Wimbledon Semifinal Betting Preview: July 7 Ladies Semifinal Bet Picks

Wimbledon Semifinal Betting Preview: July 7 Ladies Semifinal Bet Picks

Barry Devoe
2 years ago
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The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club has featured some great and exciting matches through the first week-and-a-half of Wimbledon action. We're now down to four women, three of which are hardly surprises, while the other is ranked outside of the top 100 and is in her first year back after giving birth to her second child.

One of the biggest surprises in the semifinals is the absence of Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old Polish star and world No. 1 had a 35-match winning streak before Wimbledon, but lost in the third round to Alize Cornet. Serena Williams' comeback attempt was also cut short via a first-round loss to Harmony Tan.

Women's Outright Betting Odds

Simona Halep (+100)

Ons Jabeur (+120)

Elena Rybakina (+600)

Tatjana Maria (+3300)

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Ons Jabeur (-800) vs. Tatjana Maria (+500)

Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria might be one of the most unlikely Wimbledon semifinals in recent history. However, there's added intrigue here as the two are close friends away from the court. Jabeur called Maria her "BBQ buddy" after her quarter-final victory over Maria Bouzkova.

Maria, meanwhile, advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal following a three-set victory over fellow German Jule Neiemier. Before that, she had taken out some of the top names in the women's game, including Maria Sakkari and Jelena Ostapenko. 

Maria, a mother of two who gave birth to her second child less than one year ago, is the world No. 103 and that won't change after Wimbledon as neither the WTA nor ATP are awarding ranking points for the tournament. But she'll gain a massive pay day nonetheless. Jabeur, meanwhile, is the world No. 2 and expected to be in this position. 

Jabeur is 2-1 against Maria in three career matches, but they may as well have happened a lifetime ago. Their last match was at the China Open in Beijing in 2018. They've also never played on grass before. 

Cinderella stories usually come to an end before the final, especially at Grand Slams. A Maria victory would make for a great story, but Jabeur is likely to take this one. The Tunisian has played nearly three hours less than Maria through five matches.

Elena Rybakina (+220) vs. Simona Halep (-275)

A 23-year-old native of Russia competing at Wimbledon because she has Kazakhstan citizenship (Wimbledon banned all Russian and Belarussian players), Elena Rybakina defeated Australian Alja Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. She won each of her first four matches in straight sets.

Halep, meanwhile, has been even more dominant through her five matches. The 2019 Wimbledon winner hasn't lost a set and hasn't even faced a tiebreak, meaning she's broken her opponent in every set this tournament. She defeated American Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinal. 

Halep is 2-1 against Rybakina in three career matches. She won their last two matches, while Rybakina was only able to win their first match because Halep retired in the first set. 

Halep is the big favorite in this match and for good reason. She's playing some of the best tennis of her career and that should continue on Thursday. 

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