Top 4 Seeds: (1) Serena Williams, (7) Ana Ivanovic, (9) Carla Suarez Navarro, (19) Sara Errani
Floaters: (16) Venus Williams, Tsvetana Pironkova, (23) Victoria Azarenka, Dominika Cubulkova
Notes: Yawn! No blockbuster early meetings here. The world No. 1 Serena has been granted an easy first few rounds, but sister Venus potentially waits in the 4th rd., and former No. 1s Ivanovic or Azarenka in the quarters. Tough start for (30) Belinda Bencic against the grasscourt upset specialist Pironkova, and Cibulkova could meet Serena in the 3rd rd., but shaky since the Slovak is coming off injury. The Brits will be cheering for Heather Watson in her opener against (32) Caroline Garcia, and an all-Italian tussle will take place with (19) Errani vs. former Slam champ Francesca Schiavone.
Top 4 Seeds: (4) Maria Sharapova, (6) Lucie Safarova, (11) Karoline Pliskova, (14) Andrea Petkovic
Floaters: Daria Gavrilova, CoCo Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens, Alison Riske
Notes: This could be called the potential American upset quarter with Riske vs. (6) Safarova, Stephens vs. (27) Barbora Strycova, and Vandeweghe likely lurking in the 2nd rd. for (11) Pliskova. Queen Maria will start against Brit wildcard Johanna Konta, and she won’t likely face a potential stiff test until the quarters, if then. The Russian Gavrilova will be sounding an upset alert against (29) Irina-Camelia Begu. Three names are good on clay, not grass.
Top 4 seeds: (3) Simona Halep, (5) Caroline Wozniacki, (10) Angie Kerber, (15) Timea Bacsinszky
Floaters: (31) Camila Giorgi, Julia Goerges, (18) Sabine Lisicki, (26) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Notes: This is this year’ group of death with how the seeds fell. The hard-hitting Goerges will look to take it to (15) Bacsinszky who is coming off a stellar clay court season. If (3) Halep can navigate to the fourth round she’ll probably be looking at the huge-serving (18) Lisicki. A Wozniacki-Kerber meeting in the fourth round would also be a mouth-waterer, winner to meet Halep or Lisicki.
Top 4 Seeds: (2) Petra Kvitova, (8) Ekaterina Makarova, (12) Genie Bouchard, (13) Aggie Radwanska
Floaters: Ana Konjuh, (WC) Laura Robson
Notes: Another super-yawner section. The riser Konjuh against (25) Alize Cornet will be one to watch, as will Robson floating around for the Brits, but this quarter is dull as dishwater. Things could liven up in the third round with (2) Kvitova vs. (28) Jelena Jankovic, with Radwanska then waiting. Bouchard and (21) Madison Keys have failed to meet expectations this grasscourt season, but are looming.
Bouchard will drop an ****-load of points after this event. Serena is going for a third Slam in pursuit of all four this year.
Let’s go with Serena d. Kerber in the final. What could go wrong?
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