The biggest Grand Slam of the season is getting nearer, and make no mistake about it; it’s the one event of the year that all the leading players have their sights on from the start of the season. Set of the beautiful green grass of Wimbledon, it is truly where legends are born.
Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam of the season to be played on the grass, and the top players have competed for the top honour here since 1887.
The historic winners of the men’s competition are names that have become synonymous with the sport. Players like Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Fred Perry are just a few of the famous past champions whose talents are remembered at this time of the year. However, no player has ever won more Wimbledon titles than the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer. He will be back again this year attempting to build on his eight successes. In last year’s event, he was disappointingly beaten by Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals, as the South African made it all the way to the final before being beaten by Novak Djokovic.
The Serb will be looking to win back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time in his career; after achieving the feat back in 2016. He is the current 1.35 favourite with BetXChange to do just that. Djokovic has already won one Grand Slam this season, after beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open. Nadal, on the other hand, will be seeded third for the competition but comes into Wimbledon on the back of winning his 12th French Open title. His performance on grass, however, isn’t as good and that is reflected in the fact that he hasn’t won this Grand Slam since 2010.
Home fans had been hoping that Andy Murray would be fit to play in his home tournament after undergoing hip surgery after the Australian Open. He is fit to play a part, but he will not be competing in the singles competition, instead, he will be playing in the doubles.
While the men’s competition is realistically between three players; the women’s side of the draw is a wide open field. The Williams’ sister had dominated the competition up until three years ago. Between 2000 and 2018, 15 of the 18 finals have included at least one of either Venus or Serena Williams. The latter of the sister will have one eye on breaking the all-time record at Wimbledon, as she is currently two successes away from Martina Navratilova.
Serena isn’t the only returning champion, as the 2014 (Petra Kvitova) and 2018 (Angelique Kerber) winners will also be looking to reclaim their crown. However, the leader in the betting with BetXChange in Ashleigh Barty. The Australian player will be looking to add a second Grand Slam success to her resume, after winning the French Open last time out. The British hopes will be hanging on Johanna Konta, however, her vulnerability was on full display as she was emphatically put to the sword by Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals at the French Open.
Naomi Osaka was underwhelming in France, but her back-to-back Grand Slam successes in Australia and America ensures that she remains a leading chance. Osaka has pedigree on the grass surface and will be looking to improve on her disappointing third-round exit last year. The smart money would support her chances of winning a third Grand Slam in 12 months.