The bookmakers were left celebrating on Monday after the Williams sisters and Caroline Wozniacki were knocked out of Wimbledon at the fourth round stage. All three players had been strong odds-on to claim victory and the Dane had been matched at 1.03 on betfair after winning the first set 6-1.
It now means that Tuesday’s quarter final line-up has an interesting look about it, with Maria Sharapova’s odds on winning a second Wimbledon title being backed down to 2/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets). The Russian is the only former winner left in the draw although we should be prepared for another surprise or two.
Sharapova faces Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the semi-final and Victor Chandler are the only firm to offer 2/7 about her winning this match. Cibulkova was the player that produced a remarkable comeback against Wozniacki and she can be backed at 3/1 with William Hill (£25bfree bet) to keep the shocks coming.
Meanwhile, the other game in the top half of the draw involves Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli, both of whom have produced fireworks during this Wimbledon fortnight. Lisicki produced the first real shock of the tournament when beating Li Na last week and she is the slight favourite (10/11 Sportingbet – £25 free bets) to claim victory on Tuesday.
However, Bartoli was full value for her straight sets win over Serena Williams, with the American unable to cope with the level of intensity from the French player. At even money, many people will fancy backing her with Ladbrokes and William Hill offer 5/2 that she manages another straight sets victory.
The other half of the draw contains the highest seed remaining in the contest and that is number four Victoria Azarenka. The Belarussian was making headlines earlier in the tournament for her high-pitched warble after every shot although the baseliner might also make headlines with her tennis and she is now 5/1 (bet365) to win Wimbledon.
It would be the 21-year-old’s first success in a Grand Slam and the draw has been kind enough to hand her a quarter final tie against Tamira Paszek, with Azarenka available at odds of 1/7 (Ladbrokes).
However, it is Petra Kvitova who is expected to find her way to the final to face Sharapova and the Czech has been unstoppable so far, with Tsvetana Pironkova not expected to get in her way. Kvitova is a best price 1/3 with William Hill, although it should be considered that Pironkova beat Venus Williams on Monday and the Bulgarian is 11/4 with Skybet.
Bet365 (£200 free betting) now expect the winner to come from the top half of the draw, mainly on the basis that Sharapova is the most experienced player left in the tournament, offering 8/13 about top half and 6/5 about bottom half.