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Wimbledon 2023 Betting Odds – Who Are the Main Favourites?

The 2023 Wimbledon is right around the corner, and talk of who might win is heating up. After the major controversy caused by the organisers last year when they inexplicably decided to mix tennis with politics and banned all Russian and Belarusian players from taking part things are back to normal in 2023. With players from all nations allowed to take part the 2023 Wimbledon promises to be an exciting affair and undoubtedly there will be some surprises on the way. Below, we look at the top 4 favourites both from the Men’s and the Ladies’ side of the competition.

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Leading 2023 Wimbledon Favourites for the Men’s and Women’s Singles

In order to show you the main favourites for both of these events, the best way of doing this is to look at the outright betting odds for the four main favourites both at the men’s and the women’s side of the draw. This reveals what the major bookmakers think regarding who has the best chance of winning the 2023 Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic is still chasing a Grand Slam in 2023 and he’s the red-hot favourite to defend his title from last year. In the ladies’ competition, Elena Rybakina was the surprise winner last year.

Men’s Singles 2023 Wimbledon Favourites

Wimbledon Favourites
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It goes without saying that certain players have enjoyed more success at Wimbledon than others. As for the main favourites in the men’s singles, the bookmakers have produced the following odds:

  • Novak Djokovic – 4/9 (1.44) [was 4/6 (1.67) at the start of the tournament]
  • Carlos Alcaraz – 2/1 (3.00) [was 3/1 (4.00) at the start of the tournament]
  • Daniil Medvedev – 3/1 (4.00) [ was 11/1 (12.00) at the start of the tournament]
  • Holger Rune – 18/1 (19.00) [was 14/1 (15.00) at the start of the tournament]

Novak Djokovic

There is a reason why Novak’s odds are so low. Djokovic won the first 2 Grand Slams this year – Australia and Roland Garros. He is chasing his first-ever full Grand Slam (to win all 4 Grand Slams during the same year) and comes to England as the defending champion from all of the last 4 editions of Wimbledon. The last time Djokovic lost a match at the All-England Club was way back in 2017. Can anyone stop Nole from his 24th Grand Slam title? The bookies don’t think it is very likely.

Djokovic’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Djokovic vs Cachin 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
  • R2 Djokovic vs Thompson 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-5
  • R3 Djokovic vs Wawrinka 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (5)
  • R4 Djokovic vs Hurkacz 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4
  • 1/4 final Djokovic vs Rublev 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
  • 1/2 final Djokovic vs Sinner 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Novak started the defence of his Wimbledon title with a routine straight-sets win against the Argentine Cachin. Djokovic dominated in the first 2 sets and despite slightly dropping his focus in set 3 he still managed to close the match in less than 2 hours after winning the 3rd set tiebreak. Once again, Novak showed excellent movement on grass and his groundstrokes were exquisitely precise.

In round 2 Djokovic again won in straight sets against the Aussie Thompson. Nole was pushed both in sets 2 and 3 though and he had to go the distance to win those. Still, despite the first 2 matches of this year’s Wimbledon being Djokovic’s first 2 games on grass surface in a year his movement on the court was great and he can be expected to only be getting better and better with each passing round.

Nole’s dominance continued in round 3 with another straight sets win against the veteran Wawrinka. Djokovic dropped just 4 games in the first 2 sets and despite needing a tiebreak in the third he won in the end. Djokovic never gave away a breakpoint in this match and he continued to be extremely effective on his own serve.

In round 4 Nole finally got tested properly for the first time by the 17th seed Hurkacz. The big-serving Pole caused all sorts of problems for Djokovic but the stubbornness and vast experience of the Serbian saw him through in 4 sets. Djokovic won the first 2 sets in identical fashion, both times he won thrilling tiebreaks 8-6. Hurkacz refused to give up and he won set 3 7-5. However, Djokovic remained rock solid on his serve and this was enough to give him the win in set 4.

Djokovic’s road towards yet another Wimbledon title continued in the the quarterfinals with an exciting clash against the 7th seed Rublev. The Russian won the 1st set but just as some started to wonder could it happen Djokovic dispersed all doubts with a 6-1 triumph in set 2, followed by 2 more quick sets for him to book his place in the semis. Nole was once again Mr Efficiency and once he got going he was pretty much impossible to stop.

