Baby Bets Take Center Stage Thanks To Serena Williams Betting Props

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,April 24, 2017 1:45, EDT in

Thanks to the recent news that none other than WTA superstar Serena Williams is pregnant (Noooooo!) and the ensuing release of some fun-filled tennis props odds surrounding her pregnancy, you can now make a pair of potentially bankroll-boosting ‘baby bets’ that could help you add to your tennis haul – in about a year.

Will the incomparable Williams win the first major tournament she competes in after giving birth this fall and which major tourney will that be?

Baby Bets Take Center Stage Thanks To Serena Williams Betting Props

 

 

To answer both questions, let’s take a look back at some other WTA tennis greats and how they performed after giving birth. Williams, who announced her engagement to Reddit social media site co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December, revealed last week that she is having a baby, in a Snapchat photo with the caption “20 weeks.”

If her timing is correct, that means Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open without dropping a set on January – while being eight weeks pregnant! Williams could give birth sometime around the 2017 US Open which gets underway on August 28.

Her publicist, Kelly Bush Novak, told reporters that Williams, who turns 36 in September, “is expecting a baby this fall” and “looks forward to returning in 2018.” One legendary former WTA star says that winning another major after giving birth will give Williams another vast challenge.

“This is another one of those ultimate challenges for Serena Williams, say around the age of 37, to try and tie Margaret Court,” said current EPN analyst Pam Shriver.” There’s no reason she can’t do it. What she has done in her 30s is more than any other tennis player.”

Court, who gave birth to son Daniel in 1972 at the age of 29, won her three final slams the following year by bagging the Australian, French and US Open titles. Williams won the 1999 US Open at age 17 for her first Grand Slam title while becoming only the second African-American woman to win a major crown after the legendary Althea Gibson.

Williams has also overcome a family tragedy that struck in September 2003 when her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Williams took eight month off before launching another successful comeback.

Former WTA stars Kim Clijsters and Evonne Goolagong also won majors after becoming mother, so there’s that as well. Williams has also overcome a pulmonary embolism that caused her to miss an entire season and has recorded two “Serena Slams” by winning four consecutive majors twice in her storied career.

First Major Played After Pregnancy

Australian Open 2018: +140
Roland Garros 2018: +180
Wimbledon 2018: +300
US Open 2018: +400

Analysis: Well, if Williams is schedule to give birth this fall, she’ll have approximately five month to get ready for the 2018 Australian Open, a tournament she’s won a whopping seven times in her career. I personally believe Williams will want to make her return at either the Aussie or later in the year at Wimbledon when her child will be closing in her first birthday.

I’m going to urge you to take the Australian Open pick just because Williams (and her huge ego), will likely want to prove to everyone just how great she is – even after becoming a first-time mom.

Pick: Australian Open

Will Serena Williams Win 1st Major Played In 2018?

Yes: +140
No: -170

Analysis: When Serena Williams does make her return to competitive tennis, she certainly won’t be coming back to lose to anyone! Again, in getting back to that ‘ego’ thing, I believe Williams will be going all-out to both, surpass Margaret Court’s career record of 24 slam titles and remove any doubt that she is undeniably, the greatest female tennis player of all-time. When William returns, she’s coming back to win – which she will!

Pick: Yes