It’s been a while since I did one of these predictions I have been so busy with uni stuff but I’m back now and there is no better place to start then with Wimbledon.
Quarter 1 Serena Williams (1) v Roberta Vinci (6)
Serena Williams is once again the top seed at a Grand Slam. Serena comes into Wimbledon having only won one title and having lost her past two grand slam finals. This will only make her hungrier for the title and to win that elusive number 22. Serena opens up against the Swiss qualifier Sadikovic which will be no problem for her. Then see will play the winner of McHale and Hantuchova. Serena has played Mchale twice this year in Rome and Miami and will be the likely opponent that she will face as Hantuchova has been struggling for wins and the furthest she has been a tournament this year is the second round. Mladenovic is a potential third round opponent in a rematch of the third round of this year’s French Open. If this is to happen Kiki will have to get past Sasnovich in the first round and possibly Heather Watson in the second round who opens up against Beck.
Vinci has a disappointing year having only won one match since Stuttgart. Vinci opens up against Alison Riske who reached the finals of Nottingham and loves the grass this is a potential upset. Vinci lost her only grass court match to Makarova in Eastbourne.
The others seeds in the quarter are Stephens (18) who opens up against Peng Shuai. Sloane has had a good year so far wining three titles which along with Azarenka is tour leading. Sloane hasn’t played a match on grass this year whereas Peng has played two however is lost on the first round of each although she did push Kerber in the first round of Birmingham. Kuznetsova (13) who opens up against Caroline Wozniacki this could also be another potential upset. Kuznetsova has had a good year including a fourth round win over Serena in Miami I think that Caro could edge this one out as she prefers the grass to Kuznetsova. Bacsinszky (11) opens against qualifier Kumkhum. Timea reached the quarters last year although she lost her only grass match this year to Mladenovic she could go far again this year. Pavlyuchenkova (21) and Vandeweghe (27) round out the seeds in this quarter. Pavs opens up against Hsieh and Vandeweghe opens us against Bondarenko. Vandeweghe has had a good grass court season winning the tournament in s-Hertogenbosch and making the semis of Birmingham before pulling out of Eastbourne. Vandeweghe has the potential to go far in this draw.
Williams df Stephens
Vandeweghe df Bacsinszky
Williams df Vandeweghe
Quarter 2 Agnieszka Radwanska (3) v Belinda Bencic (7)
Radwanska opens up against Kozlova. The grass court season could have started better she lost her opening match in Birmingham to Vandeweghe, although she bounced back in Eastbourne making the quarters before losing to the eventual champion Cibulkova. Aga is defending semi-final points from last year and I predict that she will make it just as far this year. Radwanska potential third round opponent is Garcia who won the title in Mallorca, Garcia isn’t described as a grass court specialist and Radwanska should win this one to set up a fourth round match with Konta. Konta is seeded 16th this year. This time last year Konta was ranked 146 in the world and needed to wildcard to play in the tournament. Konta made the semi’s in Eastbourne and opens up against Monica Puig who has been playing well this year having made the semis of Nottingham and Eastbourne this year could be a tricky opponent if she manages the win then a fourth round match with Radwanska isn’t out of the question.
Bencic opens up against Pironkova in a repeat of last year’s first round. Bencic came back to the tour at s-Hertogenbosch having missed the clay court season due to injury Bencic reached the semis in s-Hertogenbosch before losing both her opening matches in Birmingham and Eastbourne where she was defending champion. Pironkova played Birmingham this year where she made it the quarters after coming through qualifying. Pironkova had a very good outing at the French Open where she made the quarters where she beat Radwanska. This match has upset written all over it and if Pironkova does come through then she could face Vesnina in the third round who has also being having a good year and has won in Eastbourne previously she will have to win against Petkovic and then could face Kvitova in the fourth round. Petra opens up against Cirstea who began the year ranked 243 and is now 86 in the world so could be a tricky opponent out Petra should come through. Petra could meet fellow Czech Strycova in third round who made it the finals of Birmingham. Barbora has made the quarters here before in 2014 where she lost to Kvitova.
