With multiple winning legend Serena Williams (and world unisex number 701 according to John McEnroe) off the scene, the women’s singles has an unusually open look to it.
The bookies have plumped for previous winner Petra Kvitova as favourite, but she still has a mountain to climb coming back from her stabbing injury.
We prefer the rock solid claims of Karolina Pliskova who comes here off the back of a strong win at the pre-Wimbledon Eastbourne event. She has the powerful all-court game, and a relatively benign draw that should see he through to the second week before things get a bit tougher. By then she could be on a bit of a roll and may prove very hard to stop.
Plenty of those at longer odds make appeal in an open event. But for a second name on the ticket we favour the experience and savvy skills of veteran Agnieskza Radwanska. The wily Pole has been a beaten finalist here before, and what she lacks in outright power she makes up for in the use of spin, angles and strategy. She is a monster price given there is no Serena to beat this time.
K. Pliskova, Women’s Singles, 1pt win, 5/1 Paddy Power
A. Radwanska, Women’s Singles, 0.5pts each way, 50/1 generally available
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