Wimbledon women’s singles preview, predictions and best bets: Depleted field opens door for Jabeur

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Because of injuries and the ban on Russian and Belarusian players, the Wimbledon fields on both the men’s and women’s sides are a bit depleted. The men’s draw is without Roger Federer (injured), Alexander Zverev (injured), Daniil Medvedev (banned) and Andrey Rublev (banned). Five women who would have been seeded at the All-England Club are unable to play – a list that includes world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka and two-time Grand Slam champion Viktoria Azarenka. That is part of the reason why recent French Open winner Iga Swiatek is such a heavy favorite, but Swiatek is unlikely to have it as easy in London as she did earlier this month in Paris.

Here are the odds to win the Wimbledon women’s singles title and my best bets. Also be sure to check out my picks for the men’s tournament.

Wimbledon odds

Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook

Iga Swiatek +155
Ons Jabeur +900
Coco Gauff +1400
Simona Halep +1600
Belinda Bencic +1800
Jelena Ostapenko +2100
Beatriz Haddad Maia +2600
Petra Kvitova +2700
Maria Sakkari +2700
Serena Williams +3000
Bianca Andreescu +3000
Angelique Kerber +3000
Karolina Pliskova +3200
Amanda Anisimova +3800

3-star value play: Ons Jabeur (+900)

First of all, I’m not touching Swiatek at +155. She has played 12 matches on grass in her entire career, winning seven and losing five. The 21-year-old has not played at all on the surface this season. It’s not like she is hopeless on grass, but – much unlike the case with the French Open – the Wimbledon title is definitely up for grabs. Don’t be surprised if it’s Jabeur who capitalizes. The 27-year-old Tunisian is an awesome 57-17 lifetime on grass, including 5-0 this summer with a title in Berlin. She reached Wimbledon quarterfinals last season and is already a much, much better player 12 months later. In a friendly section of the draw on the opposite half from Swiatek, Jabeur is set up perfectly to make a title run.

2-star value play: Jelena Ostapenko (+2100)

Ostapenko is an all-or-nothing kind of player. She has very real title potential but I will readily admit that she could just as easily crash out in the first round. But when you are in the business of outright betting, tailing such a performer – especially at +2100 odds – is a risk well worth taking. Ostapenko is a former Grand Slam champion (2017 French Open), so she knows how to get the job done on the biggest stage in tennis. The 25-year-old is 37-17 lifetime on grass and she currently finds herself in the final of an event in Eastbourne, so she will soar into London with confidence. Also in the bottom half of the bracket away from Swiatek, Ostapenko could go a long way – maybe all the way.

1-star value play: Coco Gauff (+1400)

I am often on the Gauff bandwagon and there is no reason to get off it after she just made it to the French Open final. The 18-year-old American is even better suited for grass with a big-hitting game that includes a monster serve. In two previous trips to the All-England Club, Gauff advanced to the fourth round – and that was when she was a mere 15 and 17 years old. The world No. 12 could have a couple of tricky matches early (including against Williams in round four), but there is no reason why she can’t secure her first major title.

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