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Wimbledon 2017 Betting Tips – Women’s

Petra Kvitova (ew)Tournament Winner 9/2Bet365
Karolina Pliskova2nd Quarter Winner 15/8Paddy Power
Caroline Wozniacki2nd Quarter Winner 8/1 Bet365
Barbora Strycova3rd Quarter Winner 18/1 Stan James
 Johanna Konta4th Quarter Winner 9/2 Bet365

The Wimbledon 2017 ladies event, as is always the case, offers a more competitive heat than the men’s in terms of depth, with Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova the joint favourites at 9/2 with most firms – although Pliskova is 5/1 with Paddy Power.

Johanna Konta carries the hopes of a nation on her shoulders and is next at 14/1 in the betting with Betfred – while the 150/1 shock winner of the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko, is priced at 16/1 with Betfred. But it really could be anyone’s this year.

I’ve been tipping ladies tennis for long enough to know that no good comes from getting too hot on favourites. You are much better set by spreading a wider net, and hoping to pick up an outsider or two every so often for long term profits.

The 1st quarter is probably a good example of this – Muguruza is the 4/1 favourite, but doesn’t really stand out above the likes of Kerber, Safarova, Kuznetsova, Davis, Radwanska, Bacsinszky or Makarova. It’s a section to avoid I think.

In the 2nd Quarter Pliskova looks a worthy favourite, with a 15-2 record over two years against players ranked 10th-50th on hard or grass courts. I’m going to side with her after her win at Eastbourne, but also chuck in her losing opponent in that final – Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane is a enjoying a decent season, with a runners-up result in Miami, and a quarter final appearance at the French. She also reached finals in Doha and Dubai on hard courts at the start of the year. At best odds of 15/8 and 8/1 respectively, the pair look worth backing in this quarter.

In the 3rd part, Venus flies the Williams flag alone this year while Serena prepares for motherhood, but she doesn’t look dominant and the 5/1 on her reaching the semi’s can be passed on. I prefer Barbora Strycova, who is 18/1 to win this section, and warrants a real interest. While her long-term grass record isn’t amazing, recent form has seen her beat Bouchard, Muguruza and Davis in Eastbourne, representing quite a run. The price doesn’t reflect her ability and she could perform well here.

Finally in the 4th Quarter, I’m going to hedge my bets slilghtly. Petra Kvitova returned to action after being attacked in November with a second round knock out at the French Open. She’s adjusted perfectly back to grass however, winning the AEGON and it could be to her benefit that she’s been out all season. With her injury as it was, she’s been able to stay very fit, but not overdo things, and she could have more energy than her rivals this week. She dropped a single set en-route to winning in Birmingham, and I believe she could go all the way and win Wimbledon this year.

If anyone stops her, Johanna Konta would be a good shout, so I’ll back her at 9/2 for the quarter. Always at home on grass, Konta will have a partisan crowd behind her. She reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne, before withdrawing, and also made the final in Nottingham, so she’s in fine form.

Petra Kvitova (ew)Tournament Winner9/2Bet365
Karolina Pliskova2nd Quarter Winner15/8Paddy Power
Caroline Wozniacki2nd Quarter Winner8/1Bet365
Barbora Strycova3rd Quarter Winner18/1Stan James
Johanna Konta4th Quarter Winner9/2Bet365