Serena Williams Returns to the Sacred Court

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This week, Serena Williams will make her late comeback to the Wimbledon Championships against Harmony Tan of France. Earlier this week she shared on her Social Media a picture of her tennis shoes, writing: ”See you there”. This has been a long-anticipated comeback.

It will be Williams’ first appearance since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Last year, her run ended before it got off the ground when she tore her hamstring against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. That was the 40-year-old America’s final match in 2021 and beyond.

Serena received one of the coveted wildcard spots at Wimbledon. Although the 24-year Grand Slam champion finds herself in a tough second quarter of the Wimbledon women’s draw, surrounded by top talent. The top half of the lineup includes World No.1 Iga Swiatek and several Grand Slam champions, including Garbine Muguruza, Barbora Krejcikova, and Sloane Stephens. Given that she has won 23 grand slam titles, it doesn’t matter where Serena falls regarding tennis betting markets. With 23 grand slam singles titles under her belt, Williams is still on her way to Margaret Court’s record.

In terms of odds, Williams trails Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Beatriz Haddad-Maia, and Belinda Bencic. The implied probability, however, estimates that she has a  4.8 % chance of winning.

Serena Williams has less than a five percent chance of winning, which seems outrageous at first glance. But upon closer inspection, it makes sense. The modest outlook can be due to several factors. For example, Serena’s absence from match play for over a year and her turning 40 last September are all attributing factors.


Serena Williams has Lost Four Consecutive Finals

In addition to these factors, Serena has already failed four times. In 2018, she lost two finals at the US Open and two finals at Wimbledon. Her last Wimbledon victory over Angelique Kerber was in 2016, six years ago.

Later in 2018, facing Kerber in the final again, Williams lost. Serena also lost to Naomi Osaka at the US Open a few months later.

Simona Halep beat Serena in the 2019 Wimbledon final. Bianca Andreescu also beat Serena in the US Open final only two months later.

Serena was struggling to win major titles. The fact that all of those finals were lost with Serena simply being outplayed, was the most crushing aspect. 

Serena Williams and Market Expectations

Serena will play the opening match against Harmony Tan on Tuesday at a time to be determined. It will be the first meeting between Serena, 40, and Tan, 24.

Online betting odds for Serena’s highly anticipated opening match at Wimbledon are already in full swing, and as you might expect, she is considered the heavy favorite to win. Regardless if you aren’t willing to take your chances betting on Williams, you could try online slots, and with CasinoHawks you can find the perfect guide to winning slot games.

The world would be shocked if Williams did not win and advance to the second round, where she would face the winner of Sara Sorribes Tormo and Christine McHale.

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