Serena Williams is the major favorite in the Wimbledon final on Saturday against Vera Zvonareva, who is making her first appearance in a Grand Slam final.
Bovada has Serena Williams posted at -800 with Zvonareva posted at +550.
To say this is a Davis vs. Goliath match up is dead on as Serena Williams is going for her fourth Wimbledon title, second in a row, and 13th Grand Slam title while Zvonareva is the second lowest ranked player to make the Wimbledon final (21st) and her best showing at the tournament is making it to the fourth round. This is Zvonareva’s 30th Grand Slam tournament and first finals appearance.
In their Thursday semifinal wins Williams beat Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-2 and Zvonareva beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Williams has yet to lose a set in this tournament and has beat Zvonareva five of the six times they have played. One thing that the Russian has going for her is that Williams has never beaten anyone other than her sister Venus in a Wimbledon final.
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The key to Zvonareva in this match is handling Williams’ serve. Serena has already set a Wimbledon record with 80 aces in the tournament.
Zvonareva is known to pout on the court when things do not go her way, but she says she is more mature. However, she cannot lose her cool if Serena breaks her early and takes a quick lead. She will have to play her game, which is hitting the ball deep and charging the net. In her semifinals win Zvonareva won 29 of 35 points when she went to the net.
Zvonareva has already beat former top-ranked ranked players of Jelena Jankovic and Kim Clijsters on her road to the finals and will have beat the current top-ranked player to capture her first Grand Slam title.
If Serena can serve solid and limit her mistakes she will be very tough to beat.
In the Friday semifinals on the men’s side Tomas Berdych takes on Novak Djokovic and fan favorite Andy Murray takes on 2008 Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal.
Bovada has the Berdych vs. Djokovic match as a pick-em one with both players posted at -115.
Bovada has Nadal as the favorite in the other semifinals match posted at -190 with Murray posted at +155.
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