Just as the World Cup 2018 is winding to a close, Wimbledon is starting up, promising an intense two weeks of matches!
What better time to take a look at the main players and calculate who will take home this year’s trophy?
The championship will run from July 2nd to July 15th. There has already been plenty of speculation surrounding the top-tier players who are returning to the grass. Let’s take a look at what the best bets for Wimbledon 2018 are.
Wimbledon Odds Men’s Singles
Top 3 Most Popular Men
It’s barely been three days and already 12 of the men’s seeded players are out. Luckily for us, our own choice of athletes are still going strong, even with the third round getting interrupted by infamous Wimbledon weather.
Let’s see how they’re faring.
Federer has won the title at Wimbledon more than any other male player –8 times total – not to mention his current winning streak at the Australian Open.
The Swiss champion couldn’t be in better shape, especially having taken a break from the clay to be in order to prioritise Wimbledon.
His current scores only confirm that he’s well on his way to winning his ninth SW19 trophy:
Nadal is notorious for having won a staggering amount of Roland Garros tournaments (11 total), but he’s not quite as used to the grass as his rival, Federer.
Based on previous successes alone, regular rankings had Nadal at the top, though he finds himself under Federer after choosing to skip pre-Wimbledon tournaments to stay in shape.
He’s looking forward to playing against Federer, as he has been taunting the man for consistently avoiding him at Roland Garros.
This young Croatian player has proved himself by staying close to the gold and consistently bringing his best game to each tournament. He could be a tough new contender for the older players.
That's because he has ranked first three times at Wimbledon’s men’s singles and quarter-finalist at Roland Garros these past 2 years.
So far he’s been showing great promise, but his third match was unfortunately interrupted by rain. We’ll have to see how he fairs in his potential extra set today.
Wimbledon Odds: Women’s Singles
Top 3 Most Popular Women
There’s never a dull moment in the women’s rounds. In the last three days we’ve seen 5 out of the 8 top women’s seeds scattering to the winds.
Wozniacki, second seed, was beaten earlier today – and former SW19 champions Kvitova and Sharapova lost on Tuesday.
So who’s left? The remaining top seeds are defending their ranks well. Madison Keys is fast earning a solid reputation, but our attention is still on the top players.
After earning her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros 2018 women’s singles, the Romanian champion is back at Wimbledon. She has shown enough consistency and quality of play this season to be ranked as top seed.
However, her track record of Wimbledon championships have seen her regularly bowing out at the quarter finals. Could this year be the year she finally breaks through to the top?
While the First Round proved to be a debacle for the top seeded women, Serena breezed through her own matches.
So far, she’s proved us right in our prediction that she’d make a stellar comeback to Wimbledon. She won eight WTA matches last year and did well at the 2017 Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.
Her current SW19 scores show that she’s definitely brought that fire to Wimbledon.
Muguruza is this year’s defending champion, but her success may be short-lived with so many dangerous contenders in this year’s line-up.
She is reputed to be extremely efficient on the grass, so perhaps this year will be the first year she successfully defends her 2017 title as Wimbledon champion.
Rivalry: The Williams Sisters
We thought it appropriate to add an honorary mention for Venus Williams. She has won the Wimbledon Women’s Singles title 5 times in the past, and has also recently had the upper hand against her sister Serena at the Indian Wells Tour.
She’s been doing well in these first few days, finishing strong in both her matches. Definitely worth keeping an eye on!
Who Will Win Wimbledon 2018?
Our Prediction For the Women’s Singles
It’s always difficult to tell with the women, as the track record is less consistent than the men’s, and this year’s top seeds are young and don’t have many previous SW19 titles under their belt.
We think the 7-times Wimbledon champion Serena Williams will make that extraordinary comeback that everybody is waiting for.
Our Prediction For the Men’s Singles
We think Roger Federer would be the safest bet, as he is the one with the most consistency at SW19. We might see an exciting match between him and Nadal this year, where the rivalry will spark. But we think it wouldn’t be illogical to also keep an eye on Cilic.
Whilst Wimbledon has had only four consistent winners since 2002 – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray – this may be the year Cilic finally overthrows the Swiss champion after years of tailing him as runner-up at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.