Jelena who? When the rest of the world were asking this very question as Jelena Ostapenko won the French Open, The Tennis Guru at CrownBet gave you the pre-tournament tip at $81! Here’s our insight our Wimbledon.
Roger Federer ($3.25)
The 35-year-old is now ranked fifth in the world, but goes in as the Wimbledon favourite due to his complete dominance on grass over 14 years. Looks to win his eighth Wimbledon championship, and despite missing the clay court season and losing to Tommy Haas at the Mercedes Open, he bounced back very quickly to dismantle rising star Alexander Zverev in the Gerry Weber Open in Halle only dropping four games. It’s been five years since Federer held the trophy at The Championships, will we see a similar fairy tale to this year’s Australian Open?
Karen Khachanov ($151)
A name unfamiliar to most, but you will hear it a lot over the next fortnight. The 21-year-old Russian has been labelled the next Marat Safin, and has the perfect grass court body type standing at 6’6. Has a big serve complimented by a big forehand, and is starting to progress through the ATP Tour reaching the Round of 16 at the French Open, and losing to Roger Federer in the Semi-Final at Halle. Recent scalps include Tomas Berdych, John Isner and David Goffin, so if his ranking of 34 provides him with a seed in the tournament and a friendlier draw he’s a big chance to feature in the second week.
Karolina Pliskova ($6)
Is the obvious selection of a very open women’s draw. Was very disappointing at Wimbledon last year, but her 2016 lead up form suggests she can play on grass making the Final at Eastbourne and winning Nottingham. This year’s lead-up has been significantly quieter, only featuring at the main lead up event at Eastbourne. Is the number one server on the WTA Tour, and although she failed at The Championships last year her break out came months later at the US Open when she made the final, and hasn’t looked back since moving into number 3 in the world. No doubt she’s had Wimbledon marked in the calendar for quite a while.
Daria Kastkina ($67)
In the Ostapenko class as an up and coming 20-year-old, Kasatkina showed plenty at Wimbledon last year when she took Venus Williams to 10-8 in the third round. Made the third round at the French Open, where she lost to eventual Finalist Simona Halep and has been nursing an ankle injury ever since. Like Ostapenko, is highly inconsistent but her good is outstanding. Won at Charleston in the lead-up tournament to the French Open, beating who in the final? Roland Garros Champion Jelena Ostapenko. If the 30th ranked Russian can overcome injury in time, don’t rule her out of a very open women’s draw.