The inimitable Serena Williams sat out at Roland Garros because of her current state of pregnancy. The 2017 French Open not only survived but was one of the most exciting in recent memory as it produced a bunch of knock-down, drag-out matches – and one seriously unexpected first-time major winner.
Now, with the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament set to get underway in earnest in a mere matter of days, it’s time to find out who some of the top contenders to cash in on their Wimbledon Championship odds are. Thanks to my expert analysis on the favorite, the ‘smart’ pick and both, my top value and longshot picks, you’re going to have an excellent idea of which players you may want to place a wager on to win the WTA portion of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Women’s Wimbledon Odds & Picks
- P Kvitova 5/1
- Ka Pliskova 11/2
- G Muguruza 12/1
- J Konta 12/1
- A Kerber 14/1
- V Azarenka 14/1
- V Williams 14/1
- J Ostapenko 16/1
- S Halep 18/1
- C Vandeweghe 20/1
- M Keys 22/1
- E Svitolina 25/1
- K Mladenovic 25/1
- C Wozniacki 33/1
- A Barty 33/1
- A Radwanska 40/1
- E Vesnina 50/1
What: Wimbledon 2017
When: July 3-16, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM ET
Where: London, UK
Stadium: All England Lawn Tennis
Stream: Watch ESPN
The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Pick To Win Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova 5/1
The World No. 12 and two-time winner at Wimbledon (2011, 2014) has been installed as the prohibitive favorite to win the 2017 version of Wimbledon after on grass at Birmingham last week, but I’m going to urge you to use some caution when betting on the Czech Republic star as she’s only got seven matches (601) under her belt this year after getting injured in a home invasion robbery. Another reason to possibly avoid betting on the favorite is that she pulled out of Eastbourne this week with an apparent abdominal injury.
The Sharp Pick To Win Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova 11/2
For me, the 25-year-old World No. 3 is offering great value in her quest to bag her first grand slam title. Pliskova is a fantastic 32-9 on the year with two titles while reaching the semis at Miami and Indian Wells. Pliskova moves well and has both, a huge serve and forehand that are perfect for the fast grass at Wimbledon. If you didn’t know before, you should now. Outside of Serena Williams, there isn’t a player on the planet that Karolina Pliskova can’t beat when she’s at her very best.
The Public Pick To Win Wimbledon: Venus Williams 14/1
While the World No. 11 hasn’t bagged a title this year, but clearly, Venus Williams is playing solid tennis in going 20-7 and reaching the finals at the Australian open opposite sister Serena. More importantly, Williams knows how to play on grass courts and has bagged an impressive five Wimbledon titles in her sure-fire Hall of Fame career (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008). While it’s been eight years since she reigned at the All-England Club, I’m thinking that if Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer can both turn back the hands of time this year, I see no reason why Venus Williams can’t really challenge for this year’s title, especially with her famous sibling out.
The Longshot Pick To Win Wimbledon: Jelena Ostapenko 16/1
Hard-hitting 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko is fresh off the biggest win of her young career after stunning the field to win the 2017 French Open. Along the way, the now, World No. 14 beat veterans Monica Puig, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and World No. 3 Simona Halep in the finals.
The big question right now is whether or not Ostapenko will suffer an emotional letdown at Wimbledon, but I suspect not, seeing as how she’s already gone on record to say that he favorite surface is grass. The hard-hitting Latvian won the junior title in 2014 and will have a newfound confidence entering this year’s tournament that I believe makes her dangerous with a capital ‘D.’