Wimbledon (aka The Championships) is where all the tennis stars are going to be this month. The likes of Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, and Garbine Muguruza are all the favorites over at the women’s side of the singles bracket, but fans and bettors alike should not be sleeping on some other key players, the top three of which we are going to talk about below.
Sleeper Picks and Predictions for the 2018 Wimbledon Tennis Championship Women’s Singles Tournament
Ashleigh Barty (+2,500)
Barty turned some heads in the Australian Open with a round of 32 appearance. Then she turned some more at the French Open, mostly because she made it not easy for Serena Williams in their second-round clash. After that, the 22-year-old Barty spent her time preparing for the Wimbledon by playing exclusively on grass. Barty even won the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, defeating the likes of Naomi Osaka and Johanna Konta along the way. Barty is 8-2 on grass this year.
Victoria Azarenka (+3,000)
The year 2018 hasn’t been that kind to former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who recently crashed out in the second round of the Mallorca Open last month. Azarenka has not played a lot on grass this year with only two matches on the surface, care of her Mallorca appearance. Nevertheless, she deserves some attention for some strong campaigns at the Wimbledon in the past. She’s reached the semis of the Wimbledon twice and the quarterfinals four times. Last year, she made it to the round of 16. The 28-year-old Belarusian has two Grand Slam titles, though, both were won at the Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka (+3,300)
Osaka makes for a perfect sleeper because most casual tennis fans probably don’t register to them. The 20-year-old Haitian-Japanese, however, has had some solid results for such a young competitor this year in major tournaments. She reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open and the round of 32 at the Roland Garros just recently. Perhaps even more impressive was her triumph at the Indian Wells Masters back in March when she topped the BNP Paribas Open. Among those she defeated in that tournament were the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, and Daria Kasatkina. Osaka is more comfortable playing on a hard surface, but her confidence appears to be unaffected by whichever kind of court she plays on. This is Osaka’s second time playing at Wimbledon. In 2017, she made it to the round of 32.
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