On the women’s side, Wimbledon is down to the final four competitors. Among them is the G.O.A.T., Serena Williams, but her path to a seventh Wimbledon title will not be easy. Simona Halep is on the other side of the bracket and is looking to win her second career major and first Wimbledon title. Without further ado, here are our women’s semifinals best bets.
Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova
Williams finished last season on a mission, as she made the Wimbledon and U.S. Open Finals but lost both and failed to win a major in 2018. In fact, it was the first full season that Serena had not won a single major since 2011. And yes, that is including 2017, where she was pregnant for much of the year but still managed to capture the Australian Open title before being out for the remainder of the season.
Nevertheless, Williams will face Barbora Strycova – out of the Czech Republic. The 33-year-old has been on quite a run this tournament, including upset victories against No. 4 seed Kiki Bertens and No. 19 seed Johanna Konta. In fact, Konta was the last remaining British representative in the field. After Strycova’s quarterfinal victory, Konta was involved in a heated exchange with a reporter in her post-match press conference.
Regardless, Serena Williams has been on an absolute tear this tournament. She’s also been keeping loose by playing in the mixed doubles tournament with hometown favorite Andy Murray. At -390, Serena does not provide very enticing value, but she is the most dominant female athlete in the world. I’m not betting against her… especially against an unseeded opponent in a Grand Slam semifinal.
Elina Svitolina vs. Simona Halep
Now, this semifinal match features two top-8 seeds, including 2018 French Open champion, Simona Halep. She will have the advantage in terms of experience, having competed in four Grand Slam finals in her career. At 24 years old, Elina Svitolina is the former No. 3-ranked player in the world but has yet to appear in a Grand Slam semifinal. Wimbledon will provide her the platform to do so. The question is… can she make to the final? Better yet, can she win it?
On one hand, Halep has yet to face a seeded opponent. On the other hand, she did knock out two-time Grand Slam winner, Victoria Azarenka. She also played spoiler by knocking out 15-year-old American sensation, Coco Gauff.
As for Svitolina, she has already face two top-30 opponents this tournament. She is the eighth seed in this field, which is just one spot behind her opponent, Halep. They are pretty even, and Svitolina has looked better on the court this tournament. Consider taking the +182 odds and cashing in on the value when she makes her first-ever Grand Slam final.
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