On the Men’s side, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray have combined to win the previous ten Wimbledon titles. On the Women’s side, there has been much more parity, as Wimbledon has crowned a different champion each of the last five years. The closest thing to dominance in that span has been Serena Williams, who has won three titles and finished runner-up on two other occasions. However, there has been an overall dominant force on the WTA for the last several months, as Iga Swiatek has won 35 consecutive matches, tying Venus Williams’ mark for the longest consecutive match winning streak by a woman in this century.
The Women’s Draw received a big jolt with the inclusion of Serena Williams, who will play her first tournament in 12 months. However, there are also notable absences, such as Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina, Victoria Azarenka, and Ekaterina Alexandrova, as Wimbledon has banned all players from Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing war in the Ukraine. And most-recently, Naomi Osaka announced she would miss Wimbledon because of an Achilles injury. However, she was also critical of Wimbledon feeling like an exhibition this year as the tournament temporarily did away with ranking points.
This is the first annual BettingPros Guide to Wimbledon, where we will highlight several of the top contenders from both the Men’s and Women’s Draws.
Is any player poised to challenge Swiatek and end her historic winning streak? Will any woman break through for their first Grand Slam title with a somewhat compromised Wimbledon field?
Check out our top prop bet odds and picks for the Women’s draw.
Best 2022 Wimbledon Prop Bet Odds & Picks
Of all the top female contenders at Wimbledon, No. 16 seed Halep drew arguably the toughest first-round opponent in Karolina Muchova, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist. However, the winner of that match has open sights ahead of them for the next couple of matches before the daunting task of either beating Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova, and/or Coco Gauff awaits.
Given the physical toll that getting out of this quarter may take, we are not backing Halep’s +1500 odds to win Wimbledon. Oddly, we see value in her +450 odds to win the quarter but will also hedge against that by backing Muchova’s +240 odds in their first-round match just in case of an upset.
The Pick: Ons Jabeur to Win Her Quarter (+160 on DraftKings)
Jabeur leaped Coco Gauff as the second-shortest pre-tournament favorite, as the American was placed in arguably the toughest of the four quarters. Jabeur pulled out of Eastbourne last week with a knee injury, depriving fans of the opportunity to see her doubles partner, Serena Williams, tune-up once before Wimbledon. However, Jabeur’s injury does not seem to hinder her plans to play or be successful at Wimbledon. The Tunisian was given a favorable draw, with Kaia Kanepi in the third round being her likeliest test before the semifinals.
Jabeur does have the 2018 champion, Angelique Kerber, in her half of the draw. Still, Kerber has her own landmines to navigate with Magda Linette and Elise Mertens as possible second and third-round opponents. Thus, Jabeur is a solid bet at +160 to win her quarter, but with the unknowns of her knee injury, we cannot back her odds to win the title until we see how she looks on the court.
The Pick: The Field vs. Swiatek/Gauff to Win (-150 on FanDuel)
Gauff’s play in Berlin was the closest she has come to a title on grass. She had not previously reached the quarterfinals in any grass tournament but seems on the precipice of breaking through at Wimbledon after two fourth-round appearances. She will look to build off the momentum of a quarterfinal win in Berlin over last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, Karolina Pliskova, defeating her 7-5, 6-4.
Gauff’s pre-tournament odds tumbled from +900 to +1300, with most declaring that she was placed in the “quarter of death.” Gauff will have to navigate a quarter loaded with Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, and Serena Williams just for the right to play in the semifinals. Halep and Pliskova have won Wimbledon or been runner-up in the last two tournaments. Even Gauff’s potential third-round match against fellow American Amanda Anisimova could be tricky. Thus, we are not backing Gauff to make a second consecutive Grand Slam final, let alone backing her +250 odds to win her quarter.
The Pick: Serena Williams to Lose in Second Round
Williams’s longtime coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, announced in April that he would no longer be working with her after joining forces with the former world No 1 Simona Halep. Williams will instead be accompanied by Eric Hechtman, who normally coaches Venus.
If working with a new coach was not enough of an obstacle, Williams’ pre-tournament odds tumbled to +1800 after the draw was revealed. Williams was not given any favors having to navigate a quarter littered with No. 4 Paula Badosa, N0. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 11 Coco Gauff, and No. 16 Simona Halep. In addition, Williams’ already short preparation was cut even shorter as doubles partner Ons Jabeur was forced to retire from the Eastbourne International with a knee injury. Thus, with just two doubles matches under her belt to prepare for Wimbledon, it is much more likely that she loses to No. 32 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo or Christina McHale in the second round than it is that she makes a deep run.
Wimbledon 2022 Betting Odds, Preview & Predictions
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