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Three Slams down for the season and three more Major titles for Serena Williams. It was business as usual for Williams as she beat out young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the Championship match at Wimbledon on Saturday. It’s been a remarkable season for her and with her title success at SW19 it meant that for the second time in her career she currently holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

During her third round struggles at Wimbledon against Britain’s Heather Watson, where her opponent had the chance to serve out for the match, smart punters could have piled on Williams to win Wimbledon at a price of 7/1. She never got above even money in the match odds against Muguruza in posting her straight sets victory.

There apparently is no stopping her and she is now a quote of 5/4 to achieve something that she has never managed before, winning all four Slams in the same calendar year. With Williams having won the last three titles at Flushing Meadows, then it’s not exactly unreasonable that she will take another, given that she saw off Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova en route to this season’s Wimbledon title.

Azarenka 11/2 and Sharapova 7/1 are the second and third favourites in the US Open 2015 betting market. So Williams has a clear jump over them, and with Simona Halep apparently going through a bit of a slump with failures at the French Open and Wimbledon, it is clearly going to take something a little bit special to see Williams miss out on the calendar year Slam. The 2015 US Open starts on August 31st.


11th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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You can’t get her to talk about the Serena Slam, but it is on the cards. Once before in her incredible career, Serena Williams has held all four major titles at the same time and she is on the brink of repeating it as she faces young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s Wimbledon final. The price of 1/7 on Williams to win the big match suggests that she is going to have a pretty easy time of thing on Centre Court, with Muguruza a long way out as 9/2 underdog.

Williams has all the experience in the world and takes on a player who is making her first Grand Slam final appearance. Should Williams win Wimbledon, it would also complete three of the four Grand Slams on offer this season for her, with just the US Open title defence to come to complete what would be an incredible feat of winning all four in the same calendar year. But on step at a time and Williams is trading at 1/2 to win 2-0 in Set Betting, and 3/1 to win 2-1 in the Wimbledon final.

Serena has been tested at Wimbledon this year and has had to dig herself out of some holes. She was almost dumped from the competition early by Heather Watson, the Brit being unable to serve out for the match, and Williams had to come from behind from a set down against Victoria Azarenka in the quarter finals. But then you look at the easy wins she posted over her sister Venus in the fourth round and then crushing Maria Sharapova in the semi finals and you just see another Grand Slam title on her horizon.

But Muguruza may at least may her sweat for her title. The 2-1 has faced Williams three times in her young career and has managed to beat the American. She actually completely took Williams apart in a 6-2 6-2 victory over her at the 2014 French Open. They clashed again at the 2015 Australian Open and a repeat looked on the cards with Muguruza taking the first set, but fell victim to one of those powerful comebacks that Williams tosses out there.The value of a 2-1 win in Set Betting for Williams looks high. Muguruza has taken at least one set off current top ten players in each of her past 15 matches against them. So she is a bright-lights type of player, rising to the occasion. While she is still one of the WTA rising stars, she has the height, the build and power in her game to somewhat match Williams. She can heavy-hit with the best of them.

However, it is such a big ask for a player in her first Grand Slam final to go out and beat the number one in the world who is on such a long winning streak in Grand Slam matches. The price on Muguruza at Ladbrokes is justifiably long therefore. But given her power, the youngster may well be worth backing to get on the board. Serena has won the first set in her last three Grand Slam finals 6-3 and you can back her to lift the first at Wimbledon by that scoreline for a price of 7/2 with online betting site Ladbrokes.

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10th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza made it through to her first Grand Slam final, knocking out 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi finals. This is the best result of her young career and while she has been on the rise and rise, her grass court form this season in her build up, didn’t exactly hint that she would be in the weekend’s final.

Prior to Wimbledon, Muguruza, who is a strong clay court player, lost in the first round of Birmingham against world 59 Magdalena Rybarikova and then lost her second match at Eastbourne against world 146 Johanna Konta. So not the form to be carrying into the major, but some heavy hitting and power serving, along with some cool temperament has gotten her through.

Muguruza turned pro in March 2012 and has only one WTA title to her name, which was back in January 2014 at the Hobart International. Her two prior attempts at Wimbledon saw her lose in the second round in 2013 and the first round in 2014. One of her biggest scalps was beating Serena Williams in the fourth round of the 2014 French Open and is rapidly developing into a high-tier contender.

