Wimbledon 2018 – The Unusual Suspects


Wimbledon 2018 – The Unusual Suspects

The sun is out, the lawns have been freshly cut, and the tubs of strawberries and cream are primed. It can mean only one thing: Wimbledon 2018 is just days away – with plenty of questions for tennis fans before the action begins in SW19.

Will the evergreen Roger Federer seal a record ninth title to take him further away from nearest rivals Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic?

Will Serena make light work of her low seeding?

Or will some new names be writing their names into the history books?

We’ve profiled a few players who could rip up the script in 2018 and claim a precious debut Slam…

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Men’s Singles

Alexander Zverev
Current odds (as of 29th June): 8/1
Reasons to be cheerful? Achieved his best result to date at Wimbledon last year reaching the fourth round.
Reasons to be fearful? Losing to Dominic Thiem in this year’s French Open means psychologically, momentum looks to be with another member of the so-called ‘next generation’.

Grigor Dimitrov
Current odds: 37/2
Reasons to be cheerful? With other talents now seen as more likely to threaten the old guard, Dimitrov may benefit from going slightly under the radar this year.
Reasons to be fearful? So often touted as the sport’s next big thing, it’s easy to forget the Bulgarian is now 27 years-old and still no closer to a Slam. Has his time come and gone?

Nick Kyrigios
Current odds: 18/1
Reasons to be cheerful? The current bad-boy of tennis can give anyone a game in the right frame of mind and has shown glimpses of looking more focused in 2018.
Reasons to be fearful? The flip-side to that – the World No. 19 can still throw a strop when things are going against him, and petulance and ill-discipline are never far from the surface.

Dominic Thiem
Current odds: 25/1
Reasons to be cheerful? At just 24, he looks to be one of the most mature players on the circuit, consistently reaching at least the fourth round in his last seven Grand Slams. Can he push on?
Reasons to be fearful? As his playing style evolves, it looks far better suited to clay – a point proven by his run to the final at Roland Garros back in early June.

Sam Querrey
Current odds: 66/1
Reasons to be cheerful? The Canadian loves this surface – and has previous in knocking out big hitters, sending both Djokovic and Murray packing in recent times.
Reasons to be fearful? An outstanding server, Querrey lacks the all-round finesse to his game look a genuine contender, and at 6ft 6in is unsurprisingly not the fastest around the court.

Borna Ćorić
Current odds: 47/1
Reasons to be cheerful? How’s this for an interesting option? With only one taste of Wimbledon to his name, Ćorić looks a long shot, but defeated both Zverev and Federer on grass to win this year’s Halle Open – usually a handy barometer of future Wimbledon success.
Reasons to be fearful? Wimbledon fortnight is gruelling for any player on the circuit – never mind a 21-year-old relative rookie. The Croatian still has plenty of time on his side.


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Women’s singles

Madison Keys
Current odds: 16/1
Reasons to be cheerful? One of the most consistent players on the women’s circuit, Keys’ time has surely come as she looks to seal a first Grand Slam.
Reasons to be fearful? The ‘choke’ factor. Getting over that winning line is a psychological barrier for any player, and Keys will need to exorcise past demons to finally seal a deserved Slam.

Magdaléna Rybáriková
Current odds: 40/1
Reasons to be cheerful? A Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2017 and runner-up at the Birmingham Classic building up to this year’s tournament, the 29-year-old has found her feet on grass in recent years.
Reasons to be fearful? Little real pedigree elsewhere to suggest she can join the elite of the game.

Ashleigh Barty
Current odds: 22/1
Reasons to be cheerful? A fighter and all-rounder – Barty even put her tennis career on hiatus in 2014 for a crack at Big Bash cricket in her native Australia. Has decent form on grass this season after winning the Nottingham Open.
Reasons to be fearful? Barty has shown little previous form in South London to really talk up her chances and looks better suited to the doubles game – winning this year’s Miami and Italian Opens with different partners.

Dominika Cibulkova
Current odds: 50/1
Reasons to be cheerful? Hell hath no fury like a tennis player scorned. Cibulkova has spoken out after losing her seeding spot to Serena Williams, despite the latter’s lack of recent game time. Will she channel that anger into an unlikely Wimbledon charge?
Reasons to be fearful? The former Australian Open finalist looks past her peak, having gone no further than the third round in any slam since Wimbledon 2016.

Johanna Konta
Current odds: 20/1
Reasons to be cheerful? Passionate home support can lift any player, as Konta’s run to the semi-finals last year proves. With the ‘Konta Kop’ behind her, can the 27-year-old make her biggest breakthrough to date?
Reasons to be fearful? 2018 has been a year to forget to Konta, and her outburst at the media after her limp French Open exit suggests the pressure of no longer being considered a plucky underdog might be telling.

Elina Svitolina
Current odds: 20/1
Reasons to be cheerful? Svitlona always seems to be there or thereabouts in recent seasons, without making that final step. The 23-year-old doesn’t spring out as an instant pick to go all the way, but even if just a few of her traditional rivals unexpectedly fall by the wayside, an opportunity could fall into place for the consistent Ukrainian.
Reasons to be fearful? Looked off the pace in her recent Quarter Final defeat at the Birmingham Classic. Having never gone beyond the Quarter Final stage in any slam, significant progress is needed for Svitolina to truly justify her current World No. 5 ranking.


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