June 27th – July 10th. Screened across the BBC.
Monday morning brings the start of the 130th edition of Wimbledon, and the year’s third Grand Slam is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the summer.
The feast of tennis will have us glued to our screens for the next fortnight, and we’ll be hoping to increase the excitement by acing our way to some profit with a few betting selections. Bring it on!
Back A 1-2 Finish In The Men’s
The Men’s draw looks destined to serve up plenty of thrills and spills over the next fortnight, but all eyes will be on two players: Britain’s Andy Murray, and defending champ Novak Djokovic.
Between them, the top two seeds have won each of the last three events at SW19 while the pair also met in last month’s French Open final at Roland Garros. Quite frankly, it’s hard to see how anyone can stop the favourites reaching a final here.
Roger Federer will have high hopes, but will be due to meet Djokovic in the semi-final. The world number one seems to have the Swiss star sussed and would be expected to prevail. Elsewhere in the top half, Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic can enjoy good tournaments but wouldn’t be fancied against the Serbian superstar.
Home hero Murray might look a little more vulnerable, but another change of coach should serve him well. The world number two will be confident after retaining the Queen’s Club trophy just over a week ago. Stan Wawrinka is probably the only real threat, although Nick Kyrgios can be a handful on his day too.
Nonetheless, fans will already be looking ahead to the potential of seeing the world’s top two in another final. That’s exactly what we expect to happen.
Will Serena Match The Record
After falling at the final hurdle in France, Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon looking for a seventh crown to match Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 singles titles. Even in the absence of Maria Sharapova, the defending champ will face stiff competition from new rival Garbine Muguruza as well as Petra Kvitova and a host of other starlets. Nonetheless, the American will expect to go far.
Even if the 34-year-old doesn’t retain her crown, she should be appearing in the latter rounds, especially after reaching at least the semi-final stage in her last seven Grand Slam events. The price isn’t amazing, but we’d fully expect the younger Williams sibling to win her quarter.
The other quarters are a little more open, particularly the third quarter. Madison Keys, Ana Ivanovic, and Angelique Kerber will all fancy their respective chances. However, we’re predicting a big tournament for Simona Halep, and think she’ll repeat the feat of two years ago by reaching the last four.
Romania’s main hopeful is always capable of a shocker. If she’s on form, though, she can go deep into this competition. If nothing else, she can be seen as good value. Elsewhere, we’ll be keeping an eye on the 12/1 Johanna Konta in quarter two. We doubt she’ll do amazing things, but the 25-year-old can go a lot further than her previous first round best. Let’s hope she has a big tournament for Britain.
More importantly, let’s hope our double bet wins.