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Renata Zarazua v Emma Raducanu: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Emma Raducanu starts her Wimbledon bid on Centre Court on Monday when she takes on Mexico's Renata Zarazua in the first round at the All England Club.

Raducanu was originally drawn to face 22nd seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in her opener, but the Russian withdrew with an illness on Monday morning, leaving the Briton with what looks an easier task on paper.

She is just 1/10 to get the job done, while lucky loser Zarazua is 6/1 to make the most of her last-gasp main-draw place by causing a huge upset.

Renata Zarazua v Emma Raducanu

Renata Zarazua v Emma Raducanu betting tips and predictions

Emma Raducanu to win & under 18.5 games in the match - 1/1

Raducanu raised a few eyebrows with her decision to skip the French Open in order to be at her best for Wimbledon, but that tactic appears to be paying dividends and she arrives in SW19 with more than a faint hope of ruffling a few feathers in the women's singles draw.

The 21-year-old has struggled for form and fitness ever since her remarkable title win at the 2021 US Open, but she's apparently found her feet again on grass, reaching the Nottingham final - where she lost out to fellow Brit Katie Boulter - then claiming the scalps of Sloane Stephens and Jessica Pegula in Eastbourne.

While Raducanu remains a work in progress, she still boasts plenty of potential and it should not be forgotten that she made the fourth round at Wimbledon before winning the US Open three years ago.

For all her struggles, Raducanu did show glimpses of form before the grass season, defeating Dayana Yastremska in Indian Wells before pushing Aryna Sabalenka close in the following match, then she played a starring role in Great Britain's BJK Cup success over France with wins over two solid opponents in Caroline Garcia and Diane Parry.

She also saw off Angelique Kerber and Linda Noskova on clay in Stuttgart and took the imperious Iga Swiatek to a first-set tiebreak, so her level over the last few months has been considerably higher than her current ranking of 135 implies.

We will never know if she would've beaten original first-round opponent Alexandrova but, in Zarazua, she now faces a rival who is not of the same class.

The 26-year-old Mexican has just broken into the world's top 100 and is three spots short of her career-high ranking of 95th, but she has minimal grass-court experience, particularly at the top level.

Making an 11th-hour Wimbledon debut against a British player is a hugely difficult ask and, even though all the pressure will be on Raducanu when the pair step onto Centre Court, the favourite should still win handily. 

Backing Raducanu and under 18.5 match games looks a solid play.

Emma Raducanu to win the first set 6-2 - 4/1

Punters looking for a second bet in the contest should take a look at Raducanu to win the first set by a 6-2 scoreline.

There will be some inevitable nerves on the part of the Briton and she could take some time to get started so it would be no surprise if Zarazua wins one or two early games, particularly as she's had the opportunity to warm-up on grass in qualifying.

Raducanu won the first set 6-4 in her wins over Stephens and Pegula, but she showed little mercy in her Nottingham wins over lowly-ranked Ena Shibahara and Daria Snigur, dropping just three first-set games across those two matches, so could quickly settle the opening act.

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Renata Zarazua v Emma Raducanu odds

Renata Zarazua - 6/1
Emma Raducanu - 1/10

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