Serena Williams faces her stiffest test yet at the Wimbledon Championships, a quarterfinal clash with Victoria Azarenka. Will Serena come through on her favourable tennis odds or will Azarenka spring the surprise?
Serena Williams faces her stiffest test yet at the 2015 Wimbledon Championship, a quarterfinal clash with Victoria Azarenka. Will Serena come through on her favourable tennis odds or will Azarenka spring the surprise?
Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka
Serena Williams takes on Victoria Azarenka in a highly-anticipated quarterfinal showdown at the All England Club. On paper, Serena has the convincing 16-3 head-to-head record over the Belarusian, which includes a run of four straight wins going back to Azarenka's last win over the great American in Cincinnati two years ago.
Serena Williams Favoured To Win Quarterfinal
To win match-350
To win first set -275
To win in straight sets -125
To win in three sets +275
At the time, Azarenka was on top of her game and eked out the three set win over Serena in the final, marking one of few players that has the stamina and nerve to beat Serena when all is on the line. After their brilliant clash at Cincinnati, Azarenka set up a rematch with Serena at the 2013 US Open final. True to their billing, it went three sets with Serena winning that time. hit
Immediately following the US Open, Azarenka succumbed to injury woes that would continue through the entire 2014 season and see her ranking drop dramatically and struggle on form. This season Azarenka embarks on a comeback trail. She got off to a bright start. Climbed up the rankings steadily as she looked happy to be back on court and competing. Things did hit a snag on the coaching front, which was announced in the form of a parting of ways with long time coach at the conclusion of the 2015 Australian Open (Sam Sumyk defected to the Eugenie Bouchard camp, draw your own conclusions). Azarenka, however, took the change in stride. It's taken some time for the Belarusian to adjust to her new coaching team but the desire and competitive spirit is always there for all to see. Heck, it was there even during her lowest moments last season.
In 2015, she's crossed paths with Serena twice. While she didn't win either match, she pushed the American to the brink 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) at Madrid and 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the French Open.
Victoria Azarenka Reasonable Underdog To Win Quarterfinal
To win match +275
To win first set +200
To win in straight sets +450
To win in three sets +650
Azarenka's draw is one of the toughest at Wimbledon. Yet, she's through to the quarterfinals without dropping a set. Wins over Mladenovic and Bencic in the previous two rounds should do wonders for her confidence in this match. That and the fact that she can play Serena Williams close.
Serena Williams won both their previous meetings at Wimbledon, but she's under no illusions. This is the toughest match of her draw, the one that poses the biggest threat to her bid for a Serena Slam and a second career Grand Slam. The pressure is going to be entirely on her to come through on her favourable -350 tennis odds.
Neutral Match Betting Odds
Total Sets: Over 2.5 sets at +175/ Under 2.5 sets at -250
Total Games: Over 20.5 at -138/ Under 20.5 +100
For Azarenka, this could be an advantage. She's the underdog. Few tennis bettors expect her to win at +275 tennis odds. She's been steadily rounding out into form over the course of this season, showing promising signs of potentially returning back into the top 10 fold at the very least. This is going to be the most telling match of where she truly is in the game right now. If she can put all these things together she can deposit a stunner at Wimbledon, make no mistake.
Match Betting Tips
Arguably, Serena is the smart tennis pick to win this match at -350 tennis odds, but don't expect her to have an easy time of it. So if you're taking a Serena win on your tennis picks, consider the three setter on offer at +275 at Bet365.
For our money, we're banking on the upset by Azarenka at +275 to win the match. If a player is going to beat Serena, anything before the semis or finals is always easier. Azarenka has the form to do it and she's done it when stakes were higher. A three-set win by Azarenka is an attractive +650 tennis picks.
For neutral bettors, there are plenty of options available for you to sink your teeth into and get some thrills out of this matchup. A three set win regardless of the winner is on offer at +175. As well, Over 20.5 games is an attractive -138 tennis picks, to name a few.
Tennis Picks: Azarenka to win at +275 and in three sets at +650