Serena Williams New Wimbledon Favourite as Barty Crashes Out
We’ve already seen some upsets this year in south west London, but this is seismic. A Wimbledon earthquake.
Ashleigh Barty, the French Open champion and the 5/2 outright favourite coming into the tournament is no more.
Her conqueror, Alison Riske, ranked 55 in the world, had to match Barty for every single point because the Australian powerhouse is the most fearsome of competitors, and never knows when she is beaten.
And yet the American was never overawed or outplayed, even at a set down. For her efforts, she’s been cut from 80/1 to 14/1 in the outright Wimbledon betting market.
Women's Wimbledon Outright Odds
|Simona Halep||13/5||William Hill|
With Monday defeats also handed out to third seed Karolina Pliskova, and then two-time champion Petra Kvitova, it leaves eighth seed Elina Svitolina and 11th seed Serena Williams as the highest ranked players left in the women's draw.
Elsewhere on a stacked Monday at the All England Club, seventh seed Simona Halep ended teenager sensation Coco Gauff's incredible run, the American qualifier having already knocked out Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.
Halep moved from 6/1 to 5/2 second favourite with that win, but the story of the day in the women’s singles event belonged to 29-year-old Riske for knocking out top seed Barty against the odds.
Barty’s ace count of 12-3 and superior first serve (82%) should’ve served as a platform for her to ease into the latter stages and gain a maiden Wimbledon title.
However, like so many before her, maybe a little too much cockiness was her undoing. Riske came storming back in the second set – and how?!
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That was the point when it was clear that there was a real game on here. Three double faults from Barty, none from her opponent, showed that she was human after all. Taking just two break points from five ultimately proved the former’s undoing too.
It all looked so different after the Australian began the match with four straight aces. After a 15-game unbeaten streak, Barty was, clearly, in confident mood.
Her second service game let her down badly, even during the opening set, with only 40% of points won. That gave Riske some hope that this wasn’t going to be an overly one-sided affair.
Two breaks from Riske in the second set, which she ended up taking 6-2, ended Barty’s run of winning 21 straight sets and when the doubts finally crept in.
Serena Inherits Favourtism
Though the third set went with serve, Barty – who was as short as 11/10 to reach the final – did have the chance to break in the fifth service game, and potentially hand herself a match-winning advantage.
Having passed up that opportunity, Riske took advantage and broke in the eighth game of the set before holding on for a stunning 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
The win potentially pits her against new 9/4 tournament favourite Serena Williams – who has seen her odds slashed by tennis betting traders from 11/2 – but the multiple grand slam winner better not count her chickens too early either.
Riske is high on confidence, though she’ll have to better her own first serve percentage of 67% against Barty if she wants to get any further in the tournament.
Incredibly, it’s the Australian that heads home knowing that this is a real opportunity missed.
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