That was one of three previous meetings between the the defeats against Williams were picked up on hard courts. Muguruza is a 4/1 quote to win Wimbledon as she will face another test against Serena Williams in Saturday’s final.

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9th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Had the draw not been top-heavy in the first half, this could well have been a fitting final for the women’s draw this season. As it is, the heavyweight clash of the former SW19 champions goes off in the semi-finals and not too surprisingly Williams is going as the heavy favourite for the win. That’s not too surprising given the resilience which she has shown before and the fact that she has dominated Maria Sharapova throughout her career.

Sharapova hasn’t had a particularly great season by her standards, having fallen short a fair few times in the big events in 2015. She holds a 10-9 win/loss record in Grand Slam semi-finals so it is a big hit and miss with her at this stage. You have to stack that up against the 24-3 win/loss record that Serena Williams has in semi-finals of the majors. Sharapova, who will be back up to world number two at the end of the tournament, has actually never managed to beat Serena Williams when Williams has been ranked number one in the world.

From nineteen previous meetings between these two, Sharapova has won just the two matches. Unfortunately, those two wins came in the first three meetings between the two of them, all back in 2004, including Sharapova’s win over Williams in the Wimbledon 2004 final. So the Russian queen of the courts is now on a massive seventeen match losing streak against Williams. It’s understandable that Sharapova is a 4/1 underdog at Titanbet for the semi-final scrap.

Williams has been shaken and rattled at this year’s Wimbledon. She was so nearly ousted from the tournament by Britain’s Heather Watson, racking up 33 unforced errors in that game. She was on the ropes early against Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals too, having lost the first set. But as Williams does, she fought back to take the match to the Belarusian and managed to win through.

Whatever she seems to get herself in, whether it is a strong start and crushing opponents, of finding herself having to defend against an opponent serving out for a win over her, or fighting back from early losing positions, she seems to find a way. With a meeting against either Agnieszka Radwanska or Garbine Muguruza in the final, the Serena Slam is looking more and more probable right now and she is 1/6 odds on favourite to beat Sharapova.

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8th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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A great looking clash between the two sisters. This is going off in the top half of the Wimbledon 2015 draw, the most competitive half of the bracket with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka also competing in there. The fall of reigning champion Petra Kvitova from the other half of the draw really opens up the final for whoever can come out on top in the top half of the Wimbledon 2015 draw.

The fourth round action includes the big Serena Williams v Venus Williams clash. Serena survived that huge scare against Britain’s Heather Watson in the third round, Watson just failing to serve out for the biggest win of her career at 5-4 in the deciding set. Williams hung in there, fought back and showed truly what champions are made of. Williams is going for the Calendar Slam of winning all four Majors in one year and the Wimbledon title gives her current possession of all four Slams.

Serena Williams is even money favourite to win the title, while her sister is out at 33/1. Venus did win the most recent clash between the two of them, taking a 2-1 triumph in Montreal back in 2014. That snapped a five match winning streak for Serena in the head to heads. Overall, Serena leads the head to head 14-11 against her sister and is 1/5 odds on favourite to chalk another one up in the win column.

Venus has won a title this year though and the world number 16 carries in a decent 20-7 match record for the 2015 season. They have contested five matches at Wimbledon before and Serena comes out on top with a  3-2 lead. The most recent clash was in the 2009 final, Serena Williams winning in straight sets. Venus is a long 7/2 quote to pull off an underdog victory against her sister.

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5th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Huge task ahead for Britain’s Heather Watson as she takes on the best that the game has to offer in the form of Serena Williams. A Huge occasion for the young Brit who is meeting the great champion for the first time in her career. Of course, Watson is the heavy underdog for the match, trading as 12/1 outsider at online betting site Bet Victor.

It would be an accomplishment if she manages to get a set on the board, but punters are going to be hard pressed to look beyond a Serena Williams 2-0 offering in Set Betting. Watson pulled off a great first win against rising WTA star Caroline Garcia and then powered past the experience Daniela Hantuchova in the second round to set up the clash with the world number one Williams.