Novak’s sublime displays on grass continued with a straight sets win in the semifinal against the Italian Sinner. Romping quickly to a 2-0 lead Djokokvic then managed to wrap up things in the 3rd set tiebreak to book his place in a match against history. Nole is trying to become the first-ever 8-time Wimbledon champion and also to keep his dream of winning all 4 Grand Slams in the same year alive. Djokovic was faultless on his serve in the semi, he hit 11 aces and had 0 double faults. The Serb never got broken in this match despite facing 6 breakpoints. He also won the staggering 75% of points on his 1st serve. Yet again, Djokovic simply looked impossible to beat.

Carlos Alcaraz

The second favourite is the new world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz. The young Spaniard showed he could be successful on the grass with his title at Queens just weeks before the start of the 2023 Wimbledon. The youngster lacks experience though and in his only 2 previous appearances at Wimbledon, he only managed 4 wins – round 2 exit in 2021 and round 4 exit last year.

Alcaraz’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Alcaraz vs Chardy 6-0, 6-2, 7-5
  • R2 Alcaraz vs Muller 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3
  • R3 Alcaraz vs Jarry 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5
  • R4 Alcaraz vs Berrettini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1/4 final Alcaraz vs Rune 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4
  • 1/2 final Alcaraz vs Medvedev 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Alcaraz began his Wimbledon quest with a convincing and easy victory against the French veteran Chardy. The Spaniard dropped just 2 games in the first 2 sets and despite lowering his focus in set number 3 he still triumphed 7-5 to wrap up the match without too much fuss. Alcaraz hit 10 aces and 38 winners in this match and he looked very comfortable moving on the grass surface.

In round 2 Alcaraz defeated another Frenchman 3-0. He had some issues against the world number 84 Muller though. All 3 sets were close and on another day Alcaraz could have easily been in trouble. He allowed 6 breakpoints, hit 41 unforced errors, only 5 aces compared to 3 double faults. These numbers suggest that the Spaniard continued to feel uncomfortable on grass surface.

The first major test for Alcaraz was in round 3 when he needed 4 hours of tennis before eventually edging the 25th seed Nicolas Jarry 3-1. Alcaraz lost the 2nd set tiebeak in this contest and then needed to dig really deep in set 4 to avoid going the distance. The world number 1 showed shaky serving and committed 7 double faults, while also averaging only 62% of 1st serves in for the match. In the end, winning a handful of decisive games when it mattered most proved crucial for Alcaraz but he was far from impressive against an opponent that is not particularly comfortable playing on grass.

The world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz had to come back from a set down in round 4 against the dangerous Italian Berrettini. Alcaraz responded well though and he won 3 consecutive sets with the same 6-3 scoreline to book his place in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard played well but he continued to look shaky on his 1st serve.

Alcaraz booked his place in his first-ever Wimbledon semifinal in style. In the last 8 he beat the 6th seed and 4th favourite for the title Rune in straight sets. The only set that was close was the first one but once Alcaraz triumphed 7-3 in the tiebreak it got easy for him. The Spaniard was solid and hit plenty of winners + his 1st serve was much more effective than in previous rounds with Alcaraz able to win 72% of the points on his 1st serve.

The world number 1 reched his first-ever Wimbledon final in style after breezing past the tired world number 3 Medvedev with 3 sets won with the same 6-3 scoreline. Alcaraz didn’t play that well though. Despite winning easy he still got his own serve broken twice. He hit only 4 aces, while committing 3 double faults. The main reason he won were his solid returns and the many unforced errors by the Russian. Alcaraz won 70% of the points on Medvedev’s 2nd serve. However, going into the final against arguably the best-ever player on grass surface the young Spaniard must be much better on his own serve just to stand a fighting chance.

Daniil Medvedev

The Russian powerhouse Daniil Medvedev returns to Wimbledon after being banned from playing last season. The ex-world number 1 is an excellent grass-court player and he’s been having a strong 2023 so far. Medvedev remains the only male tennis player to have won 3 consecutive titles this year. He’s yet to go past round 4 at Wimbledon though and this is why his odds are so low at the start of the tournament.

