How the Bookies See it
- Venus Williams v Daria Kasatkina: Williams 11/21, Kasatkina 6/4 - 888Sport
- Dominika Cibulkova v Eugenie Bouchard: Cibulkova 8/13, Bouchard 5/4 - Coral
- Alize Cornet v Madison Keys: Keys 1/7, Cornet 9/2 - Betfred
- Tournament winner: Serena Williams 7/5, Keys 6/1, Petra Kvitova 10/1 - Boylesports
- Venus Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion and No.8 seed, but she had a tough first round against Donna Vekic and then needed three sets to beat qualifier Maria Sakkari. Russian teenager Kasatkina, who has surged up the rankings in the past 12 months, has notched up two straight-sets wins so far.
- Cibulkova, who won the warm-up tournament in Eastbourne, has kept up her good form with straight-sets wins over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Daria Gavrilova. Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014, looked back to her best in a three-set win over Britain’s Johanna Konta.
- Madison Keys has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open, broken into the world’s top ten and won the Aegon Classic in the last couple of months. Her opponent, Alize Cornet, knocked out 20th seed Sara Errani in the previous round and has been as far as the fourth round before at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams may have a phenomenal record at Wimbledon, but she faces a very tricky customer in Kasatkina. The 19-year-old Russian beat Venus in Auckland earlier this year and will be looking for a repeat performance. Williams has already had two tough matches and the odds of Kasatkina winning in three sets are a tempting 4/1 at Coral.
As so many seeds have already fallen by the wayside, it is also a good opportunity to start looking ahead to possible finalists. There is a huge chance for someone to come through the bottom half of the draw now that Muguruza has been eliminated, and Keys is in the form of her life. The American has been consistent for a few months now but this could be her real breakthrough and, with Serena Williams in the other side of the draw, it is the perfect time to back her at 7/2 with Paddy Power to reach the final.
Cibulkova and Bouchard are both in excellent form as well, but the problem is they face each other next. The winner is then also likely to face Agnieszka Radwanska after that, leaving Petra Kvitova as the player with the kindest draw in that particular section. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, looks very good value to win the second quarter at odds of 5/2 with Sky Bet.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Madison Keys to reach the final - 6/4 at Sky Bet
Please note, odds may change in the run-up to matches.