2017 WTA WIMBLEDON PREVIEW
This Week In Tennis
10. V Williams
25. Suarez Navarro
PLAYERS TO WATCH
- CoCo Vandeweghe - Grass is her favourite surface and she's got new coach Pat Cash in tow.
- Jelena Ostapenko - All eyes on the French Open winner to see what she will conjure in her encore.
- Ash Barty - A finalist in Birmingham and quarterfinalist in Nottingham, Barty (#53) could be primed for a big breakthrough
- Petra Kvitova - After suffering a horrific knife attack that threatened her career, Kvitova is back and in search of her second title of the year from three events, and third Wimbledon.
- Venus Williams - Last year's semifinalist at Wimbledon, Venus is the only WTA player to make the second week at each of the last five majors.
- Victoria Azarenka - Former world #1 playing only her second tournament back (Mallorca) since giving birth. She draws rising star Bellis in a tough first rounder.
- Sloane Stephens - Playing her first event since the Olympics last year after foot surgery.
FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE
(8) Cibulkova vs Petkovic
(27) Konjuh vs Lisicki
(4) Svitolina vs Barty
Azarenka vs Bellis
(9) Radwanska vs Jankovic
Riske vs Stephens
(7) Kuznetsova vs Jabeur
(25) Suarez Navarro vs Bouchard
- There are only three former champions in the draw: V. Williams, Kvitova, and Hingis (entered in doubles).
- Serena Williams will not defend her title from 2016 as she is currently off the tour awaiting the birth of her first child. Marion Bartoli in 2013 is the last Wimbledon champion (retirement) who didn't attempt to defend her title the following year
- The last time the top eight seeds made the quarterfinals was 1979.
- Six women have won the last 17 Wimbledon events: S. Williams (7), V. Williams (5), Kvitova (2), Sharapova, Mauresmo, and Bartoli.
Singles: Serena Williams
Doubles: S Williams/V Williams
Mixed Doubles: Watson/Kontinen
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My biggest regret about 2017 WTA Wimbledon was the idea that Serena Williams missed miss her second successive major tournament because she was about to give birth to her baby. Well, that doesn't affect her overall image as a tennis player because she still remains as one of the best! It's just that she has to miss several events because of the current situation. Nonetheless, I still believe she is one of the greatest there!
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