2018 Wimbledon Expert Picks: The Women

by: Tennis.com | June 29, 2018

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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has two tremendous weapons in her arsenal: firepower and experience. (Getty Images)

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Champion

JOEL DRUCKERPetra Kvitova

I had her going all the way at Roland Garros and was proven wrong. But grass is Kvitova’s natural surface. Power and range mean lots at the All England Club; barring an injury, Kvitova has the tools to take her third Wimbledon title.

ED MCGROGAN: Madison Keys

It's a good bet that an American will come out of the draw's bottom half. Keys, like Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, has painfully paid her dues at the Slams, but she won't need to wait as long as this year's two maiden major champions—not with her serve. A fourth-rounder against Serena is an obvious obstacle, but considering Keys' history, maybe she just needs to worry about dodging Sloane Stephens in the semis.

NINA PANTIC: Petra Kvitova

It didn’t come together for her at the French Open, but she’s been one of the most consistent players on tour. She won the title in Birmingham and made the smart move of pulling out of Eastbourne to preserve her energy for Wimbledon. She also happens to be a two-time Wimbledon champion. 

STEVE FLINK: Petra Kvitova

There are probably ten players among the women could win this tournament, but I will go with the No. 8 seed and two-time champion. She might have to move past Halep in the quarters and Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals, but I like her chances to win it all.

ZACH COHENSloane Stephens

Stephens has never been past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, but I think she’ll be motivated to go deeper by her loss in the French Open final. Stephens was the better player for a majority of that match before letting it slip away. I expect she’ll be more focused here, and a relatively easy draw should help her build confidence.

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Petra Kvitova

She loves playing on grass and has two Venus Rosewater Dishes to show for it. She is in the loaded top half of the draw that includes defending champ Muguruza and French Open champ Halep, but her lefty serve should help her power through.

STEVE TIGNORSerena Williams

Yes, she had to pull out of Paris. Yes, she hasn’t had played grass-court matches in two years. Yes, she’s seeded 25th and could face the fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina early. But would you pick anyone in the draw to beat Serena?


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Dark Horse (No. 20 or lower*)

*With the exception of No. 25 seed Serena Williams

JOEL DRUCKERMaria Sharapova

Though her Roland Garros run was somewhat inconclusive—two wins, followed by a walkover victory versus Serena and then being crushed by Muguruza—Sharapova will surely feel motivated and comfortable at Wimbledon.

ED MCGROGAN: Alison Riske

The 58th-ranked American has reached the third round of Wimbledon three times; last year she beat Stephens and Kristina Mladenovic at the All England Club. She enters this year's tournament after going 11-2 on grass, including a win over potential fourth-round opponent Angelique Kerber. In a soft top half the draw, it's plausible to see this turf-specialist reaching the second week, and possibly beyond.

NINA PANTIC: Aryna Sabalenka 

The Belarusian’s hard-hitting, merciless game is thriving on grass. She’s currently enjoying a deep run in Eastbourne, with wins over Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, Karolina Pliskova and former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska. When Sabalenka is hot, it’s going to be very difficult to cool her off. 

STEVE FLINK: Maria Sharapova

Roland Garros was a step in the right direction for Sharapova. The 2004 champion is still very capable on the lawns.

ZACH COHEN: Anett Kontaveit

Kontaveit has come on strong over the past few months, and I expect her to sustain that form at Wimbledon. She could face defending champion Muguruza in the third round, but I think Kontaveit would have a good shot at winning that match.

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Victoria Azarenka

She hasn’t made a dent on tour since her comeback, but Azarenka is an all-court player with loads of big-match experience. She’s comfortable at the net and moves pretty well on grass. If she and Karolina Pliskova meet in the second round, my money is on Vika.

STEVE TIGNORJohanna Konta

Last year’s semifinalist is seeded just 22nd this time, but that hasn’t kept her from getting a good first-week draw. All eyes are on Jo during the fortnight, and last year she responded.


Bust (No. 10 or higher)

JOEL DRUCKERCaroline Garcia

She has yet to make a mark of note on the grass, and is perhaps worn out from the emotional effort of competing at home Slam, Roland Garros.

ED MCGROGAN: Caroline Wozniacki 

The high-bouncing hard courts in Melbourne treated Wozniacki well, but the lower-bouncing lawns in SW19 will just make the No. 2 seed's life more difficult. Her draw doesn't help. Wozniacki's resurgence has been inspiring to watch; at Wimbledon, you might only be able to watch her during the first week.

NINA PANTIC: Venus Williams 

Venus seems off these days. She’s just 1-3 since losing in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, and hasn't played a match on grass this season. Sure, she’s a five-time champion at the All England Club, but her last title was 10 long years ago. At 38, she’s proven age is just a number, but that doesn’t mean there won’t still be highs and lows. 

STEVE FLINK: Caroline Garcia

Her draw doesn’t look that daunting, but in my view the No. 6 seed will not go far in this tournament. She figures to bow out by the third round.

ZACH COHENMadison Keys

Keys has been impressive in two of the past three Grand Slams, but I think she’ll be heading out early at Wimbledon. The American has an extremely tough draw, and could face either Elina Svitolina or Serena Williams in the fourth round. With her ability to bleed errors under pressure, I can see her losing to both of those players.

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Karolina Pliskova

Her big game is suited to grass, but the No. 7 seed has yet to go past the second round at the All England Club. Last week, she was ousted in the Birmingham first round.

STEVE TIGNORElina Svitolina

The fifth seed could play Mladenovic in the second round and Serena in the third. She has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon.


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Bonus Question: What round will Serena Williams advance to?

JOEL DRUCKER: Final

ED MCGROGANFourth round

NINA PANTICFourth round

STEVE FLINKQuarterfinals

ZACH COHEN: Semifinals

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Fourth round

STEVE TIGNOR: Champion


A LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY DURING THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT IN SPORTS, CELEBRATING THE UNPARALLELED FEDERER-NADAL RIVALRY AND 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST MATCH EVER PLAYED.

In association with All England Lawn & Tennis Club, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment and Amblin Television.  Directed by Andrew Douglas.

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