Williams sisters Serena and Venus set up a mouth-watering Wimbledon R16 clash that could potentially extend 'the upset bug.' Can Venus beat the tennis odds and send tournament favourite Serena packing?
Upsets Galore at Wimbledon
Wimbledon betting favorite have been dropping like flies at the All England Club. The latest to join the star-studded, exit queue that includes Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic, Sabine Lisicki and Eugenie Bouchard is defending champion Petra Kvitova, a popular tennis pick in many tennis betting circles to win the 2015 Championships. The upshot of this concerning epidemic to hit the ladies front is the very real possibility a completely unlikely champion will emerge.
Indeed, Serena Williams very nearly exited the tournament prematurely in the third round. It was a right cracker on Centre Court between Williams and her younger counterpart Heather Watson. Britain's No.1 Watson put in a plucky performance against the World No.1 and overwhelming Wimbledon betting favorite Serena and had the match on her racquet before succumbing to a three-set defeat.
The consummate champion that Serena is, she dug her heels in and rallied to the victory. Something we've seen her do time and time again, even as recently as the French Open where she was pushed to the brink on several occasions before claiming her 20th Grand Slam title.
Serena Still Player To Beat in Wimbledon Futures Betting
Serena Williams remains the top betting favorite on the Wimbledon odds board ahead of week 2 at +100. Maria Sharapova emerges as the second favorite at distant +500 tennis odds while Venus Williams, the five-time Wimbledon champion, emerges as a long shot tennis pick at +3300 tennis odds.
Serena Williams is gunning for the Serena Slam this week at the All England Club, a coined turn of phrase that will see her hold all four Slams at the same time. However, she admits that Venus' form at Wimbledon is superb, not to mention a direct challenge to her bid. When matches are typically on her racquet, hers to win or lose, this match is different. Venus presents an entirely charged prospect and it might not be entirely in Serena's hands to avoid the upset bug.
In any event, this is sure to be the match of the day of the R16 and tennis bettors will not want to miss out.
Match Of The Day: Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams Betting Tips and Picks
Predictably, Serena Williams enters as the favorite to win outright at -500 at Bet365 at the expense of her sister Venus Williams, who is trading at +350 tennis odds. However, Venus Williams won their last meeting which should send her into this clash with a measure of confidence.
Lifetime, the pair have collided 25 times with Serena edging Venus 14-11. Venus Williams owns the most recent win in Montreal, a three-set marathon in the semis that she won 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 en route to a runner-up finish to Radwanska in the final. The win also snapped a five-game winning streak by younger sister Serena.
Serena, however, won their last meeting on grass at Wimbledon. The 2009 final that she clinched with a straight set victory (7-6 (3), 6-2) to win her third of five grass court meetings with Venus.
On paper, Serena Williams strikes a convincing pose as the solid favorite. But there was a time when Venus was the queen of Wimbledon, better than her sister. This year, there have been glimpses of the Venus of old. She got her campaign off the ground at the All England Club in scintillating fashion and she reaches the fourth round without dropping a set. That's form that can't be ignored and lends her tennis odds value.
Wimbeldon WTA Tennis Betting Verdict
Deciding between these two is extremely difficult. Very little separates them when it comes to the luscious lawns of the All England Club. Serena Williams may be the consensus tennis pick, but we quite fancy Venus Williams to mastermind the upset in three sets. She's been playing some of her best tennis of late and seeing how the upset bug is spreading indiscriminately across the draw, there's no reason to assume Serena Williams is entirely immune.
Tennis Picks: Venus Williams +350 to win and in three sets at +800