Bartoli becomes Wimbledon underdog following Eastbourne win

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Marion Bartoli secured the AEGON International title yesterday and with it, a number of supporters in the Wimbeldon betting.

The women’s Wimbledon draw is wide open even with the return of the Williams sisters, and Bartoli, who lost in the 2007 Wimbledon final to Venus Williams, looks a decent outside bet in this year’s event.

The world number nine finds herself in the top half of the draw and would have to beat the other Williams sister, Serena, in order to make it to the quarter-final.

However Serena continues to drift in the Wimbledon betting – she is no 9/2 from 4/1 – and the American has lost her invincible aura following a year on the sidelines.

The top half of the draw is a lot tougher than the bottom half with Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Na Li, Ana Ivanovic, Bartoli and Serena all involved.

The main dangers in the bottom half of the draw are Vera Zvonareva, Venus Williams, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.

Having beaten Serena in Eastbourne earlier in the week, Zvonareva once again offers punters plenty of each-way value at 16/1 and last year’s finalist will find her main dangers are Venus and Kvitova.

Azarenka looks nailed on for a place in the semi-finals thanks to her draw being easily the weakest quarter, and the Belorussian also looks a huge price at 14/1 to win Wimbledon.

Punters will be in for some fascinating early rounds in the top half of the draw when Wimbledon starts (hopefully) on Monday, and there will be plenty of value to be found in the Wimbledon betting.

We will be covering all the latest news and previews from Wimbledon and highlighting the best bets of Wimbledon over the next two weeks, and already Azarenka looks like great value.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.