Watson’s last appearance in the third round of Wimbledon was in 2012 and she carried a 14-12 match record this season into Wimbledon. She has landed a title this season though, but her opponent has earned three titles this year, two of them Grand Slams. Serena Williams’ season stats saw her carry a 31-1 match record in SW19. Williams is a 1/25 quote to win the match.

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2nd July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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The Wimbledon 2015 tennis betting from the perspective of the women’s draw is looking frankly like a Serena Williams v The Field affair. With two Grand Slam titles under her belt so far in 2015, Serena Williams heads to SW19 as outright Wimbledon betting favourite at a price of 7/4. She has had her hiccups there in the last two years, suffering early exits, but she has already proven this year with her wins at the Australian and French Opens that it is going to be hard for anyone to get close to her.

Williams could also take a big step towards winning all four Grand Slams in the 2015 Calendar Year and with a Wimbledon triumph she would become the current holder of all four Slams as well. If she is on her game then it is going to be really tough for anyone to stop her. Facing up to her in her quarter is Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic (potential quarter final opponents) and she could even meet her sister Venus in the fourth round.

Still, you would back Williams against any of them, and Azarenka is probably the one who would push her the hardest out of all of her challengers. Maria Sharapova (9/1 third favourite) is the biggest threat that Williams could face in the semi finals, but with the Russian having struggled to make it past the fourth round in recent seasons, Williams may even get to avoid her.

It really is a tough ask to see who is going to stop Williams who is on a 32-1 match record for the season, winning three tournaments. Her only defeat this season was suffered against Petra Kvitova (4/1 second favourite) at Madrid on clay. Williams is a 4/11 favourite to win her quarter, so it just shows how dominant she is expected to be. Along with her raw power, she also needs to keep her head to avoid any kind of drama on her march to the Wimbledon title. Serena is probably the one only in the field that can beat Serena, so as long as she doesn’t beat herself because of a lack of keeping her emotions in check, then she should lift the Championship.

Wimbledon 2015 Tennis Betting Odds

Serena Williams 13/8, Petra Kvitova 7/2, Maria Sharapova 10/1, Victoria Azarenka 16/1, Sabine Lisicki 20/1, Simona Halep 20/1, Angelique Kerber 25/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 30/1, Sloane Stephens 40/1, Caroline Wozniacki 40/1, Karolina Pliskova 40/1, 66/1 bar

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27th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Another big week on the tennis betting circuits as the men and women are both in Rome for top tier events. Over on the women’s’ side of things, the rapid build up to the French Open continues with top protagonists Serena Williams and Simona Halep looking to build some momentum. Petra Kvitova stunned the field with a big win in Madrid last time out and the Czech is running at 6/1 to make it a double Premier Tier hit with a win in Rome this week.

Kvitova toppled Williams on her way to the win in Madrid, while Maria Sharapova almost got her clay swing going but was ousted before the final by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kvitova’s win in Madrid has shaken things up because the clay powerhouses of Sharapova, Halep and Williams now have another threat to deal with besides each other.

Williams and Sharapova are on course for a semi final clash in the top half of the draw, with Victoria Azarenka dangerously floating around Shara’s quarter. It leaves a very nice path to the final for Halep whose big challenge may not come until the semi’s where Kvitova could be waiting.

WTA Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Serena Williams 7/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 5/1, Petra Kvitova 6/1, Victoria Azarenka 6/1, bar 16/1.

Andy Murray has suddenly come to life with back to back clay court titles. After landing his first career title in Germany recently at a lower tier event, he went out and rocked the tennis world by landing the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid title. Not many would have seen that coming, many especially would not have seen it coming seeing that it was Rafael Nadal who Murray took down in the final. So can Murray make it a remarkable three in a row on clay after waiting for so long just to win one in his career?

Murray is running as 10/1 third favourite for the ATP Rome title this week, with Novak Djokovic up at as 4/5 favourite, with Rafael Nadal sandwiching them at a quote of 3/1 with Sportingbet. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and is going for his fourth Rome title, while Nadal is looking for his eighth! Murray has never been to the final of Rome (his best showing a semi final in 2011) while Roger Federer is missing this title from his large trophy cabinet.

