A former finalist at Wimbledon, Sabine Lisicki is a player who thrives from playing on the grass courts, it’s just a shame there isn’t more tournaments throughout the year on grass. At all the other Grand Slams combined (Australian Open, French Open and US Open) Sabine has won 24 matches at these tournaments throughout her career whereas at Wimbledon she has won 26 matches making at least the quarter finals 5 of the last 6 times she has appeared at Wimbledon the only time she didn’t make it she was absent from the tournament.
Sabine has one of the best serves on the tour in my opinion with the serve out wide being a massive weapon for her and on grass to have a big serve is a massive bonus. Sabine recently broke the world record for the amount of aces in a three set match on the WTA tour recording 27 against Belinda Bencic with the previous record being 24.
Sabine’s year has been a bit up and down. She started the year badly going into Indian Wells in March with a win/loss record of 1-6 however she really turned up at Indian Wells reaching the semi-finals where she lost to Jelena Jankovic. Things started to look up for her with her run at Indian Wells and then making the quarter finals of Miami but suddenly on home turf in Stuttgart I watched her play Zarina Diyas and it wasn’t a good performance losing 6-0 6-0 and until she reached the grass it has been win, loss, win, loss for her but is finding form on the grass.
I think her record at Wimbledon and as her game suits the grass courts does make her a contender and I fully expect Sabine to go far in the tournament again this year.
Karolina Pliskova has improved a lot this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone make tennis look easy but Pliskova does. She is so calm and composed in any situation. Her form hasn’t been great the last few tournaments but has reached 3 finals this year winning 1 of them in Prague. Karolina has beaten Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Carla Suarez Navarro, Lucie Safarova, Garbine Muguruza & Ana Ivanovic this year amongst others.
Despite winning a title on clay I wouldn’t say her game suits it as much as it does on grass. Karolina has been playing really well on the grass and with her serve and power she can cause problems for opponents with her forehand and the two handed backhand. What does let her down is her net play. She isn’t very comfortable at the net and if you can get her off the baseline and moving forward then you stand a good chance of beating her.
Kevin had an exceptional week at Queen’s club getting to the final before losing to Andy Murray and beating Wawrinka on his way to the final. Kevin has the game to cause problems on grass and showed that with over 100 aces in 5 matches which is incredible. Not only does Kevin have an exceptional serve but he also shown other qualities, returning serve, movement and shot selection.
If I was in the Wimbledon draw I wouldn’t want to face Kevin especially if I were an unseeded player as you’d most likely be put out on one of the outside courts which has less room behind the court to move about and try to return his monster serve. A potential round four meeting with Novak Djokovic is on the cards and if he can play like he did at Queen’s Club he could maybe cause an upset.
Kerber is one of the most talented players on the tour however she isn’t one really turns up at the Grand Slams. During her career she has made at least the quarter’s finals of an event only 4 times out of 30 appearances which is not good for a top 15 player. In the last few years she has done very well at Wimbledon making the semi-finals in 2012 and the quarter finals in 2014. I think she can be one to cause trouble for some top players like she did to Sharapova last year and if she can find that tennis then she has a chance of reaching the final stages of the tournament. Kerber’s only problem is consistency. She has these weeks where she plays immense: Stuttgart 2015, Tokyo 2013 and Cincinnati 2012. All these tournament she has beaten top 10 players in a row but can’t replicate that form regularly. Angelique was due to play in Eastbourne however she did pull out prior to the tournament due to illness after winning the title in Birmingham last week from a set down!