Unfortunately for Australians, Ash Barty’s Wimbledon campaign came to a disappointing end in the fourth round when she lost to unseeded American, Alison Riske. While Barty won’t be featuring in the women’s semi-finals, Serena Williams and former number #1 Simona Halep will be. We preview their matches here and provide our best betting tips.
Here, we’ll be focussing on the Women’s draw, but make sure to check back soon to find our Men’s semi-finals preview!
First up we’ve got probably the more competitive of the two semi-finals, at least that’s what the odds suggest. Svitolina opens at around $2.90 at most agencies, while Halep is the clear favourite at around $1.40.
Elina Svitolina has found some fantastic form out of nowhere during her run at Wimbledon. Prior to this tournament she had won just 14 of her 25 matches on Tour this season and looked destined to slip even further from her #8 ranking. However, she’s hit top form and has lost just one set from her five matches thus far.
Simona Halep has also been far from her best this season and has slipped down to #7 in the world rankings as a result. She too has found some of her top form at Wimbledon, although it must be said that she hasn’t beaten anyone she wasn’t expected to beat as of yet. Most notably, Halep defeated 15-year-old Cori Gauff in the fourth round.
It’s a little surprising that Halep has opened as short as she is in the betting. Yes, she’s won a major before and yes, she’s in (slightly) better form. However, Svitolina matches up really well with Halep and has even beaten her in four of their last six meetings. Further, Svitolina has one at least one set in all of those six matches. We’ll be backing her to win a set at really nice odds, and we’ll have something on her to win the match, too.
Second up we’ve got a semi-final that many expect to be fairly one-sided. Serena Williams opens at around a $1.20 pop, while Strycova is sitting at around $4 at most agencies.
Serena Williams really needs no introduction, especially when we’re talking about her and Wimbledon in the same breath. Williams is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time and has won seven Wimbledon Championships, as well as 16 other Majors. Williams has had a dominant week on the grass, losing just two sets from her five matches and looks in the best touch she’s been in this year.
Barbora Strycova is by far the most unknown of the four remaining women. She’s currently ranked 54th in the world and had won exactly half (13/26) of her matches on Tour this season prior to her Wimbledon campaign. Strycova’s best run at a Grand Slam before making the semi’s here was a fourth-round appearance at both the Australian Open and the French Open.
Just about everyone in the world expects Williams to win this in straight sets and we certainly agree. However, we prefer the game handicap market here instead, just for a bit of insurance.
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