From clay to grass. From one major to another. From the French Open to Wimbledon. It’s that time of the year again for the 133rd edition of the prestigious tournament held at All England Club, and with it being late June, we also have odds and bets to make for who will take home the title for both men and women!
Tennis betting sites have released the odds for both the male and female version of the Wimbledon singles tournament, with Novak Djokovic taking the top spot for the men as the favorite at +150 and Ashleigh Barty leads the way for the women with a figure of +400.
Let’s go over each gender’s tournament and their odds.
Novak Djokovic is nearly a 200-point favorite, and for good reason: He’s won four Wimbledon championships and he’s still in his prime at 32 years old. Expect Djokovic to hit possible road blocks against either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on his way to a fifth title, but the good news for Djokovic is that he has played quite well against those two at Wimbledon. Needless to say, this is Novak Djokovic’s tournament to lose.
Against Federer, he’s played him a total of three times, with two wins against him to win both the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon championship — his combined record is 2-1 against Federer. He’s also played Nadal a total of three times with the same record of 2-1 against him, one of those wins would be the 2011 Wimbledon championship. He would also get to the Wimbledon final last year after beating Nadal in the semifinals. With all that being said, why would you bet against Djokovic?
He’s another reason why Djokovic is the best bet to make: Since 2002, only four players have won the Wimbledon championship, with Djokovic being one of them — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray are the other three. You won’t have to worry about Murray in this edition of Wimbledon though, he won’t see much action due to a hip injury. With those factoids, it’s probably not wise to bet outside of the big three with Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal — which makes Djokovic even more of a solid pick to win his fifth title.
She just recently won her first Grand Slam championship by winning the French Open last month in May, and as a result, Ashleigh Barty is coming into Wimbledon 2019 to win her second major. She is already ranked No. 1 in the world by the WTA, and now has a chance to solidify herself as one of the greatest women’s tennis players in the world — but she has to win a second Grand Slam. It should also be noted that Barty dominated the 2019 Birmingham Classic, not losing a set to steamroll her way to the championship. Now you understand why she’s coming in as the favorite.
She hasn’t made it past the third round at Wimbledon, and she will also be tasked to stop Serena Williams who is 200 points behind Barty in third place. But who knows, with her getting over the hump winning her first Grand Slam title with the French Open, maybe she can get over the hump at Wimbledon. After all, she wasn’t just given her favorite status over talent such as Williams and Naomi Osaka for nothing.
Speaking of Serena Williams, she would make it to the championship round in last year’s Wimbledon, but would get swept in straight sets to Angelique Kerber — a shocking defeat in dominating fashion for Williams. It’s debatable that Williams is getting treated a bit unfair by the odds-makers due to her making the final round of Wimbledon in three of the past four years, and she also had a good showing at the French Open this season, but I have a feeling that her number and position is reflecting her age — she’s 37 years old and not getting any younger. I think that’s what has Bovada, Las Vegas and the rest of the betting community a bit shook.
As you see by the favorites in the women’s section, there really isn’t a clear winner or a clear number of favorites like the men’s side. As a result, there’s going to be plenty of good opportunities for long-shot picks in this tournament. If I were you, I would have my eyes on Angelique Kerber at +1200 — remember, she won last year’s Wimbledon. And I’d also take a look at Garbine Muguruza at +1600. But that long shot pick of Kerber is definitely the sexiest. But that’s not to discount Muguruza, after all, she did win the 2017 Wimbledon championship over Venus Williams, Serena’s sister. Very profitable figures with those two.
Now that we’ve gotten that covered, let’s place some bets!
Novak Djokovic would get started off in the 2019 campaign with a bit of disappointment, starting out with a semifinals defeat to No. 7 Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. However, that disappointment wouldn’t last for long. A week later in the Australian Open, he would clean house and win the championship for his 15th career Grand Slam title after taking out No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the final. In the BNP Paribas Open, Djokovic would take an upset loss in the third round, and it would be a bad defeat to unranked Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Up next in the Miami Open, Djokovic would take things down to South Beach in the Miami Open, but it would be disappointment there as well — he would lose in the fourth round to No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut — the same opponent he lost to in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He would have a solid showing in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April, but would ultimately fall in the quarterfinals — in his defense, it was a loss to top 10 ranked No. 10 Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic would then claim victory in the Mutua Madrid Open, clinching the win after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
In his most recent appearances in the 2019 season, he would get all the way to the championship round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Italy, but would fall to the elite No. 2 Rafael Nadal. In the prestigious French Open, his latest tournament, he would have a great showing getting all the way to the semifinals, but would take a loss to No. 4 Dominic Thiem. It’s been a pretty solid year for Novak Djokovic, and now you see why he’s the favorite to win Wimbledon 2019.
