2021 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Odds & Predictions to Win Every Quarter

Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon

FILE – Australia’s Ashleigh Barty serves to China’s Saisai Zheng in their women’s singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, in this Tuesday, July 2, 2019, file photo. Barty is expected to compete in the Wimbledon tennis tournament that begins on Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

  • Each quarter of the 2021 Wimbledon ladies’ singles draw has numerous contenders, but few reliable picks
  • The top quarter, led by No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty, contains three other Grand Slam champions
  • We break down medical and inexperience issues and pick a winner and a longer shot from each quarter

The No. 2 and No. 3 players in the world are not in the lineup.

No. 6 seed Serena Williams will likely once again feel the pressure of making history.

And the more recent Grand Slam champions have almost no experience on the Wimbledon lawns.

All of which makes the women’s event a crapshoot in 2021. But what else is new?

Wimbledon Women’s First Quarter Odds

Player Odds at DraftKings
[1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) +225
[5] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) +800
[12] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) +1000
[24] Anett Kontaveit (EST) +1000
[14] Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) +1100
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) +1100
[27] Johanna Konta (GBR) +1500
[31] Daria Kasatkina (RUS) +2000
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) +2000
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) +3000

Odds as of June 26 

Barty a Strong Favorite to Win First Quarter

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty said  she’s ready, after arm and hip injuries derailed her clay-court season.

We’ll see. But the big reason she should win the quarter is because it’s filled with question marks.

Victoria Azarenka suffered lower abdominal pain and had to withdraw  in Bad Homburg, Germany, before her semifinal a few days ago.

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, the 2018 Wimbledon doubles champion, will be making her Wimbledon singles debut.

No. 5 seed Bianca Andreescu has played just one Wimbledon main-draw match in her career. And she has Alizé Cornet (who beat her in Berlin two weeks ago) first up.

Look out: unseeded Jelena Ostapenko won Eastbourne on Saturday over No. 24  seed Anett Kontaveit in the final.

Best Bet: Ashleigh Barty (+225)
Long Shot: Jelena Ostapenko (+1100)

Wimbledon Women’s Second Quarter Odds

Player Odds at DraftKings
[6] Serena Williams (USA) +225
[20] Cori Gauff (USA) +500
[19] Karolina Muchova (CZE) +800
[25] Angelique Kerber (GER) +1200
 [3] Elina Svitolina (UKR) +1200
[9] Belinda Bencic (SUI) +1300
Amanda Anisimova (USA) +1500
[30] Paula Badosa (ESP) +1500
Camila Giorgi (ITA) +1500
[16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) +1500

Odds as of June 26

Second Quarter Uneven, as Serena Has Challenges

Serena Williams played no grass-court tennis leading up to Wimbledon. As always, she’s a question mark even if grass is her best surface.

Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber just won the inaugural edition of the Bad Homburg Open. They could meet in the third round.

Kerber had seemed indifferent, jaded in 2021. Is this – and the return to the place she won her second major in 2018 (over Serena in the final) a second wind for the 33-year-old?

Every two editions, going back to a semifinal in 2012, Kerber has made a splash at the All-England Club.

On paper, the winner of that could face 17-year-old Coco Gauff in the fourth round. You’d expect the winner of the quarter to come out those three.

Best Bet: Serena Williams (+225)
Long Shot: Angelique Kerber (+1200)

Wimbledon Women’s Third Quarter Odds

Player Odds at DraftKings
[10] Petra Kvitova (CZE) +400
[8] Karolina Pliskova (CZE)  +800
[24] Madison Keys (USA) +900
[13] Elise Mertens (BEL) +900
[4] Sofia Kenin (USA) +1000
[WC] Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) +1000
[29] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) +1500
[28] Alison Riske (USA) +1500
[22] Jessica Pegula (USA) +2000
Danielle Collins (USA) +2500

Odds as of June 26 

Top half of Third Quarter Strong

The balance of power in the third quarter is tilted towards the top half.

You’d expect two-time champion Petra Kvitova to come through.

Kvitova has concerns after twisting an ankle coming out of a television studio at the French Open a few weeks ago.  But she battled her way through to the Bad Homburg semifinals on no grass-court practice, and got the match play she needed – as long as the ankle holds up.

Best Bet: Petra Kvitova (+400)
Long Shot: Madison Keys (+900)

Wimbledon Women’s Fourth Quarter Odds

Player Odds at DraftKings
[2] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) +300
[11] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) +500
[7] Iga Swiatek (POL) +500
[18] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) +700
[15] Maria Sakkari (GRE) +800
[21] Ons Jabeur (TUN) +1000
[32] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) +2000
Petra Martic (CRO) +2000
[WC] Venus Williams (USA) +5000

Odds as of June 26

Fourth Quarter is the Toughest

When the top seed in the section has such a thin grass resumé, the quarter is wide open. Especially when it contains a former champion (Garbiñe Muguruza) and a recent grass-court titleist (Ons Jabeur in Birmingham).

No.  4 seed Iga Swiatek could get diced up in the first round by Hsieh Su-Wei – or go all the way.

But it feels like the winner of this quarter will be whomever gets through the potential third-round match between No. 11 seed Muguruza and No. 21 seed Jabeur.

Best Bet: Garbiñe Muguruza (+500)
Long Shot: Ons Jabeur (+1000)

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Stephanie Myles

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