Wimbledon 2016 Preview

Jun 25th, 2016 Betting Tips, Previews

Wimbledon 2016

Time to dig out the boater hats and fetch the strawberries – as the temperature outside starts to get a little warmer, it can only mean one thing for tennis fans. The sport’s most historic and prestigious competition, this year’s Wimbledon is already shaping up to be another fantastic demonstration of skill and technical ability. Djokovic won convincingly enough in the end last year, cementing his place even further as one of the most dominant tennis players the men’s game has ever seen. Serena Williams likewise in the women’s tournament, overcoming multiple hurdles along the way to win out on Centre Court.

As the world gears up for another exhibition of world class tennis, how does this year’s field stack up, and where you should be putting your money?

What To Expect This Year

Wimbledon was first held back in 1877. The world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis major, it takes place each summer in SW19, pitting the world’s tennis elite against each other under the gaze of the world. Arguably the most widely watched of all tennis majors globally, the grass court poses a different type of challenge to other majors. This year, the contest gets underway on 27th June, with a familiar looking field in both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments shaping up to go head to head to decide this year’s All England Club champions.

Men

DjokovicDjokovic: It wouldn’t be a tennis major without Djokovic’s name coming top of the list of favourites, and for good reason. Utterly dominant over the last number of years, Djokovic has already completed a career grand slam this year, winning out over Andy Murray in the process. He stands a solid chance in every tournament he enters, and this year is no exception. The Serbian is looking as ruthless as ever in the run-up to the competition, and he will be hard to overcome for anyone else in the field as he sets about building on his legacy. Odds on favourite with most bookies, some commentators still regard him as head and shoulders above his nearest rivals.

Murray: Andy Murray, back in front of a home crowd, could be expected to put in a strong performance, and will certainly be there or thereabout as he vies to keep the pressure on Djokovic. It wouldn’t be unimaginable to see both players reaching the latter stages of the competition, and depending on the draw the two may even meet each other along the way – perhaps in the final. For Murray fans, odds of 10/3 or above could represent a decent option for a flutter – if Djokovic fails, who else is going to be waiting in the wings to swoop down and claim a historic second victory?

Federer: Federer’s career is on the wane, but he still remains an ever present threat. The world number 3 was once absolutely unstoppable, and it took the surge from Djokovic to knock the Swiss supremo off his perch. But you don’t win 17 Grand Slam titles for nothing, and Federer still has it in him to pull off an unexpected tournament victory. True to his world ranking, most bookies have Federer coming in as around the 3 favourite to win this year’s competition. With slightly better odds, and the ever-present prospect of a burst of sensational form, Federer could still be a smart money bet.

Raonic: If this year’s Wimbledon is likely to produce a surprise winner, Raonic could certainly be it. At 18/1, you could back the young Canadian to do serious damage in this year’s tournament and not feel too disappointed if he doesn’t come up trumps. Surely one for the future, Raonic is already a promising talent, and you don’t get a world number 4 ranking for nothing. Good form coming into this year’s competition could give Raonic a strong outside chance, and if there is to be an upset this year, don’t be surprised if it comes from him.

Women

S Williams: Last year’s champion, Serena Williams will start this year’s Wimbledon as the likely women’s favourite, and her odds are sufficiently short to reflect this. She will take some beating, although as the Muguruza’s performance at the French Open clearly shows, it is achievable. Serena will approach this year’s competition feeling she has a point to prove, and we may well see a re-run of the French Open final if these two come head to head in the closing stages of the competition.

Muguruza - Wimbledon 2016G Muguruza: Now world number 2, the Spanish sensation Muguruza leapfrogged the field at Roland Garros to pull off a stunning victory against the much-fancied Williams. She is sure to put in a good performance at Wimbledon this year, coming into form at perhaps the perfect time to challenge for the most prestigious title in the sport. Of course, Williams will have other ideas, and it will take yet another breathtaking performance for Muguruza to beat her along the way. Depending on the draw and how other matches fall along the way, Muguruza is certainly one to watch, and worth a flutter if you can find good odds on a win.

P Kvitova: It would be remiss to paint this as just a two-horse race, and in many respects this year’s women’s field is the most competitive we have seen at Wimbledon in a number of years. Kvitova starts with a serious chance of pulling off another victory, following on from her Wimbledon win in 2014. The Czech powerhouse should start in reasonable form and fitness, and is always a threat on grass, so expect to see her still playing as the Wimbledon fortnight draws to a close.

V Azarenka: After a dip in form over the last couple of seasons, Azarenka is starting to look sharp again around the court. She has regained a yard of pace, and judging by recent performances, seems to have overcome the worst of the internal struggles that saw her take a sharp dip in performance over the last 24 months. Her speed and power makes Azarenka a natural challenger to Serena Williams, and if she can maintain her game into the early stages of the tournament, she could go further than many people expect.

Our Top Tips

In both the men’s and women’s competitions, it feels difficult to see past the favourites. Djokovic and Williams both approach this year’s Wimbledon with confidence and form. On the men’s side, Djokovic looks likely to remind the world of his ongoing dominance with another win, probably over Andy Murray in the final. But if you are looking for a speculative flutter with decent odds, this might not be a bad time to back Raonic – we know his time is coming, and that could well be in 2016.

In the women’s game, Muguruza could well carry on the momentum that has seen her jump to become the number 2 ranked player in the world. A victory over Serena Williams in a major final is never an easy ask, and she has already delivered that this year in the French Open. For those not backing the runaway favourite, Muguruza looks like the most likely challenger. That said, she will need to muster another career-defining performance to stop Serena in her tracks.

 

 

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