Join us while we take a look at the best value bets for this Friday’s action at the Nature Valley Classic with Venus Williams and Ashleigh Barty fighting for a place in the semi-finals.
<div><h2>Venus Williams (WC) vs. Ashleigh Barty (2)</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/wta/birmingham-great-britain/barty-vs-williams-3828514/" target="_blank" title="Check Venus - Barty Betting Odds"><strong>Friday, June 21, London</strong></a></p><p>Ashleigh Barty continued her scintillating run of form as she breezed past Jennifer Brady 6-3, 6-1 in just 59 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Birmingham. The world No.2 is playing the best tennis of her career and is currently on a nine match winning streak after her victory in Roland Garros. Barty became the first Australian to lift the trophy in Paris since Margaret Court in 1973 and is now one of the main contenders to win the title in Wimbledon. The 23-year-old won the Junior Championships at the All England Club in 2011 and grass has always been her favourite surface. Adding to this, Barty won 75.41% of the matches played throughout her career on grass and she’s now the undeniable favourite to win the title in Birmingham at 1/1 (2.00) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 & Start Playing Today!">Bet365</a>.</p><p>Ashleigh will next take on Venus Williams for a place in the semi-finals of the Nature Valley Classic. The five-time Wimbledon champion is one of the most experienced grass-court players on the WTA Tour and is playing her first tournament on this surface outside of Wimbledon since 2012. Venus has yet to drop a set in Birmingham and needed just 71 minutes to take down No.6 seed Qiang Wang in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic. Known as one of the most aggressive players in the game, Williams broke serve four times and won 75.68% of her first-serve points. On the other hand, Venus ended the match with 19 winners and landed more than 80% of her first serves.</p><p>These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers. Barty leads 1-0 in their head-to-head with the Australian emerging victorious in their previous encounter at the 2017 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.</p><p>Looking now at the odds for this contest, Barty is the main favourite at 31/100 (1.31) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a> while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with William Hill!">William Hill</a> offers 5/2 (3.50) for Venus to win this match. Despite Williams’ incredible record on this surface, it’s impossible to go against Barty at the moment. The Australian has the perfect game for grass and besides her big serve, Barty has also the best backhand slice on the WTA Tour, which is always a great weapon on grass. On the other hand, Venus only won one of her last seven matches against Top 10 players and all those six defeats were in straight sets. For that reason, adding Barty’s moneyline to an accumulator is an interesting approach. Adding to this, placing a bet on the Australian’s -4 game handicap at 43/50 (1.86) with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a> is also a good strategy for this match.</p></div>