By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 3rd July 2018
The early rounds of Wimbledon 2018 represent a glorious buffet of betting opportunities, from top dogs to cats among the pigeons. Below we preview the pick of the odds on day three.
Yesterday our best bets combined into a straight sets accumulator in four men’s draw matches. Today women’s clashes are the bread and butter that’ll pay for our strawberries and cream.
Caroline Wozniacki (-5.5 games) to beat Ekaterina Makarova @ odds of 8/11
Wozniacki finally got the Grand Slam monkey off her back at the Australian Open in January and she’s unbeaten on grass in 2018, arriving at SW19 off the back of a tournament win at Eastbourne.
The Dane has bested Makarova in seven of their eight previous meetings and comfortably covered the 5.5 game handicap the last three times. Wozniacki is currently 16/1 sixth-favourite to win the whole thing in the outright Wimbledon 2018 odds.
Tatiana Maria to beat Kristina Mladenovic @ odds of 11/10
Kiki Mladenovic’s 4-1 career head-to-head lead against the girl with two first names looks ominous, but none of those wins came on grass, where the German has been flying this term.
She arrived at the All England Club off the back of a victory over a good field in the Mallorca WTA (watch highlights of the final below) and bounced fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the first round to set up this encounter.
Katerina Siniakova to beat Ons Jabeur @ odds of 8/13
Czech right-hander Siniakova leads the pair’s past head-to-head 4-0 (all straight sets) and while three of those encounters happened in 2014, a 6-1,6-1 success over her Tunisian opponent earlier this year at Shenzhen suggests she still has her measure.
Siniakova’s impressive victory over CoCo Vandeweghe in the first round at Wimbledon 2018 offers further reassurance in light of Ons’ decent form on at ITF level on lawn this term.
Luksika Kumkhum to win one set vs Madison Keys @ odds of 17/10
The outsider of the day’s selections, Thai racketeer Kumkhum is 9/2 to beat Keys, despite winning their two past tussles back in 2013 and 2014 (the American retired at 6-2 4-3 down in the latter).
She’s having a decent season too, beating Belinda Bencic in the third round of the Aussie Open and back-to-back ITF tournaments on hard court and may be capable of taking a set off the tenth seed, who was eliminated at this stage last term.