Strong draw for the 2018 edition of Wimbledon

Saturday, Jun 30

The main draw of the prestigious London-based Grand Slam, which was decided on Friday, will begin this coming Monday. We invite you to take a look at some predictions as the best players in the WTA get set to compete in the third major tournament of the year.

The players will have the tough task of making it through a strong competition field if they hope the lift the trophy at the end of the two weeks of competition. In fact, besides a few exceptions, all of the best players in the world will participate.

A title to defend for Muguruza

The defending champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, will certainly not have an easy task. What’s more, the Spaniard did not have a sufficient amount of preparation for the third Grand Slam of the year, as she lost in the second round of the tournament in Birmingham, a week ago, falling to Barbora Strycova. A result she will certainly want to forget before starting her journey at the All England Club.

Playing in the same section of the draw, Ashleigh Barty has achieved more promising results in the past few weeks. The young Australian won the second title of her career in Nottingham by overcoming Johanna Konta of Great Britain in the final. Barty is hoping to continue her successful streak and move beyond the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

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Still in the same quarter of the draw, Angelique Kerber is on the hunt for her third Grand Slam title while Daria Kasatkina and Caroline Garcia are looking for their first. The first round match-up between Kerber and the Russian qualifier Vera Zvonareva will be one to watch. Zvonareva, who previously held the no. 2 ranking and who was the 2010 Wimbledon finalist, made a return to the game in March of 2017 after a two-year absence due to an injury and the birth of her first child. She will be taking part in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in three and a half years.

Konta, playing on home court

Runner-up at the tournament in Nottingham, Johanna Konta will be looking to put on a good show for her fans and better her semi-final result from last year. She finds herself in the same quarter of the draw as Simona Halep, who won her first career Grand Slam title at Roland-Garros just a few weeks ago, and Maria Sharapova.

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Hot off her title in Birmingham, Petra Kvitova will be hoping to avenge her second round loss from last year. As for Jelena Ostapenko, she will want to forget her early exit in Paris by moving beyond the quarter-finals, at Wimbledon.

A breakthrough for Pliskova?

In the other half of the draw, Karolina Pliskova, who did not get good results in the two preparatory events leading up to Wimbledon, hopes to reach the third round for the first time after seven unsuccessful attempts.

Elina Svitolina also had a disappointing preparation for Wimbledon. Eliminated in the third round at Birmingham, her opening round match could be trickier than expected. She will take on Tatjana Maria, champion of the grass court tournament in Mallorca just a few days ago. This was the first WTA title of her career.

In the same quarter of the draw, we also find Serena Williams, the 25th seed despite her ranking of no. 183, Caroline Wozniacki, champion in Eastbourne, as well as Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 finalist at the All England Club, who is making a return to tennis after a two-month absence due to injury. All of these players can be considered favourites to lift the trophy.

Victoria Azarenka, eliminated in the round of 16 last year, and Venus Williams, the 2017 finalist, will also be looking to reach this year’s final.

With the presence of the best racquets in the WTA, the outcome of the tournament is almost impossible to predict. Surprises, deceptions and emotions are to be expected for this year’s Wimbledon. Who will be crowned champion? To be continued…


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