Serena Williams warmed up for her eighth Wimbledon final by decimating world number four and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4.
The American winning machine is a mere 4/25 to claim a sixth championship against her opponent in the decider, 9/2 underdog Garbine Muguruza-Blanco.
Yet the 21-year-old Spaniard arguably has far more cause for confidence than Sharapova did prior the semis, having won three of the last five sets of tennis she has played against Williams.
Despite her tender age, Muguruza-Blanco’s head-to-head with the unparalleled titan of contemporary women’s tennis is skewed just 2-1 in her rival’s favour, all in Slams.
Having beaten Serena in straight sets at the 2014 French Open, she went down fighting at the Australian Open earlier this term, having taken the first set 6-2.
Such heartening exploits might be enough to inspire more risqué backers to embrace her sizeable win odds, or certainly investment in the 27/20 about Muguruza-Blanco claiming at least a set in the match.
However, this is her first Grand Slam Final, indeed it is her maiden foray beyond the quarters of one of the four true Majors.
The All England Club’s blue-riband match has not been a happy place for blushing debutants on the sport’s biggest stage in recent years.
Just two first-time Slam finalists have prevailed at Wimbledon in the last decade from a total of seven to attempt the feat, Amelie Mauresmo in 2006 and Petra Kvitova in 2011.
Tame surrender upon first encounter with the big occasion has far more often been the order of the day.
Subsequent champion Marion Bartoli went down 6-4, 6-1 in 2007, Vera Zvonereva lost 6-3, 6-2 in 2010, Sabine Lisicki crashed 6-1, 6-4 in 2013, while Eugenie Bouchard was dismantled 6-3, 6-0 in last year’s decider.
Muguruza-Blanco surely has Grand Slam wins ahead of her, but this time around the hitherto unexperienced magnitude of the occasion is expected to contribute to a straight sets defeat, an eventuality that can be backed at 53/100.