|Date & Time||Sunday July 1, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
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We just finished the French Open, and now we’re immediately turning our attention the Wimbledon. Now is the time you should be locking in future bets, as current odds won’t be there once the third grand slam begins. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the women’s side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. At the very least, I can hedge in the later rounds and guarantee a profit on certain players. So, let’s not waste any more time.
Here are five WTA players to consider betting on in the 2018 Wimbledon.
Serena Williams - Serena Williams is the two-time defending champion (when she’s played) at the Wimbledon and has won this event five of the last eight years. Serena quieted any doubts about her fitness when making the fourth round of the French Open before retiring with an arm injury. She has plenty of time between now and then to get treatment and improve her conditioning to defend her crown. When healthy, Serena is still the best player in the world. You can get Serena at +450 odds. You won’t find this number a few matches into the tournament, as her odds dropped like a rock in the French Open once everybody saw her ability. Get it while you can.
Garbine Muguruza - Garbine Muguruza is the current defending champion at the Wimbledon and has made the final two of the last three years. Winning 79 percent of her matches at this tournament, this is her second best grand slam event behind the French Open. Speaking of the French, Muguruza looked great in that tournament before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual champion Simona Halep. With her cross shots working and getting great depth on her ball, Muguruza is a handful to deal with right now. The fact you can get +1000 odds on Muguruza to win this tournament is a steal and provides late round hedging room as well.
Simona Halep - Another player you can get at +1000 odds is Simona Halep. You know, the French Open champion and a player who has made at least the quarterfinals of this tournament three of the last four years. Halep has had a tremendous season up to this point and her ability has never been questioned. It’s her mental game, as Halep has a track record of crumbling in big matches or letting a match get away after a mistake. While one title doesn’t change that, but you can see big progress in her improvement. Halep is deadly now that she got the monkey off her back. She’s a must play moving forward as long as the price is right.
Jelena Ostapenko - You just know a competitor such as Jelena Ostapenko is chomping at the bit to get back on the big stage after being bounced in the first round of the French Open, especially when she was the defending champ. Ostapenko has had a hit or miss year, so the struggles aren’t that surprising, but when she’s on, she’s on and can certainly bury any opponent you match her against. She has six wins over top-10 players dating back to last season and did make the quarterfinals of last years Wimbledon. There’s value with Ostapenko and +2500, as she has the ability and the attitude to catch many players sleeping.
Madison Keys - Madison Keys has made at least the quarterfinals in each of her last three grand slam appearances, which includes the semifinals of the French Open. Before running into Sloane Stephens, Keys did a wonderful job of controlling her power and limiting her unforced errors. When that’s the case, Keys controls nearly every point and can blow her opponent off the court. Keys has also won 71 percent of her matches in the Wimbledon, which is tied with the Australian Open for her best grand slam winning percentage in her career. I’d like to shop around for a better price, but the American and +1000 odds does hold some value given her recent success on the big stage.