2019 Wimbledon Women’s Semifinals Free Tennis Picks & Expert Best Bets
The top six women’s seeds may be gone from Wimbledon heading into Thursday’s semifinals, but a familiar face remains. Serena Williams is among those still vying for the title. We’re coming down the home stretch and we plan on coming down it in a big way, so check out our Wimbledon Women’s Semifinals Free Tennis Picks!
(11) Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova
At 33 years old, Strycova is through to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in her career. In fact, the veteran Czech had previously competed in only one quarterfinal (also at Wimbledon in 2014). But it’s not like she is a grass-court specialist, despite what those results would suggest. Strycova’s 14 other trips to the All-England Club ended with losses in either the first round (six times), second round (four times), or third round (four times). By comparison, she has advanced to the Australian Open fourth round on three occasions.
If there is one grass-court specialist on the women’s tour, it’s the player Williams just beat on Tuesday. Fellow American Alison Riske, who had previously ousted world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, tested Williams in a big way but ultimately succumbed 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. It was arguably the highest-quality match of the tournament, one that will give the 23-time major champion plenty of confidence going into the semis. Williams is especially motivated, too, as title No. 24 would tie her atop the all-time charts with Margaret Court. It is also worth noting that the 37-year-old leads this head-to-head series 3-0 and 6-0 in total sets, without having played a single tiebreaker (including a 6-2, 6-4 rout at Wimbledon in 2012).
Pick: Williams to win in two sets (-150)
(7) Simona Halep vs. (8) Elina Svitolina
This should be a great one, in terms of both competitiveness and quality. Halep, bidding for her second slam title, has dropped only one set this fortnight and has taken seven in a row—a stretch that includes a 6-3, 6-1 whitewash of Victoria Azarenka. Svitolina is in the semis of a major for the first time, but she had previously reached four quarterfinals so she is not afraid of the big stage. The eighth-ranked Ukrainian is also 10-1 in total sets at Wimbledon, highlighted by a 6-4, 6-2 victory over French Open quarterfinalist Petra Martic.
Although Halep is a considerable favorite (-220), Svitolina will be encouraged by her 4-3 lead in the head-to-head series. This has not been an easy matchup for the seventh-ranked Romanian, who is 1-3 in their last four encounters but most recently prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 earlier this year on the hard courts of Doha. Expect another extremely competitive contest.
Pick: Over 21.5 games (-110)
Futures: Odds to win the title
Serena Williams: Even
Simona Halep +180
Elina Svitolina +600
Barbora Strycova +1000
Williams showed enough against Riske—and really in her preceding matches, too—for everyone to get on the bandwagon. At least you should get on the bandwagon. The most dominant player in WTA history is close to a lock against Strycova, after which it would be hard to pick against her in a Grand Slam final. Moreover, Williams has more crowd support than usual in London as the mixed doubles partner of native son Andy Murray. People also want to witness history, and No. 24 would be just that.
Best value: Williams Even