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

Petra Kvitova was the surprise winner of the 2011 Wimbledon women’s singles when the Czech beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets twelve months ago in the final and the 22-year-old is back at SW19 to defend her title

The left-hander has reached the last four of the Australian Open and French Open this year so she has to be on the shortlist for a typically wide-open ladies tournament and the bookies offer odds of 13/2 (BetVictor free bets) that Kvitova proves to be head and shoulders above everyone else.

The grass surface certainly seems to suit the champion who is young enough to keep improving, although it is last year’s beaten finalist who is favourite with most firms and Sharapova is a 14/5 chance (Sportingbet) to claim a second Wimbledon crown after triumphing in 2004.

The 25-year-old was just 17 when she won the title and is now enjoying a renaissance which saw her claim a first-ever French Open last month although some will consider the Russian to be a little on the short side and the same applies to Serena Williams.

Williams is a 3/1 chance (Ladbrokes free £50 bet) to record a record fifth title at Wimbledon and she will take some beating in this tournament although the American was dumped out by Marion Bartoli twelve months ago and there are sure to be plenty of opponents gunning to claim her scalp this time around.

Victoria Azarenka is one to watch at odds of 9/1 and the Belarussian achieved her best finish twelve months ago before losing to Kvitova in the semi-final although she is now showing regular consistency.

The mentioned quartet are the only players trading at single figure odds and there is then a big jump to another clutch of players which includes Kim Clijsters who is unseeded after playing so little tennis recently.

The Belgian can be backed at 25/1 although it might be better to take a chance on Marion Bartoli at 40/1 considering the French player knocked out Serena last time out and played pretty well at Queen’s ahead of this exciting fortnight.

Caroline Wozniacki has previously been a much-maligned world number one and the Dane continues to search for a first Grand Slam victory although the bookies are happy to lay her at 66/1, while Sabine Lisicki might be worth another look considering the German was highly impressive at Wimbledon twelve months ago.

At huge odds, Tamira Paszek can be backed at 200/1 and she was the surprise winner at Queen’s, with an opening round match against Wozniacki potentially giving her a chance to build up a head of steam.

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