Serena Williams is the favorite to be victorious on the women’s side at Wimbledon 2015, having won three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Coming off her French Open title, Williams will be tough to knock off, but a few women stand out as potential winners of the tournament.
Petra Kvitova didn’t make it beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros, but she is Williams’ top competition in London. Kvitova won the championship last year after Williams’ early exit because of a virus, though she’s been dealing with an illness of her own. Kvitova pulled out of this week’s grass court tournament at Eastbourne, though she’s confident she’ll be fine for Wimbledon.
“I don’t need antibiotics so that’s a good sign,” Kvitova said. “I just need to be in the bed and drink lots of hot tea and I’m just lying and resting. I’m going to stay here and then move slowly to London.”
The defending Wimbledon champ hasn’t played in a tournament since the French Open. But she decided to not play at Eastbourne last year, and still ended up winning her second Wimbledon championship.
Maria Sharapova hasn’t won the event in 11 years, but she has the third best odds of winning the title. The last time Sharapova even advanced beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon ws in 2011, when she was knocked off in the finals by Kvitova.
After playing in several clay tournaments and still losing in the fourth round at the French Open, Sharapova has decided to rest up for her next shot at a grand slam.
"I want to prepare myself and train and not think about where I will be in four weeks,” Sharapova said after her loss at Roland Garros. "As an athlete, we want to try to be at the highest level, but to get there you know what your formula is. On the clay this year I started getting that rhythm again by the time Rome came around. It was a little bit tough to keep that going in the last couple of weeks, but that's what it is. So now, I'll get back to the basics.”
Victoria Azarenka is the only other player with better than 10/1 odds. She failed to advance beyond the round of 32 in her last two tournaments.
Below are betting odds for Wimbledon 2015, provided by Bovada.lv.
Serena Williams 7/4
Petra Kvitova 7/2
Maria Sharapova 7/1
Victoria Azarenka 9/1
Simona Halep 12/1
Lucie Safarova 20/1
Madison Keys 20/1
Sabine Lisicki 20/1
Caroline Wozniacki 28/1
Agnieszka Radwanska 33/1
Eugenie Bouchard 33/1
Karolina Pliskova 33/1
Sloane Stephens 33/1
Venus Williams 33/1
Angelique Kerber 40/1
Garbine Muguruza 40/1
Ana Ivanovic 50/1
Ekaterina Makarova 50/1