Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus
2018 Wimbledon, 1st round
Date: Monday, 2 July 2018
Expected Start at 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
A huge discussion emerged as Wimbledon board decided to set the seven-time champion Serena Williams a place among seeded players even though she is currently nowhere near the top 32 in the world. Serena holds the 182nd position in the WTA standings at the moment, but she is still no doubts one of the most genuine contenders as All England Club courts are practically her living room.
Her first obstacle will be the World No 107 Aranxa Rus of Netherlands. The 27-year-old passed the opening round just once in her career here at Wimbledon and she will certainly head into the contest as a massive underdog against the tournament legend. Rus has mainly played Futures this year, but she had her bright moments along the way, reaching the last 16 round in Acapulco and the quarterfinal in Istanbul both WTA events.
Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head meeting between Rus and Williams.
Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus: Prediction
Rus tried to catch the right form on the grass, but tough draws in both Hertogenbosch and Eastbourne prevented her from bagging more than two wins in total. She did show a very strong performance last week at AEGON Championship in Eastbourne, dropping only four games in the drubbing of Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia before falling to Kristyina Pliskova in two very tight sets in the second round of qualifications.
Knowing that Serena, who gave birth to a child in September, played no matches on the grass this season (only eight this year), we would not be surprised to see the Dutch player challenging the 25th seed to the max here. The value is strong in backing Williams to win 2-1 at 4.50 odds, while you can also try with Over 18.5 games in the match at 1.83.
Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus: Betting Tips
Over 18.5 games in the match @ 1.83
Serena Williams to win 2-1 @ 4.50.