The 2014 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis betting provides an opportunity for punters. Marion Bartoli’s surprise victory last year demonstrated the potential for significant upsets.
The hot favourite at 6/4, the once all-conquering Serena Williams is aiming for her sixth Wimbledon title this year but looks distinctly vulnerable. Not only was she a dire disappointment here in 2013 but she flopped in the second round of the French Open at the end of May.
The virtually unheard of young Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza (33/1) ranked 35 in the world, annihilated Williams 6-2, 6-2 in just over an hour at Roland Garros. It was not just a defeat but probably the most humiliating one she has experienced. Never before has Williams managed to win so few games in a grand slam match – and she has played nearly 300 of them.
Her game was peppered with unforced errors. There were 29 in total. She moaned at the ball collectors in the final game and looked perilously close to tears.
Yes, Williams bounced back from her 2013 Wimbledon defeat at the hands of the eventual runner-up Sabine Lisicki and went on to win the Australian Open. But that was a much less soul-destroying affair. At the odds we have to look elsewhere.
A potential beneficiary of Williams’ weakness could be the 2014 French Open winner and 6/1 second favourite in the Wimbledon Women’s betting, Maria Sharapova. The Russian star beat Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the quarter-final. Confidence must be riding at an all time high in Sharapova’s world. Her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov was the shock winner of the recent championship at Queen’s Club.
It is a decade since Sharapova triumphed over Williams in the Wimbledon final as a 17-year-old. She has not beaten her since. The seedings suggest that they should meet in the quarter-finals. ‘Suggest’ is a key word. Watch this space. Williams looks very unreliable and Sharapova seems to be at her best on clay rather than grass since her shoulder injury. She also has a nasty habit of making a meal of things, often losing the first set, making her vulnerable to players who can come out of the blocks fast and sustain the pace.
Last year Sharapova supposedly struggled with the slippery surface of SW19’s turf and slid out in the second round, losing to the unseeded Michelle Larcher de Brito. Annabel Croft blamed her defeat on the distraction of being in love.
Much has been made of her mental toughness but her followers need nerves of steel too. There has to be a less wobbly Wimbledon betting proposition out there.
Whilst Bartoli has retired to rest on her laurels there is no shortage of young talent anxious to follow her example. Williams is now 32 and Sharapova 27.
Bartoli had reached the Wimbledon final in 2007, going down in straight sets to Venus Williams. Sabine Lisicki (25/1) is the most recent unsuccessful Wimbledon finalist. The 24-year-old from Germany seemed completely overcome by the occasion on Centre Court. More significantly she has failed to build on that experience. She has yet to survive beyond the third round in grand slams since.
She had to drop out of the French Open with a wrist injury and recently split with her coach and doubles partner, Martina Hingis. She will now be relying solely on her father for advice. Her injury and change in coaching arrangements do not inspire confidence in her ability to go one better but she has better form on grass than many and the draw has been kind to her.
An interesting contender who has attracted praise from well-informed sources is the young Canadian player (pictured above), Eugenie Bouchard (25/1). Seeded 13, the hard-hitting 20-year-old reached the semi-finals of the French and Australian Opens. In the French Open she tested Sharapova more thoroughly than any other player in the tournament and she had the Russian in deep trouble at one stage.
Bouchard also has form on grass – she won the Wimbledon Girls’ title in 2012. She went out in the third round here last year but is a different player now and improving fast. She can take a further set up following her excellent and confidence-boosting showing in Paris. A potential issue with her progress is that she is on the same side of the draw as both Williams and Sharapova, but that is why her odds are so appealing and neither will look forward to an encounter with bang-in-form Bouchard.
The World No. 2, Li Na has some supporters at12/1. The 32-year-old from China reached the quarter-finals here last year and went out in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. She won the Australian Open but lost her first round match at Roland Garros against the 21-year-old Kristina Mladenovic. Na served erratically and her forehand fell apart in the final set. She admitted afterwards that she gave the game away. She seems mentally fragile and is too unreliable to be tempting at her current price.
Simona Halep (16/1) is ranked third in the world but has never won a grand slam. The 22-year-old Romanian is another youngster on an upward curve. She reached the final of the French Open and the quarter-finals in Melbourne. She is yet to demonstrate similar prowess on grass, never going beyond the second round on that surface.
She was forced to pull out of a warm up tournament with a shoulder injury but claims she has recovered well. She has too much to prove to be attractive at 16/1.
Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Betting Preview & Tips Conclusion
The favourites in the Wimbledon Women’s tennis betting hold little appeal this year and a second upset looks very possible. Who could provide it? Sabine Lisicki (25/1) benefits from a favourable draw and has shown her best form on grass but her latest performances do not encourage confidence. Considering recent form, EUGENIE BOUCHARD has to be our value betting tip to overcome the challenges of a tough draw and take the Wimbledon Women’s title, best-priced at 25/1 with BetVictor. Back her each-way and you get over 12/1 for the place part of the bet if she makes it to the final.