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Women’s singles semi-final day arrives with plenty of excitement for our Wimbledon predictions, with the pressure on in the biggest tennis competition on the planet. Ons Jabeur was on red-hot form once again in the quarter-finals, defeating reigning champion Elena Rybakina in a repeat of last year’s final, although the unflappable Aryna Sabalenka stands in her way.
There is a chance that we could end up with a Ukrainian facing a Belarussian in the final which could provoke some controversy, as Elina Svitolina takes on Czech ace Marketa Vondrousova in the first semi-final on Wimbledon day 11. Our Wimbledon predictions are in profit for the tournament, which is very pleasing considering the way it has panned out, especially with the first week’s rain throwing a spanner in the works. There are plenty of angles to consider for the women’s semi-finals, and the most important thing from a betting perspective is to ensure that placing a bet on our Wimbledon predictions only enhances your enjoyment of the action.
It would not be a surprise to see both matches on Wimbledon day 11 go to three sets, with the fairytale story of Svitolina’s run to this stage of the competition potentially coming to a glorious end. The tension will be palpable on Centre Court with three of the four semi-finalists having no experience of the final at the All England Club.
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Elina Svitolina vs Marketa Vondrousova
Despite having a baby in October, with male player Gael Monfils, and only returning to the Tour in April, Elina Svitolina has made the quarter-finals of the French Open and now the semis at Wimbledon. The 28-year-old lost out to Sabalenka in Paris last month, but has consistently sent statements to the rest of the field in SW19. Four of Svitolina’s five wins at Wimbledon have come against grand slam champions in the form of Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka and most impressively Iga Swiatek.
The levels of grit and determination have been through the roof for a player who does not necessarily possess a game-style that suits grass. Playing for Ukraine with immense pride appears to have given Svitolina something extra since returning to tennis, and she may be an attractive outsider at evens. It is natural to expect Svitolina runs to take a physical, mental and emotional toll on her, but whether that will affect her performance level remains to be seen.
Marketa Vondrousova has been a very streaky player in recent years and the former French Open finalist is ranked as low as 42 in the world. The 24-year-old has won the last two head-to-heads against Svitolina, though there have been none since July 2021, and she may have to play against the crowd support for Svitolina. Vondrousova was heading out of the tournament, 4-1 down in the third set to Jessica Pegula in the quarters, before rattling off five games of incredible quality to knockout the American world no. 4.
The head says Vondrousova but until we see her react in that cauldron of crowd support for the Ukrainian this one is tough to call. A watching brief is recommended ahead of formulating a selection for the final on Saturday, no bet.
Ons Jabeur vs Aryna Sabalenka
Sabalenka leads the head-to-head 3-1 and has won every encounter off of a clay court, including their Wimbledon quarter-final meeting in 2021, that said – have you seen Jabeur play recently? This is going to be a fascinating watch with two players at the top of their game locking horns on the biggest stage. Jabeur wiped the floor with two-time champion Petra Kvitova 6-0 6-3 in the fourth round, before being much the better player in her three-set win over Rybakina on day 10.
The Tunisian’s unique style could disrupt Sabalenka’s more one-dimensional baseline power, but this looks set up to be a match that tos and fros. Sabalenka has rightfully taken on the favourite tag for the tournament since Swiatek and Ryabkina’s exits, and she does arguably have a level of tennis for grass that cannot be matched by anyone left, but that can be hard to produce under pressure.
An epic is on the cards and we are far more comfortable getting overs on side in support of that. The line is set at 22.5 which considering how likely a tiebreak is and the chances that both players take a set, seems generous at 4/5. You can back our Wimbledon predictions with Paddy Power‘s £30 risk-free bet signup offer and win £54 if it comes in, while your stake is refunded if it does not.