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Wimbledon women's singles tips: Jelena Ostapenko looks good value to win the SW19 title

The women’s singles at Wimbledon this year has been fascinating, with seeds being scattered left, right and centre.

World No 1 Iga Swiatek had not lost a match for nearly three months, but suffered a shocking third round loss to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva on Saturday, ending her 21-match winning streak.

Emma Navarro also caused a shock as she blasted past reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff in straight sets at the weekend.

It all means that Elena Rybakina - the only former Wimbledon singles champion left in the women's draw – is now the piping hot 6/5 favourite with Planet Sport Bet to win again at SW19.

The ice cool Kazakh with the deadly serve won her maiden Grand Slam title and lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish when she defeated Ons Jabeur in a very one-sided 2022 final. She has the tools and the temperament to win in London again. However, I cannot help feeling this could be Jelena Ostapenko’s time, finally, on grass.

It has been seven years and one month since her first, and so far only, major title (Roland Garros 2017) and if she did the business this week, she would create a bit of history.

That is because no player - male or female - has ever won Grand Slam titles with more than a five-year gap between them. Ostapenko is an enigma wrapped in a riddle, but when she is ‘on’ she can be unplayable.

She has easily been the most impressive player so far in the women’s draw, losing only 15 games in four matches to this point.

Ostapenko is a player you just cannot take your eyes off. She barely ever moves, blasting winner after winner.

 

 

 

The Latvian also has a penchant for challenging calls that are a solid foot outside of the lines, and she also likes to throw in some (often spectacular double faults). 

She is almost as well known for her childish tantrums as she is for her heavy forehands, but she seems a player at peace with herself right now. “I’m probably more confident and more mature on the court this tournament especially,” she said on Monday after reaching the last eight for the third time.

“I kind of know what I have to do, and I'm doing it quite well, especially in deciding moments.

She is basically your least favourite tennis player’s least favourite tennis player, but she is also is a red hot betting favourite to see off Barbora Krejcikova and make the semis.

However, the smart play would be to get on her to win outright at 6/1 before the inevitable price collapse.

That crazy run at Roland Garros back in 2017 aside, the quarter-finals of Slams have typically been the Latvian player's ceiling at the majors.

However, the way she is carrying herself in these championships is so reminiscent of when she tore up the script at the French Open all those years ago, and she looks a value play a 6’s.

 

Suggested bets:

Jelena Ostapenko to win Wimbledon at 6/1 (Planet Sport Bet)

 

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