Considering the ladies’ championships the main talking point and betting focus of any Grand Slam is usually, of course, Serena Williams. Now she is a mother in the making, much like with Roland Garros, Wimbledon betting becomes a little bit like The Grand National.
So let’s take a look at how we can attempt to pick the winning ticket to 2017’s tennis main event.
Kerb your enthusiasm; world no 1 Angelique Kerber was ousted in Eastbourne by Britain’s Johanna Konta. Angie has won just 4 of her last 9 matches and we don’t fancy her to repeat last year’s run to the final. Karolina Pliskova was the eventual title winner in Eastbourne putting the rubber stamp on the betting for SW19 as she finds herself joint favourite with one of the most entertaining players on tour and seemingly one of the most genuine characters, Petra Kvitova. The 6 foot Czech warrior won it in 2011 and 2014, and now comes back with some serious form (winning Birmingham) after the standard hiccup loss to Mattek-Sands at Roland Garros.
At 5/1 both seem like a decent 2 week value punt, but as we saw with Ostapenko, (for many bettors) Murphy’s Law often comes into play – ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’. And in an ever increasingly attack-based women’s game, (The O in Ostapenko definitely stands for offense), we would have to look to players with big weapons to blast their way through the tourney.
Ashleigh Barty is having a party (we hope); the young Australian could be the dark horse of this year’s Wimbledon. Similarly to Ostapenko, she is relentless in attack and at 50/1 could be worth an each way gamble.
And the real Hollywood outsider? You might think we’re as crazy as Camila Giorgi’s overbearing father for saying this but… that’s right folks, we’re tipping up The Italian. She’s going off at 400/1 and if she can somehow realise her father’s unbalanced hopes and dreams (Bartoli bells are chiming) then why not for a couple of quid, eh?
Back to reality we see Kvitova as the one to beat. She has the pedigree, she has the experience, and after dealing with a knife wielding maniac in her own kitchen we know she has the courage.
On the men’s side we have a clear favourite in (some people’s GOAT) Roger Federer. The Swiss took a somewhat controversial break after Miami (the only physically fit player in the open era to win a Slam and not play the next), and now still finds himself as favourite to win his 8th Wimbledon. If you are not one of the GOAT believers then Djokovic at 11/2 seems entirely plausible. He was ousted by Sam Querrey last year, but it was amidst rumours his wife was giving a bit of the old Arthur De Greef, and the 4 great champions (Murray, Nadal, Fed & Novak) just don’t know when to say quit. People wrote off Rafa, he came back. People wrote off Fed, he came back. At 11/2 people have half written off Nole and we feel they might do so at their peril.
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