Thu, Jul 13, 2:29pm by Senior Writer
As if Johanna Konta doesn’t have enough pressure on her in her semi-final clash with Venus Williams as the first British female to make a Wimbledon semi final in 39 years.
Bookies in the UK have revealed a massive 50 per cent boom on betting on the tournament, and the reason is largely being put down to Konta and her run to the final four.
Betting figures published in The Telegraph reveal that there are 25 per cent more bets on Konta to win the tournament, making her the worst result for the bookies.
With Andy Murray eliminated by Sam Querrey in the quarter finals, the attention of a sporting nation is turned on the Aussie born 26-year-old, who is second favourite to win the women’s title behind Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
“The trend is clear and it has been like this for the three previous days – Konta is winning in bets placed, primarily from the London area,” said a leading betting analyst.
Overall bets through British bookmakers are expected to top £1.4 billion, a massive year on year jump.
Despite being one of the most open women’s tournaments in years, the favourites have performed very well at Wimbledon.
Only 23 of the 122 completed women’s matches have resulted in upsets, a rate of just 18.8 per cent
Overall, in the men’s draw, 27 of the 114 completed matches have been won by the underdog, a rate of 23.6 per cent.
The men’s quarter finals saw one upset from three results with Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal against Tomas Berdych ruled as a retirement.
Three of the eight men’s fourth round matches were won by the outsider, just three of the 15 third round matches, seven of 31 second rounds and 13 of 57 completed first round matches.
A breakdown of the women’s results saw a higher rate of upset in the first two round, peaking with 9 of 31 second round matches going to way of the underdog, but just 4 of 28 matches from the third round onwards, or 14.2%.
Interestingly, while Djokovic’s retirement was the tenth match of the men’s tournament to end prematurely, just two of the 124 women’s matches have failed to be completed.
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