2016 Wimbledon Odds: Can Serena Williams Get 22nd Grand Slam Title?
The 2016 Wimbledon tournament has in some ways unfolded exactly as planned, and in others been flipped completely upside down.
For one, the men’s title won’t have anything to do with Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.
Federer, a mainstay at Wimbledon with seven championships overall and 10 appearances in the finals since 2003, was ousted by Milos Raonic in the semifinals – something that had never happened to him at Wimbledon before.
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Djokovic, the #1 ranked men’s tennis player in the world, wasn’t even that lucky. Djokovic was knocked out in round three by Sam Querrey, keeping him from a chance at his third straight Wimbledon title and fourth straight showing in the finals.
Instead, we get a duel between Raonic, who reaches his first Grand Slam final in a showdown with Andy Murray. Murray is the clear favorite in this setting, having played for a Wimbledon trophy twice before.
On the women’s side it’s tantalizing for different reasons. Serena Williams heads to the championship match at Wimbledon for the second year in a row with a shot at her seventh title at the event.
Williams has even more lore ahead of her, too, as he’ll have a chance to tie the legendary Steffi Graf with her 22nd major Grand Slam title. That’d get her into second place, all-time.
Serena Williams is on the verge of her 22nd major title—for real this time. https://t.co/313saTsPG6
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 7, 2016
Williams might not get there without some trouble, though, as Angelique Kerber will greet her in the Wimbledon final.
Kerber could be a viable threat to take Williams down, seeing as she’s beaten her before and is coming in hot with an Australian Open title under her belt from earlier this year.
Murray vs. Raonic
Sometimes a rising tennis player comes out of nowhere to claim titles and leave the higher ranked superstars left with nothing but second place.
That could be Raonic’s running theme going into the men’s championship match on Sunday, where he plays in and tries to win his first major Grand Slam championship match ever.
Raonic (+300) isn’t seasoned or experience, but he’s young, quick and ready. This is his first trip to the big stage, but he’s got nothing to lose and has actually been decent (3-6) against Murray (-400), head to head.
He’s also had some experience against Murray in a final, as he gave Murray fits in the first set of the final at the Queen’s tournament. Now preparing to take him on for a tourney win yet again, Raonic could be in enough of a groove to stage the upset.
That’s not an upset that will come easily, of course. Murray is the #2 player in the world for a reason, took the Wimbledon title in 2013 and has been here twice before. He’s been on numerous big stages throughout his career, as well, and is used to facing stiffer competition in these title finales.
Raonic is not an easy opponent, but he’s not Federer or Djokovic, so it’s easy to see why Vegas likes him to win. Murray has also been red hot lately overall, as he won the Australian Open this year and even reached the French Open final. Suffice to say, he’s on a bit of a roll and the guy that usually keeps him from winning isn’t here to stop him.
We do like Raonic’s run through Wimbledon, but Murray is on another level right now. Look for Andy Murray to hoist the Wimbledon trophy on Sunday.
Williams vs. Kerber
Serena Williams and Angilique Kerber have only faced each other seven times, with Williams predictably dominating, 5-2. They have a budding history, though, having now faced off in the final of three tournaments over the past three years – two of which have now gone down in major Grand Slam events.
The second comes on Saturday, while the first came earlier this year in the Australian Open – where Kerber escaped with her first major Grand Slam trophy.
Are we seeing a passing of the torch before our eyes this weekend? Or is Williams primed to bounce back and show Kerber why she’s the #1 ranked tennis player in the world still, even at 34 years of age.
The latter seems to be the more fitting result, and Vegas seems to agree, with Williams entering the 2016 Wimbledon final with -400 odds and Kerber (+300) looking like a massive underdog.
Kerber had the recent upper hand, but Williams is shooting for history with her 22nd major Grand Slam, as well as her seventh title at this specific event.
There is no denying Kerber’s rise in 2016. She’s been at the very worst annoying to Williams and others and at her best she’s been a champion. She will seek that out again on Saturday and despite terrible odds, she could very well get it done.
That being said, Serena Williams is still the better tennis player and when she’s as dialed in as she’s looked throughout this tourney, she’s nearly impossible to beat. There is something about Wimbledon with her, too, as he’s only lost in the finale twice.
With history on the brain, we’ll take the safe play in Williams to win on Saturday.
Got a different angle for the Wimbledon finals? Think Raonic and Kerber will deal upsets? Tell us in the comments below!
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