2018 Women’s Wimbledon Championships Betting Tips and Predictions
2018 Women’s Wimbledon Championships Betting Tips and Predictions as the WTA Tour hits London for one of the biggest tournaments of the season. The third grand slam event of the season is upon us, as the sports top starts gather at the All England Club for the 2018 women’s Wimbledon Championships. The event is played on outdoor grass courts and this year’s tournament is set to be the 125th edition of the women’s event. This year the players are going to be competing for a prize fund of £13 million, with the winner receiving a whopping £2.25 million of the fund. The runner-up will receive £1.125 million for her efforts throughout the two weeks of tennis. Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title twelve months ago, as she got the better of American ace Venus Williams in the final. We have nigh on the strongest possible field this year and it should result in some fantastic tennis. In what should be a captivating two weeks of tennis, who will walk away as the women’s Wimbledon champion of 2018?
Martina Navratilova has been the most successful women at this event in the open era, winning this singles title nine times during her playing career. Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is the defending champion this year, after winning the second grand slam title of her career twelve months ago. American sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams have twelve women’s singles Wimbledon titles between them, with Serena having won the title seven times, and Venus having won the title five times. Russian ace Maria Sharapova is also a former champion here, after she claimed the 1st of her five grand slam titles to date with victory here over Serena Williams in the 2004 final. Meanwhile, pre-tournament favourite Petra Kvitova is the only other former champion in this year’s field, with the Czech ace being a former two-time champion here, following her triumphs in 2011 and 2014. Will we see a new Wimbledon champion crowned or will a former champion once again reign supreme at SW19?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Garbine Muguruza
2016 – Serena Williams
2015 – Serena Williams
2014 – Petra Kvitova
2013 – Marion Bartoli
World number one Simona Halep will head into Wimbledon full of confidence following her triumph in Paris. Halep finally won the first grand slam of her career at the French Open, at the start of June, and she’s yet to play since. The Romanian ace was scheduled to play some warmup event prior to the tournament, but an Achilles problem forced her to skip the events. Halep’s best result here was a semi-final appearance in 2014, while she’s also reached the quarter-finals here in her last two appearances. Halep’s finally got over the winning line at a grand slam event with her French Open success, and that could prove to be a catalyst going forward for her, possibly starting here as she bids to win her first Wimbledon title.
Petra Kvitova is the favourite heading into this year’s tournament, and you can see why. The two-time Wimbledon champion has already won five titles so far this season, including a grass warmup event at the Birmingham classic. However, Kvitova was forced to pull-out of Eastbourne with a hamstring injury and one wonders how serious that is heading into Wimbledon. Despite being a two-time champion at this event, the Czech ace has not been past the 3rd round here since she last won the title in 2014, and she was beaten even earlier last year in the 2nd round. Kvitova will be many people’s pick this week, but after a disappointing run in grand slam events of late, will she be able to mount a serious challenge here?
Serena Williams is set to make her first appearance since she was forced to pull-out of the French Open, after starting to build up a head of steam in her run to the third round of that event. The American has been given the 25th seed by the tournament organisers, despite her much lower ranking, due to the fact of her pregnancy that has seen her miss the majority of the past twelve months. The seven-time champion has been handed a tough draw on paper, but there’s no one she can’t beat and she’ll fancy her chances of winning this title for the eighth time. Serena is currently on a 14-match winning streak at this event, having missed last year’s tournament due to being pregnant and after winning the title in her last two appearances here. How far will Serena go?
Garbine Muguruza is the defending champion this year, and so she’ll be looking to defend this title for the first time in her career. Muguruza’s had a decent season up to press, with her best performance being her run title-winning run in Monterrey. Muguruza also reached the semi-finals at the French Open a few weeks ago and so the Spaniard finds herself in decent form coming into these Championships. Muguruza also has the added bonus of being able to up her level when she wants, and if she was to do so for this tournament she’d prove to be extremely difficult to beat. Will the Spaniard mount a successful defence of her title?
Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is coming into form at the perfect time, as the number two seed looks to finally mount a title challenging run here at Wimbledon. The former world number one has never been past the 4th round here at Wimbledon, an extremely disappointing record for a player of Wozniacki’s calibre. The courts here don’t really suit Wozniacki, but if she’s firing on all cylinders she would still be hard to stop. Wozniacki currently finds herself in the final in Eastbourne, and if she can bring that form with her here she could end up winning the second grand slam title of her career.
Angelique Kerber has been in good form all season, and I expect the German ace to have a good run over the next two weeks. The two-time grand slam champion has already reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals at the Australian Open and French Open, respectively, this season, and she’ll now be looking to reach her first slam final since 2016. The 2016 Wimbledon finalist also won the title in Sydney at the start of the season, and enjoyed a good run on the grass this past week, as she made a run to the semi-finals at Eastbourne. Angelique Kerber knows how to win grand slam titles, will she add the Wimbledon one to her CV?
