Wimbledon women’s singles semi-final preview and free bets

Agnieszka Radwanska booked the final place in the semi-finals with a three-set victory over Maria Kirilenko although the number three seed is regarded as the rank outsider to win the Wimbledon 2012 women’s singles

The Pole has had an excellent year thus far, reaching the quarter final of the Australian Open and victory at SW19 would actually make her number one in the world, although a tough task awaits her when she faces Angelique Kerber in the semi-final.

It is Serena Williams who is the favourite (23/20 Blue Square) to claim a fifth Wimbledon title and the American looked strong when beating Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, with the reigning champion having no answer to the number six seed’s powerful serve.

Perhaps Victoria Azarenka will push Williams a great deal harder considering the Belarussian is yet to drop a set in this tournament and the number two seed is a 27/10 chance to claim a first Wimbledon title.

Meanwhile, Kerber can be backed at 11/2 while Radwanska is a 7/1 chance to claim a Wimbledon triumph and that top spot in the world ranking.

Angelique Kerber v Agnieszka Radwanska
The first women’s semi-final on Centre Court could be a very competitive affair, with both women taken to three sets by their quarter final opponents although Kerber is regarded as the bookmaker favourite to win.

The German produced a powerful performance to beat compatriot Sabine Lisicki in the last eight although it wasn’t plain sailing for the number eight seed who found herself facing the exit door as her opponent served for the match.

Kerber is made of stern stuff and can be backed at 8/11 (Sportingbet free bet) to claim a place in her first ever Grand Slam final although she did appear to be throwing a strop during that final set against Lisicki before rallying.

Radwanska had a rain-affected quarter final which progressed in stops and starts, although there is little doubting her finesse around the court even if she has a flimsy second serve which could be vulnerable against Kerber.

Serena Williams v Victoria Azarenka
This match should arguably be the final as these two players have been the outstanding performers in the women’s singles tournament although it is Williams who is expected to come through and book her place in the final.

Serena is a stand-out 8/13 chance (Stan James) and will take some stopping if she manages to reach the same level that saw Kvitova beaten in straight sets although she needed three sets to beat Yaroslava Shvedova and Zheng Jie in previous rounds.

Nevertheless, there is an argument that she is making strides as the tournament wears on and odds of 6/4 (bet365 bookmaker) are on offer about a 2-0 win against a player that seemed to wobble when it came to the big match points in her quarter final.

Azarenka is a class act who hasn’t dropped a set although Tamira Paszek could well have taken the match the distance and the Belarussian will need to be more consistent if she is to challenge Williams.

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