Medvedev’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Medvedev vs Fery 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
  • R2 Medvedev vs Mannarino 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
  • R3 Medvedev vs Fucsovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • R4 Medvedev vs Lehecka 6-4, 6-2, retired
  • 1/4 finals Medvedev vs Eubanks 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1
  • 1/2 final Medvedev vs Alcaraz 3-6, 3-6, 3-6

Medvedev was tested but never faltered in round 1 against the Brit Fery. The Russian had to dig deep in all 3 sets but he won them all and looked very solid at the start of his Wimbledon quest. It took him just over 2 hours to win this match with the first set the closest. Medvedev hit 45 winners and 7 aces in this match and he was ultra aggressive. The one issue he had was his 2nd serve, he won just 48% of the points on his second serve and going forward he needs to be better.

Medvedev avoided a surprise against the world number 35 Mannarino and in a match that continued over 2 days the Russian triumphed in straight sets to close the gap in the overall H2H to 3-4. Medvedev won the first 2 sets and was leading 4-2 in the third when play got suspended. Slightly unfocused the following day he saw Mannarino coming back strong. Still, the Russian found a way to win the 3rd set tiebreak 7-5 and wrap up things quickly. Medvedev continued to have problems on his 2nd serve though. He won just 50% of the points on his 2nd serve in this match and the average speed of his 2nd serve was just 94 mph, compared to 111 for his 1st serve.

In Round 3 Medvedev dropped his first set at Wimbledon against the big-serving Hungarian giant Fucsovics. The Russian lost set 1 but then he regrouped quickly and without any drama managed to win the next 3 sets. Medvedev was solid enough but he continued to struggle on his 2nd serve and won only 40% of those points. This has been a trend all tournament and going forward the Russian needs to find a way to be much more effective on his 2nd serve.

The 3rd seed Medvedev had an easy passage in round 4 against the injured Czech Lehecka. Medvedev won the first 2 sets quickly and this was enough for Lehecka, who retired after that. The Russian stayed focused on the task at hand and he kept hitting winners with great ease in this match. Spending only just over an hour on the court should give Medvedev huge advantage going forward too.

Medvedev’s quarterfinal against the unseeded big-serving American Eubanks turned into an epic 5-set battle. The Russian had to come from the brink at 1-2 sets down to win the tiebreak in set 4 before being decisive in a 6-1 5th set triumph. Medvedev was shaky in sets 2 and 3, but overall he looked very solid on his own serve yet again. The Russian hit 28 aces to only 5 double faults in the match.

After his huge effort in the quarterfinals Medvedev looked very tired and fatigued during his semifinal clash vs the world number 1 Alcaraz. Rushing his shots saw Medvdev commit 40+ unforced errors in just 3 sets and he logically lost without ever being properly in contention.

Holger Rune

The 4th of the main favourites is the young Norwegian gun Holger Rune. Rune’s only previous appearance at Wimbledon last year ended in a round 1 defeat. Despite this improved experience since then the world number 6 is not really very comfortable on grass surfaces. He is yet to go past the quarterfinal stage in a Grand Slam, so we really don’t think he could really go all the way and win the title. Yet, the bookies make him the 4th outright favourite.

Rune’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Rune vs Loffhagen 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2
  • R2 Rune vs Carballes Baena 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4
  • R3 Rune vs Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8)
  • R4 Rune vs Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • 1/4 final Rune vs Alcaraz 6-7 (3), 3-6, 3-6

Rune’s first game at the 2023 Wimbledon wasn’t the most impressive display from the Dane. He had problems moving on the grass and slipped numerous times during his match against the British wildcard Loffhagne. Rune was on the verge of losing set 1 before rallying and edging it via a tiebreak. Things got easy after that and the gulf in class between the two showed. Still, Rune didn’t look very comfortable on this surface and it seems he needs to consider changing his shoes going forward for steadier grip on the grass.

In round 2 Rune was lucky to beat Spaniard Carballes Baena 3-0 despite needing nearly 3 hours to do so. Rune had all sorts of problems on his serve in this match. He hit 8 aces but also 11 double faults. As a result, Rune won just 44% of the points on his 2nd serve and he allowed 11 break points and 3 breaks of serves in the 3 sets played. All these numbers and the back-to-back far from convincing wins saw Rune’s title chances slashed dramatically already.

