Get out those strawberries and cream because it’s time to return to the All England Club for the 132nd playing of the Championships at Wimbledon.
First round action starts Monday, July 2nd and continues until July 15th at which point two new champions, one for the men and one for the women, will be crowned. However, if things go the way the USA sports betting websites predict, one of those champions won’t be all that new as Roger Federer is the favorite to win his second consecutive title and ninth Wimbledon crown in his career. For the women, the one to beat is Petra Kvitova, who is a two-time Wimbledon winner (2011, 2014).
However, the field is full with viable contenders on both sides of the draw. We’ve been saying this for some time, but could this finally be the major, especially on the men’s side, that one of the next generation of greats finally breaks through? Let’s take a look at the odds with this preview before deciding on our Wimbledon predictions 2018 and betting picks.
Wimbledon Women’s Draw Preview & Predictions
The top storyline on the women’s side and one with very much the mainstream appeal factor especially here in the U.S. is that of Serena Williams. She missed over a year of court time due to pregnancy and maternity leave and is back in her second major and the first of which she has a strong chance to win. If victorious, Williams would join a small club of mothers to win a title both before and after giving birth to a child.
Williams was forced to withdraw from the French Open after reaching the fourth round due to a pectoral injury. It could be said that she just hadn’t quite gotten fully back to playing shape. Entering Wimbledon however, a major she was won seven times, there is no doubt that Williams is in a great position to claim her eighth crown in London. According to the odds, Williams (+550), who is seeded 25th and will have to work her way through a tough draw as a result, is right behind Kvitova (+500).
Garbine Murguruza (+800) and world No. 1 Simona Halep (+1200), who won her first major a few months ago at Roland Garros, are next in the betting odds. Neither woman has done much in the layoff between the French Open and Wimbledon with Halep having a clean schedule and Murguruza only taking part in one event, the Birmingham Open, where she lost in the round of 16. Angelique Kerber (+1100), a two-time major winner from 2016 (Australian and US) rounds out the top five. Kerber took part in two post-French Open events, losing to Allison Riske at the Mallorca Open in the round of 32 and Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal of the Eastbourne International.
Other names to watch for as dark horses include Wozniacki (+2000), who has slowly worked her way back to being one of the top female players in the world, Sloane Stephens (+1600), who is coming off a runner-up finish at the French Open and Victoria Azarenka (+4000), who is not all that far removed from when she was the best female player in the world just a few years ago.
If Williams can navigate her way through the draw and avoid any injuries along the way, she seems like the safe bet to at least reach the final. If you are looking for someone who is a little more outside the box, take Halep (+1200), to build off her victory at the French Open. Both those players can be bet on at Bovada.
Wimbledon 2018 Men’s Draw Predictions, Preview & Picks
There is Roger Federer (+175) and there is the field. If you’re a betting person, there’s probably no doubt you made a few nickels betting on Federer in the past. The way he’s been going, there’s almost no reason to doubt that Federer is someone you will make money on in the future too.
A few years ago that would have been hard to believe. Federer had started to slow down it seemed and another major seemed unlikely. Since then, Federer has won more than one additional major including the one he captured last year at Wimbledon. In the ensuing time, Federer has reclaimed the world top ranking, only recently losing it to Rafael Nadal, who won his 11th title at the French Open this year.
Always the most dominant player on clay, Nadal does have two Wimbledon titles to his name as well and is one of the co-second favorites (+600) to win his third. Federer’s +175 odds are unsurprisingly as tennis’ winning-most male will look for his ninth Wimbledon title and 21st major overall.
Federer intentionally skipped the French Open to make sure he was in top shape for Wimbledon. In between the Australian Open and now, Federer has won the ATP Rotterdam event, finished runner-up at the Indian Wells Masters, a surprising early exit at the Miami Open, another victory at the Stuttgart Open and another runner-up at the Halle Open. Needless to say, skipping clay was probably the best thing for Federer, who won the only major he has played in, the Australian Open, this year.
Nadal’s case is strong as well. Opting to skip the Wimbledon warmup tours, Nadal enters the year’s third major coming off his French Open win. The layoff should be good for the Spaniard, especially given his history of knee problems. If Nadal is fresh, money says that he’ll meet Federer for yet another final.
But there’s always the chance that someone not named Federer or Nadal could emerge with the victory. Andy Murray had been the fifth favorite, but he’s since pulled out because of his injury and Novak Djokovic (+650), the other member of the Big 4, having been plagued by inconsistent play and his own injuries. He’s seeded just 12th meaning he’ll have to get through, most likely, both Federer and Nadal in order to take home his fourth Wimbledon title.
There are definitely dark horses among the men’s draw and top seeds will inevitably fall, but when the dust settles, this is just Federer and Nadal’s world that all of these players are living in. Expect the two to be the last two standing at which point, look for Nadal to get back to his winning ways against Federer. He can be backed at +600 with Bovada.
Marilee writes on NFL, MLB, NBA & tennis for USA Betting. Another area of her sporting journalistic expertise is pro wrestling. A native of Philadelphia and a big Eagles fan, she has been a sports writer for many major websites including Bleacher Report and Rant Sports. She started her journalistic career early, as sports editor for her college newspaper.