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There is a sizeable amount of opposition to tennis as an Olympic sport. Some of the participants at London2012 might return home wishing their sport was not on the Olympic programme, whilst others can reflect that the event was a massive fillip for their career.

It was certainly hit with the punters though, with Betfair Tennis Betting markets attracting plenty of interest throughout the tournament.

No one got more out of their week at the All England club than Andy Murray. His impressive straight sets humbling of Roger Federer to seal gold felt like an important breakthrough, with his silver medal in the mixed doubles a nice confidence-boosting bonus.

Juan Martin del Potro also impressed, hinting at a genuine US Open title challenge by beating Novak Djokovic to bronze after losing an epic semi final against Roger Federer. The Wimbledon champion will also start his preparations for Flushing Meadows in pretty good spirits, despite missing out on gold and is currently favourite on Betfair.

In the women’s event Serena Williams sealed her position of favourite for New York in more emphatic fashion than most imagined. She crushed Maria Sharapova to win gold, who like defending US Open champion Sam Stosur – an Olympic first round loser - has work to do ahead of the final major of the season.

In fact the three-time US Open winner lost only eight games in beating Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka,Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva on her way to Olympic glory. She will bea hot favourite in New York.

Maria Kirilenko maintained her decent Wimbledon form at the Olympics, whilst Angelique Kerber further suggested she can again be a threat at Flushing Meadows. Kim Clijsters got some important matches under her belt, but a dream send-off in New York seems unlikely.
 
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