Women's Wimbledon Preview: Best Bet to Win the Women's Tournament
There isn’t a more unstoppable force in tennis right now than Iga Swiatek.
The reigning French Open champion has won 35 straight matches and has dropped just two sets in her last 27 matches.
Her dominance has made her an overwhelming favorite to win the Ladies Wimbledon title at +160 on FanDuel Sportsbook. Cori Gauff, who Swiatek defeated in the French final, has the second-best odds at +1100.
Swiatek has shown her ability to dominate on the clay and hard courts, but now it will be interesting to see how her recent success translates to grass. She decided to skip the grass lead-up season to Wimbledon, meaning she will not have played on the surface before the grand slam tournament.
Swiatek went 4-2 last year on grass, including a loss to Ons Jabeur in the fourth round of Wimbledon where she was handily defeated (7-5, 1-6, 1-6). All time, Swiatek has a 13-6 record on grass, including a 6-0 mark in 2018 when she won the Wimbledon Youth Title.
But as great as Swiatek has been this year, it’s difficult for your tennis betting to get behind her at +160 when she hasn’t played a grass match all season. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see her make that point moot and continue to roll.
For the first time in a year, Serena Williams is back. Williams suffered a hamstring injury that forced her to withdraw from the 2021 Wimbledon event and it kept her out of action until this week. Williams paired up with Jabeur for doubles action. The new duo made it to the semifinals before Jabeur decided to withdraw because of injury and save herself for Wimbledon.
Williams is currently +3000 at FanDuel to win her 24th major title at Wimbledon, which would tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. It’s difficult to gauge what kind of shape Williams is in after her limited doubles action. She displayed the power and accuracy to keep the ball deep in baseline rallies and regularly win those battles. Her serve also improved in the second round. When she faced five break points, she sent four aces and an unreturnable serve.
Still, durability and conditioning remain a question. Plus, it remains to be seen what her movement levels are like. Williams only had to play half the court in doubles and will be tested more thoroughly in singles.
Bianca Andreescu to win +3000 FanDuel
At the end of 2021, it was anyone’s guess what kind of form Bianca Andreescu would be in at this point. She decided to sit out the start of the 2022 season, citing the need to recover mentally and physically from a “challenging” two years.
Well, the break seems to have paid off for the former No. 4-ranked player.
Andreescu is 4-1 on grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon and has dropped just two sets in the five matches. Really, she should be 5-0. Andreescu was serving for the match up 5-4, but double faults and a sloppy service game allowed Pliskova to even the match and eventually win a third-set tiebreak.
In just the five-match sample size Andreescu has impressed. She defeated No. 27 Martina Trevisan (6-3, 6-1) and then later beat top-seeded and No. 13-ranked player Dayna Kasatkina (6-4, 6-1) to reach the semifinals in Homburg. Andreescu had the chance to earn another signature win over No. 19 Simona Halep in the semifinals, but Halep withdrew due to a neck injury.
Andreescu has never made it past the first round of Wimbledon, so it might seem like a bit of a stretch to back her to win the tournament. But she has experience in winning a major. She captured the 2019 U.S. Open and is exhibiting exceptional form on grass this year, earning multiple impressive wins that provide value on her at +3000.
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