Whereas Federer is the odds-on favorite for the Gentlemen, the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles competition feels wide open.
In women’s tennis, the Williams sisters aren’t the only story anymore. There is a lot going on in this field and a group of women in the mid-20s are duking it out for dominance.
As of June 28, Bovada’s top odds to win the Ladies’ Singles competition are Petra Kvitová +450, Serena Williams +500, and Garbine Muguruza +700. We also think you should consider Sloane Stephens +1200 who has a fire in her belly and something to prove after a French Open loss in the finals.
If you are thinking of placing a bet on one of these ladies to win, here’s what you need to know:
If you look at a list of Wimbledon Women’s Singles winners in the past 20 years, you’re going to be overwhelmed by the number of times Williams appears. Venus or Serena won the tournament in 12 of the years since 2000. There are a few names that punctuate those Williams wins, however, and Petra Kvitová is one of them.
Winner of Wimbledon in ‘11 and ‘14, Kvitová is more than a punctuation mark. She holds the world ranking of number 8 (the women’s rankings are more fluid than the men’s lately) and she’s a favorite to win Wimbledon this year.
She comes into the 2018 Wimbledon strong after winning the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, a grass competition that signals Wimbledon readiness. Her win there was her second in a row and a demonstrates her strength on grass surface. She also has four other titles in her belt during 2018, indicating a streak for this Czech native.
Adding a twist, though, Kvitová withdrew from the Nature Valley International tournament in Eastbourne in late June, citing a hamstring injury. Stay tuned to see if she’s ready to break up another Williams win.
I don’t know many women (or men for that matter) who aren’t cheering for Serena to dominate at Wimbledon this year.
After winning the Australian Open at nine weeks pregnant, Williams took a leave of absence from the sport to carry and birth her first child. After a life threatening postpartum complication, Williams not only recovered, but got herself into champion shape with a baby at home.
Williams planned to make her return at the 2018 Australian Open, but pulled out of the tournament saying she was ready to compete, but she wasn’t ready to win. And that wasn’t good enough for her.
She comes to Wimbledon this month ready to win. Williams received a 25 seed for the 2018 Wimbledon.
Because of her absence from the sport (only playing in three tournaments in the past year), Williams ranks 183rd in the world. And Wimbledon’s Women’s seeds typically follow WTA rankings. However, the All England Club reserves the right to adjust those seeds when circumstances require. Williams’ seed adjustment recognizes her former and potential future dominance.
The 25th seed however must face one of the top eight seeds in the third rounds. That means Williams will have a tough test early on. This is the match to watch. If she makes it easily match that round many expect to see her hold the trophy at the end.
Currently ranked 3rd in the world, Muguruza comes into Wimbledon as the reigning champion in Women’s Singles. She beat Venus Williams in straight sets in under ninety minutes in 2017.
Muguruza’s 2017 victory was a repeat appearance in the Wimbledon finals. She made it to the finals in 2015, but ultimately fell to Serena Williams. Wimbledon is a place where Muguruza thrives.
The Venezuelan-born, Spanish-playing Muguruza rents a house with her team near the site of Wimbledon for the several weeks and reports doing so allows her to focus and settle in. She comes into the tournament with the third seed which reflects her inconsistent performances thus far in 2018.
Muguruza withdrew from the Brisbane and Sydney International tournaments due to cramping. She was then upset in the Australian Open in the second round. She won the Monterrey Open and reach the semifinals in the French Open.
Keen observers aren’t quite sure what to expect from Muguruza given her ups and downs this year, but her young age (24) and winning past at Wimbledon make her one of the favorites.
American Sloane Stephens is another young player (25) on the draw at Wimbledon and one to watch. She lost Wimbledon last year in an embarrassing first round lost, but arrived at the US Open with renewed purpose and claimed her first Grand Slam title.
This year, she won Miami Open and narrowly lost the French Open to Simona Halep. Unlike some players who specialize on one surface or another (or during one season or another), Stephens is versatile.
She’s also unpredictable, which could make her the wildcard on the women’s side. After a 2016 foot injury she’s battled to keep her performance consistent.
Some media referred to Sloane Stephens as the next Serena Williams. However, two things are clear: 1) Serena isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and 2) Sloane is her own woman. She came of age in the sport more slowly than Serena, but in the past year she’s demonstrated a calm and comfort on the court one only sees in champions.
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