Five-time champion Venus Williams usually brings her best tennis to this tournament, something she’ll be looking to do once again this year. It’s not been a great season for Venus so far, losing in the opening round at both grand slam events to date, and so she’ll be looking to change her fortunes here. Venus reached the final here twelve months ago, and she’ll be looking to go one further this year as she bids for her sixth Wimbledon singles title. Karolina Pliskova, meanwhile, has an atrocious record here at Wimbledon, something she’ll; be desperate to fix this year. Pliskova has never been past the 2nd round here, reaching that stage of the tournament in her last five appearances here. However, Pliskova is one of the best players in the world and she enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals at Eastbourne in the lead up to the tournament. Can Pliskova finally enjoy a good run here at these Championships?
2004 champion Maria Sharapova will be looking for another grand slam title over the next two weeks, as the Russian ace looks to add to the five already in her locker. Sharapova has been in good form this season, especially on clay, and she reached the quarter-finals last time out at the French Open. The Russian hasn’t appeared at these Championships since her run to the semi-finals in 2015, and if she can produce something similar this year she will be delighted with her two weeks of tennis.
Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens will be looking to add the Wimbledon title to her CV this year, as the American continues to improve on all surfaces. Stephens reached the final at the French Open recently, and add that to her US Open triumph last season, it shows the Americans game is going in the right direction. Stephens, who also won the Miami Open earlier in the season, reached the quarter-finals here in 2013, her best run at this event to date. Stephens was beaten in the 1st round twelve months ago, something she’ll be desperate to better this year. Stephens has the game to beat anyone in the world, but will it all come together for her over the next two weeks?
Elina Svitolina will continue her search for a first grand slam title at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. The Ukrainian ace has been in good form all season, and she already has three titles to her name for the year. Svitolina enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals at the Birmingham Classic, showing she’s capable of a decent run on this surface. She reached the 4th round here last year, but overall she’s flattered to deceive when it comes to grand slam results. The Ukrainian has all the physical attributes to win this title, but will she be able to mentally get the job done this year?
US Open finalist Madison Keys will be amongst the frontrunners this year, and in this kind of form she’ll fancy her chances. Keys reached the semi-finals at the French Open last time out, and she’s reached the quarter-finals here in the past. The American did suffer a disappointing 2nd round defeat here twelve months, but since then she’s improved her game leaps and bounds. Keys is a serious contender this year, and her decent draw should fill her with confidence heading into these Championships. Meanwhile, 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is heading into this year’s tournament in good form. The Polish ace made a fantastic return from a two-month injury layoff this past week, as she reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne. The former world number two has also enjoyed a couple of other semi-final appearances here in the past, and if she can recapture that form she could enjoy another fantastic run at these Championships.
If Naomi Osaka starts winning tennis matches she becomes difficult to beat, and she appears to be a future grand slam champion in waiting. Osaka has already won the Indian Wells title this season, and she’s picked up a victory over Serena Williams this year too. The Japanese ace reached the 3rd round here on her debut last year, and she’ll be confident of bettering that this year. Australian star Ashleigh Barty is in form coming into these Championships, and she could prove to be another outside bet this year. Barty won the Nottingham Open, a grass court event, in the build-up to this tournament, and she’s also had a solid year in all. However, Barty has never been past the 3rd round of a grand slam event and she’s never won a match at these Championships. It has to happen for her sooner or later, and she could prove to be a tricky opponent for a few players over the next two weeks.
British number one Johanna Konta will be leading the charge of British players looking to win this title on home soil, but will she be able to? Konta had been enduring a poor season until the grass court season began, and she now seems so have found a bit of form. The Brit reached the final at the Nottingham open and she gave world number two Caroline Wozniacki a run for her money at Eastbourne. Konta reached the semi-finals here last year, her best run to date, and a similar run this year would be a welcome run for the Brit. It’s been a difficult few months for Johanna, but a good run here could turn her fortunes around and leave her in good stead ahead of final months of the season. In a highly competitive field, where as many as twenty players have a shot at the title, who will walk away victorious and as the latest Wimbledon champion?
Serena WilliamsTo Win Outright
Serena Williams is hard to beat on grass, and I have a feeling no one will do it this year. The American ace hasn’t lost a match at this tournament since 2014 and, while she hasn’t played here since 2016, I just see her proving too difficult to beat over the next two weeks. She hasn’t played much tennis lately, that’s a given, but the tennis she did play at the French Open was extremely encouraging and I can only see her playing better here. She’s in a tough section of the draw, but there’s no one there I would back to beat Serena right now. I think Serena Williams continues her terrific record at these Championships and I think se wins her eighth Wimbledon singles title.
Angelique Kerber Each WayTo Win Outright
Angelique Kerber has been impressive all season, and I see her going far over the next two weeks. The German is an experienced operator who knows how to win grand slam titles, something that’s crucial when it comes to this tournament. She looked good at Eastbourne and she’s been good at both of the grand slam events so far this season. The German ace is also in a nice section of the draw in which she should be enjoying a decent run at this year’s tournament. She’s proven to be difficult to beat this year, and that trait will come in handy for her here.