The usual suspects have the monopoly over the market as far as the Men’s and Women’s Singles are concerned at this year’s Wimbledon but there are plenty in the chasing pack capable of causing an upset.
These days just making the final is an achievement for many and here we list five players who will have such a feat in mind.
As expected, messrs Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal head the betting but the prices prohibit an each way shout on any of the big four.
Wawrinka is fifth in the betting but after breaking his Majors duck by beating Nadal at the Aussie Open this year and overtaking Federer to become Swiss number one, the 29-year-old looks poised to finally perform well in south–west London.
Still young and improving but the bigger names should write off the Bulgarian at their peril.
Winner of the 2008 junior edition of Wimbledon, the 22-year-old has secured two tournament wins already this year and a semi-final showing at Queen’s in 2012 shows that his Federer-esque backhand could yet find a home on the grass.
Another youngster with massive potential and an even bigger serve.
The 23-year-old Canadian has failed to get beyond the second round in his career to date but with scalps of the likes of Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro to his name he can certainly mix it with the big boys on his day.
Romanian ace Halep goes into the tournament carrying her highest ever world ranking (5th) and after a well-documented physical reduction looks set to rise even further up the ranks.
The 22-year-old picked up silverware in Doha and was thwarted only by Maria Sharapova in Madrid last time out. Should Serena Williams bow out early again, don’t bet against Halep stepping up to fill the void.
To have a five-time winner at such odds is rare but it is illness rather than talent that allows for such a price.
A first-round exit in Melbourne could put some punters off, but tournament success in Auckland and Dubai this year show that on a good day Venus is still a force to be reckoned with.
Several good days in one tournament is a lot to ask for from the American these days but at 25/1 it’s got to be worth a look!
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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