Serena favored to claim 24th grand slam title

Serena Williams hasn’t won a grand slam event in more than two years and hasn’t won a tournament of any sort in 2019, but sportsbooks overwhelmingly believe she will claim an eighth Wimbledon title come Saturday.

The 37-year-old entered Wimbledon having played only 12 competitive matches all year. But after surviving a three-set test against Alison Riske on Tuesday, Williams is in her first Grand Slam semifinal of 2019.

Williams was listed at -105 by FanDuel on Wednesday to win the women’s title and +100 by PointsBet and William Hill. On Thursday, Williams will take on Czech Barbora Strycova, the unseedeed 33-year-old playing in her first Wimbledon semifinal. Strycova is the underdog of the four women left, listed at +1200 by FanDuel at +1100 by PointsBet.

Romania’s Simona Halep is the highest seed remaining at No. 7. She is listed at +200 by FanDuel, while semifinal opponent and No. 8 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is +700. PointsBet has Svitolina at +500 and Halep at +171.

PointsBet is also offering a Serena (+100) vs. the field (-139) prop.

Williams has been chasing Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam victories in the Open Era since winning the 2017 Australian Open for her 23rd. However, she entered Wimbledon having played in only five tournaments to date this year, scratching from matches in two of them and retiring during another.

Williams is a heavy favorite (-390) by FanDuel to reach her 11th Wimbledon final. Strycova (+310) has lost all three previous meetings, including a straight-sets loss in the first round of Wimbledon in 2012. However, the noted double specialist has knocked off No. 4 seed Kiki Bertens, No. 19 Johanna Konta and No. 32 Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets, along with a three-set upset of No. 21 Elise Mertens to reach this point.

Svitolina (+182 by FanDuel) and Halep (-220) have split eight previous meeting, but this is their first meeting on grass and Svitolina’s first grand slam semifinal appearance. Halep defeated Svitolina in the Doha semifinals in Qatar in February.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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