WIMBLEDON TENNIS BETTING – BET ON THE 2008 WIMBLEDON TENNIS
Will a Brit win Wimbledon?
British Men Wimbledon Betting
British number one, and world number eleven, Andy Murray insisted that withdrawing from the Artois championships was the correct decision. Due to play Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals, he was anxious to preserve his prospects of playing at Wimbledon. He missed last year’s Championships with a wrist injury, but is confident that the thumb injury incurred in his 3rd round win over Ernest Gulbis will not affect his prospects for this year. In the Wimbledon tennis betting, Murray is a best-priced 33/1 with sportingbet. Betfair‘s 54/1 is a better reflection of his chances, but even that makes no appeal. Murray will be joined in the men’s singles by Aleksa Bogdanovic, ranked 271 in the world. Bogdanovic is Serbian by birth, but now represents Britain. He was awarded a “wildcard” entry to the men’s singles. The Wimbledon bookmakers do not rate his chances, being a best-priced 5000/1 with SkyBet. Jamie Murray has been denied a “wildcard” entry to the singles event.
British Ladies Wimbledon Betting
British number one, Anne Keothavong became the first British female player to automatically qualify for Wimbledon since 1999, by virtue of a straight sets win over in Lebanon. She will be joined by Katie O’Brien, Elena Baltacha, Naomi Cavaday and Melanie South, all of whom have received “wildcard” entries to the ladies singles. The prospect of a British winner is, at best, remote.
Wimbledon Men’s Singles Betting
For those wishing to bet on the Wimbledon 2008 tennis, the Men’s Singles appears the most straightforward event to solve. Finalists for the past two years, five times winner Roger Federer (5/4 with Ladbrokes) and Spaniard Rafael Nadal (9/4 with Blue Square, Paddy Power and totesport) seem certain to be seeded at 1 and 2. Last year’s losing semi-finalist Novak Djokovic (4/1 with Ladbrokes and totesport) is the likely third seed, with American Andy Roddick (25/1 with 888sport and VCBet) a fair bet for fourth spot.
It is difficult to foresee Federer, Nadal and Djokovic failing to make the semi-finals. Djokovic will play Nadal, and with his lack of experience of grass seems likely to be blown away by the in-form Spaniard. On a “going” day, Federer will beat anyone on grass, so another Federer v Nadal final seems on the cards. At this stage, the going becomes rather tougher. Federer’s form has been somewhat “in and out” throughout 2008. As a result, having been odds-on favourite in the Wimbledon tennis betting for a considerable time, he has now eased to a shade of odds-against with the Wimbledon bookmakers. Contrastingly, Rafael Nadal’s 2008 form has been excellent, thrashing Federer at Roland Garros and disposing of Novak Djokovic in the Artois Championships on grass. Punters seeking to bet on the Wimbledon 2008 tennis have caused Nadal to shorten from 5/1 in the Wimbledon tennis betting, including one bet of £20,000. If an in-form Roger Federer turns up for the final, 5/4 may look generous. However, if he has an “off” day, Nadal, whose grass court form has been steadily improving over the last couple of seasons, and goes into Wimbledon with his confidence at an all-time high, will be all to pleased too spoil Federer’s record-breaking bid.
The sensible play seems to be to back Federer at the start of the tournament. In the event of a Federer / Nadal final, there should be sufficient margin to at least “save” on the Spaniard.
Wimbledon Ladies Singles Betting
Wimbledon tennis betting on the Ladies’ Singles is far trickier. The Wimbledon bookmakers have Maria Sharapova as favourite (9/4 with 888sport and Blue Square). Based on her mixed form in 2008, this seems too short and makes no appeal. Serena Williams is next best at 5/2 with Stan James, with elder sister Venus (the reigning champion) at 5/1 with Paddy Power. Both have performed consistently well at Wimbledon and must make the shortlist.
Recent French Open winner, Serbian Ana Ivanovic (5/1 with Skybet) along with compatriot Jelena Jankovic (a generous looking 14/1 with Ladbrokes, despite losing to Ivanovic at Roland Garros) are other leading contenders. The difficulty for those wishing to bet on the Wimbledon 2008 tennis is that all of the above players are capable of beating each other. At 5/1 and 14/1 respectively with the Wimbledon bookmakers, the Serbian women are suggested as tentative selections for the Ladies’ Singles Championship.
Wimbledon Doubles Betting
Men’s doubles matches are played over five sets and have provided some excellent encounters over the years. The best known doubles player in recent years is Australian Todd Woodbridge, who won the doubles title 9 times between 1993 and 2004 with a selection of partners. Reigning champions are the French pairing of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.
Ladies / Mixed
The Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles were introduced to the tournament in 1913 with both played over three sets. Unlike the men’s doubles event, many of the women’s singles champions have performed well in the ladies doubles, with the likes of Martin Navratilova and both Venus and Serena Williams claiming both titles in the same year. Reigning Ladies Doubles Champions are Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of South Africa. Reigning Mixed Doubles Champions Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic will not be defending their title in 2008 as Jankovic has chosen to focus solely on her challenge for the Ladies’ Singles Championship.
All three doubles titles always prove popular amongst the spectators. The benefit of the doubles events is that they offer many lesser players, unable to compete in the latter stages of the singles events, the opportunity of winning a Wimbledon trophy.
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