2015 Wimbledon Odds and Predictions
The dream for the Grand Slam sweep lives on in women’s tennis as the 2015 Wimbledon tournament comes our way on June 29th. Serena Williams has a shot at winning her third straight grand slam event, and if she can keep her run alive at Wimbledon she’ll enter the 2015 U.S. Open with a chance at a full grand slam sweep.
The men’s side isn’t so lucky, as Novak Djokovic finally lost in this year’s French Open. He’ll still enter Wimbledon as the strong favorite (+120 per Bovada), especially given that he claimed the title in 2014.
Djokovic isn’t just the favorite because he took Wimbledon a year ago, as he’s still the games #1 ranked male player and started the year off by winning the Australian Open. He’s largely been tennis’ best player for over a year now and has a very good chance to win his second major event of the 2015 tennis season.
Djokovic won’t win easily, however, as he faces a stiff field of competition that ranges from the ageless wonder that is Roger Federer (+600), the menacing Andy Murray (+300) and the often pesky Rafael Nadal (+1400). Nadal faces longer odds due to struggling immensely in all of 2015, while Federer once won five Wimbledon’s in a row and has seven under his belt, but last won in 2012. Murray is Djokovic’s main competition on paper, both because he’s been perfoming the best in 2015 and is the only other player to win in the past two years (2013).
On the women’s side, Williams leads the way (+175) and is followed closely by last year’s Wimbledon winner, Petra Kvitova (+350). Serena Williams only lasted until round three last year, but looks to have regained elite form in 2015 with two major event wins already in the bag. She hasn’t claimed a Wimbledon title since 2012, but a win this year would give her an impressive sixth championship.
The odds are very much in favor of Kvitova giving a serious shot at a repeat, or Williams taking back what is rightfully hers. Of course, Sabine Lisicki (+2000) made it to the finale in 2013 and could be a sleeper to monitor, while Maria Sharapova (+700) is the third best bet by the numbers.
Ultimately, tennis tends to work with trends and the hottest, best players usually show up. There can be upsets, but at this year’s Wimbledon, there is a very good chance we’ll simply see the two favorites come out on top. We already saw Williams miss out on Wimbledon the past two years and Djokovic missed his shot at a grand slam sweep with a loss last month in the French Open. Look for the two best players in each category to step up and win, just as they should.
Men’s Pick: Novak Djokovic
Federer would be the fun pick and Nadal would be the crazy pick. I could see Murray due to how good he’s been lately, but in the end it’s got to be Djokovic, who simply is the best men’s tennis player right now.
Women’s Pick: Serena Williams
Ditto for Serena. Petra took it in 2014, but that was because Williams didn’t advance far enough. She’s back at the top of her game and like Djokovic, is the odds on favorite for good reason.
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