Wimbledon betting rewards backing women’s outsiders while leading men are safely through
It’s been an intriguing couple of days at this year’s Wimbledon. While most of the men’s seeds made it through to round two, the women’s competition has been far less predictable and three of the leading seeds are already on their way home.
We anticipated a volatile women’s tournament this year and it looks to be wide open. Keep reading for our Wimbledon second round preview.
Top men’s seeds safely through to round two
It wasn’t the best performance for the tournament second favourite Andy Murray on Centre Court but the number three seed survived searing heat to overcame Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 7-6. The number three seed was pleased with his opening win, saying: “There’s definitely work to be done for me. I felt like my opponent played well, credit to him. I’m glad to get it done in three sets because it’s very hot.”
Murray faces Robin Haase in round two and it could be a tough match considering the Dutch player’s recent grass court victims include Ivo Karlovic and Fernando Verdasco.
Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic came through a tricky encounter with world number 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets and faces the veteran Jarkko Nieminen in round 2. The 33 year old announced that this will be his last Wimbledon and he came through an epic five set match against former champion Lleyton Hewitt to book his place on a show court against the world number one.
Roger Federer made short work of debutant Damir Dzumhur in straight sets in just 67 minutes and will find things harder in round two against world number 36 Sam Querrey. Stan Wawrinka has lost in the first round at Wimbledon on five previous occasions but never looked in danger during his straight sets win over Joao Sousa. The French Open champion is just 1/50 to see off Victor Estrella Burgos in round two.
Last year’s semi-finalist Milos Raonic made short work of Daniel Gimeno-Traver in round one and he faces a much trickier opponent in round two. It is Tommy Haas‘ 15th Wimbledon and the 37 year old former semi-finalist reached the fourth round on his last appearance in 2013. Haas is 41/10 to cause an upset.
Liam Broady‘s reward for coming from two sets to love down to beat Marinko Matovic is a tie with 16th seed David Goffin. The 24 year old Belgian lost in round one at Wimbledon in each of the last two years and so there’s no grass court pedigree for the British number six to fear. The 21 year old is 33/4 to cause an upset.
John Isner has been in good form in recent weeks and could be one to watch in the top half of the draw. He faces Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden in round two ahead of a potential clash with fellow big-server Marin Cilic in round three. The US Open champion faces Ricardas Berankis in round two. Rising star Dominic Thiem is the number 32 seed and looks good value at 8/5 to beat Fernando Verdasco.
Halep, Suarez Navarro and Bouchard the highest profile casualties in round one
Ahead of the first round we suggested that last year’s finalist Eugenie Bouchard was vulnerable after a terrible run of form and the number 12 seed was duly eliminated by 4/1 chance Ying-Ying Duan. The Chinese player’s reward is a second round match against . The bigger casualty of the opening round was third seed Simona Halep who went out to world number 6 Jana Cepelova who plays Monica Niculescu in round two.
Halep’s defeat opens out that quarter of the draw and the main beneficiary could be tenth seed Angelique Kerber who inflicted a double bagel on her compatriot Carina Witthoeft in round one. Kerber plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next and is 1/5 to win.
Serena Williams certainly looks to be in the more straightforward half of the draw at Wimbledon this year and came through her match with Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets. She should overcome Timea Babos of Hungary in round two and after sister Venus Williams‘ thrashing of Madison Brengle (Venus won 6-0 6-0) the siblings could be set to meet in the quarter finals. The 16th seed is 1/10 to beat Yulia Putintseva next.
Reigning champion Petra Kvitova powered to victory in just 34 minutes on Centre Court, dropping just one point on her serve in the entire match. Despite admitting to nerves before the match, Kvitova won in brutal fashion and said: “I am really glad how I played as well. Nerves are important, they are healthy. I like them. I was sick a few days ago but still played very well.”
Kvitova’s next opponent is Kurumi Nara who benefited from the retirement of her opponent Magda Linette in the third set.
Maria Sharapova overcame Britain’s Johnna Konta in straight sets and should have no trouble in overcoming Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp in round two while French Open finalist Lucie Safarova had a scare against Alison Riske but came through and will face another qualifier, Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei.
Sam Stosur has never got past the third round at Wimbledon in a dozen attempts and so could be one of the vulnerable seeds. She plays the talented Urszula Radwanska and while the Pole can’t boast a great record on grass either, her odds of 85/40 look too long to ignore. It could also be worth keeping an eye on 23rd seed Victoria Azarenka who has been defeated in the second round at SW19 in each of the last two years.
Azarenka faces Kirsten Flipkens in round two and the Belgian has a 10-6 winning record at Wimbledon having reached the semi-final in 2013. Flipkens is 29/4 to cause an upset.