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Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:19 PM
Oddsmakers Select Sharapova As Favorite To Win Wimbledon
Photo By Fred Mullane By Tennis Week

Reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams may still enjoy the strong backing of North American bettors, but British bookmaker PinnacleSports.com lists Maria Sharapova as the favorite to reclaim the Wimbledon crown she won in 2004.

Though the 14th-seeded Williams overwhelmed Sharapova, 7-6(2), 6-1, in the 2005 semifinals en route to winning her third career Wimbledon title, Sharapova arrives at the All England Club as the oddsmakers favorite to raise the Rosewater Dish this year.

Bookmaker PinnacleSports.com (http://www.pinnaclesports.com/) has installed the fourth-seeded Sharapova as the 3/1 favorite to capture her second career Grand Slam title. Three-time Roland Garros champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, the 2001 Wimbledon runner-up to Venus, is a 5/1 shot to win the only major championship that has eluded her and complete her quest to sweep a career Grand Slam. Reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who meets fellow Belgian Henin-Hardenne in Friday's Eastbourne semifinals, is 6/1.

Despite the fact she has reached the Wimbledon final in five of the past six years and enters the fortnight as the favorite in the minds of many, the seventh-seeded Williams is listed as a 7/1 shot to successfully defend her title.

Martina Hingis, one of three former women's champions in the field, and French Open semifinalist Nicole Vaidisova are both 10/1 shots to rule the grass-court grounds.

Although she's the top-ranked female player in the world, has advanced to three straight Wimbledon semifinals and has earned the tournament's top seed, Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo is listed at 11/1 to win her second Grand Slam of the year.

PinnacleSports.com (http://www.pinnaclesports.com/) CEO Simon Noble told Tennis Week Wimbledon typically elicits the most gambling action of any tennis tournament in the world.

"In terms of betting activity in general, tennis is probably our fifth or sixth largest sport and Wimbledon is certainly the biggest tournament in terms of betting," Noble told Tennis Week. "The U.S. Open also draws a lot of attention among our American customers because it's on the same time zone, but Wimbledon is definitely the biggest one. We offer the best odds for bettors and usually, when we first open the lines a lot of customers take advantage of the early odds. If you think about it, in the 64 first-round matches at a Grand Slam there are usually one or two upsets at least and though we obviously believe we have a very good feel for tennis, there are customers out there even better than we are and they try to take advantage of that with the bets in the early rounds."

The Williams sisters recently ranked as America's top two most popular female sports stars in a Harris Poll (http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=15474&bannerregion=) and both sisters, who have combined to claim five of the last six Wimbledon titles, have historically been among the favorites of American gamblers during Grand Slam tournaments.

"On the ladies side, the Americans have been doing very well at Wimbledon the past few years," Noble said. "Although the Williams sisters aren't quite on the same stature of success they were a few years back when they were facing each other in so many finals, they are still very, very popular with our North American customers. And in fact, if one of the Williams sisters is playing well, as Venus has been playing well, I can almost guarantee they can create more activity because both sisters are so popular with our North American customers."

Odds To Win 2006 Women’s Wimbledon Championship

Maria Sharapova 3/1
Justine Henin-Hardenne 5/1
Kim Clijsters 6/1
Venus Williams 7/1
Martina Hingis 10/1
Nicole Vaidisova 10/1
Amelie Mauresmo 11/1
Svetlana Kuznetsova 13/1
Nadia Petrova 22/1
Dinara Safina 56/1
Anastasia Myskina 64/1
Elena Dementieva 64/1
Ana Ivanovic 69/1

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:22 PM

Just like last year, so I am not worried.

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:28 PM

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:30 PM
The BBC commentator said the two faves are Justine and Kim

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:34 PM

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:39 PM
Who cares, but I think Amélie and Sveta are the two I'll be putting my money on. ;)

Anne K.
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:49 PM
:lol: What are these people smoking?? I'd like to get me some, if it can
induce such absurd fantasies!! Neither player is a fave of mine, but if
they do meet in the semi's, you'd have to put your money on Venus.
She's by far the better athlete, and grass always rewards athleticism.

Stamp Paid
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:51 PM
Damn I wish I had money to bet!!!!!

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:52 PM
Maria Sharapova 3/1
Justine Henin-Hardenne 5/1
Kim Clijsters 6/1
Venus Williams 7/1

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:53 PM
i dont understand why ana always makes these odds. there are a few people i would think have a better chance than her who aren't on the list.

Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:57 PM
I've bet 0.50€ on Mauresmo :D

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:00 AM
what come on do these people even watch tennis!

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:16 AM
hahaha justine and kim above venus? rightttttttttt

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:21 AM
If I were going to place a bet, I'd put it on Sharapova.

She's pretty much the only one you can be pretty sure of seeing in the second week an all slams aside from the French.

Maybe I should put some money on her - it might make it easier to stomach her winning :tape:.

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:21 AM
these odds are always a joke :tape:

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:21 AM
These same oddsmakers set 25/1 odds for Serena to win this year and she's not even playing.:haha:

On the women’s side, PinnacleSports.com has listed 2004 champ Maria Sharapova as a 3/1 favorite despite only being the fourth seed in this year’s tournament. French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne has the second best odds at 5/1, while second-seeded Kim Clijsters is listed at 6/1. The top seeded American woman and last year’s champion, Venus Williams is 7/1 to repeat on the grass courts at Wimbledon, while her sister Serena is a 25/1 long shot to capture her third title at the All England Tennis Club.

Jun 24th, 2006, 12:23 AM
Masha the favorite to win Wimbledon :haha:
Vaidisova and Safina above Nastya :haha:

Bounty Hunter
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:24 AM