Wimbledon 2012 women’s quarter final odds, news and free bets

There was a big shock in the women’s singles on Monday night after Maria Sharapova lost in straight sets to Sabine Lisicki although perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the German claimed victory considering she made the semi-finals twelve months ago

Lisicki has every chance of now reaching the final and her odds are now 9/1 (Paddy Power free bets) about claiming a first Grand Slam, with the big-hitter facing compatriot Angelique Kerber in the quarter finals on Tuesday.

Kerber will be a tough nut to crack and made short work of Kim Clijsters in her last sixteen match to book a place in the last eight, with the number eight seed favourite to win the showdown between the two Germans.

She’s 4/7 with Ladbrokes compared to the 13/8 about Lisicki although this looks like a match that could easily go to three sets.

The top half of the draw has opened right up after the departure of Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwańska is the biggest seed left in the competition, with the Pole playing some excellent tennis to reach the quarter finals.

The 23-year-old is strong favourite to reach the last four where she would face a German opponent and the best odds about Radwańska going all the way are 8/1 which have effectively halved in the space of 24 hours.

Maria Kirilenko has been left to fly the flag for Russia and she was largely untroubled by Peng Shuai on Monday despite losing a second set tie-break, with the number 17 seed looking a decent price at 10/3 to claim a place in the last four.

The bottom half of the draw looks to be a lot more competitive and Victoria Azarenka made a real statement of intent on Monday when she blew Ana Ivanovic off the court despite some predicting an evenly-matched tussle.

Vika has the bit between her teeth after winning the 2012 Australian Open and looks to be excellent value at 7/2 (Stan James free bets) to win her first Wimbledon, even if Tamira Paszek might offer stubborn resistance in the quarter finals.

Finally we come to the match of the round and there will be two heavyweights slugging it out for victory, with Serena Williams slight favourite at 3/5 (Boylesports) to beat reigning champion Petra Kvitova.

The American wasn’t exactly convincing when winning her last sixteen match, although the same could be said about the Czech who produced some spellbinding tennis to win the title twelve months ago and perhaps it’s Kvitova’s time to shine.

Odds of 6/4 (Sportingbet) seem rather large about the 22-year-old reaching the semi-final of the competition for the second successive year, especially when you consider she made the last four of the Australian and French Open this year.

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