Serena Williams (6/5 Bet365) will once again be the top seed at this year’s Wimbledon. Last year she suffered defeat to Sabine Lisicki in the 4th round and will be looking to make amends in 2014. She has been impressive again this year though hasn’t made many inroads in Grand Slams. She lost to Ana Ivanovic in Melbourne and then was shocked by Garbine Muguruza in Roland Garros. She is the favourite, but I think is still very beatable and her price is too short. Muguruza (16/1 Bet365) is still a little unknown on the grass but potentially very dangerous and powerful again.
We still haven’t seen the best of Li Na (12/1 Bet365) on grass and she is not in the form she would like to be. Still capable, but confidence is probably not high and she needs to play aggressive tennis on grass and cover the court better than what she has done in the past.
Former finalist Aga Radwanska (20/1 Bet365) is consistent as usual, though an early exit in the French Open would have knocked her confidence. She has all the shots for grass and can frustrate her opponents with her play. Power though will be a problem for the Pole. Aga is very dangerous and I think a huge price.
Simona Halep (10/1 Bet365) has taken a set off Serena Williams at Wimbledon before and make no mistake she can play on grass. Lost to Li Na last year but the Romanian is a new player this year and is ultra confident after reaching the French Open final. She could cause more surprises and once again the crowd are likely to get behind her now they know her name and game.
Maria Sharapova (5/1 Bet365) is the newly crowned French Open champion and looks likely to be there or there abouts at Wimbledon 2014. She suffered a shock loss to Larcher De Brito in 2013 but she is looking very good this year after being out with injury and will hope to transfer her clay court form onto the grass. If she avoids Serena, Maria has a big chance.
Vika Azarenka (8/1 Bet365) makes her comeback in Eastbourne this week and it will be interesting to see what level she is at. Very dangerous and able to deal with Serena’s power more than most. It would not be too shocking if she went into the later stages this year if the draw is kind to her. During an exhibition match at Queens Club on Sunday, Vika looked happy and relaxed.
Sloane Stephens (22/1 Bet365) and Venus Williams (25/1 Bet365) look the best of the American’s after Serena Williams but neither look likely to mount a title challenge. Taylor Townsend could be a very dangerous wildcard opponent in the early rounds. Last year’s junior finalist will be pumped after her Roland Garros showing.
Best of the German’s again should be Sabine Lisicki.(16/1 Bet365) 2013 finalist will have learned a lot from last year and although in poor form should love being back on the grass. She generates huge power in her grass court shots and confidence will build with match wins. I don’t think Kerber (33/1 Bet365)and Petkovic (80/1 Bet365)will cause too many problems but should cruise through early rounds
Ana Ivanovic (40/1 Bet365) can play well on grass but has she got what it takes to take another Grand Slam final? She won in WTA Birmingham and a lot will depend on the draw but I don’t think she can make the final. Jankovic (100/1 Bet365) is also very capable on her day but if she gets frustrated may suffer to some young talent.
Petra Kvitova (11/1 Bet365) is another former champion who has the game to do well again on the grass of Wimbledon. She has power, the shots and the 1st serve to dominate matches, yet unless she starts to have confidence in herself and show her opponents she meets business she may struggle again. Time for Petra to step up….
Eugenie Bouchard (14/1 Bet365) reached the semi-finals of Melbourne and Roland Garros and is on the verge of breaking into the WTA top 10. The Canadian will be a huge star and Wimbledon could be a big stage again to show the tennis world that she has not only arrived on the WTA tour, but that she is ready to win majors. Big chance for Bouchard
With a good draw Tsvetana Pironkova (80/1 Bet365) could have a good run again, a Semi-finalist in 2010, while Brit Heather Watson (200/1 Bet365) will get the crowd behind her. Domika Cibulkova (50/1 Bet365) hasn’t been playing well but can compete if she wins a few matches. Wozniacki (100/1 Bet365) looks likely to continue to struggle.
As already mentioned a lot will depend on the Wimbledon draw and which players manage to avoid each other…Lets hope everyone stays fit and plays to their best and we could be in for a wide open tournament at SW19
My 3 value picks would be Vika Azarenka 8/1., Genie Bouchard 14/1 and Aga Radwanska 20/1