The worst tennis choke you’ll ever see has cost one unlucky punter a whopping payday.
Betting on the US Open, all the person needed was for world No. 44 Kristina Mladenovic to beat world No. 102 Varvara Gracheva and they would have turned $20 into $66,000.
All of the other legs in the multi-bet had come good and everything looked promising when Mladenovic took a 6-1 5-1 lead. However, the Frenchwoman imploded in spectacular fashion, collapsing in a heap as Gracheva came back to seal an incredible 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 victory.
“I just collapsed,” Mladenovic said afterwards. “I had nothing left in the tank.
“It’s definitely the most painful match and loss I’ve had in my career because it’s a grand slam and I was 6-1 5-1 and 0-40.”
For a multi-bet to pay out, every single leg needs to be be correct. The punter predicted every other result perfectly except for Mladenovic’s, meaning her loss cost them big time.
WINE TIME FOR BRENGLE
Madison Brengle seems to be enjoying her US Open bubble experience.
Brengle ran into the stands to crack a bottle of wine on Thursday after her 6-2 6-3 upset of No. 19 seed Dayana Yastremska in the second round of the US Open.
According to tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg, Brengle was greeted by fellow competitor and good friend Arina Rodionova with a mini-bottle of Sutter Home to sink after her victory.
Brengle, 30, promptly shouted “Alcohol!” and hustled into the stands after seeing her prize.
Brengle defeated the Australian Rodionova in the first round of the event. The veteran will now face fellow American Shelby Rogers in the third round on Saturday.
BAD NEWS FOR BRITAIN’S BEST HOPE
British ninth seed Jo Konta became the latest high-ranking player to be sent packing from the US Open, losing in three sets to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.
Konta, a quarter-finalist at last year’s US Open, was beaten 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 in a hard-fought contest that lasted just under three hours.
Konta joins top seed Karolina Pliskova and 10th seed Garbine Muguruza as the biggest casualties from early round play this week.
Cirstea, ranked 77th in the world, will now play 20th seed Karolina Muchova in the third round.
It is only the third time in 11 appearances in the main draw at the US Open that the 30-year-old Cirstea has reached the third round.
The Australian-born Konta had looked to be in control after racing through the first set, but was unable to counter as Cirstea responded strongly in the second, aided by a strong serve which saw her finish with eight aces.
Konta had no complaints with the defeat afterwards.
“I think my level was a lot higher than hers in the first set,” she said. “But she’s a great player. She has had some pretty amazing results also in the past in her career. She’s capable of playing some very good tennis.
“She obviously raised her level. We were battling kind of toe-to-toe really. She just was better in the end.”
With New York Post, AFP