No defending champion, five former champions but will it be Wimbledon experience that will pull through or a new name on the honours list?

It is set to be another blockbusting two weeks of tennis at Wimbledon, the women’s draw at Wimbledon could be more open than that at Roland Garros a few weeks back which saw Barbora Krejcikova defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for the title.

There will be no defending champion as sadly for Simona Halep her calf injury still won’t allow her to play which is a great shame and I hope we see her back soon! Naomi Osaka will also not be there as she continues to take a break from tennis and will be back for the Tokyo Olympics.

This does leave us with just five former champions but how likely are they to add their name to the Wimbledon honours list once again?

Venus Williams – 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 & 2008
Serena Williams – 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2016
Petra Kvitova – 2011 & 2014
Garbine Muguruza – 2017
Angelique Kerber – 2018

Serena has to be a name in the hat, I think that with players coming into Wimbledon without having played much on grass in two years does provide opportunity for more experienced players against those who may not have had much time on the grass.

I do think Serena’s problem will be someone who moves the ball from side to side with ease, a lot of Kerber and Kvitova’s chances are based on form coming in and both had a good week in Bad Homburg. Muguruza, since Melbourne and Qatar/Dubai I haven’t seen that steel in her game and it could have gone soo differently if she’d of converted match point vs Osaka at The Australian Open.

A new Wimbledon winner, but who?

Ash Barty – world number one, has to be considered a challenger! I like Ash but when we get to the business end of the tournament the tests will come. Her game suits the grass soo much, I watched her in Birmingham a couple of years ago win the title and it just comes together as it did for her at Wimbledon that year.

Victoria Azarenka – I think she will still feel bothered by the loss to Pavlyuchenkova in Paris but we move on. Vika has a potentially nice draw but it could get tricky. in her section eyes will also be on Andreescu who I still think is finding her level and also an unseeded Vondrousova who could be dangerous. The withdrawal from Bag Homburg will be a question mark for the Belarusian but a run to the final four in singles of Berlin and doubles winner with Sabalenka puts her in good stead!

Coco Gauff – I look at the draw and I think, why not? Since Rome in particular the teenager has found good form, fight and grit in matches. What she did at Wimbledon in 2019 was magical and I wouldn’t rule some big run out from Coco.

Are there any other new contenders?

I want to make a case for Sabalenka but performances can be soo hit and miss, I don’t think an ideal start for her is Niculescu, similar for Svitolina on their day why not but at this level it hasn’t happened for them.

Whatever happens it is set to be a hell of a two weeks of exciting tennis!

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