This could turn out to be one of the most open Wimbledon’s for many years. Serena is away getting ready to have a baby. That should put an end to the rumours that she’s a bloke.
Pliskova was the market favourite a week ago and that has been backed up by her winning Eastbourne this week. She doesn’t have a good record at Wimbledon although she has started to believe that she can win a slam. She reached the US Open final last season.
I’m not sure an outsider will make it to the final as Ostapenko did at the French Open but I think we will see players reach their first slam quarter final.
Let’s have a look at the draw.
Kerber’s section. She reached the final last year so will have high hopes of going one better this time. She doesn’t have an easy draw. Flipkens could be a banana skin for her in the second round. If she makes it through that one she is likely to meet Safarova in the third round and Muguruza in the 4th round.
The other half of this section is a little weaker. Radwanska has a decent record at Wimbledon but has not been too impressive this season.
Puig and Lepchenko should make it through a few rounds and Kuznetsova seems to have a strong chance if she can get her head on straight.
Mattek Sands and Puig could cause a little havoc if the top players are not at their best.
Predicted quarter final: Kerber v Kuznetsova
Pliskova and Wozniacki have just met in the final at Eastbourne and they are both in this section. Almost anything can happen here. Goerges has been playing well. Gavrilova can always be a tricky opponent. Pavlyuchenkova, Vandewege, Mladenovic and Kontaveit have all put in some strong performances this year.
If Pliskova can keep focused then she should get past Goerges and Gavrilova. I’m not sure Wozniacki will make the quarter finals this year. Pironkova could give her a fright in the second round. If she gets through Kontaveit and Vandeweghe are both capable of sending her home.
Predicted quarter final: Pliskova v Kontaveit
This section could get messy. Lisicki made a decent return to the tour at Eastbourne though lacked some match fitness. Her half of this section also has Strycova and Venus Williams. Its a bit of a long shot but I see Lisicki meeting Venus in the 4th round. Venus was recently in a car crash in which a man died. That may affect her but we won’t know until he gets on court.
The other half is wide open Keys will fancy her chances although Giorgi could give her a few headaches in the second round. The winner is likely to get Ostapenko in the third round. She should get there fairly comfortably.
Ashleigh Barty has played extremely well on grass this month. She reached the final in Birmingham and pushed Kvitova to 3 sets. The Aussie has a favourable draw and a real chance of getting to the 4th round. She could surprise Ostapenko in the 4th round. It could all go wrong for her in the first round match with Svitolina but if she can make it past that she could cruise through the draw.
Predicted quarter final: Lisicki v Barty
Some very strong players in this section. Halep seems to have a good draw with Suarez Navarro and Watson looking like her main threats to her reaching the quarter final.
Konta would normally be in with a great chance with her draw but she had a bad fall this week in Eastbourne and we don’t know how that will affect her in the early rounds. If she is ok she should reach the third round where Kvitova seems the likely opponent. Kvitova has a couple of opponents in Duan and Garcia who could prove tricky if she is not mentally focused.
I think Watson has a reasonable chance of making the 4th round of she plays as well as she did in Eastbourne.
Predicted quarter final: Kvitova v Halep
If Kerber and Pliskova play their best tennis they will be tough to beat. They would meet in the semi finals and the winner of that one should take the title.