ED MCGROGAN, SENIOR EDITOR: Karolina Pliskova
The women’s lift is far-reaching open, yes, yet a champion will roughly positively be a actor who hits a turn intensely hard. That’s a exigency for success at Wimbledon, and it eliminates a series of a tip seeds from critical consideration. I’ll go with Pliskova, who avoids a stacked first entertain of a draw and, after scarcely winning a 2016 U.S. Open and 2017 French Open, seems prepared to put it all together.
NINA PANTIC, ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Karolina Pliskova
Fresh off a semifinal display on clay in Paris, and reaching a final on grass in Eastbourne, Pliskova has transitioned to her elite aspect really efficiently. She as nonetheless to infer herself during Wimbledon, yet as a No. 3 seed, her certainty should be during an all-time high.
BRAD KALLET, ONLINE EDITOR: Petra Kvitova
What a story this would be. Just months after a home invasion, Kvitova looks to have as good a shot as anyone in England. The two-time champion isn’t entirely healed—she might never be—but she was good adequate to win Birmingham and can emerge in this wide-open field.
STEVE TIGNOR, SENIOR WRITER: Petra Kvitova
As with Roger Federer on a men’s side, she’s an doubtful favorite. Kvitova has only returned from pang a blade conflict and might not be during full strength. But that might assistance by holding some vigour off. She fought to be prepared in time to get behind on Centre Court; she’ll quarrel to stay there as prolonged as she can.
Dark Horse (No. 20 or lower)
MCGROGAN: Lucie Safarova
The maestro Czech snagged a final seed and was rewarded with a probable third-rounder opposite Angelique Kerber and a intensity fourth-rounder opposite Garbine Muguruza. But Safarova can kick both former Wimbledon finalists. Her lefty offer will means opponents problems, and she’s had a clever run on weed streamer into SW19.
PANTIC: Caroline Garcia
Garcia might not be a many well-liked among her compatriots, yet she emerged as a best Frenchwoman during a French Open. She’s due for an even bigger breakthrough during a major, and yet she’s in a dangerous territory of a lift (hello, Petra Kvitova), she’s proven she’s to have a required mental fortitude.
KALLET: Coco Vandeweghe
The Australian Open semifinalist is in a bit of a unsafe position. She has a new manager in Pat Cash and had to repel in Birmingham final week with an ankle injury. She has a auspicious draw, though, and has had success on weed in a past.
TIGNOR: Lucie Safarova
After dual years of injuries and illness, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist and 2015 French Open finalist is seeded only 32nd. But she had a good week on weed in Birmingham, and a initial seed she could play is No. 1 Angelique Kerber. That’s not indispensably a bad thing.
Bust (No. 8 or higher)
MCGROGAN: Dominika Cibulkova
Cibulkova has played in 3 grass-court tournaments heading adult to Wimbledon, and mislaid her opening compare in any one. The Slovak’s low core of sobriety and prosaic strokes are tailor-made for grass, yet that hasn’t resulted in progress. Look for Andrea Petkovic to put a No. 8 seed out of her wretchedness in a initial round.
PANTIC: Dominika Cibulkova
She had her career-best deteriorate in 2016, yet can’t seem to find that same turn this year. Cibulkova goes into Wimbledon on a three-match losing streak, and hasn’t left over a fourth turn given Doha in February. The All England Club won’t be a easiest of places to rediscover her form.
KALLET: Simona Halep
She was in position to win her initial Grand Slam pretension during a French Open and couldn’t finish a job. Now she has to start over during another vital reduction than a month later. How will that impact her mentally? we know we couldn’t hoop it. I’m awaiting an early exit.
TIGNOR: Johanna Konta
Konta has been one of a WTA’s players of a year, yet she had to lift out of a Eastbourne semis with an injury on Friday, she’s 1-5 for her career during Wimbledon and she has a potentially tricky opener opposite Su-Wei Hsieh.
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