The 2017 Wimbledon Championships gets underway in July and the women’s singles draw is wide open for tennis betting fans.
No Serena Williams means this is the most open field for the women’s singles title since 2006, when Serena also missed the tournament!
Serena’s absence due to pregnancy means there is no player below odds of 7.00 for the women’s Wimbledon title. And that is a great thing for tennis.
Bet on Wimbledon
We saw in Paris this June that a competitive women’s field produces top-quality, entertaining tennis. No Serena, Maria Sharapova or Viktoria Azarenka meant the finalists were not a foregone conclusion. Top seed Angelique Kerber went out in the first round! It meant matches were unpredictable and fun — which isn’t always great for tennis betting fans.
Wimbledon will prove the same. And for tennis punters chasing big upsets this is the perfect tournament.
Just take Jelena Ostapenko. The 20-year-old Latvian was not tipped to do anything noteworthy in Paris. But she beat Simona Halep in the final with a display of aggressive, forward-thinking tennis. She almost lost it all but her gamble paid off. Ostapenko is 17.00 to repeat that feat, which is a great price!
Other good outside bets to win Wimbledon are Caroline Wozniacki at 34.00. Wozniacki has never won a Grand Slam despite once being the world No 1 ranked player. She crashed out on the quarter-finals in Paris and is suspect to a collapse in form midway through tournaments. But the general consensus is that Wozniacki will eventually win a Grand Slam. And at 34.00 she is a good price to do so at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon betting favourites
The favourite to win Wimbledon this year is Karolina Pliskova, at 7.00. That is a good price considering she is the favourite. But bearing in mind any of the top 20 players in the world ca realistically win this tournament, there are better bets out there. For a start, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will be back from her hand injury and is 8.00 to win. Had Kvitova played all season her price would be miniscule.
Bet on Kvitova to at least reach the semi-finals. Another good last-four shout is Johanna Konta — Britain’s new golden girl who has shot up the ranks over the past 18 months. Konta had her best year to date in 2016 — reaching the Australian Open semi-final. Wimbledon last year wasn’t great as she crashed out in the second round. But she should get a favourable draw here and at least make the quarters.
Simona Halep is not a grass-court specialist, which is why she is down at 16.00 to win Wimbledon. But at that price she is worth a stab and is, after all, seeded second for the tournament.
But if sports betting fans want a top tip then Angelique Kerber it is! Kerber crashed out in the first round in Paris… which is actually a blessing. She has had two weeks longer than the others to prepare for grass and that, at 12.00, makes her a great bet.