Rune’s round 3 clash against the 31st seed Davidovich Fokina turned into a thrilling 5-set marathon that the Dane eventually won 7-6 in the 5th. Rune came from 1-2 sets down to eventually edge the 5th set tiebreak 10-8. This was an epic 4-hour battle that took a lot out of the Dane. Rune survived, but his title-chances are shrinking fast as he keeps using lots of energy in each match. Rune had 19 aces and this helped him a lot but overall he was far from impressive. In fact, on the total point count Rune won 1 point less than Davidovich Fokina in this match – 168-169.

In round 4 Rune came back from the brink to eventually beet the 21st seed Dimitrov 3-1. Rune lost the first set and then had to save 5 setpoints in set 2 to prevent from falling 0-2 down. The Dane had to save more setpoints in set 3. Rune won both those sets via tiebreaks. Eventually, the huge amount of missed chances saw Dimitrov losing his focus and Rune triumphed. It wasn’t pretty and Rune was lucky on numerous occasions. He showed great fighting spirit though.

Rune’s Wimbledon run ended in the quarterfinals when he lost in straight sets against the world number 1 Alcaraz. Rune put up a good fight in the 1st set and was even close to winning it. However, after losing the 1st set tiebreak Rune failed to regroup and quickly lost the next 2 sets.

Women’s Singles 2023 Wimbledon Favourites

Elena Rybakina
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It’s an armada of Central/Eastern European ladies that are seen as the big favourites to lift the 2023 Wimbledon title. The women’s competition promises to be very close though with even the bookies hardly able to split the top 3 favourites as the odds below show.

  • Iga Swiatek – 1/1 (2.00) [ was 4/1 (5.00) at the start of the tournament]
  • Elena Rybakina – 1/1 (2.00) [was 4/1 (5.00) at the start of the tournament]
  • Aryna Sabalenka – 4/9 (1.44) [ was 9/2 (5.50) at the start of the tournament]
  • Petra Kvitova – 10/1 (11.00) [ was 9/1 (10.00) at the start of the tournament]

Iga Swiatek

Naturally, the world number 1 Swiatek and fresh winner of the 2023 French Open comes into the tournament as one of the main favourites for the title. However, Swiatek hasn’t been past round 4 in any of her 3 previous appearances at Wimbledon. With 3 of her 4 Grand Slams won on clay in Paris the Pole is clearly not very comfortable playing on grass.

Swiatek’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Swiatek vs Zhu 6-1, 6-3
  • R2 Swiatek vs Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 6-0
  • R3 Swiatek vs Martic 6-2, 7-5
  • R4 Swiatek vs Bencic 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4
  • 1/4 finals Swiatek vs Svitolina 5-7, 7-6 (5), 2-6

Swiatek opened her Wimbledon quest with a pretty easy win against the dangerous Chinese world number 34 Zhu. Swiatek dropped just 4 games in the 2 sets she won. Still, the Pole had 16 unforced errors in the 16 games played. She also had only 1 ace, while committing 2 double faults. Those are numbers that should worry Swiatek as she needs to improve them in order to go deep in London.

Swiatek was even more convincing in round 2 when she breezed past the Spaniard Sorribes Tormo in just over an hour and after dropping only 2 games in the match. Iga’s dominance was such that she didn’t need any aces to go through. Her returns was what made her dominate so easily, Swiatek won 82% of the points on Tormo’s second serve.

Round 3 brought Swiatek her first proper test of the competition against the 30th seed Martic. The Pole still won in straight sets but she needed nearly 2 hours and had to dig deep to edge the close 2nd set 7-5. Swiatek won just 44% of her points on 2nd serve and allowed Martic 6 break points and 2 breaks of serve in this encounter. Iga also hit only 1 ace and she needs to improve her serve going forward.

The world number 1 reached her first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal on Sunday after a dramatic come-from-behind win against the 14th seed Belinda Bencic. Swiatek needed over 3 hours and some luck to triumph in this very close match that the Pole looked on the verge of losing in set 2 after dropping the opening set. Swiatek saved 2 matchpoints in set 2 before winning its tiebreak 7-2. Only then she began to dominate in this encounter and still in 3 hours and 3 long sets she managed to break Bencic’s serve only twice. Now the world number 1 enters uncharted waters as she has never been so deep in London.

