Wimbledon tips: Best bets for the women's singles title
Two-time champion Petra Kvitova heads the betting at SW19, with Serena Williams among a number of potential challengers.
Having won last week’s Birmingham Classic, Petra Kvitova’s preparation for Wimbledon appeared to be going without a hitch.
And despite pulling out of Eastbourne with a hamstring injury this week, that her price to win Wimbledon has not changed much suggests that punters believe that she was just being cautious.
The two-time champion has not gone beyond the quarter-final in any grand slam since going all the way at SW19 in 2014, but has won four titles this season so is a deserved favourite.
Success for Serena Williams would be a victory for romance, but there are several doubts as to her ability to claim the title.
Having pulled out of the French Open with injury after playing no tennis in the build-up, it is hard to believe that the same issues aren’t going to plague her at Wimbledon.
Reigning champion Garbine Muguruza’s grand slam record deserves respect, and means she has to be considered at .
Her preparation for the 2017 championships was much more comprehensive, though, as she progressed to the semi-finals of the Aegon Classic before entering at Eastbourne. This year, she was eliminated at the second round of the same event and won’t play again.
By contrast, Angelique Kerber was impressive in progressing to the semi-final at Eastbourne, and is surely set for some grand slam success after reaching a quarter-final and semi-final so far this season.
Simona Halep’s consistency will be put to the test by the fact that she hasn’t played at all since winning her first grand slam at Roland-Garros earlier this month.
Other than Serena Williams, no female has won back-to-back slams since 2011, so she is best left alone at .
The best of the rest
Sloane Stephens heads to Wimbledon as unprepared as Halep, but having displayed a ruthless efficiency at slams in the last 12 months.
The 25-year-old claimed the US Open title last September before going all the way to the final Roland-Garros, with her powerful ball-striking causing problems on all surfaces.
She has never won a title on grass, but this has been a year of firsts. Back her each-way at .
It is a surprise to see second seed Caroline Wozniacki way out at , after she made her grand slam breakthrough in Australia earlier this season.
The Dane has admitted that she is more relaxed heading to Wimbledon in the knowledge that she is now a major winner, and proved as much by progressing to the final at Eastbourne, beating Jo Konta and Kerber in the progress.
Konta herself is having a torrid time, losing in the first round of the Birmingham Classic before that Wozniacki defeat. Her price proves that the optimism surrounding her run to the semi-finals last season has dissipated.
Neither Elino Svitolina nor Victoria Azarenka have been in great form on the grass, but it could be worth keeping an eye on Madison Keys , who has reached the last eight of three consecutive slams.