Tennis - Former German ATP star Patrik Kuhnen says Angelique Kerber is one of his favourites to win the Wimbledon ladies singles title once again this year. In his column for Sky Sports, Kuhnen says, "Among the ladies, Angelique Kerber is one of my favourites.
Although she has got a difficult draw, she has had some good results recently (semi-final on Mallorca, final in Eastbourne) and she is one of the very best grass court players . She returns as defending champion to the site of her greatest success.
This should give her additional self-confidence and encouragement. She could have a rematch of last year's final against Serena Williams in the round of 16. The American also belongs to the top favorites. Although she has not played many tournaments this year, Wimbledon and Serena - that's a whole different story!
Other favourites include French Open champion and World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, as well as Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova. German Julia Görges, who reached the semi-finals last year, feels very well on grass and has chances to go far once again.
In the men's side, the fact that there have only been four different winners in the men's category since 2003, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, is unbelievable. For me, Djokovic as the defending champion and Federer as the record winner are among the top two favourites for the title again this year.
Of course, Rafael Nadal also has his chances. That's what makes Wimbledon so unique. Federer has just won a tournament in Halle in time for the tournament start in top form. The rallies on grass are shorter and the surface is very accommodating to his game.
Nadal and Djokovic have not played any ATP events on the grass. It will be interesting to see how fast the two will find their rhythm on the grass. Otherwise, the field is relatively open. In the past, Wimbledon has also been a big surprise or a favourite crash.
For example, who would have thought a few years ago that Dustin Brown would beat Nadal? That too makes Wimbledon so unique. Of course, the younger players like Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem, but also Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime are in the spotlight.
Speaking of the German men, I am quite optimistic that we will see a German player in the quarter-finals again for the first time since 2011. Zverev had a difficult start with the defeat to Dustin Brown in Stuttgart, but he has already improved in Halle.
I also trust a lot in Jan-Lennard Struff. He has beaten many good players this year and made a big leap forward. He has matured a lot as a player, has found a very good body language and great confidence in his game. As the grass benefits his fast-paced games, he is also a candidate who can make the jump to the second week.