I decided to open a position in the third set with a medium lay on Dodig and things went my way. I was on the move and did not trade via a trading platform, had to do it directly via the Betfair site. I rule out scalping when I am not at my computer or notebook. Anyway, let’s get back to this trade. Fernando won the 3rd set and I built my lay, buying additional odds, sensing that this match will go the distance.
The 4th set was close and Dodig almost closed the match. However, Verdasco pushed it into a decider and by this time I arrived at my office for some live tennis streams via Bet365. I noticed that players where hold-up by a minor rain delay. They remained on court for a few good minutes until the deciding set was started. It was a good sign that momentum could shift again. I was over $100 on the green side of the trade so decided to close about 80% of the trade. It was a wise move. Dodig broke in the opening stages of the decider and closed the match 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.It was a great start for my 2013 US Open trading venture and feeling pumped-up I decided to go for another tennis exchange. I switched towards the defending Champion Serena Williams, taking on Italian veteran, Francesca Schiavone. I anticipated that Schiavone would display some resistance and drift Serena’s 1.03 odds. A lay of $700, pose a liability of around $21 so I opened a position with the intention of closing it a few ticks higher. However, Serena played superbly and gave the Italian no chance. Francesca tried her best, but was simply outplayed by the World No. 1. I did not even have the chance to cut my losses and couldn’t match my back bet at 1.01. Take a look at the odds graph, listed nearby, and you will see how one-sided this encounter was. There was nothing that I can do to avoid this $21 red trade…. oh yes it was, I should have stayed out of this match-up in the first place! But I guess you need these red outcomes to gain experience. A little said though that this trade ended a long run of back-to-back successful tennis trades, which started in May. I do admit though that I did not trade very much due to lack of time. I try this to play as safe as possible and creating this blog has really helped me out to improve my trading, as I know that my performance is displayed publicly and can be judged by everyone. I am selecting entry points much more carefully and jumping in only when I know that success rate is very high. I admit that I broke those guidelines during the Williams vs Schiavone exchange.