Some people would argue that there are several female players that can win the singles at Wimbledon this year, while others will point to the duo that have clinched the Venus Rosewater dish over the past four years.
Venus Williams scooped her fourth and fifth Wimbledon titles in 2007 and 2008, while sister Serena landed three and four in 2009 and 2010. We know that the siblings don’t play a great deal of tour tennis these days, but they seem to come alive when the action starts at SW19.
Serena is 9/2 with Victor Chandler to equal Venus’ five titles in this tournament, although the 29-year-old comes into this renewal with barely any match practice after a nasty illness has kept her out of the game for the past few months. However, she got some games under her belt at Eastbourne and will clearly be tough to beat.
Venus is on offer at 8/1 (Betfred – £50 free betting offer) and seems to enjoy playing on grass more than any surface, with this Wimbledon potentially being the last for the 31-year-old who seems to play fewer tournaments every year. She is unseeded for this competition and was comfortably beaten in the quarter finals last year.
Maria Sharapova perhaps represents the greatest threat to the Williams sisters, with the Russian having the sort of power game to land victory in SW19. She is no bigger than 9/2 with Stan James (£25 free bet) and won this title in 2004, with several injuries having got in the way since that early triumph.
Kim Clijsters has been forced to withdraw from the event with injury and that could open things up for several other challengers, with many people backing the greatly-improved Li Na (10/1 Ladbrokes – £30 free bets) to kick on from her recent 2011 French Open win. The Chinese player also reached the final of the Australian Open and managed the quarters at Wimbledon last term.
Petra Kvitová is still searching for her first Grand Slam title, although the 21-year-old might not have to wait too much longer, with the Czech knocking on the door in several tournaments these days. She got to the semis of Wimbledon last year and she is 10/1 with Betfred to claim a maiden victory.
Caroline Wozniacki is the number one seed for Wimbledon 2011 and the Dane is also searching for a first Grand Slam success, although the 2009 US Open remains the only Grand Slam event where she reached the final.