Serena remains the Wimbledon betting favourite after beating sister in straight sets
The women’s tournament at Wimbledon has reached the quarter final stage with just two of the leading seeds still in the competition. In a sign of how the landscape has changed over the last year, none of last year’s quarter finalists have reached this stage in 2015, meaning we have eight different players to look out for this year.
Keep reading for our women’s quarter finals Wimbledon betting preview.
Unpredictable women’s draw continues to make Wimbledon betting difficult
Has the women’s game ever been more unpredictable? Five of the top ten had exited the Australian Open by the quarter final stages while eight of the top ten seeds had been eliminated by the last eight in Paris. Just two of the world’s top 12 remain in this year’s Wimbledon and with two of them set to meet at the semi-final stage there’s a great opportunity for one of the lesser known players to make a breakthrough.
The only two leading seeds to have looked like potential champions are Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. While Williams refused to discuss the possibility of a calendar Grand Slam in her post-match interview the achievement is very much on and the top seed disposed of sister Venus in straight sets on Centre Court.
The 33 year-old’s next opponent is the dangerous Victoria Azarenka, seeded 23 but clear much better than her seeding would suggest. The Belarusian is a former world number one and is returning to her best form as she recovers from injury. Twice a Wimbledon semi-finalist she will be a tough opponent for Serena although Williams has won their previous meetings on grass and knocked Azarenka out of both the Madrid Masters and French Open this year.
Maria Sharapova’s run to the last eight is only the second time that the former Wimbledon champion has reached this stage in nine years. She beat rising star Zarina Diyas in straight sets and the Russian has benefited from the fall of other seeds to enjoy a pretty straightforward route to the quarter finals.
Sharapova faces another unseeded player next, the big-serving Coco Vanderweghe. We suggested the American could cause an upset against sixth seed Lucie Safarova and her narrow 7-6 7-6 win takes her into the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time. We’re not entirely convinced by Sharapova’s form and so the 4/1 on Vanderweghe looks great value.
Muguruzu continues her good Grand Slam run
There are a number of rising stars in the women’s game and three of the new breed of young player have reached the last eight in the bottom half of the women’s draw.
20th seed Garbine Muguruza is enjoying an excellent year after reaching the fourth round in Australia and the quarter finals at Roland Garros. The 21 year old Spaniard announced her arrival on the world stage in 2014 when she beat Serena Williams at the French Open (she also reached the semi-finals of the doubles at that event) and her stock has continued to rise in 2015.
After knocking out fifth seed Carolina Wozniacki she faces another talented youngster, Timea Bacsinszky, in the last eight. The 26 year old Swiss player has been around a little longer but 2015 has been a breakthrough year as she won 15 consecutive singles matches on the WTA Tour and back-to-back titles. Having reached the semi-final of the French Open she looks to be the value at 27/20.
The third youngster looking to book her place in the semi-finals is 21st seed Madison Keys. The American reached the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open and likes the grass, having reached the third round at Wimbledon in each of the last two years as well as winning 2014’s Eastbourne title.
Keys plays the highest ranked player left in the bottom half of the draw, 13th seed Agnieska Radwanska. The Pole is one of those players that always looks set to make an impact at a Grand Slam before invariably losing a match she should win. It could happen again this year and the 7/4 on Keys to win looks good value.