Wimbledon 2017 Preview – Women’s Singles

I expect the women’s tournament at Wimbledon this year to be similar to the French Open. It’s extremely difficult to predict what will happen with the women’s side of the draw such is the evenness of the women’s game.

I’m predicting that this year’s tournament will produce plenty of upsets and unexpected results. Like at the French Open, there are also some big names missing which will open up the draw. Could we even see another outside produce a magical run similar to that of Jeļena Ostapenko’s at Roland Garros? I think it’s certainly possible. Let’s have a look at the top seeds and my prediction for this year’s draw.

 

The Top Seeds

  1. Angelique Kerber (GER) – Hasn’t been in good form recently at all but is still holding onto the number 1 spot. She did make the final here last year however and should not be discounted.
  2. Simona Halep (ROM) – With the exception of her run to the semi-finals in 2014, Halep has struggled on the quicker grass courts at Wimbledon. She has a huge seeding advantage but will need to be switched on in the early rounds as she can have a tendency to exit majors early.
  3. Karolína Plíšková (CZE) – Definitely a major contender for mine. I believe her power game is very well suited to faster surfaces like grass but oddly she has never progressed beyond the second round. This year she comes in as a far more experienced player and I expect her to do well.
  4. Elina Svitolina (UKR) – Has struggled at Wimbledon previously but has been playing some good tennis of late. A seeding of 4 gives her a very good chance of recording her best result at Wimbledon. Not sure if she can win it this year but could go deep into week 2.
  5. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Seems to have re-discovered some of her best form in the past year. Has shot up the rankings and is now seeded 5th as a result. Doesn’t have a great record at Wimbledon but I think this is her best chance of beating her previous best of a fourth round appearance.
  6. Johanna Konta (GBR) – Pulled out of the lead-up tournament in Eastbourne so is under an injury cloud. Doesn’t have a great record at Wimbledon but will be looking to do well in front of her home crowd.
  7. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – Could be a change this year. Plays OK on grass and is always thereabouts during the grand slams.
  8. Dominika Cibulková (SVK) – Has twice made the quarter finals here at Wimbledon and I believe this surface suits her aggressive game. Has a good seeding that gives her the best chance of going deep into the draw.
  9. Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) – Has been struggling a bit with injury this year. A former finalist at Wimbledon and twice a semi-finalist so is certainly not without a chance. Will need an improvement in form to go all the way.
  10. Venus Williams (USA) – One of only two previous winners of the tournament in this year’s draw. Has found form again in recent years and the grass courts certainly suit her game. Definitely one of the main contenders for mine

Top Aussies

Daria Gavrilova – Gavrilova is seeded 20 at this year’s tournament. ‘Dasha’ has been playing some very good tennis of late and will be looking to progress beyond her personal best at Wimbledon which is previously the second round.

Ash Barty – Barty could surprise this Wimbledon. She reached the final at Birmingham and has climbed the rankings this year. Comfortable playing on grass.

My Tips

Winner: Petra Kvitová

Not only would it be a fairytale result but I think Kvitová is the best grass-courter in the draw. She has previously won Wimbledon twice and won the lead-up tournament in Birmingham. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her back to her best this tournament and because of this she’s my tip to take out the title this year.

Runner-Up: Karolína Plíšková

I expect Plíšková to do some damage at Wimbledon this year and could well go all the way. Has a game that I think is suited to the grass courts and I’m surprised she hasn’t performed well her in the past. Is improving at every major she plays in.

Dark Horse: Coco Vandeweghe

A big hitter who I think is well suited to the quicker surfaces. Has a reasonable record at Wimbledon and also made the semi finals at the Australian Open this year so is no stranger to the pointy end of a grand slam.

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