The 128-player Ladies draw plenty of stars for betting on tennis, with the notable exception of all Russian and Belarussian players, as Wimbledon has banned those players from competing in the prestigious tournament. The US Open recently announced it would allow players from both countries to compete at the fourth Grand Slam in August.
Another major absence is 2021 Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty. The 26-year-old former world No. 1 won the Australian Open in her home country earlier this year but retired in March ahead of the tennis French Open odds. The absence of those players won’t be as noticeable given the return of Serena Williams. The 40-year-old leader in all-time Grand Slam victories is playing her first Grand Slam since last year’s Wimbledon.
2022 Wimbledon Women’s Contender Odds
Iga Swiatek (+160)
Unless you’re Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon or Rafael Nadal at the French Open, it’s not often players on either the ATP Tour or WTA Tour are +160 favorites to win a Grand Slam. Polish star Iga Swiatek, however, has taken the tennis world by storm this year.
The 21-year-old world No. 1 has nine career singles titles, six of which she won this year. She has a 44-3 record this season and is coming off of her second Grand Slam title at the French Open. She also won the French Open in 2020. Then, she reached the Round of 16 at last year’s Wimbledon.
Naomi Osaka (+650)
Once expected to be a dominant star on the WTA Tour, it hasn’t exactly gone as hoped for Japan’s Naomi Osaka, even if she does have four Grand Slam victories.
However, all four of those Grand Slams were on hard court at the US Open and Australian Open. She doesn’t excel on clay or grass, and her best Wimbledon finish is in the Round of 32, which happened in both 2017 and 2018. She lost her first-round match at this year’s French Open, so it’s curious to see her listed as a betting favorite.
Simona Halep (+1200)
A 30-year-old veteran from Romania, Simona Halep is always a contender if she’s in the draw. She hasn’t competed in grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon but has success at the All England Club as the winner of the 2021 tournament.
2022 Wimbledon Women’s Picks and Predictions
As the overwhelming favorite, it’s hard to imagine Swiatek not continuing her dominant run on the WTA Tour this season. She will be well-rested after winning the French Open and needs only one more win to establish a new record for most consecutive victories (36).
Swiatek did, however, admit that grass is a “tricky” surface, so there might be some room to wager on other players – after all, she has to lose eventually, right?
Halep, at +1200, is an attractive bet, much more so than Osaka at +600. However, looking down the draw, there are several other good-value tennis betting options, from those who have had success at Wimbledon to players searching for their first Grand Slam.
Karolina Pliskova (+1800), for instance, is an established veteran and former world No. 1. She made the final of last year’s tournament before losing to Barty and is at her best on grass. She’s in the quarter-final of the Grass Court Championships in Berlin on Friday, June 17.
Emma Radacanu (+1600) and Bianca Andreescu (+2200) are also attractive options. Both are Grand Slam winners but still young and hungry for another title, although Radacanu is dealing with injury concerns ahead of the tournament.
How to Bet on Wimbledon?
Tennis betting can be done through sportsbooks, and wagers can be made on a variety of player events and outcomes, including outright tournament winners and individual match winners. Within each match, you can also bet on the over/under for total sets and the set spread (how many more sets a player wins than his opponent).
Some sportsbooks even allow you to bet on the total number of aces when betting on tennis.
Wimbledon, one of the four biggest events on the tennis betting odds calendar, attracts a lot of betting action. Be sure to shop around various sportsbooks to find the most attractive odds for the player/matches you want to bet on.