Wimbledon begins on Monday, 256 players will begin their tournaments over the next few days but only half will survive but who is a contender for the title?
The man looking for his ninth title. The eight time former champion did his usual hiatus of the clay court season and returned to grass at the beginning of the month in Stuttgart where he won his first title, a tenth Halle title did not materialise after a tough defeat to Borna Coric in the final in what was an unconvincing week from his standards.
Favourite? Maybe but it’s not looking as straight forward as people reckon…
The queen is on site! This is Serena’s 20th appearance at Wimbledon and the story from the beginning to now is remarkable. She is hungry, ready and determined as ever as she aims for 8th singles title. We should just celebrate the chances we have to watch this wonderful lady!
In her pre-match press conference Muguruza said that she is ready to win Wimbledon again. I watched Garbine Muguruza in Birmingham a couple of days and I wasn’t really impressed by the performance but in press afterwards she didn’t seem to bothered. I have said before she is the type of player to turn up in bad form and do well!
Rafa said in his pre-tournament press conference that he is ‘feeling good’ however that transition from a full clay court season to competing at Wimbledon is one he just cannot get going. Having withdrawn from Queens Club for the second year running so I don’t fancy his chances of causing too many issues as Wimbledon progresses.
Slipped under the radar slightly this year, the Canadian has had many injury problems which is a theme throughout his career. He did well in his comeback in Stuttgart making the final but pulled out of Queens last minute with a shoulder injury despite saying in press hours before he was fine. On grass he is a danger but in a best of 5 right now?
Caro’s fight is something unmatched the tour. If she can stay in matches she is a danger! I loved watching Caro at Eastbourne last week her performances were what we know she can produce and is why she is one of the best on the tour! The performance against Kerber in particular was off the charts the defence was out of this world and I genuinely think that she is a contender here
Simona Halep in her conference says no pressure now and new goals (which is the 2020 Olympics). Halep was due to play in Eastbourne but this Achilles injury which we know has been around for some time including in Australia resurfaced during Roland Garros. The mental strength of this lady at Roland Garros was simply stunning to watch, the way she dealt with the incredibly intense fortnight was bloody brilliant!
Juan Martin Del Potro
I honestly think that Del Po behind Federer is the favourite here. We may go on and on but the comeback has been quite incredible and he has created soo many stories on the tour and to win another major would epitomise his fight and character. Beating this one will a challenge!
I don’t see it happening… he is having his best season at the majors and is one win from his highest number of wins in a season at all 4 combined but despite his run at Roland Garros which was highly spoken about but outside of Masters events he hasn’t done it and I don’t see it happening here.
Remember when everyone over-reacted following Novak’s loss at Roland Garros and I said it was a blip? His run at Queens Club showed he is here to win and he will be there deep in the second week if he can stay fit I see no reason why he couldn’t win it.
Birmingham champion, pulled out of Eastbourne with a hamstring injury, precaution? For me Petra is the favourite here. She has done it twice before and her form this year has been exceptional. I watched her at Birmingham and she was a delight to watch!
I think Madison is nearly there, she will be super dangerous on the grass but sadly injury has cut her preparation for Wimbledon withdrawing from Birmingham last minute. With Lindsay Davenport in her corner she has the experience there and with some big runs in majors recently she will cause trouble!
Maria didn’t play a warm-up tournament. It was quite a funny one but poor on her part to agree a two year deal with Birmingham and fail to show up in both years and her picture was all over the back of the East Stand.. little awkward! She has looked better and her tennis has been a bit more competitive so who knows…
2 weeks of incredible tennis, stories and moments await but only two will walk away victorious.