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French Open results cause big moves in Wimbly futures

The roars at Roland Garros are still echoing throughout the tennis world with Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova claiming French Open titles on the men’s and women’s sides.

Those results had an instant impact on the futures odds for Wimbledon, which begins June 25. According to Aron Wattleworth from bet365.com, the biggest adjustment has been to the women’s Wimbledon odds, where new World No. 1 Sharapova has moved from +800 in March to her current price of +333 – just behind favorite Serena Williams, who was upset in the first round of the French Open.

“Sharapova has been the biggest mover, given she had never won the French,” Wattleworth told Covers. “She now goes back to the grass, where she has always been hard to beat. It looks as though the injury nightmares she had for the last few years may be behind her, and she deserves the respect in the market going into Wimbledon on such a high.”

Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has slid down the Wimbledon futures board, opening at +350 back in March. She bowed out in the fourth round, losing to Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets, and is now priced at +600 to win Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova is the third overall favorite at +350.

In the men’s Wimbledon futures, Nadal’s seventh French Open title has pulled him even with Novak Djokovic, who he defeated in the French Open final Monday, moving from +250 to +200. Djokovic, the World No. 1, dropped from +175 to +200.

Nadal has dominated clay-court play, but he’s no stranger to the grass at the All England Club. The Spaniard has won two Wimbledon titles and, while other clay-court specialist struggle on grass, he has excelled making the switch in surface.

“Djokovic, Nadal, (Roger) Federer and (Andy) Murray are still the main threats regardless the surface,” says Wattleworth. “Nadal is looking like he’s back to his best, which must be very unnerving for the rest on the men’s tour.”

Federer, who has six career Wimbledon titles, is currently priced as the third overall favorite at +400 while Murray, who hopes to become the first UK player to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, is listed at +650.

One player gaining serious respect from tennis bettors is Canadian Milos Raonic, who currently ranks No. 21 in the world. According to Wattleworth, action on Raonic has been steady since the 2012 odds were posted following last year’s Wimbledon final. Raonic opened at +8,000 and was bet down to +2,800 heading into French Open play. He’s now sitting at +2,000 to win Wimbledon.

“His game suits the grass, and he has been playing well this year and progressing along well after his injury last year,” says Wattleworth.

ATP Wimbledon Odds

Novak Djokovic +200
Rafael Nadal +200
Roger Federer +400
Andy Murray +650
Juan Martin Del Porto +1,600
Milos Raonic +2,000
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga +2,500
John Isner +3,300
Tomas Berdych +3,300
Bernard Tomic +3,300
Andy Roddick +6,600
Robin Soderling +6,600
Mardy Fish +8,000
David Nalbandian +10,000
Richard Gasquet +12,500
Feliciano Lopez +20,000

WTA Wimbledon Odds

Serena Williams +300
Maria Sharapova +333
Petra Kvitova +350
Victoria Azarenka +600
Kim Clijsters +2,000
Na Li +2,200
Carolina Wozniacki +2,500
Venus Williams +2,500
Sabine Lisicki +2,500
Samantha Stosur +2,500
Agnieszka Radwanska +2,500
Kaia Kanepi +2,800
Marion Bartoli +5,000
Vera Zvonareva +5,000
Ana Ivanovic +5,000
Andrea Petkovic +5,000

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