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Wimbledon 2017 Preview: Wimbledon extraordinaires Roger Federer and Venus Williams set for more glory

Andrew Hendrie 28 Jun 2017
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Roger Federer is the clear favourite to claim a first Wimbledon title since 2012, while Petra Kvitova leads yet another unpredictable women’s field as the third grand slam of the year takes place at the All England Club between 3-16 July, 2017.


It’s hard to look past Roger Federer claiming an eighth Wimbledon title as the majority of leading contenders are either struggling with form, injury or lacking match practice on grass ahead of SW19, but there’s immense value on the women’s side - as we saw just a few weeks ago when surprise champion - Latvian sensation Jelena Ostapenko - was paying $101 before the tournament to emerge triumphant.

Just like Roland Garros earlier this month, Wimbledon is looming as one of the most wide-open grand slams in history on the women’s side. With the dominant Serena Williams absent as she awaits the birth of her first child, there’s once again a fantastic opportunity for one woman to claim some major silverware. At least one unseeded player has made the semi-finals on the women’s side in the last seven grand slam tournaments, meaning backing a real outsider could be rewarding.

But even jumping on the favourites will provide some solid winnings. Incredibly, in what will be just her third tournament since returning to tennis from a home invasion where she was stabbed in the hand, Petra Kvitova is the $6.00 favourite with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au, slightly ahead of World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova at $6.50. Kvitova captured the title in Birmingham in the lead-up to Wimbledon and is a two-time champion at the All England Club. When you consider her inspiring story and the fact she is playing under no pressure whatsoever at the moment, I really like those odds. Pliskova, on the other hand, has never been past the third round of Wimbledon and can struggle with the low bounce on grass as her movement isn’t the best.

I also really like the look of Venus Williams at $15. The 37-year-old is a five-time champion at Wimbledon and made the semi-finals last year. After also making the Australian Open final earlier this season, she looks way overpriced to me. Struggling World No. 1 Angelique Kerber isn’t worth backing at the same price, while French Open runner-up Simona Halep is $19 to win her first major. Her French Open conquerer Jelena Ostapenko - a former junior champion at Wimbledon - is $17 to secure back-to-back slams on the SW19 lawns.


Venus Williams
Another notable name in the draw is Victoria Azarenka, who will compete at her first slam since the French Open last year after giving birth to her first child at the end of last season. Azarenka is also $15 to win a first Wimbledon crown.

Over on the men’s draw, I can’t really justify picking anyone else other than Roger Federer ($3.25) to land himself an eighth Wimbledon title. World No. 1 Andy Murray has been struggling with injury and illness all season and his only competitive match on grass before Wimbledon was a straight sets loss to Jordan Thompson in the opening round of Queen’s Club, where he was defending champion. Novak Djokovic hasn’t been himself since a shock third round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon last year, while French Open champion Rafael Nadal hasn’t played well at Wimbledon for quite a while now and hasn’t played any matches on grass beforehand.

Nadal and Murray are both $5.00 with Sportsbet, while Djokovic comes in at $7.00. Last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic also hasn’t been playing well in 2017 and is $19 to win his first major. Marin Cilic could be a solid outsider to back - the Croatian has major-winning experience on his side after his stunning triumph at the US Open in 2014, while he’s in good form on the grass after finishing runner-up at Queen’s. At $21, Cilic represents decent value.

Young guns Alexander Zverev ($23) and Nick Kyrgios ($26) can’t be ignored, but neither are reliable. Zverev hasn’t beaten a top 50 player in a best of five sets match in his career, while Kyrgios continues to be hindered by injury problems, the latest a hip issue that forced him to retire at Queen’s. Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem (both $34) are yet to shine at Wimbledon, along with often-injured Kei Nishikori ($81), so that trio of top 10 players should be overlooked.

It all points to Roger Federer, who is fresh from capturing a record ninth Halle title to add to his Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami crowns in 2017, to winning another title at Wimbledon. Remember Federer made the semi-finals at SW19 last year while he was injured, not playing another match for the remainder of 2017. You’d think a fit and in-form Federer in this field full of sub-performing stars will be able to get the job done.

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Wimbledon 2017 Preview: Wimbledon extraordinaires Roger Federer and Venus Williams set for more glory

Roger Federer is the clear favourite to claim a first Wimbledon title since 2012, while Petra Kvitova leads yet another unpredictable women’s field as the third grand slam of the year takes place at the All England Club between 3-16 July, 2017.

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