On Saturday afternoon, Wimbledon’s Centre Court will belong to the ladies as Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber meet in a repeat of the 2016 final.
Both came through their semi-finals in straight sets and, in this most unpredictable edition of SW19, it could be a historic afternoon for the American.
Williams to win @ 20/43
Serena’s form after returning from giving birth to her first child was a worry, but in her fourth tournament back she appears at home again and is tough to ignore, even at such a short price.
A win on Saturday would make it seven titles for her career at Wimbledon and see her draw level with Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slams.
In her way stands a resurgent Kerber, a player who shone in 2016, winning both the Australian and US Opens, as well as reaching this final and that of the Rio Olympics.
Since those heady days, which saw her reach the top of the rankings, the German’s form has fluctuated, but a semi-final showing in Melbourne and a last-eight place at the French suggested she could go well at Wimbledon, and she has dropped only a solitary set.
Williams in straight sets @ 11/10
Whether or not she can take the next step remains uncertain and there is a feeling in doing so she would be ripping up the script. Serena leads their career head-to-head 6-2 and it is hard to look past her matching Court’s benchmark.
So much so that she could well do it in straight sets. The 36-year-old has also dropped just one set over the last fortnight and showed her steel in the semi-finals, when after being broken by Julia Goerges she returned the favour to wrap up the victory.
Kerber is a step above her compatriot Goerges and will take confidence from beating Williams in the final of the Australian Open two years ago. However, Williams has won in straight sets in four of her six Wimbledon final wins and can do it again.
Williams to win US Open @ 7/2
Looking ahead and a win on Saturday could spark something special for Serena because it will set up the chance to surpass Court on home turf at Flushing Meadows.
The confidence she will gain by winning Wimbledon will only give her further motivation to make it seven US Open crowns.
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