Wimbledon Ladies Semi Final Preview
Down to the last 4 in the Ladies tournament with 2 quiet different looking semi-finals being played on Thursday.
The top half of the draw has gone to form with the number 1 seed Serena Williams (1/5) playing the number 4 seed in Maria Sharapova (7/2). Plenty of history between these 2 players as you would expect, after only 3 meetings Sharapova led the H2H 2-1, but it’s been a different story since then with Serena winning 16 straight matches against the Russian player to now lead 17-2 in the H2H standings. During those 16 matches the set scores read 32 to Williams and 3 to Sharapova, to we can see the task facing Maria here. Picking out the Slams from these matches doesn’t make the reading any better for Sharapova with us having to go back to the 2005 Australian Open for the last time she managed to even pick up a single set. They have met once this year in the final of the Australian Open where Sharapova put up a decent fight before eventually going down 6-3 7-6. It’s a struggle to come up with any reasons for supporting Sharapova here, and despite Serena again playing nowhere near her best Tennis she still looks the call in this contest, with the straight sets victory being priced up at 4/7.
The other semi-final is between 20th seed Garbine Muguruza (4/5) and 13th seed Agnieska Radwanska (Evens). Given the close nature of the betting it’s unsurprising to see that their H2H matches are tied at 2-2 although they have never met on a grass court. Muguruza has won both of their meeting this year 6-4 6-2 in Dubai, and 3-6 7-6 6-2 in Sydney in the early part of the season, so she comes here with the confidence of knowing she has the edge in their recent encounters. The one area I believe Radwanska has the edge is her experience having reached this stage at Wimbledon on 2 previous occasions, in 2013 she lost in the semi-final to Sabine Lisicki, whilst in the previous year she went on to the final before losing to a certain Serena Williams in 3 sets. Whilst she hasn’t had the greatest of years falling out of the top 10 for the first time in 5 years, she does seem to be playing herself back into form and for these reasons she is my selection here at the Evens quoted.