The 2015 Wimbledon Championships strikes interesting on the women's front, with Serena Williams at the top of the tennis odds board and a whole slew of attractive contenders midway and at the bottom of the pile. Here's an early look at the tennis odds to win outright.
Serena Williams Reigns Supreme
Serena Williams reigns supreme over the WTA rankings and the tennis odds board for the majors. She's won the last two majors (2014 US Open and 2015 US Open), effectively putting paid on the outrageous natter about nearing the end of her career, a spent force ripe for the taking. She's as close to being done as she was when she first started winning majors. Nineteen titles and still counting, she's winning more majors than any of her counterparts. Since 2012 alone, she's picked up six majors. Almost half of the major titles on offer, including three consecutive US Open titles (2012-2014), her second French Open (2013), fifth Wimbledon (2012) and sixth Australian Open (2015).
Consider form and indisputable credentials she's predictably the hot favorite to win the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, matched at rather attractive +250 tennis odds. Her nearest threat is defending champion Petra Kvitova at +400 tennis odds. The two-time Wimbledon champion is one of the best grass court players this side of the decade. So well suited is her power game to the fast surface. If there were one criticism, it's her inconsistency from tournament to tournament, which isn't as bad as years previous but still a reoccurring handicap that shows up from time to time. She's made some significant strides towards that end by changing up her fitness regime with a new fitness coach, so it remains to be seen whether that will help her maintain consistent form, not to mention handle the monumental pressure she'll face when she returns to the All England Club.
Maria Sharapova is the third favorite according to odds makers for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Based on her form over the last couple of seasons, not least her runner-up finish at the Australian Open earlier this year, she deserves to be amongst the top favorites to win her second Wimbledon title. It's been a while since her maiden victory at the All England Club however. Eleven years to be exact since she beat Serena Williams in a stunning 2004 final. So long as she avoids the great American starlet one feels she has as good a shot as anybody to emerge victorious. Then again, there are those that believe Sharapova is ordained to snap her 16-game losing streak against Serena. Could it be in the 2015 Wimbledon final?
After this top triplet, it's anybody's game. Eugenie Bouchard, last year's finalist, is priced as a contender to win the 2015 Wimbledon Championships but her +800 tennis odds appear overzealous. It's an overreaction to her standout account in the majors last season, but unsubstantiated by anything quantifiable such as title winning form for instance. To date, the Canadian starlet has but one title to her name, and hardly a prestigious one that would suggest she's definitely poised to make a breakthrough. She was decimated by Kvitova last year in the Wimby final and never quite recovered after that. She was routed by Sharapova at the Australian Open quarterfinals this year and, most recently, dumped in her opening match in Antwerp by No.42 Mona Barthel. Bouchard has a long way to go in our estimation before she will truly warrant such favorable tennis odds.
Simona Halep, by contrast, strikes a tempting pose as the fourth in line to the coveted prize. Matched at +1200 at Bovada, she's a more complete player than Bouchard is and a player that has won a title on each of the surfaces. She's definitely on to spot on your tennis picks when the Championships get underway.
Other players that have mettle on grass are Sabine Lisicki (+2000) and Agnieszka Radwanska (+2200). The pair have reached a Wimbledon final only to finish runners-up. Caroline Wozniacki is another player that seems to have reclaimed top form, not unlike Venus Williams. The pair are matched at +2500 to win Wimbledon and warrant some serious consideration, if not to win it all then definitely through the rounds because they can shake things up.
This section is a veritable buffet of quality players, from up-and-comers to established veterans. After Madison Keys' phenomenal Australian Open account, expectations run high. She's priced at +4000 to win Wimbledon. Lucie Safarova, an established veteran who is just coming off her first big win in Doha, cuts an interesting figure as the +6600 tennis bet. She reached the semis of Wimbledon last year, only to lose to her compatriot Petra Kvitova. Ekaterina Makarova is another standout player that has reached back-to-back semis at a major (2014 US Open and 2015 Australian Open). She's definitely one to spot for your tennis picks at this summer's Wimbledon.
A whole slew of up-and-comers such as Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens and Belinda Bencic, amongst several others, are priced modestly for the Championships, but they have yet to establish concrete championship credentials, which makes them risky bets. Best left for the lead up to Wimbledon when tennis bettors can better gage their form and viability as tennis picks.
Tennis Betting Verdict: As with the men's field, the women's field has it's tried, tested and true champions. Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova make a strong case as top Wimbledon picks. As far as the rest of the damsels go, it's wide open. Should any or all of these favorites falter, it would be anybody's title to win. Simona Halep is a strong contender, along with Sabine Lisicki, who seems to always save her best for the All England Club.