Sat, Jun 22, 12:47pm by Rob Sheeley
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Astonishingly, ten of the last thirteen Wimbledon women’s singles titles have been won by one pair of sisters; Venus and Serena Williams. Of course Venus isn’t a challenger for the title anymore, but Serena has been in incredible form as of late. Really, the only question is, can anyone beat Serena – the 5-time and defending Wimbledon Champion?
Let’s see how things are shaping up this year.
In women’s tennis there are three players dominating the grand slam landscape, and it would be a surprise to see the winner come from outside of those three.
Let”s take a look at the ladies ‘big three’, and anyone who may have a chance of beating them.
Serena Williams – $1.45 with IASbet.com
World Ranking – 1
Wimbledon Titles – 5 (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012)
2012 Result – Champion
This is one of the shortest priced players you are likely to see at any tennis tournament, let alone a grand slam – and with good reason. Serena is a five time Wimbledon champion as well the defending champion. Williams is the consummate professional, and not only will she be expected to win the tournament, she will expect to win the tournament. She has an unbelievable 43-2 record in 2013, including 6 WTA titles. If Serena doesn’t beat herself, which she rarely does, it’ll be incredibly difficult for anyone else to beat her.
From a betting perspective, Williams is a good anchor for multi bets throughout the tournament, both in futures markets and individual matches.
Maria Sharapova – $7.00 with IASbet.com
World Ranking – 3
Wimbledon Titles – 1 (2004)
2012 Result – Fourth Round
Since winning here in 2004, Sharapova has failed to repeat the feat. She failed narrowly two years ago when she was runner up to Petra Kvitova. She has won two titles this year and was a finalist at the recent French Open, losing to Serena Williams.
Sharapova definitely has a penchant for the grass surface and is set to go deep into this tournament. If you think Serena Williams may exit early (Serena always has the potential for injury) then she is worthy of a bet in futures markets. There is also money to be made by backing Sharapova in head to head matches as she progresses through the tournament.
Victoria Azarenka – $8.00 with IASbet.com
World Ranking – 2
Wimbledon Titles – 0
2012 Result – Semi Finalist
The Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is a player who will be desperate to go to the next level at Wimbledon. She has made semi-finals in the last two years, and will be hopeful of at least making the final this year. She looked a bit out of shape at the French Open a few weeks ago, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets in the semi finals. Overall, Vika is 27-3 in 2013.
From a betting perspective she looks a good chance of making the semi finals, so she will be one to include in multi’s and head to head bets in the first week.
Petra Kvitova – $21
Kvitova looks the value bet for me if you are looking for a roughie in the field. She is the 2011 Wimbledon champion, so she knows what it takes to win the title. Should the draw favour her she may well meet someone like Azarenka in the semi-final and be a good chance of making another final here.
Agnieszka Radwanska – $41
A proven grass player, Radwanska is on that second tier of top players who has been unable to take that final step of winning a grand slam tournament. She made the Wimbledon finals last year, and it seems that this is her favourite place to play. She is one who we should be able to back in early rounds in multi’s and head to head.
Looking for others that we may want to follow early on in the tournament for individual match bets and multis could be Na Li ($41), Ana Ivanovic ($126), Angelique Kerber ($67) and Caroline Wozniaki ($101).
Don’t Get Fooled by Maria Kirilenko. She isn’t thought of as a grass court player, but she could hurt you if you bet against her. In recent years Maria has steadily improved both her singles game, and her grass court play. Although I won’t be betting on her to win matches beyond the 2nd round (because she’s too unpredictable), I won’t bet against her either. She’s been in excellent form of late, and she’s capable of beating anyone outside the top 10. Just stay away from her.
I can’t go past Serena Williams here. While she is very short, she is going to be very hard to beat. If I was looking for a saver I’d go the value of $21 with Petra Kvitova.
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