The 5 Women to Look Out For at Wimbledon 2016

The Quint takes a look at the favourites to win the Wimbledon.

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Agnieszka Radwanska (L), Serena Williams (C) and Garbine Muguruza. (Photo: Reuters)

World number one Serena Williams hasn’t won a major since Wimbledon last year. The American’s campaign was stopped by three different women in the 2015 US Open, 2016 Australian Open and 2016 French Open respectively.

The 34-year-old’s quest for a true Grand Slam ended when she lost to Roberta Vinci in the semi-final of US Open. Subsequently, she was beaten in the finals of Australian and French Open by Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza respectively.

But now she has returned to Wimbledon, where she has clinched six titles. Is she finally going to win a major or is the American going to be stopped again?

The Quint takes a look at the five women to watch out for at Wimbledon.

1. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is just one major title away from equalling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major titles. After last year’s Wimbledon however, she seemed to have lost her way.

The American has won only one title (Rome) this year and has lost in three finals. As usual, she did not enter any grass-court tuneup tournaments after playing on the red clay of the French Open before heading to the All England Club.

But Williams always finds a way to perform well on grass. She just might be able to equal Graf’s record in this tournament.

2016 Match Record: 24-4; 2016 Singles Titles: 1; Career Singles Titles: 70

2. Garbine Muguruza

 Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during the Wimbledon 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during the Wimbledon 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Garbine Muguruza showed she could be tennis’ next big thing by reaching Wimbledon final last year before losing to Serena Williams.

The 22-year-old avenged her defeat after beating Williams in the French Open final earlier this month.

The world number two, who has one major title under her belt, plays a fearless big-stroke game, full of flat groundstrokes. She is not shy about saying she plans to add more major trophies to her collection.

2016 Match Record: 22-10; 2016 Singles Titles: 1; Career Singles Titles: 3

3. Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska. (Photo: Reuters)
Agnieszka Radwanska. (Photo: Reuters)

Agnieszka Radwanska’s varied game, filled with all sorts of slices and spins, can fluster opponents on grass courts.

Since 2008, the world number three has been the runner-up at Wimbledon, reached the semi-final two times and the quarter-final twice.

With a semifinal appearance at the Australian Open in January, she has made it that far at a major tournament at least once each season for the past five years.

Radwanska, who hasn’t won a major title yet, lost to Muguruza in the semi-final of the Wimbledon last year.

2016 Match Record: 26-9; 2016 Singles Titles: 1; Career Singles Titles: 18

4. Madison Keys

Madison Keys. (Photo: Reuters)
Madison Keys. (Photo: Reuters)

Madison Keys is entering Wimbledon brimming with confidence after she clinched the title on grass at Birmingham, England. The victory this month helped her break into the top 10 in the WTA rankings for the first time.

The world number nine is the first American woman to make her debut in the top 10 since Serena Williams, who made the top 10 in April 1999.

Madison Keys showed her potential of performing well in the big tournaments after putting up a fierce fight in the quarter-final match against Radwanska in 2015. She lost the match 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3.

2016 Match Record: 22-7; 2016 Singles Titles: 1; Career Singles Titles: 2

5. Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova. (Photo: Reuters)
Petra Kvitova. (Photo: Reuters)

Petra Kvitova, who has a big serve and flat forehand, consistently produces her best major results on the grass at the All England Club.

She has won two major titles in her career and both of the victories have been clinched at Wimbledon — in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

The world number ten has won more than 80 percent of her service games on grass since 2013.

Kvitova will be certainly banking on the grass courts to help turnaround her disastrous season so far. She hasn’t won a single title this season and her best result has been a place in the semi-final at Stuttgart in April.

2016 Match Record: 15-14; 2016 Singles Titles: 0; Career Singles Titles: 17

(With inputs from AP)

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