Intriguing matches in prospect as big names reach last 16 in Wimbledon betting
The top seeds and favourites have made it to the second round of Wimbledon and this is where it starts to get tough for the big names. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray face big-serving seeds while the match of the fourth round in the women’s draw sees Serena and Williams meet at Wimbledon for the first time in six years.
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Big names continue their march to the later stages in the men’s draw
It was a pretty straightforward first week at Wimbledon for the giants of the men’s game. The favourite Novak Djokovic cruised into round four without dropping a set but may find it harder against the big serving Kevin Anderson.
The 14th seed has lost his last four meetings with the world number one including a second round match at Wimbledon in 2011. On current form it’s hard to look past the top seed, even at 1/33.
Andy Murray has also sailed into week two without much fuss although this is where it starts getting tricky for the third seed. Despite a third set wobble against Andreas Seppi the Scot came through and faces the big serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in round four.
Murray has won the pair’s five previous meetings including a four set win at Wimbledon in 2012. He is 1/12 to reach the quarter finals.
Roger Federer overcame the giant serve of Sam Groth to reach the last 16 and he is 1/25 to overcome the 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Victor Troicki is playing well and should overcome James Ward’s conqueror Vasek Pospisil at 4/11 while Tomas Berdych is just to beat 2/5 to beat 12th seed Gilles Simon.
Stan Wawrinka is one win away from equalling his best performance at Wimbledon and the French Open champion is 1/5 to beat the talented 16th seed David Goffin. American wild card Denis Kudla faces a tough match against the big-serving Marin Cilic while there’s a fascinating match in prospect between former semi-finalist Richard Gasquet and the talented youngster Nick Kyrgios. The Australian upset 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and is a 4/5 favourite to beat the French 21st seed.
Williams sisters meet at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009
Serena Williams‘ bid for a calendar Grand Slam is still on as we enter the second week…but only just. The top seed was given the fright of her life by Britain’s Heather Watson in round three, eventually coming back from two breaks down in the final set to win a high quality match on Centre Court.
Serena’s reward for her win is a fourth round match against sister Venus Williams. The 35 year old hasn’t dropped a set so far this tournament and Serena admitted after her match that Venus was the player in better form. The pair haven’t met on grass since the 2009 Wimbledon final and Serena won that match to take a 3-2 advantage on grass. This could be a great game and the older sister is 10/3 to end her sister’s Grand Slam ambitions.
Maria Sharapova would dearly love to win a second Wimbledon and the fourth seed remains on course for a semi-final spot after her straight sets win over Irina-Camelia Begu. The Russian plays Zarina Diyas next and the Kazakh player has been in terrific form, defeating two seeds on her run to the fourth round. Sharapova should win but Diyas offers all the value at 15/2.
Victoria Azarenka‘s improvement on her return from injury continues and the 23rd seed faces a tough match against Eastbourne champion Belinda Bencic while Coco Vandeweghe has knocked out the 11th and 22nd seeds already and is good value at 17/10 to beat Lucie Safarova.
After Petra Kvitova’s surprise elimination the bottom half of the draw is wide open. Caroline Wozniacki‘s win over Camila Giorgi means that she has equalled her best ever performance at Wimbledon and the Dane could reach just her second Grand Slam quarter final in 14 attempts. The 5th seed is 8/15 to overcome talented Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Agnieska Radwanska faces her first seeded opponent in Jelena Jankovic in a match that is tough to call while we’ve been singing the praises of Timea Bacsinszky for months now and the Swiss 15th seed can reach the quarter finals by beating Monica Niculescu at 2/7.