Wimbledon 2016 betting preview

June 15, 2016

It’s Wimbledon time again and for tennis betting experts this is the biggest tournament of the year.

We have two weeks of scintillating tennis action ahead and you can bet live and in play on every singles match of the championship.

Can Andy Murray win a glorious second crown for Great Britain? Can Serena Williams bounce back from her French Open defeat? Wimbledon always throws up some big upsets, so let’s see who you should be backing this summer.

Men's singles betting

Andy Murray is Britain’s golden boy of tennis. Not since Fred Perry have the Brits enjoyed such success in the men’s game and the Scot is primed for an assault on SW19 one again. Murray recently appointed his former coach Ivan Lendl — the guy who oversaw his 2013 Wimbledon triumph — after splitting with Amelie Mauresmo. It is a bold move for the 29-year-old but a necessary one after the blow of losing the French Open final to Novak Djokovic.

Murray is 4.30 to win Wimbledon but of course Djokovic is the heavy favourite at 1.70. The defending champion has won the last four Grand Slams to take his majors tally to 12. He is closing in on Roger Federer’s 17 and is in great form heading into Wimbledon. Djokovic lost the first set to Murray in the French Open final before romping to a four-set victory. The World No.1 has the psychological edge over Murray and is a sure bet to reach the semi-finals.

In fact, Djokovic and Murray to meet in the final is a tantalising 2.67.

Federer, defeated finalist in last year’s Wimbledon, has not won a Grand Slam since 2012. Many tennis betting fans believe he is past it but at 13.00 is worth a punt here. His compatriot Stan Wawrinka, meanwhile, has fallen by the wayside since winning the 2015 French Open and at 28.00 is not the best outside bet.

If you’re seeking an outsider then the tall, rangy big hitters of Milos Raonic (20.00) and Kei Nishikori (36.00) could be a good shout. It really depends on if these guys avoid Djokovic until the final — a possibility we will only find out when the Wimbledon 2016 draw takes place.

Raonic especially is due a good tournament, having never quite lived up to expectations. The 25-year-old’s best Grand Slam finish is the semi-finals at Wimbledon (2014) and the US Open (2016). He was demolished by Djokovic in the 2016 Indian Wells final 6-2 6-0, a humbling defeat on his favoured hard surface. On Wimbledon’s grass has has four times failed to make it past the third round but once reached the semi-finals.

Women's singles betting

Serena Williams proved beatable in her 7-5 6-4 loss to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final a few weeks ago. Serena had cruised through the tournament, dropping just one set in six matches, before being blown away by the new kid on the block. Serena also lost the Australian Open final and could go three Grand Slam final defeats on the trot for the first time in her career.

Unibet tennis odds have Serena down at 2.65 to win Wimbledon — the clear favourite. However, Muguruza is a better bet at 5.40. Now the 22-year-old has a taste of Grand Slam glory she could become one of the greats. Maria Sharapova is banned from the event while Simona Halep (10.00) has endured a rocky patch since winning the Madrid Masters.

In fact, the women’s draw looks like it could be a straight shoot-out between Serena and Muguruza. However, Petra Kvitova could spoil the party and is a good bet to make if you like to play with fire. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova usually either exceeds expectations on grass of bombs spectacularly. Between 2010 and 2014 she won two titles on Centre Court, reached the semi-finals once and twice made the quarters. In the two years previous and one since that run of form, Kvitova has not progressed past the third round.

While Kvitova can be unpredictable, at least she can be relied upon for entertainment, making her a good bet at 6.50 to win Wimbledon. But stay away from Victoria Azarenka, the temperamental Belarusian whose Grand Slam stock has plummeted in recent years. Azarenka retired in the first round of the French Open and failed to make it past the quarters at her favoured Australian Open this year. In fact, the 26-year-old has not reached a final since the 2012 US Open and even veteran Federer has won a Grand Slam tournament more recently.

Wimbledon betting