Wimbledon, the biggest tennis tournament in the world where the best shine but who will be a danger in the draw?
Kiki brings a strong and solid style to the baseline. At 6 foot the 26 year old has had her best year on the tour with her steely style of tennis from the baseline she is a dangerous player who doesn’t seem to let occasions bother her. I certainly think that Kiki could be one to watch her at Wimbledon as a seeded player she could cause some trouble.
Mihaela is the story of the year without a doubt. At the age of 30 she is playing her best tennis, now ranked top 30 she is going from strength to strength. She plays strong from the baseline and has no fear playing opponents but also trusts her game and that speaks volumes. She did well at Roland Garros and I was thankful to meet her in Birmingham not long ago and she was lovely a danger for sure!
Donna is a player on the tour who doesn’t get credit she deserves. Her personal life is one that has usually been more spoken about than her tennis but at this time of the year she is a dangerous player. Donna first made her appearance on the tour in 2012 at the age of 15 and made a WTA final just under two years later won a title. A lot was expected but she hasn’t delivered yet but she is only 22 years old and has seen a lot on the tour. She is a dangerous grass court player and I expect her to cause some problems.
Monica will always be remembered for that Gold Medal win at the Olympics a true great tennis story. I like Monica’s game but it is sometimes it can be a little too much power and the accuracy can go a little wild. Before the Olympics I did see her in Eastbourne and she is such a down to earth player and her ranking of 72 at the moment does not to her talent justice but she has been out lately with a hip problem so I do hope she is ok for Wimbledon and if she is then she will cause problems.
Magda is the perfect example of a grass court player. Back in the top 20 after her run to the final in Birmingham she is strong from the baseline and her ground strokes give her an edge against players to force them back and mix that in with her variety there was no surprise how well she did in Birmingham. Last year she made the semi-final of Wimbledon on a protected ranking. A threat? Of course!
Before Roland Garros the year was a write off for Barbora! She couldn’t buy a win and suddenly it came to life for her. She was a delight to watch over the grass courts in Birmingham and was so lovely to her fans after on her way back to the players’ lounge. She can bring a fiery side to the tennis court as well and she’s a player who has been on the tour for a long time and has seen a lot and is very clever!
Domi won’t be seeded for Wimbledon and she isn’t happy about it and now the top 32 seeds will be keeping an eye on the draw as no one will want to be playing Domi in the first couple of rounds. She is tough from the baseline and doesn’t give you much breathing space just consistency is an issue for the Slovakian who just a couple of years ago won the WTA Finals but we have not seen form like that since.
It’s great to see Aga back on the tour. Eastbourne was Aga’s first tournament back on the tour since April having had injury issues but consistency a problem as well with a 9/8 win/loss for the year. On the grass she is very dangerous, of course she once made the Wimbledon final back in 2011 but hasn’t reached those heights since and has dropped down over the last few years but on her day there aren’t many technically better players than Aga on the tour.