Serena Williams’ Return Shakes Up Wimbledon Odds Boards


Serena Williams Wimbledon

  • Serena Williams has moved from +2500 to win Wimbledon to as short as +1200 via the BetOnline App.
  • Williams announced on Tuesday that she would be returning to grand slam competition at the 2022 Wimbledon women’s singles tournament which begins on June 27.
  • The All-England Club awarded Serena with one of the wild card entries to the women’s singles tournament.

Serena Williams surprised the tennis world when she announced on Tuesday that she would be returning to play at this year’s Wimbledon women’s singles tournament.

Williams has not played in a grand slam tournament since she retired from her first-round match against Aliakasandra Sasnovich in last year’s Wimbledon competition with a hamstring injury. Although she did not make any announcement regarding her future, many speculated that she would retire. But in a surprise move, Williams announced via Instagram that she will be competing at the All-England Club in a couple of weeks. Now the betting odds boards are shaken up.

The Stage Awaits

Early on Tuesday, Williams posted on her Instagram account a photo of her white shoes on what looked like a grass court with the message “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022. Let’s Go.” SW is her initial while SW19 is the postal code for Wimbledon. What began as speculation was later confirmed. The quest to match Margaret Court’s record 24 grand slam titles is on once again.

Williams was not included in the list of names on the women’s singles entry list released by the tournament organizers earlier this month. However, the All-England Club announced on Tuesday that they have awarded the seven-time Wimbledon champion a wild card entry for the singles tournament, marking Serena’s return to grand slam competition after one year.

Serena has won seven times at the All-England Club. She won her first-ever Wimbledon title in 2002 and her most recent one came in 2016. She was runner-up in 2018 and 2019, and the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament returned to the tennis calendar last year and Williams looked good leading 3-1 in the first set of her opening round match when her right leg buckled. It was only the second mid-match retirement at any Grand Slam tournament in Williams’ career, and her first since 1998.

Odds to Win 2022 Women’s Wimbledon

Earlier this month, the best tennis betting sites opened the futures odds boards for the 2022 Women’s Wimbledon winner and as expected, world no. 1 Iga Swiatek was the clear betting favorite to win the tournament at +200 with four-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka second with her +750 odds and former world no. 1 Karolina Pliskova third at +1200 odds. Williams opened at +2500 odds despite the uncertainty of her participation in the tournament.

With her entry confirmed, Williams has moved up the odds boards. She is tied with 2021 U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu with the 4th best odds to win at +1600 via Caesars Sportsbook and Bet365 USA. Williams and Raducanu also have the 4th best odds to win at +2200 via PointsBet USA. Serena is also priced at +1800 via Unibet and the FD Sportsbook.

On the BetOnline App, Serena and French Open finalist Coco Gauff are tied with the second-best odds to win at +1200 with Swiatek listed at +150 and Osaka and Simona Halep at +1400. Elena Rybakina and Raducanu are next with their +1600 odds while Ons Jabeur follows at +2000 odds.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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