Definitely, don’t discount Roger Federer, he’s an absolute legend in this particular tournament, winning Wimbledon a total of eight times. As far as his 2019 campaign is concerned, it’s been pretty standard for Federer with nothing but solid showings. Starting out in the prestigious Grand Slam of the Australian Open, Federer would march his way to the fourth round but would lose to a quality opponent in No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas. It wouldn’t take long for Federer to claim a victory, however, securing the title in the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
Up next in the BNP Paribas Open, Federer would advance all the way to the championship round but would take a loss to the top 10 No. 7 Dominic Thiem. In the Miami Open, Federer would get back to his winning ways, taking out No. 7 John Isner in the final with a clean sweep. Competing in the Mutua Madrid Open, he’d get himself to the quarterfinals, and there he would be ousted by another top 10 opponent in No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the French Open, another Grand Slam, Federer would get to the semifinals but would take a tough defeat to the elite No. 2 Rafael Nadal.
Federer is riding a little momentum coming into Wimbledon 2019 though, winning his last event in the Noventi Open in Germany. He would claim the tournament championship after taking out David Goffin in the final round.
The Australian would begin her 2019 season in her home country in the Sydney International. There, she would have a very successful showing getting all the way to the final, but she would eventually be upset by Petra Kvitova. In another tournament that was in Australia, this time the Grand Slam of the Australian Open, she would advance all the way to the quarterfinals, ultimately falling to Kvitova again with a No. 8 ranking. In her very next performance in the BNP Paribas Open, it wouldn’t be a bad showing, but it would be a little disappointing with a fourth round defeat, but to be fair, she did lose to No. 6 Elina Svitolina.
Taking things down to Dade County for the Miami Open, Barty would do her thing against the elite competition to take the tournament. She would defeat four opponents en route to the victory, defeating No. 7 Kiki Bertens, No. 3 Petra Kvitova, No. 21 Anett Kontaveit and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova. In the Mutua Madrid Open, she would advance all the way to the Quarterfinals where she would eventually take a loss to the elite No. 3 Simona Halep. Up next in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, it would be pretty much nothing but disappointment, getting upset in the third round to Kristina Mladenovic.
In her last two tournaments, it was nothing but brilliance for Barty, which is another reason why you have to make her the favorite heading into Wimbledon. In the French Open, Barty would clear her way all the way to the final where she would win her first Grand Slam defeating Marketa Vondrousova in a clear sweep. In her last event, the Nature Valley Classic, the Aussie would take another victory, this time meeting up with and beating No. 8 Julia Goerges to take the championship. Yeah, you definitely have to take Barty as the favorite. I don’t see another option with the momentum that Barty is currently riding.
Serena Williams has only been in five tournaments this season, and it’s been a pretty disappointing year for the aging veteran. Beginning things in the Australian Open, it looked like business as usual with a solid performance after getting the win over No. 1 Simona Halep that would advance her to the quarterfinals. She would eventually lose to No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, but it would be to a quality opponent, obviously. And then came the disappointment, and massively.
Up next in the BNP Paribas Open, Williams would just get to the third round, and would lose to the top 25-ranked No. 20 Garbine Muguuza to bounce her out of the tournament early. It would be a similar result in the Miami Open, taking another defeat in the third round to another top 25-ranked opponent, this time No. 18 Qiang Wang.
In her last two appearances, it was more of the same for the 37-year-old. In the Internazionali BNL d’Italia last month, she would just claim one victory before exiting out of the tournament in the second round — she would lose to her baby sister, Venus Williams. In her last event, the Grand Slam of the French Open, it would be even more disappointment. She would take a first and second round win in the tournament, but would suffer another third round loss, this time to Sofia Kenin. She may be tied for the second favorite coming into Wimbledon, but I wouldn’t expect much from Williams in this one — I hate to say it, but she’s just getting old, and losing her ability as a result.
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