The other seed in this draw is Cibulkova (19). Domi won her first grass title this year in Eastbourne. She opens up against Lucic-Baroni, Domi leads their head to head 4-0 and following her win in Eastbourne she be able to come through. Bouchard is in this quarter and could be a potential dark horse but has been handed to a hard draw the former finalist opens up against Rybarikova which is easily winnable but could face Konta in the second round and Cibulkova in the third round.
Radwanska df Konta
Kvitova df Pironkova
Radwanska df Kvitova
Quarter 3 Angelique Kerber (4) v Simona Halep (5)
The Australian Open champion Kerber opens up against British wild card Robson who is coming back from injury and Kerber should win this in two sets. Following her Australian Open win, she had a shaky few tournaments before coming back in Miami to make the semis and winning the tournament in Stuttgart but following this didn’t win a match for the rest if the clay court season. She come back in Birmingham where she made the quarters. Her potential third round match could be against Begu who had a good clay court season making two quarters and semi and reached the fourth round of the French. Begu has only won one match on grass this year in Birmingham. She faces Witthoeft who isn’t the best on a grass court. Her potential fourth round opponent could be Karolina Pliskova who has had a good grass season winning in Nottingham and making the final in Eastbourne. Karolina opens up against Wickmayer who made the quarters of Birmingham although Wickmayer hasn’t had the best of years so far. Pliskova could face Ana Ivanovic in the third round. Ana opens up against qualifier Alexandrova. Ana played Mallorca this year where she made the quarters where she lost to the eventual winner.
Simona Halep opens up against Schmiedlova who has only won match this year that was back in January so Simona should come through this one. She has had a so uneventful season so far with the highlight being winning the tournament in Madrid. Simona will play either Schiavone or Sevastova in the second round and could set a third round match with the French Open semi-finalist Bertens who hasn’t played a grass court match this following an injury. Bertens will have to come through against Ostapenko who has looked good during the grass court season. Simona’s possible fourth round opponent could be Madison Keys who has had a good season so far and won the tournament in Birmingham and her only other title also come on the grass. Keys will be a dangerous player in this tournament with proven pedigree on the grass. Keys opens up against Siegemund who had a good clay season making the final in Stuttgart they have played once already this year and keys come through. Keys could play former semi-finalist flipkens in second round who opens up against Gibbs and could possibly play 20th seeded Sara Errani in the third round. Errani plays Tig in her opening round, grass certainly isn’t Errani’s forte and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she lost to Cornet in the second round.
Keys df Halep
Kerber df Pliskova
Keys df Kerber
Quarter 4 Garbine Muguruza (2) v Venus Williams (8)
French Open champion Muguruza opens up against Camila Giorgi who hasn’t had a particularly good year compared to Garbine who has been constant this year. Last year she made it to the final where she lost to Serena compare that to this year where she beat her to the title this year in Paris. It will be interesting to see how she plays following her Grand Slam success. She is seeded to meet Safarova in the third round. Safarova missed to start of the year due to injury and has played just nine tournaments she was unable to defend her French Open finalist points. Safarova opens up against her doubles partner Mattek-Sands. Stosur is Muguruza’s seeded fourth round oppenont who opens up against Linette. She could possibly face former finalist Sabine Lisicki in the second and this could be difficult as Grass is Lisicki’s best surface compare to being Stosur’s worst. Stosur is seeded to meet Elina Svitolina in the third round who opens up against home favourite Naomi Broady.
Venus Williams will open up against Donna Vekic who’s form hasn’t been there lately so this should be easy for Venus although see has only played eight tournaments this year and apart from winning a tournament in China hasn’t really made an impact on the tour. Although grass is her best surface and she should do well here. Venus is seeded to meet Kasatkina in the third round who has really made an impact on the tour this year. Daria is set to play Duval in the first round who is coming back onto the tour following illness. Venus is seeded to meet Suarez Navarro in the fourth round who made the semis in Birmingham although grass wouldn’t be considered her best surface. Carla first round oppenont is Australian Open quarter finalist Zheng Shuai who hasn’t been able to replicate the success she had down under. Carla could possibly meet Jankovic in the third round.
Williams df Suarez Navarro
Lisicki df Muguruza
Lisicki df Williams
Williams df Radwanska
Keys df Lisicki
Williams df Keys