For many, the Ladies singles seems to be a foregone conclusion with Serena Williams in scintillating form this year. She has won the last three Grand Slams, has won the first two of 2015, and has a 97% win rate this year.
However! She has a very patchy Wimbledon record over the last two years – a third round exit in 2013 followed by a last 16 loss 12 months ago doesn’t inspire a lot of hope in Ms Williams securing her 21st title.
So today my dear friends, we’re going to show you why Serena won’t win this year’s Wimbledon Ladies Singles.
There’s no denying that Serena Williams is a phenomenal tennis player, but as everyone knows, all good players eventually come to the end of their playing career.
Wimbledon is a young woman’s game and Serena is now 33 going on 34. (Sincerest apologies to readers who are in their 30’s…). When she last won it back in 2012, she was 31.
Nine of the last 10 finalists have been in their early 20s, with current holder and World Number Two Petra Kvitova a sprightly 25. Note: Serena has been a finalist twice since 2010, once as a 31 year old and once as a 29 year old.
The time of the Williams sisters dominating the sport is coming to an end. It may sound silly to say, especially when Serena has two of this year’s grand slams under her belt, but Manchester United won the title in 2013 and then finished 7th the following year. Things change people.
First up is Maria Sharapova who, after Bacsinzky, is the most improved player with a win rate of 82% this year compared to just 65% throughout her career.
It is 11 years since Sharapova had her stunning Wimbledon final win over Serena Williams. Now though, Sharapova has to rebuild her form and confidence following a disappointing fourth round loss against Lucie Safarova that ended her French Open title defence this year, before she takes on Serena. The American leads 17-2 in their head-to-heads, and Sharapova also lost to Williams in this year’s Australian Open final… but if Sharapova gets a great run this year, you can expect 2015 to be her year. Maria is 8/1 to go all the way.
After securing titles in Indian Wells and Dubai, Simona Halep has an impressive win rate of 84% this year. However, a second round loss in straight sets against world number 70 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni was a major disappointment and now leaves her looking to make amends on grass. Last year’s run to the semi-finals should provide hope for the third seed who is 16/1 to take home the title.
The current holder Kvitova is a peculiar lady when it comes to form. She arrives after a last 16 defeat against Timea Bacsinszky at the French Open, but she has twice before confounded expectations in her title runs at the All England Club.
Can you guess who Serena Williams’ last defeat was at the hand of? Yep, a semi-final thrashing of Williams en route to winning the Madrid title in May was further evidence of her ability to click into peak form at a moment’s notice. Kvitova is a banker to make the quarter finals, as she has done so on her last five visits. Interestingly though, she has yet to make a Grand Slam final outside Wimbledon… Wimbledon is clearly her arena. She is 4/1 to deny Williams a 21st title.
Bet of the week however has to be on Timea Bacsinszky, the Swiss player who is World No 15, and also the 15th seed for this year’s Wimbledon Open. This year, Bacsinszky has a win rate of 80%, has beaten World No Two Kvitova, and after reaching the semi finals of the French Open, 50/1 is absolute value.
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