Wimbledon Womens Preview 2015
Serena Williams is inevitably a strong favourite for Wimbledon this year with bookmakers offering odds of only around 2.50 about the American.
The World Number One has been prone to the occasional lapse but found the resources to dig herself out of trouble on numerous occasions in the French Open. She went on to claim a phenomenal 20th Grand Slam title which includes five at Wimbledon.
Williams is now focussing on a Calendar Grand Slam but has not won Wimbledon since 2012 so there are grounds for seeking better value elsewhere. Leading the opposition is reigning champion Petra Kvitova at 5.00 who began her defence with a blistering 6-1, 6-0 victory on Tuesday. She is the only player do have beaten Williams this year, although that was on clay in Madrid. The Czech looks to have a decent draw but those odds don’t give a lot away.
Maria Sharapova is always popular here and she is available at a double-figure price. She won here eleven years ago at the age of seventeen but her recent record is poor. She has only managed to get past the last sixteen once in the past eight visits. Unless Williams is a shock early casualty, she will be standing in the way of Sharapova and has beaten the Russian in all of their last sixteen matches. Even so, she is a definite contender and is worth including in our portfolio.
Halep is next best in the market and she is drawn in arguably the weakest quarter. She made the semi-finals last year but her form has been a bit in-and-out this year. She was not convincing at Birmingham and still has plenty to prove on grass.
Angelique Kerber won the Birmingham title and her odds have been trimmed from 67.0 to 26.0 as a result. She has reached the finals at Eastbourne on two occasions previously and was a quarter-finalist last year. There could be some value still remaining on her current price.
Caroline Wozniacki’s supporters will be worried by her withdrawal from the semi-finals at Eastbourne with a minor back problem and she is worth opposing. Sibine Lisicki has been available at 101.0 in previous tournaments but her big serve has led bookmakers to offering a miserly 21.0 about the German. It is difficult to contemplate getting involved at that price but it is surprising to see Ana Ivanovic priced in three-figures. She comes here in terrific form and, whilst this is definitely not her surface, she could go a long way.
Timea Bacsinszky faces a tricky opener against Julia Goerges but could make her odds of 151.0 look very generous if she can get through.
Maria Sharapova @11.0 Bet365
Angelique Kerber @26.0 Sportingbet
Ana Ivanovic @101.0 Sportingbet
Timea Bacsinszky @151.0 Sportingbet
Each-way ½ odds, 1,2