Wimbledon 2019 Women's Preview, Latest Odds and Top Tips

Wimbledon 2019 Women's Preview, Latest Odds and Top Tips

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I’ve spent more than enough time extolling the virtues of Ashleigh Barty on this site so I will try to keep this tennis betting preview brief. She followed up her surprise French Open success with victory at the Birmingham Classic without dropping a set to become world number one. Barty then skipped Eastbourne citing the arm injury which saw her take a week off before Roland Garros. This appears to be just a precautionary measure as it certainly didn’t affect her in Paris.

As I’ve said before, grass is her best surface and she is a worthy favourite to secure back-to-back Slam titles. If you have not backed her already (why not?), then please avail yourselves of the +450 offered by 888Sport.

Barty or Bust

The Australian does admittedly have quite a tough quarter with defending champion Angelique Kerber and former winners Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza in there. But there are big question marks over the last two, fitness and form respectively, while the nature of Kerber’s defeat to Karolina Pliskova in the Eastbourne final is a cause for concern.

I am surprised to see Pliskova challenging Barty for favoritie. The Czech has often flattered to deceive in Slams and her third-round exit to Petra Martic at Roland Garros was a disappointment. Before her win at Eastbourne, she suffered a shock defeat to her sister Kristyna at Birmingham. She has reached just one Slam final, the 2016 US Open where she went down to Kerber, and the furthest she has got at Wimbledon is the fourth round last year.

There’s no doubt Pliskova is in what looks a pretty winnable third quarter but we’ve been here a few times before and I would not have confidence in her getting out of it, certainly not enough to vaguely consider backing her.

Jelena Ostapenko who I’m hoping is fit after she retired with a hip problem at Eastbourne. Before that, the mercurial Latvian had shown some decent form on grass after a long period in the doldrums. It’s easy to forget that she reached the semis at Wimbledon last year and, of course, she is a Grand Slam winner. She is +2100 with 888Sport and, if she can get past the tricky Hsieh Su-Wei in round one, could go far.


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Pain for Petra, and Bettors

Petra Kvitova will play at Wimbledon but it sounds like she is hoping for the best with her arm. It’s such a shame on a human level with the Czech playing her best tennis since her career was threatened by a knife attack at her home in December 2016. Twice a champion at SW19, the 29-year-old was my main pick for this event months ago but it’s impossible to back her now.

That leaves the second quarter wide open. The two obvious candidates are Kiki Bertens and Jo Konta. Bertens reached the final at Rosmalen Grass Court Championships but, after bagel-ing Alison Riske in the opening set, somehow managed to lose. She was then well beaten by Angelique Kerber at Eastbourne. That would normally put me off but she does not look like she will face a serious test until the quarter-finals and that makes me a backer at +333 with 888Sport.

Konta has a slightly tougher route through, if we discount Kvitova, with Sloane Stephens a likely third-round opponent. I would expect her to win that clash, and I think she can make it through to the quarters. Given the lack of obstacles in her path to the quarters, I’ll take the +275 that she makes it through to the semis.

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