Maiden Semifinal On the Line
Elena Rybakina and Ajla Tomljanovic will collide in the 2022 Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday, Day 10, with a place in the final four of the prestigious Grand Slam on the line.
Bookies favor the higher-ranked Kazakhstani Rybakina to make her maiden grand slam semifinal appearance at the All England Club. BetUS tips Rykakina at -180 to win outright.
However, Australian Tomljanovic is making a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance and she might fancy her chances even if the odds are stacked against her. BetUS tips Tomljanovic as the tempting +160 underdog.
Read on as we preview this quarterfinal matchup between Rybakina vs Tomljanovic, set to get underway on Wednesday morning.
2022 Wimbledon Women’s Outrights
- Ons Jabeur +105
- Simona Halep +185
- Amanda Anisimova +700
- Elena Rybakina +750
- Tatjana Maria +1800
- Ajla Tomljanovic +2200
Rybakina Yet to Drop a Set
Elena Rybakina is through to the Wimbledon quarterfinals without a dropping a set, and she reaches her second Grand Slam quarterfinal and first Wimbledon quarterfinal as a result. Previously, the Kazakhstani was a quarterfinalist at the 2021 French Open.
On paper, Rybakina’s form is practically faultless. Upon closer inspection, it’s hard to ignore the fact that she hasn’t faced a seeded player in the tournament.
Rybakina fell into an advantageous section of the first quarter of the Wimbledon women’s draw, flanked by top seeds Garbine Muguruza and Jessica Pegula. Muguruza proved to be a first-round casualty while Pegula stumbled in the Round of 32 against Petra Martic.
Rybakina opened her tournament with a straight-set win over lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe. She then took out an out-of-form Bianca Andreescu in the R64 before overcoming Qinwen Zheng in the R32. In the last round, Rybakina defeated Martic 7-5, 6-3.
Tomljanovic Makes Second Wimby Quarters
Last year, Ajla Tomljanovic enjoyed a career milestone by reaching her first-ever grand slam quarterfinal at the All England Club. The fact that she’s returned a year later to match her personal best result is encouraging.
Tomljanovic had a tougher path to the final eight. She took out the 18th seed Jil Teichmann in the first round before overcoming qualifier Catherine Harrison. In the third round, she outlasted former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in three sets. In the last round, she took out France’s Alize Cornet, the player that beat the bookmakers’ favorite, Iga Swiatek, in the R32.
Rybakina vs Tomljanovic Head-to-Head
Rybakina has the 1-0 head-to-head edge over Tomljanovic, having beaten the Aussie in Madrid last year. Rybakina took the 6-4, 6-0 win in their R16 encounter.
Rybakina vs Tomljanovic
Rybakina is the bookmakers’ favorite for good reason. The Kazakhstan is the 17th seed in the tournament and has the H2H edge over her Australian counterpart. That said, the matches aren’t played on paper.
Rybakina ticks enough boxes to earn favor with betting online markets. But that’s not the be all and end all. The reality is that she’s never been into the semifinals of a Grand Slam. To be fair, neither has Tomljanovic.
Occasions such as these can make or break a player, and the player that manages these expectations better is going to win this match. Short of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to say which one will be better in the big moment on the biggest stage.
As such, this is a toss-up. Rybakina should win, but Tomljanovic could win. Whichever way you slide this match for your tennis picks, arguably there is value on both sides of the coin.
May the best player win.