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Wimbledon 2018 Women's Singles Tips - Garbine Muguruza to defend her Wimbledon title

Andrew Hendrie 25 Jun 2018
  • Wimbledon tips for the women's singles
  • Back Garbine Muguruza to defend her title
Garbine Muguruza

Another wide-open women’s Grand Slam field awaits at The Championships as Wimbledon gets underway from Monday July 2 - and we’ve had a go at tipping the winner!

Some order has been restored as far as expected champions at women’s major tournaments go in 2018, with Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep leaving the Australian and French Opens as the world’s best player. Last year we saw Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens come from nowhere to join Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza as Grand Slam champions, and while those pair have established themselves as top 10 players, the shock winners haven’t continued into 2018 - at least not yet!

And I fancy that trend to continue at Wimbledon. We’ll almost certainly see an unexpected semi-finalist and perhaps a surprise finalist, but when push comes to shove I think a juggernaut of women’s tennis is going to prevail. Indeed, I’m backing Garbine Muguruza to emerge triumphant and defend her Wimbledon crown at $8.50 with CrownBet.

Muguruza has won a Grand Slam in each of the last two years, capturing the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last year, while she also made the final at the All England Club in 2015. The Spaniard has made a habit of peaking for at least one Grand Slam tournament a season for the last three years now - and she could be about to do the same thing at Wimbledon. Muguruza showcased glimpses of just how unstoppable she can be at Roland Garros last month when she made the semi-finals, but an inspired Simona Halep was too much on that day. On a surface that compliments her powerful baseline game, Muguruza is among the most dangerous players in the world on grass - and if she’s operating at the peak of her powers, I’d say she’s No. 1 - it’s just consistency that stops her from getting there.

And lead-in form doesn’t matter either where Muguruza is concerned - she lost 6-0 6-1 to Barbora Strycova the week before Wimbledon started last year - and look how that turned out! Of course there’s countless stars who will also be jostling for the title. Petra Kvitova ($5.50 with CrownBet) is the favourite for the title, but I’m worried that the two-time Wimbledon champion has overplayed, winning Birmingham on Sunday and at the time of writing, scheduled to play in Eastbourne this week. Kvitova has stumbled at the Australian and French Opens and the same thing could easily happen at Wimbledon. Seven-time champion Serena Williams ($7.00 with CrownBet) has got to be counted among the favourites, but she hasn’t played since withdrawing from Roland Garros and has so much uncertainty surrounding her as she continues her comeback after giving birth last year.

Current World No. 1 Simona Halep will be coming into Wimbledon on a high after winning her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, while she also made the final at the Australian Open - could she also go deep on the lawns? A lot depends on the draw - big-hitters could certainly upset the Romanian early in the tournament, but at $13 with Bet365, Halep is great value as the top seed and World No. 1. 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is also $13 with Bet365, and with the German enjoying a resurgent 2018, I can definitely see her making an impact at The Championships once more.

Maria Sharapova ($15 with Bet365) will be returning to Wimbledon for the first time since a semi-final appearance in 2015 after being banned for doping in 2016 and missing last year through injury. The Russian showcased encouraging form at the French Open as she made the quarter-finals before being crushed by Muguruza, and her game obviously suits the lawns - don’t be surprised if an inspired Sharapova also makes it deep into the second week. American pair Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys (both $17 with CrownBet) haven’t played a lead-in event on grass but - as we’ve seen - are both more than capable of going all the way, while second seed Caroline Wozniacki is listed down at $26 with CrownBet - however, the Dane has never made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon.

There’s also some great value to he had on the likes of Victoria Azarenka ($29 with Bet365), Venus Williams ($34 with CrownBet), Jelena Ostapenko ($41 with Bet365) and young Estonian powerhouse Anett Kontaveit ($101 with CrownBet), but I’m going with Muguruza to defend her Wimbledon title and pick up a major title for the third straight year.


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Wimbledon 2018 Women's Singles Tips - Garbine Muguruza to defend her Wimbledon title

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