No, you don’t have favorites Serena Williams (pregnant) or Maria Sharapova (injury), but you have a whole handful of also-rans.
As of this writing, five players could leave this year’s Wimbledon championships with the No. 1 ranking — current No. 1 Angie Kerber, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, and fast-riser Elina Svitolina.
Kerber, who has struggled mightily this year, defends runner-up points and would need to reach the final for a chance at keeping No. 1.
The top half of the draw is relatively weak, while the bottom half is loaded. Halep is up against it in the bottom brutal quarter.
Here’s the breakdown:
Top 4 Seeds: (1) Angie Kerber, (7) Svetlana Kuznetsova, (9) Aggie Radwanska, (14) Garbine Muguruza
Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, (Q) Ons Jabeur, (32) Lucie Safarova
Notes: (1) Kerber starts against (Q) Irini Falconi, and is looking at (32) Safarova 3rd rd., who she is 1-2 against career…Watch (7) Kuznetsova vs. (Q) Jabeur in a first-time meeting…(9) Radwanska starts against the former No. 1 Jankovic who played her close two years ago at Wimbledon, and the Pole is far from form. As is Jankovic. OK, don’t watch that…If the struggling Kerber, last year’s runner-up to Serena Williams, can reach the 4th round she could face the 2015 runner-up Muguruza.
Top 4 Seeds: (3) Karolina Pliskova, (5) Caroline Wozniacki, (12) Kristina Mladenovic, (16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Floaters: (20) Daria Gavrilova, Timea Babos
Notes: Watch (5) Wozniacki coming in tired against Babos, the former Wimbledon doubles finalist, in a first-time meeting…Another weak-tea quarter where (3) Pliskova should cruise. Watch Mladenovic if she is past her back issues.
Top 4 Seeds: (4) Elina Svitolina, (8) Dominika Cibulkova, (10) Venus Williams, (13) Jelena Ostapenko
Floaters: Andrea Petkovic, Sabine Lisicki, Camila Giorgi, Alize Cornet, Ashleigh Barty, (17) Madison Keys
Notes: Now we’re getting into the meat…Tough starts for (8) Cibulkova against the veteran Petkovic, and (27) Ana Konjuh vs. Lisicki…The not-match-tough (17) Keys, who has struggled to return from wrist surgery, opens against Japan’s Nao Hibini then faces the Giorgi-Cornet winner…(4) Svitolina whose health is in doubt starts against the streaking Barty…This quarter is a toss up.
Top 4 Seeds: (2) Simona Halep, (6) Johanna Konta, (11) Petra Kvitova, (15) Elena Vesnina
Floaters: Victoria Azarenka, Genie Bouchard, Donna Vekic
Notes: (2) Halep could be up against it with an early road of qualifier and two-time grasscourt doubles winner Marina Erakovic, then Brit Laura Robson, then Bouchard…Azarenka starts against American CiCi Bellis, with the winner to likely face (15) Vesnina…Also a tough road for (6) Konta, who starts against Su-Wei Hsieh, who she is 1-2 against including a grasscourt loss, then Vekic who earlier this month beat her in the Nottingham final…Watch out for the former champ (11) Kvitova who does not have an unkind draw.
Players withdrawing from the event were the two-time defending champion Serena Williams (pregnant), Laura Siegemund, Vania King, Yaroslava Shvedova, Samantha Stosur, and Ajla Tomljanovic.
Wildcards were awarded to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Brits Katie Boulter, Naomi Broady, Laura Robson and Heather Watson.
Former champions in the field are Kvitova (2014,’11) and five-time winner Venus Williams (2008-07,’05,’01-00).
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