We see that the mighty have fallen in the women’s draw at Wimbledon this year, as the highest seed left in the semifinal is the seventh seed, Simona Halep, who faces the eighth seed, Elina Svitolina, in one semifinal. The other semifinal features the eleventh seed, Serena Williams, against unseeded Barbora Strycova. The parity in the women’s draw has never been more apparent than it is in this year’s tournament. Is the field clear for Serena to roll to another Wimbledon title? Will the unseeded Strycova continue her amazing run? Will Elina Svitolina continue to make history for her country? Or will Halep reassert herself as a former top-ranked player in the world? Don’t miss our sports betting preview as the Wimbledon women’s draw is now down to four players.
2019 Wimbledon Women’s Semifinals Odds & Betting Predictions
The ladies’ singles final will be:
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Thursday, July 11
#11 Serena Williams vs Barbora Strycova (8:00am ET, ESPN)
- 2019 Wimbledon Women’s Semifinals Odds: Williams -400 / Strycova +267
Serena Williams looked vulnerable in her quarterfinal match against fellow American Alison Riske, as she won the first set but dropped the second. However, she was able to regroup and take the third set. Now she faces Czech, Barbora Strycova, who eliminated Johanna Konta in straight sets. Williams is 3-0 lifetime against Strycova, with wins in straight sets in all three victories. She also has made the third round of mixed doubles with Andy Murray, so despite a spring in which she did not get a lot of exposure to grass play, she is making up for lost time at Wimbledon.
Strycova is in her first Grand Slam semifinal in her career. By beating Konta, she eliminated the 19-seed, but she also knocked out the fourth seed, Kiki Bertens, the third round, and then took down Elise Mertens in the round of 16, so she is definitely on a roll as far as taking down some of the top names in the sport. Can she take down another tennis icon? Or will Williams roll to her 11th Wimbledon final? Strycova has had a great run, but Serena is showing no signs of slowing down.
Final Prediction: Williams wins in three sets
#8 Elina Svitolina vs #7 Simona Halep (following the first match, ESPN)
- 2019 Wimbledon Women’s Semifinals Odds: Svitolina +183 / Halep -250
This matchup gives Elina Svitolina the chance to redeem herself for an epic collapse in the quarterfinals at the French Open, when she led Halep 5-1 in the second set and sit on the verge of victory…only to collapse and see Halep come all the way back to win in three sets. Svitolina has taken down such seeded opponents as Maria Sakkari and Petra Martic. She is the first woman from Ukraine ever to make a semifinal in a Grand Slam. Despite that collapse at the French Open, she had beaten Halep in four of their seven meetings in WTA competition and in three of their last four meetings. So while Halep sits as the favorite, Svitolina will bring her a tough challenge.
As far as Halep goes, she comes in on the strength of a solid win over Zhang Shuai, prevailing in straight sets. She won 90 percent of her service games and broke Shuai three times. She is in her second Wimbledon semifinal. She has been the top-ranked player in the world in the past and has considerably more experience in this sort of matchup than her counterpart. She did beat Svitolina the last time they met, which was at the Qatar Open earlier in 2019, where Halep won in three sets. The pressure of moving to a Grand Slam final will weigh more heavily on Svitolina than it will on Halep, who has already been there — but Svitolina’s status as an up-and-coming player makes her a solid pick.
Final Prediction: Svitolina wins in three sets