5 women to watch in Wimbledon 2017


It would be some story for the victim of a pre-Christmas stabbing during a burglary at her own home to win the title but despite her having the skillset to win on grass, I really wonder what happens when Kvitova gets fully tested in a close contest against a fully match-tight, elite opponent. But, come Wimbledon, it could be 18-year-old Cici Bellis' turn to keep the world attuned to her performances.

Muguruza sits near the top of the odds despite failing to win a tournament this year, with her last victory coming at last year's French Open.

There is no doubt though that Kerber is not anywhere near the coasting confidence she had a year ago that took her to two Grand slam titles, an Olympic silver medal, the Wimbledon and the WTA season ending finals. Likewise, it will also be her second-ever appearance in a grass tournament after the Mallorca Open in June 2017. The 27-year-old showed she can still play elite-level tennis less than six months after suffering a career-threatening knife attack. "It is about who is going to be the most consistent, solid and have the luck". Things have changed this year, but much relies on how she will handle the pressure piled on her.

Despite seemingly being down and out, Larsson kept trying her best to stay in the match, not giving Kvitova any opportunities to break.

She has been drawn in the top-half, same as the top-seed Angelique Kerber, the player she is trying to takeover as the top-ranked singles player in the world. The American, after playing her first semifinal at the WTA global level, lost 36 62 61. She has reached finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami this year, but has not progressed to the showpiece of a grass-court event since winning Eastbourne in 2009.

"I think you should stay low, as well, with your expectations about me", Kvitova said before Wimbledon.

"I felt very surprised".

A spokesperson for her said: "She is hoping to return to practice on Sunday, and then assess the situation again".

If you're reading this, you're probably like me - on your laptop or phone for the 900,000th straight day.

"But there are a lot of players who are taking that spot and it is going to be just another tough tournament, even though maybe the major names are not here this year". She's definitely a good player. He's a very amusing guy, he's full of energy, he enjoys life, he's very friendly, he's just an up-and-coming player on tour and he's not afraid to go up to any player and say hello.