Wimbledon women's singles preview: Williams challenges her young rivals


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Wimbledon women's singles preview: Williams challenges her young rivals

Wimbledon could awake Serena Williams' senses, for now still trapped at the final of the US Open 2018. The American is looking for the 24 Slam record, belonging to Margaret Smith, and the 2019 edition of the Championships could be one of her last great occasions.

In general, however, we can say that there is a lot of uncertainty about who will be the next queen of Wimbledon, with many pretenders and few certainties, with Serena who will challenge all her young colleagues to get the much-dreamed record.

Ashleigh Barty leads the draw. The French Open winner, for technical and physical skills, is perfect for playing on grass-courts, as she has already demonstrated over the years, winning two titles on this surface. This season, she's the most convinced tennis player, and maybe she could be the favourite for the final victory.

However her draw is not so simple; possible third round against Garbine Muguruza, fourth round against Belinda Bencic, the eventual semifinal against one between Serena or the defending champion Angelique Kerber and the semifinal against one between Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens.

Naomi Osaka, due to her skills and the playing surface, could be one of the favourites for the final victory. But from the victory of the Australian Open 2019 onwards, the Japanese has been having many ups and downs. She has a difficult first round against Yulia Putintseva, after which there could be Dayana Yastremska, Sofia Kenin, Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, Simona Halep in the quarter-finals and Karolina Pliskova in an eventual semifinal.

Maria Sharapova is in the Top-Half, on the side of Serena Williams! Barty's difficult draw makes Wimbledon women's singles very attractive and at the same time unpredictable. However, the Australian is going through a great moment of psycho-physical shape.

Should her physical fitness remain intact, she would be the favourite. It wouldn't surprise me to see Osaka in the final, given her draw not impossible, but will she be able to overcome her difficult moment? We are sure Serena Williams will arrive in London in important psycho-physical conditions; she knows that this is a very important opportunity, perhaps one of the last of her career.

If the American is physically fit, then she will be able to fulfil her dream. Kvitova, Pliskova, Bencic and Konta will have their chances. The Briton is going through a great time and she could make dream her home-crowd. Is this the right year to see a British girl again champion at the All England Club? Mission impossible for Halep, Wozniacki, Sharapova and Svitolina.

Kerber, Stephens and Muguruza could have chances only if their physical and mental shape will be perfect. Young players like Dayana Yastremska, Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek, Marketa Vondrousova, Anastasia Potapova and Amanda Anisimova will be the nightmare of all the top players.

Wimbledon 2019, women's singles - Percentages: Ashleigh Barty 30% Johanna Konta 20% Serena Williams 20% Petra Kvitova 15% Naomi Osaka 15% Outsiders: Sofia Kenin, Amanda Anisimova, Iga Swiatek, Dayana Yastremska