Sharapova conqueror Kerber faces Bouchard battle in quarters
Ninth seed Angelique Kerber’s reward for toppling French Open champion Maria Sharaova in the last 16 of Wimbledon is a quarter-final clash with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.
This match-up pits the third and fourth favourites in Coral’s outright market for the ladies’ singles. It’s 9/2 Bouchard wins a maiden Grand Slam, while Kerber is longer at 6/1.
Bouchard, the 13th seed, is odds-on at 8/11 to come through this battle with Kerber, because she recently beat the German en route to a semi-final appearance at Roland Garros.
It was a convincing 6-1 6-2 victory, and a 7/4 price says the Canadian will wrap it up in straight sets again. Kerber won their only other previous meeting, however, and needed that match at the US Open last year to go the distance. It’s 7/2 that the German will come through in three sets.
Kerber, 11/10 for victory here, needs a repeat performance against Sharapova here, because Bouchard is so similar in style to the Russian. There is a vast experience difference, however, and the young Canadian is in uncharted territory at the grass court Grand Slam.
Tournament second-favourite and third seed Simona Halep (3/1), meanwhile, takes on Germany’s other leading lady Sabine Lisicki (9/1 to lift the shield). Romania’s finest export in this sport is odds-on for another win at 4/11, but punters can expect her to need three sets.
On the two occasions beaten French Open finalist Halep has beaten Lisicki, the match has gone to a decider. It’s 11/4 she comes through in three sets. Lisicki, 9/4 to win this match, only has one victory over the Romanian, but it came way back in 2011.
This shows how much Halep has come on since then, but the pair have never met on this surface. Take odds of 5/1 for Lisicki to take it in straight sets.