2013 Women’s Wimbledon Tennis Preview

2013 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Ladies’ Singles
Monday, June 24 – Saturday, July 6, 2013
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Wimbledon, England
Playing Surface: Grass
Defending Champion: Serena Williams
All odds courtesy of Bookmaker

Serena is a heavy favorite to win her sixth Wimbledon title.
Serena is a heavy favorite to win her sixth Wimbledon title.

Until last year, women’s tennis was much more wide open than men’s side in that more players had a chance at the majors. At won point 10 different women won majors in a row as opposed to the men’s side where three players have won 36 of the last 38. However, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka have separated themselves from the rest of the field and have won the last six majors including the Australian and French Opens this season.

Here is a look at the contenders for the Wimbledon Championships and their odds courtesy of Bookmaker.

Serena Williams (-225)

Serena is 31 years old, and has won 41 straight matches. She is 43-2 this season with wins at Brisbane, Charleston, Miami, Madrid, Rome and at the French Open . She became the oldest player ever to reach #1 in the world in February. She was also the runner up at Doha. She hasn’t lost since that match in Doha. Serena’s only other loss came in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open when she lost to Sloane Stephens after severely spraining her ankle in the first round.

Serena has 16 major titles in her career including 5 Wimbledon titles. She won Wimbledon last year and  She is fifth all time in majors won behind Margaret Court, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

Serena is the #1 seed. Other seeded players in her section include  #28 Tamira Paszek, #23 Sabine Lisicki, #14 Samantha Stosur, #10 Maria Kirilenko, #24 Shuai Peng, #31 Romina Oprandi, and #7 Angelique Kerber. Her section is challenging, but Serena should make it to the semis, where she could face #4 Agnieszka Radwanska or #6 Na Li. Serena is an easy choice to win her 6th title.

Maria Sharapova (+745) 

The 26 year old Sharapova, from Russia is 36-5 this season with titles at Stuttgart and Indian Wells. She lost to Serena in the finals at Miami, Madrid and at Roland Garros.

Sharapova has the career grand slam with one of each. She won Wimbledon in 2004. Sharapova lost in the fourth round here last year. She lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Sharapova is the #3 seed at Wimbledon. Seeded players in her section include #27 Lucie Safarova, #22 Sorana Cirstea, #15 Marion Bartoli, #9 Caroline Wozniacki, #17 Sloane Stephens, #26 Varvara Lepchenko, and #5 Sara Errani. Sharapova should make it to the semifinals, but up and coming American Stephens could pose a challenge in the quarters. She could face either #8 Petra Kvitova or #2 Victoria Azarenka in the semis. I think Sharapova has a good shot at going to the final.

Victoria Azarenka (+825)

Azarenka, 23 from Belarus, is 27-3 this season with titles at the Australian Open and Doha. Azarenka lost to Serena in the finals at Rome. Azarenka has battled nagging injuries all season including an ankle injury that has affected her since February. Azarenka has 2 Australian Open titles but has never made it past the semifinals at Wimbledon. She made it to the semifinals the last two years.

Azarenka is the #2 seed at Wimbledon. Seeded players in her section include #29 Alize Cornet, #20 Kirsten Flipkens, #16 Jelena Jankovic, #12 Ana Ivanovic, #19 Carla Suarez Navarro, #25 Ekatrina Makarova, and #8 Petra Kvitova. She has a good shot of returning to the semifinals.

Petra Kvitova (+2550)

Kvitova is 23 from the Czech Republic. Kvitova is 28-14 this season, with a title at Dubai and a runner up at Katowice. She didn’t make it past the third round at the Australian or French Opens. Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 for her only grand slam title.

Kvitova is in Azarenka’s section of the draw. She has an outside shot of making it out of the section.

Other contenders and their odds include #4 Agnieszka Radwanska (+6050), #6 Na Li (+6050), #23 Sabine Lisicki (+8550), and #7 Angelique Kerber (+10250). The field could be worth a play at +385 because it includes players such as #5 Sara Errani, Stephens, Bartoli, Wozniacki, and others.

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