Wimbledon 2018 – Round 2 Preview
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With seven top 10 seeds already crashing out of this year’s Wimbledon, it’s already proving to be an unpredictable tournament. There were 21 seeds eliminated in the first round of the Championships, and so there’s plenty of profit to be found in some of the less-fancied outsiders.
Here’s your complete betting guide to the second round of Wimbledon 2018.
Tournament favourites set to cruise into round 3
Tournament favourite Roger Federer galloped through his opening round match on Centre Court, losing just eight games in a straightforward win over world number 56 Dusan Lajovic. The top seed should cruise into the third round as he faces Lukas Lacko, the Slovak player who has only progressed past the second round in SW19 twice in ten attempts.
Considering that two seeds in Federer’s part of the draw have already been knocked out, he looks to have a kind route to the fourth round where he’s most likely to play 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino. The Frenchman is just 4/9 to beat Ryan Harrison in round 2.
Sam Querrey knocked Andy Murray out of last year’s Wimbledon on his way to the semi-finals and he could be one to watch again this year. He beat Jordan Thompson in round 1 for the loss of just nine games, and now faced wildcard Sergiy Stakhovsky who was taken to a five-set thriller by Joao Sousa. The number 11 seed is just 2/11 to win.
John Isner is another big American that should go well on grass but the number 9 seed faces a tricky second round match against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans. The 30-year-old came through an epic five-set match in round 1, eventually beating Steve Johnson 8-6 in the decider. He’s currently enjoying his most consistent run at Grand Slam events and could be an awkward opponent for Isner who, perhaps surprisingly, has never progressed past the third round at Wimbledon. Bemelmans is a 3/1 chance.
Marin Cilic should go deep in this tournament and is an unbackable 1/20 to beat Guido Pella while Kevin Anderson should beat Andreas Seppi at 2/7. Gilles Simon looks a good bet at 4/9 to beat Matteo Berrattini while if lucky loser Bernard Tomic isn’t bored with his tennis – his admission after last year’s Wimbledon – he could represent value at 15/8 to beat 24th seed Kei Nishikori.
Kyle Edmund carries the British challenge this year and he looked very comfortable in a straight-sets win over Alex Bolt. Edmund’s second round opponent is qualifier Bradley Klahn and he can set up a potential third round meeting with Novak Djokovic with a win at 1/6.
Fourth seed Alex Zverev is 1/6 to beat Taylor Fritz while Juan Martin del Potro is 2/5 to beat the veteran Feliciano Lopez. Diego Schwartzman won his first match ever at Wimbledon on Tuesday and so it could pay to back the experienced Jiri Vesely at evens while Rafael Nadal is just 1/18 to beat Mikhail Kukushkin.
British number one at risk of upset
Over the last couple of years it’s been really hard to pick a winner ahead of a women’s Grand Slam and this year is no exception.
Both Williams sisters came through challenging matches in round 1, with Venus Williams having to come from a set down to beat Johanna Larsson. The 9th seed now plays Alexandra Dulgheru who has reached the second round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. Venus is just 1/9 to win, while sister Serena Williams is 1/20 to beat qualifier Viktoriya Tomova.
Caroline Wozniacki has never enjoyed the best time at Wimbledon having failed to progress past round 4 in her career. The world number two has reached the last 16 in three of the last four years and was in excellent form as she demolished Varvara Lepchenko on Centre Court in round 1.
The Dane now faces dangerous floater Ekaterina Makarova, the former top 10 player who’s a previous Grand Slam semi-finalist. Makarova has reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon and considering Wozniacki isn’t always a home on grass, the 5/1 on an upset looks long odds.
Johanna Konta came through a tough examination against youngster Natalia Vikhlyantseva but faces a much trickier test in round two against Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovak player had plenty to say before the tournament after Serena Williams’ elevation cost her a seeding and she’s only ranked a few places below Konta.
Cibulkova is twice a Wimbledon quarter-finalist and can cause an upset here at 9/4.
It was only four years ago that Eugenie Bouchard was a Wimbledon finalist but such has been the Canadian’s fall from grace that she had to qualify for this year’s Wimbledon. She came through a three-setter against Britain’s Gabriella Taylor in round 1 and now faces the 17th seed Ashleigh Barty in round 2.
This year actually represents Barty’s best performance at Wimbledon and her victory over Stefanie Vogele was her first at the tournament. She has reached the final of all four Slams in the doubles, so could be one to watch. This could be a good match and Barty is 1/5 to win.
It’s been a tough couple of years for Victoria Azarenka but the two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist could cause an upset as she faces number 7 seed Karolina Pliskova. Pliskova has gone out in the second round at Wimbledon for five years running and Azarenka can prevail at 7/5.
If you’re looking for an outside bet for this year’s title you could do worse than Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian has reached the last 16 of both Slams already this year, and her run to the third round a Wimbledon last year was her best performance. The 28th seed had no problem dispatching Denisa Allertova in the first round for the loss of just four games and she should be backed at 4/11 to beat world number 86 Jennifer Brady.
Reigning champion Garbine Muguruza is just 2/9 to beat Alison van Uytvanck while Angelique Kerber should beat qualifier Claire Liu at 1/16. Top seed Simona Halep is 1/16 to overcome Zheng Saisai.