How the Bookies See it
- Serena Williams v Christina McHale: Williams 1/16, McHale 7/1 - Boylesports
- Jana Cepelova v Garbine Muguruza: Muguruza 1/8, Cepelova 5/1 - Coral
- Kirsten Flipkens v Madison Keys: Keys 2/9, Flipkens 16/5 - William Hill
- Samantha Stosur v Sabine Lisicki: Lisicki 8/13, Stosur 5/4 - Paddy Power
- Yaroslava Shvedova v Elina Svitolina: Svitolina 4/9, Shvedova 7/4 - Ladbrokes
Stosur reached the French Open semi-finals and is seeded 14th, but has never been past the third round at Wimbledon. Lisicki, by contrast, has made it to at least the quarter-finals on five previous occasions.
17th seed Svitolina has only won one match at Wimbledon in three previous visits to SW19. Her opponent Shvedova has been as far as the fourth round in both 2012 and 2014.
Keys, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova and Coco Vandeweghe are among the players in the best form on grass. Keys won the recent Aegon Classic, Vandeweghe the Ricoh Open and Cibulkova beat Pliskova in the Eastbourne final.
The early rounds of Wimbledon are ideal for accumulators as there should be a lot of safe bets, coupled with some opportunities to back underdogs which can really drive up the potential return. The bookies have Lisicki as a slight favourite to beat Stosur even though she is ranked 65 places lower at 81st in the world, but it is easy to see why given her ferocious serve and Wimbledon history, so odds of around 8/13 still represent good value.
Shvedova can be backed at an even better price, perhaps 7/4 with Ladbrokes. The Kazakhstani player memorably achieved a golden set against Sara Errani at Wimbledon in 2012, denying her opponent a single point. She is unlikely to find it quite that easy against Svitolina, who has recruited former world no.1 Justine Henin as part of her coaching team, but Shvedova is the more suited of the two to grass and therefore worth a punt in an accumulator.
The rest of the accumulator could be filled out with players who are in good form but do not have extremely short odds such as the 1/16 on Serena Williams. Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, Dominika Cibulkova and Coco Vandeweghe all slot into this category and are not up against players who should derail them just yet, so you could combine them with Shvedova and Lisicki to form a six-fold accumulator at 11.57/1 with Sky Bet.
- Sports.net’s top tip - Six-fold accumulator on:
Karolina Pliskova to beat Misaki Doi
Yaroslava Shvedova to beat Elina Svitolina
Madison Keys to beat Kirsten Flipkens
Sabine Lisicki to beat Samantha Stosur
Coco Vandeweghe to beat Timea Babos
Dominika Cibulkova to beat Daria Gavrilova
11.57/1 at Sky Bet
Please note, odds may fluctuate before matches