2014 WTP Wimbledon: Preview, Odds, Prediction, Dark Horses
2014 Women's Wimbledon
The Line: Serena Williams +160 See the Latest Odds
TV: BBC, ESPN
The 2014 Wimbledon is a week away, so we have to get our futures together and find some players who can fatten our wallet. We took a look at the men’s side, now it’s time to breakdown some of the best value bets on the women’s side.
Here are four players you must add to your card.
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Serena Williams – I know we’re looking for dark horses and somebody who can pay off in a big way. Serena isn’t that, but you can find her at plus money up to +160 at some spots. That’s terrific value in itself, as you usually find her at minus money in most Grand Slam events. The last time Serena was eliminated in the second round or earlier in a Grand Slam, she went on to win back-to-back Grand Slam events. Serena has won three of the last five Wimbledon’s and has appeared in four of the last six Wimbledon finals. Plus money is a gift from the gambling gods.
Li Na – Na has appeared in three Wimbledon quarterfinals in her career and has been one of the more consistent women tennis players in recent memory. She’s never gotten past a quarterfinal in this tournament, but she already has a Grand Slam victory under her belt this year and has reached at least the quarterfinals in four or her last six Grand Slam events. Na doesn’t make many errors and is an aggressive player who gives most ladies on tour a difficult time. Na will be eager to bounce back from an early exit in the French Open and with odds of up to +1800, you have no choice but to bite.
Sloane Stephens – I’m going to keep putting Stephens on these lists until she finally reaches her full potential. At the young age of 21, Stephens is still a little weak mentally and can absolutely blow matches with a truckload of unforced errors. However, very few players have her skill set and the ability to simply overpower their opponent. It’s only a matter of time before Stephens takes her game to the next level and starts competing with the best of the best. She did reach the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon. I’ll throw her a bone or two with odds of +5000 coming my way.
Victoria Azarenka – I can’t recall the last time we were able to get more than 10 times our money with Azarenka in a Grand Slam event. Yes, she is coming off an injury that forced her to sit out the French Open, but when healthy, Azarenka is an elite player and really the only female who can consistently give Williams an issue. Azarenka has reached the semifinals in two of her last three Wimbledon appearances. Of course, the only Grand Slam she’s ever won were two wins in the Australian Open, but very few can compete with her when she’s 100 percent. I’ll bank on the extra rest benefiting the former No. 1 player in the world, especially with odds of +1600.