Iga Swiatek’s disappointments in London continued and the world number 1 failed to win her first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinals. The main outright favourite for the title and world number 1 never found a way to slow down the wild card Ukrainian Svitolina. Swiatek lost the first set and despite winning the 2nd set tiebreak to extend the match she was running out of answers. In the end, she lost set 3 2-6 and her wait for first Wimbledon final continues as she crashed out of the competition.

Elena Rybakina

At the same time, the defending champion Elena Rybakina already proved her qualities on grass. The Kazakh won her only Grand Slam last year in London. She also reached the 2023 Australian Open final and she is clearly establishing herself as a major force on hard and grass courts.

Rybakina’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Rybakina vs Rogers 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
  • R2 Rybakina vs Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (2)
  • R3 Rybakina vs Boultier 6-1, 6-1
  • R4 Rybakina vs Hadad Maia 4-1 retired
  • 1/4 final Rybakina vs Jabeur 7-6 (5), 4-6, 1-6

The defending champion Rybakina looked a bit rusty in round 1 and she was on the verge of a shocking exit against the ever-dangerous American Rogers. Rogers won the first set but then Rybakina’s championship pedigree kicked in and the Kazakh won the next 2 sets dropping just 3 games in the process. Rybakina’s serve was what saved her, she hit 12 aces. Her general display was not great though. With Rybakina pulling out of 2 tournaments recently, including Roland Garros, due to illness she is clearly not in the shape of her life right now.

In round 2 Rybakina managed to win in straight sets against the French veteran Alize Cornet. She still needed nearly 2 hours on court to do that though and a tiebreak in set 2. Once again, Rybakina’s movement on the court wasn’t great and she committed 40 unforced errors, including 4 double faults, in the 2 sets. Rybakina also gave away 6 break points and she was fortunate that Cornet failed to convert all of those, or this could have been another marathon 3-setter for the defending champion. After 2 not very convincing wins Rybakina’s outright odds are lengthening as she doesn’t seem to be in top shape right now.

Rybakina finally looked like a proper defending champion in round 3 when in less than an hour she extinguished the last British hope. Rybakina cruised past Boultier 6-1, 6-1. The Kazakh never let go and simply powered through this easy match against a player that lacked the ground strokes to trouble her.

The defending champion Rybakina breezed into the quarterfinals after her round 4 opponent Hadad Maia had to retire just 5 games into their clash. Rybakina won 4 of those 5 games against the visibly injured Brazilian and the Kazakh was able to preserve precious energy with his fast-track passage.

Rybakina’s title-defence at Wimbledon ended in the quarterfinals after her defeat against the 6th seed Ons Jabeur. Rybakina won dramatic first set in this match 7-5 in the tiebreak and many thought that the Kazakh would go on and take care of business after that. However, she started to commit lots of unforced errors and Jabeur won the next 2 sets, with her 6-1 triumph in the decider dispersing any doubts regarding which player deserved to progress.

Aryna Sabalenka

The third main favourite is the best woman on the Tour this calendar year Aryna Sabalenka. The world number 2 was not allowed to play at Wimbledon last season due to her nationality so she will come into the tournament this year with a chip on her shoulder and a point to prove. The Belarusian won her first Grand Slam title in February when she triumphed in Melbourne. She has the best win-loss record in 2023 – 36-7. Already lifted 3 titles and reached 2 other finals this calendar year. She reached the Wimbledon’s semifinals the last time she attended. She’s reached at least the semifinal stage in all of the last 3 Grand Slams too. All this makes us really fancy Sabalenka’s chances to lift the title this year.

Sabalenka’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Sabalenka vs Udvardy 6-3, 6-1
  • R2 Sabalenka vs Gracheva 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
  • R3 Sabalenka vs Blinkova 6-2, 6-3
  • R4 Sabalenka vs Alexandrova 6-3, 6-0
  • 1/4 final Sabalenka vs Keys 6-2, 6-4
  • 1/2 final Sabalenka vs Jabeur 7-6 (5), 4-6, 3-6

Sabalenka breezed past her round 1 match against the world number 82 Udvardy. The Belarusian never had her serve broken and she dropped just 4 games in this very one-sided match. Sabalenka won 81% of her 1st Serve points and 71% on her 2nd serve, so she was hugely effective all match and certainly looked like a woman that could win it all.

