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Wimbledon outsiders to watch: Holger Rune could impress at All England Club

The occasional surprise can take place at Wimbledon, especially in the women’s draw where Marketa Vondrousova sprung a shock last season, and there will be plenty at big prices thinking they have what it takes to emulate that feat.

Although the men’s event has been largely dominated by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic over the last 20 years, a number of players have outrun hefty odds to make the final and it isn’t a foregone conclusion that the tournament will go to one of the favourites.

With that in mind, we have picked out three players from both draws that could cause a stir at the All England Club this summer.

Wimbledon Men's Singles Outsiders

Wimbledon Men's

Holger Rune - 50/1

It may be a tad too soon in the development of Holger Rune to think he can claim this year’s Wimbledon title but the Danish talent looks a Grand Slam winner in waiting and should be capable of another deep run.

Rune made the quarter-final at the All England last season and was beaten 7-6 6-4 6-4 by eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz, but it highlighted his potential on the grass.

The 21-year-old has made three Masters 1000 finals and his run to the fourth round of the French Open earlier this month showed him to be slowly returning to peak form. 

The Dane could be on course to clash with Djokovic in the fourth round but, if he comes through that, then a place in the final could soon be beckoning for him.

Taylor Fritz - 50/1

Taylor Fritz is never a player to be underestimated and his giant serve and powerful forehand make him a potential Wimbledon dark horse.

Fritz is a three-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, which includes at the All England Club in 2022, and he returns to London in top form having made the final of Eastbourne.

The 26-year-old is a Masters 1000 final winner, having won at Indian Wells in 2022, and the next step will be for him to challenge for Grand Slam silverware.

The early draw looks a decent one for him and landing in the bottom half of the draw away from Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz looks key to his chances.

Sebastian Korda - 80/1

Big-serving American Sebastian Korda has all the assets to be a success on the grass and he has had a strong preparation for Wimbledon, suggesting he could enjoy a fruitful fortnight.

The 23-year-old was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last season and, armed with a decent draw, he could be capable of repeating those heroics at the All England Club.

Korda finished runner-up to Alex De Minaur on the grass in Hertogenbosch before having a semi-final run at Queen’s Club, where he defeated Karen Khachanov and Grigor Dimitrov prior to losing to compatriot Tommy Paul.

The 20th seed opens up against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and has two vulnerable seeds in his mini section of the draw, with Andrey Rublev struggling for form and Stefanos Tsitsipas yet to show his liking for the grass.

Wimbledon Women's Singles Outsiders

Wimbledon Women's

Madison Keys - 20/1

The ever-reliable Madison Keys, who is a former Grand Slam runner-up and five-time semi-finalist, can never be ruled out in the showpiece events and the 12th seed has the draw to do some damage.

There should be few concerns for her before a potential fourth-round showdown with Jasmine Paolini or the rejuvenated Bianca Andreescu and, even then, she’d be a warm favourite to defeat both.

Keys has made the Wimbledon quarter-final twice, including last year, and her run to the semi-final at Eastbourne most recently was the perfect preparation and should put her spot on for a title tilt.

Jelena Ostapenko - 66/1

The nature of Jelena Ostapenko’s hard-hitting style means when it clicks she is a danger to all and the 2017 French Open champion may have her eye on a strong tournament at Wimbledon.

Ostapenko is drawn in the same mini section of the draw as world number one Iga Swiatek, meaning they could lock horns in the fourth round.

However, these are Swiatek’s most vulnerable conditions and Ostapenko has the power to take it to her were they to meet.

The Latvian has had some indifferent recent form but she has made a quarter-final and a semi-final at Wimbledon in the past and she at least knows what it takes to win a Grand Slam title.

Ekaterina Alexandrova - 80/1

A first-round showdown with Britain’s Grand Slam heroine Emma Raducanu is a horror draw but, if coming through that, Ekaterina Alexandrova has every chance of going far in the tournament.

Alexandrova has an exceptional grass-court game and two of her four career titles have come on the turf in Hertogenbosch, where she also made the semi-final in her hat-trick bid earlier this month.

The Russian has yet to do it in Grand Slams but she did make the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and she is in the right section of the draw with seeded stars Qinwen Zheng and Maria Sakkari having a fair bit to prove on the grass.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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