2015 Wimbledon begins tomorrow and there are definitely some interesting matches on the schedule. Moreover, there are certainly a couple of big favorites as we head into this week. On the men’s side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic is favored by many to win the legendary grass court title this year. He is the defending Wimbledon champion and also won this title in 2011 too.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams is easily favored since she’s won both the Australian and French Open this year, and is looking for another Grand Slam title. It doesn’t hurt that she’s won Wimbledon five times in her career, most recently in 2012. Of course, there’s more to 2015 Wimbledon betting than just Williams and Djokovic, so let’s discuss how some key players look to do in the upcoming days.
Kukushkin (Kaz) v Murray (3) (GB) – If there’s a second favorite to win, it’s definitely Andy Murray. The Brit not only won Wimbledon in 2013, but he also has the home-court advantage once again. Murray’s first-round opponent, Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, shouldn’t give him much trouble. But if he continues progressing through the tournament, he’ll have a tough draw that could include Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
Dzumhur (Bih) v Federer (2) (Sui) – With seven Wimbledon titles to his name, it’s little wonder why Federer ranks among the men’s favorites to win. Federer also believes that the extra week that was added in between the French Open and now has helped him to get the “best preparation I’ve ever had for Wimbledon.” He plays 23-year-old Damir Dzumhur in the first round, in what should be a learning experience for the Bosnian.
Bellucci (Brz) v Nadal (10) (Spa) – Nadal definitely hasn’t played his best tennis in recent months, and it’s caused him to tumble down to 10th in the ATP rankings. But it was just two weeks ago that he won his first tournament (Mercedes Cup) of the year on grass. He opens the 2015 Wimbledon against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, who is 17-15 in singles matches this year.
Bertens (Ned) v Kvitova (2) (Cze) – Petra Kvitova may not be favored ahead of Williams, but she has just as good a shot at winning. The Czech is the defending Wimbledon champion and has two tournament titles to her credit this year. Kvitova will face Dutch player Kiki Bertens, who’s gone 15-14 in singles matches so far.
Sharapova (4) (Rus) v Konta (GB) – Maria Sharapova has played quite well this year, racking up a 29-6 record and two tourney titles, with the most recent coming last month in Rome. However, her first-round opponent, Britain’s Johanna Konta, is certainly not to be overlooked since she recently reached the quarterfinals of Eastbourne (GB). This should be one of the better opening-round matches.
Wozniacki (5) (Den) v Zheng (Chn) – Caroline Wozniacki has had some abrupt exits in recent months, including a first-round loss to Victoria Azarenka at Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Nevertheless, she shouldn’t have too much difficulty handling China’s Zheng Jie, who’s been injured much of this year.