Grass Favorites Prepare for the Classic Grand Slam of WimbledonPublished July 1, 2018 by Florin P
Federer emerges as the main favorite to win the Wimbledon trophy in the ATP circuit, with a wide open race in the WTA.
The first matches at Wimbledon take place on Monday and the names of all seeds have been determined. Except for a few qualifiers who are yet to secure a place at the most important Grand Slam tournament on grass, the lineup is complete. Federer is the main favorite to win the men’s event with odds of 3/2 at bet365 Sports followed at a distance by Djokovic with 11/2. It’s far more difficult to predict the name of the lady that will lift the trophy, as three stand out from the crowd and many more are within striking distance.
Federer Aims for The Second Grand Slam in 2018
The Swiss champion is known for his efficiency and pragmatism and his performance in 2018 proves this. After winning the Australian Open he decided not to play a single game on clay. He returned to the circuit when the grass season began and won a tournament before playing another final. Federer is the rightful favorite with all bookmakers, but he has shown signs of weakness. His defeat against the young Croatian Coric reminds the fans and pundits about the toll age takes on professional tennis players.
Djokovic is the second favorite and the Serbian player shows obvious signs of recovery. He made it to the final act of the tournament in Queens, but was defeated by another Croatian. This brings us to Cilic who is tied with Rafael Nadal as the third favorite at Wimbledon and odds of 15/2 at bet365. Three players come next and all of them are given odds that revolve around the value of 14/1. Andy Murray is back on track and got a wildcard, while Alexander Zverev and Kyrgios represent the young generation.
Kvitova Leads the Pack of Ladies at Wimbledon
Petra won three tournaments before Roland Garros and she is equally good form before Wimbledon. She was on the verge of winning back-to-back events once again before retiring. There are no major fitness concerns and the big serving Czech player is the top favorite at bet365 with odds of 4/1. Serena Williams has won this Grand Slam tournament many times, but her recovery is still slow. That’s why punters can only expect odds of 13/2 on a memorable comeback for the American. Reigning champion Muguruza has alternated positive results with disappointing performances and she is priced at 7/1.
Simona Halep played the Australian Open final and then won the Roland Garros, but she isn’t expected to make a deep run in London. Grass is not her favorite surface and she hasn’t played a single game on it since winning the Grand Slam in June. Odds of 14/1 reflect this reality and bet365 offers the same value on Sloan Stephens and Madison Keys. The two Americans have played the U.S. Open final in 2017 and Sloan won that match, while losing the French Open final this year.
Promising Players to Watch for in London
In the men’s tournament most of the favorites have been factored in and the odds of an outsider winner are relatively low. Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic have powerful serves that make them a force to be reckoned with on grass. Dimitrov and Del Potro are also well-equipped for the surface and they have the advantage of bigger odds of 17/1, respectively 25/1.
bet365 has plenty of tempting propositions for those who want to bet on the WTA tournament. Pliskova and Sharapova are tied as the seventh favorites with odds of 13/1. Local fans are hoping that Konta will rise to the occasion, while Ukrainian pundits probably love the odds of 20/1 available on Svitolina. Last year’s finalist Venus Williams and Australian Open runner-up Caroline Wozniaki are priced at 25/1.