5 women to watch in Wimbledon 2017

Tuesday, 04 Jul, 2017

But who will emerge as the champion?

We had a bet before St. Petersburg about me winning the tournament and it happened and here the situation is quite insane because he thought about leaving London after he lost in the final round of qualifying but then he found out he was a lucky loser. Also Strycova and Kristyna Pliskova, in fact, goes through to the second round.

Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza believes there are plenty of players who could make an impact at next week's championships despite the absence of last year's victor Serena Williams and former champion Maria Sharapova. But the 2011 and 2014 champion at the All England Club was simply too strong for Larsson at the end of the day, with the Swede's wait for a first win at SW19 continuing.

In gentlemen's singles betting action, Swiss veteran Roger Federer leads the way as a +200 favourite to claim a record eighth Wimbledon title, but is closely followed by world No. 1 Andy Murray at +350, and recent French Open champion Rafael Nadal at +400. With no Serena Williams in this year's renewal there will be few other players who Kvitova will want to avoid.

Her touch at the net was assured as it ever was - astonishingly so given the surgeon who reattached the tendons in her fingers in a four-hour operation said she had a "very low" chance of resuming her career.

Despite being seeded 11 for this year's tournament, Petra Kvitova is seen by many as the most likely victor at Wimbledon.

Kvitova continues her comeback in her third event as she faces Johanna Larsson. But a timely turnaround does await the 32nd seed in the third Major of the year.

Murray missed two days of training because of a hip problem while Konta hurt her spine in a fall at Eastbourne last Thursday.

Prior to the tournament, Kvitova told BBC Sport that she had "won her fight" by simply being fit for Wimbledon.

"It was my motivation to come back and play at Wimbledon and I'm happy that my dream came true". So don't be surprised with an early exit for the top-seed. However, where the latter is still finding her rhythm on grass, Kvitova looks to have settled herself on the surface.

That sparked fears she might be ruled out of Wimbledon, where as sixth seed she is among the potential title contenders.

Having lost in the second round at the French Open, Kvitova emphasised her grass court powers by winning the Birmingham title last week.

If Kvitova does go on to win Wimbledon 2017, it would be nothing short of a fairy tale.

The Czech won the point of the day in the eight game of the first set, changing at the last minute from a defensive shot to an aggressive solution, delivering the forewand victor down the line that gave her the crucial break at 5-3.

In the absence of American great who has 23 Grand Slam titles on her CV, and the headline-grabbing Sharapova, it's the opportunity for others to shine. "I wanted to prove people wrong and I love challenges, so I think that's what kept me going through the recovery process". The American, after playing her first semifinal at the WTA worldwide level, lost 36 62 61. Possibly starting with Victoria Azarenka, whom she takes on in a tantalising first-round matchup.