Serena Williams Installed as Wimbledon Favourite After Barty Crashes Out

Martin Green

Monday, July 8, 2019 5:03 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 8, 2019 5:03 PM UTC

Is it time for Serena to claim an eighth Wimbledon title?
<div><p>World number one Ashleigh Barty lost in three sets to unseeded American Alison Riske, teenage sensation Cori Gauff crashed out to Simona Halep and two-time former champion Petra Kvitova succumbed to Britain’s Johanna Konta. It means that eight of the top 10 seeds are out of the tournament. Williams is bidding to win Wimbledon for an eighth time and she dispatched Carla Suarez Navarro with ease to tee up a quarter-final clash with Riske tomorrow.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> responded by installing Williams as the new 2.50 (6/4) favourite to lift the famous trophy. Seventh seed Halep is now the second favourite at 3.50 (5/2) and she faces rank outsider Zhang Shuai in the quarters. Konta is next in the betting at 5.50 (9/2) and she will benefit from passionate home support in her last eight clash with Barbora Strycova. Eighth seed Elina Svitolina is still standing and she is priced at 10.0 (9/1), but Williams is now expected to power to victory if she can keep her cool. Given the diminished field, 6/4 looks like a compelling set of odds on someone with her power, experience and athleticism.</p></div>
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