Wimbledon 2018: Women’s Singles Odds and Preview

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 8:08 am June 27, 2018 and are subject to change.

Since Serena Williams took a break from the game for the birth of her first child, women’s tennis has been far more open and we’ve seen Grand Slam wins shared around to a much greater degree. Williams is back but following injury at the French Open, few punters are backing the American to win Wimbledon 2018 with any great confidence.

Serena is a seven time winner of the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and the odds setters make her second favourite this time around. It all starts on Monday June 2nd but should you back Williams for a comeback win or is the title destined to head elsewhere for the second year in succession?

The Favourites

At the head of the outright win market for the Wimbledon women’s singles of 2018 is Petra Kvitova who can be picked up at best odds of 5/1 with Ladbrokes. The Czech won here in 2011 and again in 2014 and while those are her only Grand Slam victories to date, this is clearly a strong event and grass is a preferred surface for the 28 year old.

Just behind is Serena Williams who is available at a top price of 6/1 with William Hill and Betway. The former Wimbledon champion had to pull out of her French Open tie with Maria Sharapova due to an injury that affected her serve so that should be kept in mind although she seems positive about her current fitness and her ability to make it all the way through a Wimbledon fortnight.

Bubbling Under

Serena Williams

Behind the top two is our reigning women’s singles champion: Garbine Muguruza is quoted at a best of 8/1 with Boylesports and MarathonBet after claiming her second overall Grand Slam twelve months ago.

Behind the defending champion prices start to spread out with Angelique Kerber next on the list at best odds of 14/1 with Boylesports. Simona Halep follows on at a top price of 15/1 with MarathonBet and Unibet and then we have a host of players on offer at the same figure of 16/1.

Included in that pack are Sloane Stephens, 2018’s beaten French Open finalist at 16/1 with Unibet while Maria Sharapova, Madison Keys and Karolina Pliskova can all be claimed at that 16/1 price with Ladbrokes and Coral.

Of those names, Stephens is something of a rising star within the sport but despite a number of attempts at winning Wimbledon, her best performance here came with a quarter final slot in 2013. Sharapova is a former champion but her solitary Wimbledon win came way back in 2004 while Pliskova’s record here is poor and includes a number of second round defeats.

Outside Punts

Caroline Wozniacki appeared to be enjoying a career resurgence at the start of 2018 but the Dane is way down the markets for Wimbledon at best odds of 33/1 with Ladbrokes and BetFred. Wozniacki won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year but critics will point out that she, like many contemporaries, has enjoyed a period in the sport when both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have been absent.

Elsewhere, there are some interesting prices around Venus Williams. The 2017 beaten finalist is as short as 25/1 in places while Unibet and 888Sport currently have a top price listed of 60/1. If you’re thinking of backing Venus, it may be prudent to take that figure before it disappears.

Other names that we could mention include Britain’s best hope, Johanna Konta, at best odds of 40/1 with BetFred while Victoria Azarenka is available at a top price of 50/1 with BetFred again.

Other Betting Options

As the tournament draws closer, there should be an option to name the finalists but we don’t want to consider that until we’ve seen the draw and the seedings. Other long term markets such as Most Aces will be a little niche but there will be lots of options for individual matches.

Result betting, correct score betting and many others will be available in what is a busy time for tennis and there should also be some promotions which we will tell you about as they land.

Verdict

Petra Kvitova

As we said at the very start of this preview, the women’s singles is wide open this year and there is a strong chance that a player may well come through with a distant price to give some lucky punters a big profit.

If Serena Williams can somehow get back to her best then it’s unlikely that anyone can live with her in her quest to claim an eighth title. However, her spell away from the sport, coupled with that French Open injury means that odds of 6/1 are just too short in our opinion.

Garbine Muguruza is an obvious player to watch as the defending champion while Petra Kvitova is a worthy favourite. Sloane Stephens also showed at the French Open that she is one to watch  but the name we keep coming back to is Simona Halep. This may not be her best surface but as the French Open Champion and the reigning World Number One, she looks to offer good value at those 15/1 odds.

You can monitor all the tennis action from Eastbourne this week before you make a final decision but we’re going to jump on that price right now, albeit as an Each Way option. Simona Halep to win Wimbledon 2018 is the E/W tip ahead of what should be another thrilling fortnight of world class action.

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