Tennis | Wimbledon 2018 | Preview and Odds
The world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament – Wimbledon – begins on Monday and like many Grand Slams over the last decade, it looks like the winner will have to get past Serena Williams or Roger Federer.
We have assembled the best Wimbledon odds and pick who can triumph in this quintessentially British event.
Federer to win another Wimbledon title?
Roger Federer has won an incredible record eight Wimbledon titles, and after a five-year Wimbledon drought, the 36-year-old reclaimed his title as King of the Grass courts in dominant fashion, as he didn’t drop a single set on his way to the title.
Despite a rocky showing in the recent Halle Open it takes a brave man to rule out Federer, the number one seed at Wimbledon and odds of 6/4 make him an easily backable favourite.
Seeded or not, Serena will dominate
Despite recently returning from an extended absence from the sport to give birth to her first child, it is impossible to look past Serena Williams, powering through this Wimbledon field.
Having won the last two Wimbledon Championships she has taken part in, and seven titles overall, it is safe to say she has the pedigree to win at SW19.
Despite pulling out of the recent French Open ahead of her scheduled fourth round clash with Maria Sharapova with an injury, I think Serena is excellent value at 11/2 to win her eighth Wimbledon title, and her third in four years.
Backing the Brits?
With Andy Murray returning from injury and not yet certain of a place in Wimbledon this year, it looks like Britain’s main hopes are on the shoulders of 22nd seed Kyle Edmund. It would be tough for Edmund to win it all, but with a home crowd and a strong seeding, a 100/1 each way bet could lead to a healthy win.
Johanna Konta has struggled to regain the form that saw her reach last year’s Wimbledon semi-final, the first British woman to do so since 1978. As always, the women’s draw will throw up some shocks, and the 22nd seed could gather some early momentum and use a partisan crowd to her benefit, at 30/1 she could be an outside bet to win her first Major.
Potential dark horses
Caroline Wozniacki has been playing tennis with a real freedom since her first grand slam win in Australia at the start of the year. The second seed cruised through her first grass court outing of the year at Eastbourne this week, and looks great value each way amongst a competitive women’s draw at 20/1.
In the men’s draw, fourth seed Alexander Zverev has enjoyed a good year so far, and it is surely only a matter of time until his enormous talent turns into Championships. Despite running out of steam eventually at Roland Garros in his quarter-final loss, he showed lots of character to come back from two sets to one down in three of his four wins. He should undoubtedly be a fearsome opponent, and at 13/1 is very strong each way value.