Mon, Jul 2, 12:09pm by Staff Writer
Petra Kvitova is a $5.50 favourite to win Wimbledon at Sportsbet and claim her third Wimbledon crown.
The Czech has enjoyed a wonderful lead-up to the Championships with a title win in Birmingham.
The eighth seed faces challenges in her draw though, with a potential third round encounter against 24th seed Maria Sharapova on the cards.
Counting against Sharapova is that she has not played on a grass court since 2015 and without lead-up form on the surface, it is hard to back her against Kvitova.
This is reflected in her outright price, with the Russian at $23.
Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon after missing the tournament in 2017. After winning the title in 2015 and 2016, Williams has shown she does not need any competition to get ready for the grass season.
Both of those titles came without a tournament under her belt, and despite motherhood occupying the superstar in the past two seasons, she showed at the French Open that she is still capable of producing a powerful performance.
Williams is priced at $7 and second favourite to win Wimbledon, with the oddsmakers keen on her big serve, short points and proven history at the tournament.
Williams has played only seven matches this season and will need to play and win seven to take out the Wimbledon title. Fitness is the main concern for Serena and she is not worth a bet at such short odds.
2017 champ Garbine Muguruza has an impressive 29-15 career grass court record and price at $10 is worth considering.
The third-seed will face a test in the third round against grass-loving Australian 17th seed Ash Barty, but if she can overcome that challenge then a semi-final against favourite Kvitova would be her next test.
Last year the Spaniard dropped only one set on her way to the title and was a favourite in all her matches. This season with only two grass matches played, it will be interesting how she goes about defending her crown.
Elsewhere in the ladies draw, Eastbourne champion and second seed Caroline Wozniacki is a $21 title shot. The Dane finally broke through for her first career Grand Slam win in Melbourne earlier this season, but will be up against it on grass.
Wozniacki’s best result is reaching the round of 16 on six occasions, so she is without form in the latter part of this tournament and lacks a strong enough serve to compete at the pointy end of the tournament.
2016 finalist Angelique Kerber has enjoyed a good return to form this season and the 11th seed is well placed in the draw to make a run at the title. She is $12 at Sportsbet and fourth in line to win Wimbledon.
Australia’s Ash Barty won the Nottingham event on grass two weeks ago and is a $26 chance of winning Wimbledon.
Grass is Barty’s most preferred surface, with the world number 17 possessing a 39-14 on the green.
Recent losses to Wozniacki and Julia Goerges may have dampened her confidence, and its whether or not she has the mental resolve to win matches deep in a Grand Slam event that will be telling of her at Wimbledon.
There are a number of players on the women’s side who are capable of an upset win on their day and one is youngster Aryna Sabalenka.
Priced at $51, the Belarusian made a run to the Eastbourne final before losing to Wozniacki and has shown great promise on grass, with a 14-6 all-time record.
She is unseeded, but with Venus Williams the highest seed she would face in the first week, is a good chance of making in roads at the All England Club this year.
Best bet- Petra Kvitova to win Wimbledon at $5.50
Value bet- Aryna Sabalenka to win quarter 3 at $13
Wimbledon Ladies Outright Winner – Sportsbet
Petra Kvitova $5.50
Serena Williams $7
Garbine Muguruza $10
Angelique Kerber $12
Simona Halep $15
Madison Keys $17
Karolina Pliskova $19
Sloane Stephens $19
Caroline Wozniacki $21
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