The first few days of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships have certainly seen a few shock results, with the men’s draw blown wide open following the departures of Rafael Nadal, Joe-Wilfred Tsonga and defending champion Roger Federer.
The women’s draw has similarly seen a number of top seeds suffer, with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka both already knocked out of the competition.
Despite the shocks and surprises going on around him, pre-tournament favourite Novak Djokovic has made short work of his first two matches to book a third round tie against either Jan-Lennard Struff or Jeremy Chardy. Their second round match was halted at one set all on Thursday night due to rain.
Due to all the high-profile casualties dropping out of the tournament already, his odds have closed in from 6/5 pre-tournament and he is now evens with a number of sites, including William Hill, to win the tournament outright.
The drop-outs of top names have also raised the hopes of Andy Murray fans of the Scot reaching the final and even winning the tournament.
He has not yet dropped a set during his first and second round wins over Benjamin Becker and Lu Yen-Hsun and now faces Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the third round.
The number 32 seed defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the second round in straight sets and is due to play Murray on centre court at approximately 4:30pm on Friday afternoon and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 14/1 for Robredo to cause an upset.
In terms of outright winner, Murray has also closed in from 4/1 pre-tournament and the best price now available is 6/4 with Sportingbet.
In terms of the women’s tournament, the door has been left even wider for Serena Williams to successfully defend her Wimbledon title after Sharapova and Azarenka’s exits.
Number three seed Sharapova was disposed of by Michelle Larcher de Brito earlier this week whilst Azarenka pulled out of her second round match due to injury.
Williams has breezed through her first two matches against Mandy Minella and Caroline Garcia and now faces Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm on Saturday afternoon.
The odds have also narrowed for Williams taking the women’s title and the best value can now be found with Sportingbet at 3/10.
Hopes are also rising for Britain’s only remaining player in the women’s draw, Laura Robson, who is through to the second round after beating number 10 seed Maria Kirilenko in straight sets.
She faces Columbian Mariana Duque on centre court at 1pm on Friday afternoon for a third round tie against Mariana Erakovic. The 19-year-old is 1/8 favourite with Bet 365 to beat the qualifier with Bet 365 also offering the best odds of 5/1 for Duque on securing victory.
In terms of the women’s outright odds, Robson is now seventh favourite behind names such as Petrova Kvitova and Li Na, to win the tournament, Bet Victor providing odds of 66/1 for her to do that.
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