The upturn in Murray’s clay fortunes has made things pretty interesting now and while he has a manageable quarter with David Ferrer the top player opposing him, Murray could meet Djokovic in the semi final stage and that is where all bets may be off for Murray, because he hasn’t figured out how to beat the Serbian for a long, long time now.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 3/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Kei Nishikori 10/1, Roger Federer 14/1, bar 20/1

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13th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Big week in the Premier Tier event on the Women’s Tour in Spain that is the Mutua Madrid Open. All of the big guns are out and already one has fallen, as Romanian powerhouse Simona Halep crashed in the first round against Alize Cornet. That blew the field up a bit and the result of it has just thrown more favouritism to Serena Williams who is 5/4 favourite at online betting site Bet365. Williams cruised her way through her first round match in powerful style, conceding just one game against Madison Brengle in a bit of a non-contest.

Williams, who herself has said that she wasn’t as ready for the clay swing of the season as she should be, has won the Mutua Madrid title in two of the three previous years, 2012 and 2013. It was Maria Sharapova who took the title last season, beating out Simona Halep in the final, after Williams had lost in fourth round against Petra Kvitova in a shock upset. Sharapova is a fantastic clay court player, probably better than Williams, but the Russian hasn’t been out her best this season and even on the switch to clay she lost in the first round of Germany against Angelique Kerber, a tournament which Sharapova has owned in recent years.

Still Sharapova is running as 6/1 second favourite in the WTA Mutua Madrid tennis betting market after the collapse of the out-of-sorts Halep. Beyond those then you are really digging around to pick out some value, with Williams and Sharapova the two heavy hitters left in the field. The demise of Halep has opened the draw up for Maria Sharapova, who has seen what would have most likely been her semifinal opponent, exit the tournament. Kerber also lost out in the first round against Sam Stosur, opening up the draw even more for Sharapova down in the bottom half.

Caroline Wozniacki is 10/1 third favourite, with Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka running at 12/1 with online betting site Bet365. Azarenka won a big battle of former world number one’s in the first round, as she beat out Venus Williams on the Madrid clay.

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3rd May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It is back to WTA Premier Mandatory action this week as the is time for Miami Open tennis betting. Sunday’s final at Indian Wells was won by young Romanian star Simona Halep as she managed to avoid a clash in the semi finals with Serena Williams who pulled out ahead of the match up because of an injury. For the Miami Open, Halep and Williams are in separate halves of the draw so would meet in the final.

Halep, who has never been past the third round here, is a 4/1 quote to win again which is quite a distance back from 6/4 favourite at Bet365 Serena Williams. Halep though will have her backers as she has become the first player this season to win three WTA titles. However, it is very tough to win back to back top tier tournaments and Halep had a lot of fighting back from slow starts to perform at Indian Wells. Serena Williams has history here winning the last two editions of the Premier tournament, part of a seven title haul in the south of Florida. That tally is the most titles she has won at a single WTA event.

It was a knee injury which saw her pull out of her return to Indian Wells, and there’s little word about how that is holding up. But still, tough to ignore her, she will have a little rest up time with a bye in the first round of course. While her quarter does look pretty easy for her to get through, working in her favour is the congested second quarter where Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep, Indian Wells finalist Jelena Jankovic, Eugenie Bouchard and the lady who knocked her out of Indian Wells last week, Flavia Pennetta are all hanging around.

Serena’s sister Venus is back as well after missing Indian Wells. She has been one of the hottest players this season on the WTA and has won in Miami three times before, not a bad dark horse shot in the field going off in the third quarter of action. Maria Sharapova is back looking for a title that she appears to be pretty desperate to win. She has never landed the Miami title before, despite being in the final five times. Tough run for her this time despite going as second seed. Maria Sharapova is a 9/2 quote to land the Miami Open title for the first time this year, but may have to get through two of the WTA’s best rising stars Caroline Garcia and Karolina Pliskova before thinking about a semi final berth.

Those are your big four and there is superb live in-running tennis betting coverage available at online betting site Bet365. The bookmaker provides live tennis streams throughout the season and is a great way to accent your live betting. New customers registering an account with Bet365 can get up to a free 200 bet as a welcome bonus too.

WTA Miami Open Odds

Serena Williams 6/4, Simona Halep 4/1, Maria Sharapova 9/2, Victoria Azarenka 11/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 24/1, Caroline Wozniacki 27/2, Lucie Safarova 27/1, 33/1 bar

 

 

 


24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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