2022 Wimbledon Championships Rewind
The 2022 Wimbledon Championships are in the books. Two weeks of scintillating tennis betting are behind us, culminating with a women’s and men’s champion crowned at the All England Club in its centenary year.
On the women’s front, Elena Rybakina, a first time Grand Slam winner, joined the champions circle. The men’s side went to type, as Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight and seventh overall Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title.
Read on as we look back on the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, reliving the final weekend of the prestigious All England Club tournament.
Rybakina Stuns With Maiden Grand Slam Win
Elena Rybakina came from a set down to defeat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and claim the 2022 Wimbledon title.
The Russian-born 23-year-old, who changed national allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, defied the tennis odds and delivered the upset over the bookie’s odds-on favorite, Jabeur.
Elena Rybakina rises to the occasion ✨
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2022
Her stunning triumph followed an upset win over former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the semis. Rybakina was an even bigger underdog in her semifinal contest, but she rose to the occasion and dismissed Halep in straight sets.
In reaching the final, Rybakina’s Russian heritage and ties to the country where she still resides proved to be an awkward proposition for Wimbledon organizers.
In a roundabout way, they found themselves in the position they hoped to avoid by imposing a ban on Russian and Belarussian players in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The talk surrounding Rybakina’s Russian origins was a distraction going into the final, though Rybakina did her best to deflect those questions.
Rybakina was visibly nervous and dropped the first set to Jabeur. However, the statuesque star showed a resolve that belied her 23 years to win the next two sets and pull off the (in her words) “unexpectable” and “unbelievable” feat.
Newly minted world No. 2 Jabeur was bidding to be the first Arab woman to win a Grand Slam title. But the 27-year-old Tunisian trail blazer ultimately came up short in the final.
The next Grand Slam is the WTA calendar is the 2022 U.S. Open and BetUS sportsbook has early betting online odds.
Top favorite to win the U.S. Open is world No. 1 Iga Swiatek at +225. Two-time champion Naomi Osaka is the second best bet at +550 bet while defending U.S Open champion Emma Raducanu is priced at +1400. Jabeur comes in at +1400 as well, behind Aryna Sabalenka and Halep (both at +1200).
Djokovic Wins Fourth Straight Wimby
Top seed Novak Djokovic came through as the pre-tournament favorite to win the 2022 Wimbledon championships, clinching the title in a four-set win over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2022
The three-time defending champion went largely unchallenged through the rounds, and with Rafael Nadal bowing out of the tournament before his semifinal with Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear, Djokovic’s path seemed clear of all major hurdles.
He easily took care of British hopeful Cameron Norrie in the semifinal, despite dropping the first set of their contest. Similarly, he bounced back in the final after dropping the first set to the Aussie.
Italy’s Jannik Sinner was the only player to give Djokovic a run for his money during his successful campaign. The 20-year-old Italian took the first two sets off Djokovic in their quarterfinal clash before the Serbian stormed back to win the last three sets.
Had Sinner been more experienced at this level and accustomed to the grind of high-level tennis over five sets, it might have been a different story. He came close, but not enough to deny Djokovic his fourth Wimbledon title, seventh overall Wimbledon championship and 21st Grand Slam title.
Djokovic’s refusal to get vaccinated for Covid-19 means that he won’t be able to compete at the 2022 U.S. Open unless the American government changes current travel restrictions on the unvaccinated.
U.S. Open betting is in full swing at BetUS and right now, Djokovic features on the tennis odds board as the player to beat at +125. Djokovic lost the final to Daniil Medvedev last year in straight sets.
Bookmakers and fans of tennis are hoping Djokovic will be allowed to compete, obviously. With nearly two months left before the final Grand Slam of the year kicks off, there’s room for optimism.
After Djokovic, Medvedev is the next best bet at +250 to win the title followed by Carlos Alcaraz at +350. Nadal is tipped at +550 while Alexander Zverev is priced at +900, rounding out the top five favorites at the sportsbook betting exchange.