Just two women are fancied by bookies for Wimbledon win, but Grand Slam great Serena will have to wait until the final to dethrone defending champ Kvitova.
If all goes according to plan, Serena Williams, the WTA world number one, will win Grand Slam number 21 of her singles career at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, 29th June. A number of bookies, including Betway, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill, offer best odds of 7/4 for her to seal a sixth SW19 triumph.
Plotting a Grand Slam campaign and executing it is a gruelling mission with punters set two enjoy a fantastic fortnight of tasty tennis action. All-time great Serena now knows her first round opponent for definite in Russian youngster Margarita Gasparyan.
Thereafter, she will face another Eastern European encounter with either Hungary’s Timea Babos or Czech Republic player Petra Cetkovska. British fans will want to see home hope Heather Watson make round three where Williams would await.
All of these potential early opponents should make for plain sailing, and the business end would then begin with a last 16 meeting with Serena’s sister Venus. The older Williams sibling has been somewhat overshadowed by her.
Serena and Venus have won several Grand Slam doubles titles together, including at Wimbledon in 2012. That will be put to one side, however, and the latest chapter of their sibling rivalry (14-11 to Serena) is set to be played out on an All-England Club show-court.
After vying with Venus, and should she slay her sister once more, the younger Williams would then move on to the quarter-finals which take place on Tuesday, 7th July. Her last eight opponent is likely to be either Carla Suarez Navarro or Ana Ivanovic; both are top 10 WTA players and seeded as such.
One of two top six players, either Serena’s eternal rival Maria Sharapova or Lucie Safarova, who she beat in this year’s French Open final, should follow in the semis to be held on Thursday, 9th July.
If Williams wants to dethrone defending Wimbledon ladies’ singles champion Petra Kvitova in person, then it can only happen on women’s finals day; Saturday, 11th July.
To get the chance to slog it out with Serena, the top Czech Republic pro and second seed will have to best the likes of Laura Robson (possible round three), Agnieszka Radwanska (last 16), Ekaterina Makarova or last year’s runner-up Eugenie Bouchard (quarters); and Simona Halep or Caroline Wozniacki (semis).
Serena’s own progress as outlined above looks serene, and that superb 7/4 price with William Hill among others will shorten once she begins putting together dominant displays on the Wimbledon grass.