The world number 2 and our personal main favourite for the title Sabalenka survived a major scare in her round 2 match against the world number 41 Gracheva. Sabalenka lost the first set 2-6 but then she rallied and after dramatic 7-5 win in set 2 her confidence was back so she finished the job quickly in the decider. Sabalenka hit 6 double faults, she also showed wastefulness after converting just 4 breaks on 16 break points earned. In comparison, Gracheva was perfect with 3 breaks from 3 break points. This was what made the match tough for Sabalenka but she showed her championship-like qualities and won in the end.

In round 3 Sabalenka was back to her usual best and she powered through the world number 40 Blinkova in 2 easy sets. Sabalenka allowed only 5 games to her opponent in this match but the slightly worrying thing was that 2 of those 5 were breaks of serve. Sabalenka once again had issues on her own serve and on her 9 aces she also registered 8 double faults. The Belarusian needs to be much better on her own serve going forward.

Sabalenka seems to be only getting better and better with each passing match and in round 4 she needed just over an hour to eliminate the 21st seed Alexandrova. Sabalenka dominated this match from start to finish, she allowed her opponent only 3 games. Sabalenka also hit 7 aces while having 0 double faults. She also never allowed a break point to her rival and really looked like the woman to beat.

The only woman standing of the top 4 favourites for the title Aryna Sabalenka continued to dominate in her quarterfinal against the 25th seed American Keys. Sabalenka allowed only 6 games in 2 sets to Keys and the Belarusian was never in much doubt on her way to the last 4. Sabalenka won 75% of the points on her 1st serve and this was decisive to see her through without much drama.

Sabalenka’s Wimbledon dreams ended in the semifinal when she threw away a set lead against the 6th seed Ons Jabeur and ended up losing an epic 2+h battle 3-6 in the 3rd set. Sabalenka pretty much beat herself in this match as she committed 45 unforced errors. She also had serious problems in the 2nd serve where she won just 49% of the points. Still, Sabalenka won the 1st set tiebreak and jumped a break up early in the second. However, 3 consecutive awful games filled with errors saw her lose set 2 and she never recovered after that.

Petra Kvitova

The last of the 4 main favourites is the 33-year-old veteran Petra Kvitova. The Czech warmed up for Wimbledon with a grass court title in Berlin. This was her biggest title in 5 years. She also reentered the world top 10 this season and the veteran seems to be enjoying her tennis right now. The fact that her only 2 Grand Slam titles were the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon triumphs is a reason why she comes into consideration for a surprised winner this year too.

Kvitova’s 2023 Wimbledon So Far

  • R1 Kvitova vs Paolini 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1
  • R2 Kvitova vs Sasnovich 6-2, 6-2
  • R3 Kvitova vs Stevanovic 6-3, 7-5
  • R4 Kvitova vs Jabeur 0-6, 3-6

Petra Kvitova had to dig deep at the start of her 2023 Wimbledon. The veteran lost set 2 against the world number 44 Jasmine Paolini but then the 2-time Wimbledon champion showed her experience and decisively won the third set 6-1. Kvitova played well when her shots were going in. She hit 8 aces too. However, she also committed 38 unforced errors and she needs to clean up her game quickly if she wants to to lift another Grand Slam title 10 years after her last one.

Kvitova”s second game at Wimbledon was much more convincing. She breezed past the world number 69 Sasnovich in just over an hour and dropping just 4 games in the process. Kvitova’s serve remained shaky though and on 5 aces she also registered 6 double faults.

In round 3 Kvitova was lucky to face a qualifier but the world number 225 Stevanovic proved to be a tough nut to crack. Kvitova eventually won in straight sets but she had to dig deep in both of those sets and needed nearly 2 hours to win. Kvitova continued to struggle on her own serve and she allowed 3 breaks of serve, while giving the inexperienced Stevanovic 10 break points in 2 sets. Kvitova had 5 aces but also 7 double faults. She also committed 36 unforced errors. Still, the veteran’s experience once again saw her through and she remains the 4th favourite for the title despite the fact that from what we’ve seen so far we don’t really fancy her chances much.

Veteran Kvitova’s Wimbledon hopes ended in round 4 when she lost badly against the 6th seed Jabeur. The Czech lost the first set 0-6 and despite slightly better 2nd set she never found a way back. This ended the road for the most unfancied of the 4 main favourites for the title.

The 2023 Wimbledon is upon us and we can’t wait to see which man and which woman will be smiling broadest at the end of it all.


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