Each of the first two women’s Grand Slam tennis tournaments has been wildly unpredictable. A couple of weeks ago, we saw a quartet of ladies make their Grand Slam semifinals debut at the French Open. Next up on the major calendar is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The first rendition of Wimbledon in over two years begins this coming week. Although there are familiar names atop the pre-tournament futures betting odds, fans and bettors are advised to expect the unexpected in the Wimbledon women’s draw.
The following article serves as a comprehensive betting preview for the 2021 Wimbledon tournament. Read on for a look at the betting odds to win, previous winners, key details regarding the playing surface, and betting picks to consider ahead of the women’s tournament.
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Wimbledon Women’s Betting Odds to Win
Refer to the table below, which contains the betting odds to win Wimbledon across three major U.S. Sportsbooks. Outright tournament betting odds for 20 of the top players are included.
Recent Wimbledon Women’s Winners
2019: Simona Halep
2018: Angelique Kerber
2017: Garbine Muguruza
2016: Serena Williams
2015: Serena Williams
Grass Court Surface Handicapping Notes
Ever wondered why the Wimbledon grounds are officially named the “All England LAWN Tennis Club”? Well, grass was the first court surface that the sport was ever played on. Before it was known as ‘tennis,’ it was called ‘lawn tennis.’ Wimbledon has been around since 1877, making it the oldest of the four tennis Grand Slams. The first women’s tournament was held shortly after in 1884.
When it comes to playing style, grass courts are the slickest court surface. This makes them the fastest. Balls often skid, take unpredictable bounces and rarely ever bounce up above a player’s knee. Players must be able to reach the ball quicker when playing on grass as opposed to other surfaces. Because of the quick pace, rallies are often shorter. When it comes to skillsets, speed, power, and an effective serve tend to be rewarded on grass courts.
Wimbledon Women’s Outright Picks
Petra Kvitova (+1200 at FanDuel Sportsbook)
While it’s certainly tempting to make Serena Williams the short-odds pick to win her eighth Wimbledon championship, things aren’t the same for her this season. At age 31, Petra Kvitova is eight years younger and has plenty of Wimbledon success in her own right. A two-time champion (2011, 2014), Kvitova fell in the Round of 16 the last time Wimbledon was played back in 2019. However, she does have one singles title in her pocket already this season. After a quick exit from the French Open last month, Kvitova figures to come into the season’s third Grand Slam hungry. Among the tournament betting favorites, 12-1 odds offer a healthy payout on a lady who has a real shot at nabbing her third Venus Rosewater Dish.
Elena Rybakina (+2400 at DraftKings Sportsbook)
We go from a seasoned WTA veteran in Kvitova to an upstart 22-year-old. Elena Rybakina turned some heads at Rolan Garros by advancing all the way to the tournament quarterfinals. That run helped propel her to the No. 21 overall ranking in the world coming into the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Rybakina has two singles titles in her professional career, with one on a hard court surface and the other on clay. She has also finished runner-up in five additional tournaments. The Kazakh player comes into Wimbledon with momentum and is worth a look at 24-1 betting odds.
Longshot Betting Pick
Maria Sakkari (+3800 at FanDuel Sportsbook)
Given the unpredictable nature and level playing field of women’s tennis this season, it’s hard to really find a massive longshot pick to win Wimbledon in the pre-tournament futures. Nonetheless, 38-1 odds on Greece’s Maria Sakkari aren’t too shabby in the least. The 25-year-old is yet to win a tournament this season, but the improvements in her game are undeniable. She is coming off of a semifinal run in the French Open, her best-ever showing in a Grand Slam. Sakkari has had marginal success in her prior appearances at Wimbledon, advancing to the Third Round in 2017 and the most recent edition in 2019. She has a hard-hitting and quick playing style, one that could very well allow her to make a name for herself on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
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