2017 Wimbledon Preview
It’s that time of the year again, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Are you gripped by Wimbledon fever yet?
Tomorrow will be the first time since 1999 that either Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams have not been entered in the Ladies Singles draw at the championships. Whilst some might argue that this could result in weakened draw, we believe that there is still plenty of power, prowess and even screaming on offer this time round. The winner’s prize money has also risen ten per cent this year from 2016. At a cool £2.2 million it’s certainly worth a few grass stains.
The grass-court season is over in the blink of an eye and the surface almost always suits a particular type of player. A powerful serve helps on grass, though it takes more than just that to become a champion. Let’s have a look at the grass court winners of 2017 in the run up to the big show.
|Aegon Open Nottingham||International||Donna Vekic|
|Ricoh Open S-Hertogenbosch||International||Anett Kontaveit|
|Aegon Classic Birmingham||Premier||Petra Kvitova|
|Mallorca Open||International||Anastasija Sevastova|
|Aegon International Eastbourne||Premier||Karolina Pliskova|
From the list, we’re not surprised to see world number three and last year’s Nottingham champion Karolina Pliskova whose height and power give her a real edge on grass. She has a favourable draw, however could face number one seed and last year’s runner up Angelique Kerber in the semis.
A Step Further?
Twenty-fourth seed Coco Vandeweghe had an impressive run into round four last year at SW19, and a quart-finalist the year prior. Coco has enjoyed some big victories on grass including two titles at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This year’s preparation may not have gone quite as smoothly, but the 6’ 1” American will fancy her chances in a draw missing some huge names. Kristina Mladenovic; who had a successful Roland Garros this year is a potential round three opponent.
Aggie, Aggie, oh Aggie! A finalist here in 2012, a defeated finalist in 2012, to who other than mummy to be Serena Williams. She put on a spirited display after going a set down to turn the final into an electric affair. Despite making the semi-finals in 2013 and 2015 the Pole has unfortunately not been able to make it any further at the All England club. Her trademark crouch shot which seems to work wonders on grass is one reason she is so effective. At the age of 28 however Radwanska is yet to make a grand-slam final. Hearing that Jelena Ostapenko, 20 lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen last month must have been frustrating considering Agnieszka has finished the year in the top ten since 2011. With Williams away surely now is a career defining opportunity for Radwanska to lift the silverware at Wimbledon. Whether she has it in her is another question.
We hope you have a delightful Wimbledon 2017 and have the strawberries and cream at the ready. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook page for updates and reports during the championships. If you’ve got any comments such as which seeds are going to get a scalping in round one to a qualifier, we’d love to hear them.