The grass-court spectacular that is Wimbledon tends to signal the start of summer for sport enthusiasts and the action is set to come alive at the All England Club for two weeks beginning on Monday.
Three names dominate the betting in the women’s Wimbledon market with French Open heroine Iga Swiatek, Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka and defending champion Elena Rybakina those most expected to prosper.
With Sabalenka and Rybakina housed in the bottom half of the draw, world number one Swiatek is 3/1 market leader courtesy of a more generous route to the final.
But clay is Swiatek’s specialist surface and she has yet to deliver at Wimbledon, failing to go beyond the fourth round in three previous attempts, so Sabalenka and Rybakina may fancy their chances.
Rybakina, last year’s champion, is 5/1 to follow up but she has fitness queries after withdrawing prior to her third-round clash at the French Open and pulling out of the recent Eastbourne International.
World number two Sabalenka, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, looks the safest bet of that illustrious trio and is 11/2 to add Wimbledon to her growing list of accolades.
Women’s Wimbledon Betting Tips
- Aryna Sabalenka to win @ 11/2
- Daria Kasatkina each-way @ 33/1
Aryna Sabalenka to win outright @ 11/2
With Rybakina having her well-being to prove and Swiatek yet to translate her best performances to the grass, the super-consistent Sabalenka may be tough to beat.
The Belarusian got her first taste of Grand Slam glory at the Australian Open in January and was also a semi-finalist at the French Open, meaning she has reached the last four in five of her last seven major starts.
That consistency suggests another deep run can be expected at Wimbledon and, having been forced to miss last year’s event, the 25-year-old will be keen to make up for lost time.
Sabalenka did make the final four at the All England Club in 2021 and her hard-hitting style means she can bully any rival on the WTA Tour when bringing her A-game to the table.
The Belarusian’s aggressive style will be tough to nullify on these grass courts and the second seed looks good value at 11/2 to show her class with a second Grand Slam title of the season.
Daria Kasatkina each-way @ 33/1
While the bottom half of the draw looks stacked with talent, the top half is far less competitive and if number one seed Swiatek slips-up then Daria Kasatkina may capitalise.
The Russian 11th seed was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2018, but has had limited opportunity to build on that having only competed in the London major twice since.
However, recent performances bode well for her Wimbledon credentials this year as she made the final of the recent Eastbourne International, a run which featured impressive wins over Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia and Camila Giorgi.
Kasatkina appears to have a nice early draw to work with – a third-round date with Victoria Azarenka and a fourth-round clash against Coco Gauff would be her toughest route – so odds of 33/1 may underestimate her title prospects.