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

Serena Williams might be number six seed to win the ladies tournament at SW19 this year although she has been one of the favourites right from the start and now stands on the verge of a fifth Wimbledon title

The American has not endured a particularly smooth route through to the final, with Zheng Jie and Yaroslava Shvedova taking a set off Williams although she was back to her indomitable best when beating Petra Kvitova in the quarter final and then proving too strong for Victoria Azarenka in the semi-final.

The bookies simply don’t want to know when it comes to laying bets on the younger Williams sister to lift the Venus Rosewater Plate for the fifth occasion and the best price about Serena winning is 1/6 (Sky Bet free £10 bet) despite being a lower seeding than her opponent.

Agnieszka Radwanska has clearly not fluked her way to the final and becomes the first Polish ladies player to reach the Wimbledon final for 75 years, with the number three seed working her way through the top half of the draw with the minimum of fuss.

Radwanska barely dropped a game until the quarter final stage when Maria Kirilenko provided more of a stubborn challenge although Angelique Kerber couldn’t match her opponent in the semi-final and perhaps this will be a closer contest than some people think.

Odds of 6/1 (BetVictor bookmaker) are available about the 23-year-old claiming a first Grand Slam victory and she certainly has nothing to lose as underdog in this contest, with the Pole having the chance to become world number one by triumphing on Centre Court.

The big difference between the two players comes down to serving. Serena has a well-documented booming serve that will land her many aces and her precision is part of the reason why she enjoys so much success in this area.

Contrast this with the fact that Radwanska might get a couple of aces and the potential world number one is already at a disadvantage, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 8/1 that the American breaks her own record of 25 aces during a Wimbledon match.

Williams can be backed at 5/11 (Sportingbet) to claim a straight sets win although her opponent is a great returner and there’s always a chance that a set or two can go to a tie-break which throws an element of unpredictability in.

Blue Square offer even money about Radwanska with a 5.5 game handicap and it’s easy to see the Pole keep things tight enough to stay within this line considering both Kvitova and Azarenka managed to do this.

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