Mon, Jul 9, 11:14am by Staff Writer
The 132nd Wimbledon Championships are at the halfway mark, with a number of seeded players in both the men’s and women’s draws being bounced out in the first week.
Roger Federer is yet to drop a set in the tournament as he seeks his ninth Wimbledon title. He is $1.83 at Sportsbet to so and is the runaway leader in the men’s field.
Third seed and pre-tournament fancy Marin Cilic was sensationally defeated in five sets by Argentinian Guido Pella in the second round.
Cilic saw tremendous support in the outright market before the tournament began, shortening to $6 to win the event from $8.50. His loss from two sets to love up and $1.01 in-play was one of the upsets of the tournament.
Novak Djokovic ($6) and Rafael Nadal ($6.50) are the two next best priced in the men’s draw, with both previous champions at the event and appearing untroubled in the first three rounds of play.
French maestro Gael Monfils has knocked out Richard Gasquet and Sam Querrey as underdogs already and at $81 is priced over the odds, as he embarks on this first ever fourth round appearance at Wimbledon.
He faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the fourth round, a player he has a 4-0 head-to-head record against.
Kei Nishikori knocked out Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the third round and now has a very winnable match against Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.
Nishikori is $41 to win Wimbledon, with the Latvian defeating fourth second Alexander Zverev in the third round in five sets.
Other players remaining in the men’s draw include big severs Juan Martin Del Potro ($9) and Milos Raonic ($19), as well as American John Isner ($81) who is matched against youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas ($151) in the fourth round.
The story of the women’s event thus far has been the loss of seeded players in the first week.
Nine of the top 10 women’s seeds are out of the tournament, with Czech Karolina Pliskova the only one that remains.
Pre-tournament favourite Petra Kvitova was eliminated in the first round in three sets, with number one seed Simona Halep losing in the third round to Hsieh-Su Wei.
Serena Williams is the favourite to win Wimbledon in only her second Grand Slam since returning from the birth of her daughter.
She is $2.75 at Sportsbet to claim an eighth Wimbledon title.
2016 finalist Angelique Kerber is next best at $4.50, ahead of Pliskova at $9.
Williams faces qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in the fourth round, before a match against either Camila Giorgi or Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinals.
Williams is $1.72 to reach the final and will need to beat Pliskova along the way as they are both in the same half of the draw.
In the top half of the draw, 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko looks well placed to add to her 2017 French Open crown with a run at the Wimbledon title this year and is $11 to win the event.
Wimbledon Men’s Winner
Roger Federer $1.83
Novak Djokovic $6
Rafael Nadal $6.50
Juan Martin Del Potro $9
Milos Raonic $19
Kevin Anderson $41
Kei Nishikori $41
Wimbledon Ladies Winner
Serena Williams $2.75
Angelique Kerber $4.50
Karolina Pliskova $9
Jelena Ostapenko $11
Daria Kasatkina $15
Dominika Cibulkova $21
*Odds at Sportsbet
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