I just watched the complete match between Stephens and De Brito tonight and the commentator mentioned that the winner of this match wins $3,000. Seriously, are you kidding me, $3K for a professional match? Now, I'm not bugging about that but here's my theory on this. Who says that a bookie can't pay Stephens let's say $10K to completely tank her second set so that both the spread and sets line doesnt get covered. Ten grand aint shit for a bookie that's betting $50k-60k across all books on this match.
If anyone watching this match from beginning to end, Stephens totally looked like she tanked that second set on purpose. She didnt even try to run down any points and it looked like a total tank job. On the 3rd set, totally different player and resumed her dominating ways. Now I know some guys on here thinking otherwise but to believe that this stuff doesnt happen especially in these low level sub challenger tourneys, you'd be foolish.
I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for spots to fade heavy favorites that are on my tank theory radar. I'm going to fade them on the spread and set lines, especially in the opening rounds of the tourneys. I think they'll be many spots like these available over the course of the season. Stephens is a primary suspect and Youzhny also comes to mind.
Oh and by the way, I did have money on Stephens tonight but smartly on the money line