Favorites advance at WimbledonPublished June 25, 2008 by OCR Editor
Federer, Nadal and co. continue into second round of the men's singles. Likewise Ivanovic and Sharapova in the ladies'.
The second round of the prestigious Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament begins today in London, with most of the top seeds in both the men's and ladies' singles still in contention to win the £11.8 million (US$23.3 million) tournament.
Of the big names in the men's draw, only fourth-seeded Nicolay Davydenko of Russia and seventh-seeded Argentinian David Nalbandia were knocked out in the first round. None of the top women's seeds were eliminated.
World number one Roger Federer of Switzerland remains the one to beat in this tournament as he chases a record sixth consecutive Wimbledon title and 13 th Grand Slam title overall. Sportingbet UK has him at evens to win the tournament. On the women's side second seeded Russian Maria Sharapova is unchanged as 11/4 favorite.
With 32 matches in both the men's and ladies' second rounds, Ladbrokes UK continues to offer an interesting variety of betting options. Apart from the regular head-to-head singles betting on offer, punters can go online and access the bookmaker's "strawberries and cream" specials, named after the dish that has become synonymous with the annual tournament.
Bets on offer in the second round under the "strawberries and cream" banner include: Federer, Ivanovic (Serbia) and Serena Williams (US) to not win in straight sets - 6/4; Federer, Djokovic (Serbia), Hewitt (Australia) and Ancic (Croatia) to all win in straight sets - 7/2; and one for all the Aussies out there, with Lleyton Hewitt to win three sets to love in the men's singles, Samantha Stosur to win 2-1 and Casey Dellacqua 2-1 in the ladies' - 25/1.
Play begins each day at midday local (United Kingdom) time.