England, I think. But India will be very tough to beat in the final.’ England, who finished third in the group stage after winning six of their nine matches, looked set to face India in the semi-final but Australia slipped up in their final match to drop to second. ‘They won’t admit

it, but England will be quietly quite happy to play Australia,’ 2005 Ashes-winning captain Vaughan said. ‘It’s going to be a difficult game but if you had to pick one of the two you would pick Australia at Edgbaston, knowing you won’t have to play them at Lord’s.’ Morgan’s side suffered a comprehensive defeat to Australia at Lord’s last month but boast a superb record in Birmingham, winning their last four ODIs at the venue.

The Aussies thrashed England at Lord’s last month (Picture: Getty) They also knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a 40-run victory at Edgbaston two years ago. Vaughan added: ‘Edgbaston and Trent Bridge are two of the grounds where you arrive feeling very, very comfortable as an England player, so England will be delighted to play there. ‘The fact England have won two must-win games on the trot must stand them in good stead that they can cope with that pressure. ‘But they also know Australia gave them a good hiding a few weeks ago. I just look at left-arm seam bowlers and I look at Lord’s in particular.

‘Australia have two left-arm quicks. Because of the slope it can be a real advantage to have left-armers, so they are playing at a ground where I don’t think it plays a bigger part.’ England are bidding to win the World Cup for the first time in history (Picture: Getty) England face Australia in their first semi-final appearance since 1992.

The team have not won a World Cup knockout match in 27 years. But Vaughan believes the hosts are the ‘favourites’ to lift the trophy and says anything but ultimate victory will be considered a ‘failure’. ‘England over the course of the past four years have managed to beat everyone in all conditions and now it’s time to show they can do it under the upmost pressure,’ he said. ‘Failure for England for me is not winning. They are such a good team. They are favourites, they have to go on and win it.’

England, Australia, India and New Zealand will battle it out to be crowned champions after progressing to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

A five-week, 45-match group stage drew to a close this weekend, leaving just four teams still in with a chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s come July 14. And it was the four best sides – according to the rankings, at least – who qualified for the knockout stages, with group leaders India facing New Zealand in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Two days later, host nation England – bidding to win the ICC Men’s World Cup for the first time – will attempt to reach the final by knocking out defending champions Australia. India v New Zealand (Emirates Old Trafford, Tuesday, 10.30am) Virat Kohli has led India to the World Cup semi-finals (Picture: Getty) What happened in the group stage? For India, the group stage was a relatively straightforward affair. After having to wait almost a week to kick-start their campaign, Virat Kohli’s side won their opening two games before their encounter with New Zealand was abandoned. An emphatic and joyful victory over rivals Pakistan followed, before the two-time winners secured maximum points from their games against Afghanistan and West Indies, despite being pushed all the way by the former.

Defeat to England mattered little to India, who recovered to beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and finish top of the group stage. Considering their consistent performances over the month, it was nothing more than they deserved. New Zealand need to regroup after three consecutive defeats (Picture: Getty) New Zealand enjoyed an equally strong start, securing three straight wins before the India wash-out.

Narrow triumphs over South Africa and West Indies followed, before Kane Williamson’s side tasted defeat for the first time in the competition at the hands of Pakistan. That loss would mark the start of a tricky period for the Kiwis, who were subsequently beaten by Australia and England to ensure they enter the semi-finals on the back of three successive defeats.

England Australia

England Australia Live:When Australia’s provisional ICC World Cup 2019 squad was announced in mid-April there were two other squads named as well that were to visit under the Australia ‘A’ banner.Some joked that it was harder not to get a ticket to England than it was to be left home or that they were relocating Cricket Australia to London. The plan from former high performance tsar Pat Howard has Aaron Finch’s side laughing now.It’s not difficult to build the case that the resources at Finch’s disposal now make his squad stronger than it was before injuries to Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja.

And today it’s renewed once more, as England take on Australia for a place in the final of the Cricket World Cup.

The fans will be fired up – as will the players – as they take on an old enemy.

So why is there such a long-running beef between these two teams in particular?

To answer that question, you need to travel back almost 150 years.

Because although today’s match will be a one-day game, the intense rivalry has its roots in the history of Test cricket between the two sides.

And it all started with a tiny pottery perfume jar.

Ashes to Ashes
Cricket has its roots in 16th Century England, but the first international matches were played in the late 1800s.

An England team played in Australia in 1877, in what are regarded as some of the first ever international Test matches, and a return series was held five years later.

It was after those games in 1882 that a sporting newspaper made a joke that became part of history.

The Sporting Times ran a fake “obituary for English cricket” that concluded “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.

So when England set off for their next games against Australia, captain Ivo Bligh was able to say he was aiming to win back “the Ashes”.

And that’s why the name is used every time England and Australia contest a Test series.

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It’s only 11cm tall but for many cricketers it’s the biggest prize in sport
The famous urn, which is now on display at Lord’s Cricket Ground, was presented to Ivo Bligh in Melbourne. It’s claimed it contains the burned remains of a cricket bail – though we are at the point where sporting fact blurs with sporting legend.

The urn is far too delicate to be used as an actual trophy – a crystal replica is now presented to the winning team.

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Seventy Ashes series have been played – Australia have won 33, England 32
What is certain is that the Ashes is one of the most famous and longest-lived international rivalries in sport.

It’s a battle that will be fought again this summer shortly after the World Cup has finished.

Bodyline bowlers and swearing sledgers
The beef has become ever more heated as the years have gone by.

Any cricket fan will tell you that the “Bodyline” series is one of the most controversial ever played.

In the early 1930s, England captain Douglas Jardine instructed his bowlers to aim directly at the Australian batsmen, including the legendary Don Bradman.

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The Don: many fans still regard Bradman as the GOAT
There was an outcry – and the laws of the game were changed as a result.

But some of the verbal tactics employed by both sides have been equally devastating at times.

“Sledging” – what most of us would call good old-fashioned heckling – has become an integral part of any game between these two teams.

Some of the most memorable can’t be repeated here – but bowler Merv Hughes once claimed sledging was responsible for a quarter of the wickets he ever took.

Hughes once asked England’s Graham Gooch: “Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that?”

Cricketing Twitter
The age of social media has given the world a whole new place to insult each other, even when the cricket’s not on.

Cyber-sledging, you might call it, if that didn’t sound too much like a bad virtual reality game.

Take, for instance, this aggressive delivery from Michael Vaughan when both Australia’s men and women lost on the same day in 2018.The hosts lost to Australia in the group stage, but reached their first semi since 1992 with wins against India and New Zealand.

“The last two games we managed to produce something near our best performances,” Morgan told BBC Sport.

“That’s extremely encouraging.”

England began the World Cup as favourites and the number-one ranked team, but were on the verge of going out after being beaten by Australia at Lord’s.

To make it to the last four, they had to defeat both India and New Zealand, the two sides that contested the other semi-final.

“We’re delighted to be here,” added Morgan, whose side are bidding to face New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

“Throughout the group stage, it looked in question, but I don’t think we could be better prepared. We’re extremely excited and looking forward to it.

“Looking back, it hasn’t worked out badly at all.”