Get ready for upsets a plenty during the early rounds of the Women’s Singles at Wimbledon. Al Dannity says the draw has almost guaranteed havoc early with plenty of big names in danger of early exits.
Serena should stroll The draw has been particularly kind to the defending champion and #8 seed Serena Williams. The two highest ranked players in her half of the draw, #1 seed Caroline Wozniacki and #3 seed Na Li, are not grass court specialists. The presence of Serena in that #8 seed slot will also be bad news for #9 seed Marion Bartoli and #26 seed Maria Kirilenko who will both now potentially face one of the world’s elite at a much earlier stage than normal. The route for Venus Williams is less clear-cut. The #24 seed faces a potentially tough match in the third round with #15 seed Jelena Jankovic, with #2 seed Vera Zvonareva awaiting in the fourth round.
Upset alert If you thought there was carnage at Roland Garros, then get ready for madness at Wimbledon. Wildcard Sabine Lisicki won in Birmingham and I like her to take down Na Li in the second round, opening the door to a potential run to the quarter finals. Wozniacki is in big trouble if #16 seed Julia Goerges meets her in the fourth round where, again, I would fancy the lower-rated player. Despite being well-rested after Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova is going to have a tough time living up to her billing as #5 seed in SW19. Lucie Safarova, Peng Shuai, and Sam Stosur all present potential road blocks. Even her first round opponent, wildcard Anna Chakvetadze, has the potential to cause problems.
Great value The carnage in parts of the draw has left some interesting value propositions that Tennis betting fans should consider. In each of the last two grand slams I have backed Andrea Petkovic to progress through the early rounds and on both occasions she’s made the quarter finals. Wimbledon has, for the third straight slam, provided her with a great draw. I like the #11 seed to make it three out of three and make the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and, depending on upsets, go one further and make the semi-finals.
Another player worth backing through the rounds is Petra Kvitova. The #8 seed recorded a big win in Madrid earlier this year and is due a deep run at a grand slam. I like her to run roughshod over her opponents in the early rounds before squeezing out a couple of huge performances in the quarters and semis to make her first grand slam final.