2019 Wimbledon Expert Picks: The Women—Can Sofia Kenin go deep again?

2019 Wimbledon Expert Picks: The Women—Can Sofia Kenin go deep again?

The contenders, pretenders and dark horses for this year's Wimbledon title.

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Champion

MATT FITZGERALDKarolina Pliskova

She doesn’t have a great history at the grass major, but having avoided a brutal top quarter and with coach Conchita Martinez by her side, it’s finally Pliskova’s time.

STEVE FLINK: Ashleigh Barty

The Aussie will make it two majors in a row after surviving a serious challenge in the quarters from either Serena or defending champion Kerber.

CALE HAMMOND: Ashleigh Barty

If she can win the French Open, Wimbledon should be a breeze for the talented Australian, who has the best slice backhand since Steffi Graf. 

ED MCGROGAN: Karolina Pliskova

I'm not touching the top half of the draw, where any number of finalists could emerge. Pliskova, by contrast, has a much easier road to the final, is playing well on grass leading up to Wimbledon, and is supremely motivated to get the major monkey off her back.

ASHLEY NDEBELEKarolina Pliskova

The 6’1” Czech is due for a major breakthrough. She has the goods to win on grass so why not this year?

NINA PANTIC: Serena Williams

It feels like this Wimbledon is anyone’s to win, and when that’s the case, it's best to simply go with Serena. Her draw is complicated, but that may motivate her even more.

JORDAAN SANFORD: Angelique Kerber

The reigning Wimbledon champion loves the grass and her consistent results clearly show it. A semifinal in Mallorca, into this week's final at Eastbourne; a great Wimbledon showing against stiff competition will likely follow.

STEVE TIGNOR: Angelique Kerber

A potential fourth-round match with Serena looms; the winner of that would likely be favored to go all the way.

ALEX FAUST: Ashleigh Barty

The scariest part of Ash winning Roland Garros is that her favorite surface is actually grass. With the way she played in Birmingham, there doesn’t appear to be a challenger who can step up, especially considering she’s only lost two matches since Indian Wells.

JOEL DRUCKER: Serena Williams

Wimbledon is all about serves and nerves. Who in tennis history commands those two better than last year’s finalist and seven-time champion?

JON WERTHEIM: Ashleigh Barty

If she can win a major on clay, she sure as hell can win a major on grass.



Dark Horse (Seeded No. 20 or lower)

MATT FITZGERALD: Venus Williams

Unseeded this year, the five-time champion should never be discounted with 89 career wins at the All England Club. Big-hitters Sabalenka and Keys aren’t thrilled to see her floating.

STEVE FLINK: Sofia Kenin

The American can follow up her French Open win over Serena with another good run at Wimbledon.

CALE HAMMOND: Amanda Anisimova

All of the Coco Gauff talk may light a fire under this fellow American prodigy who now has second week Grand Slam experience under her belt. 

ED MCGROGAN: Sofia Kenin

The American followed a deep French Open run with a gutsy win in the Mallorca final. She has a game for all surfaces and with the belief in its effectiveness to match.

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Amanda Anisimova

If she’s healthy, look for the French Open semifinalist to enjoy her second consecutive deep run at a Slam.

NINA PANTIC: Sofia Kenin

She just won Mallorca for her second title of the year, and there are few players with more fighting spirit than the 20-year-old. She also has the mentality to handle the pressure.

JORDAAN SANFORD: Amanda Anisimova

Her attitude and collected composure alone can will her past the top players. She doesn’t beat herself and the grass can play into her aggressive style of play.

STEVE TIGNOR: Sofia Kenin

The young American is coming off a title on grass in Mallorca, and could be a tough out for Osaka in the third round.

ALEX FAUST: Sofia Kenin

I was so impressed by her resolve in Mallorca, saving three match points against  Bencic to win the title. Yes, an immediate loss followed in Eastbourne, but after her breakthrough in Paris and from what we’ve seen on grass so far, Kenin is a name to watch at Wimbledon and beyond.

JOEL DRUCKER: Amanda Anisimova

Enjoying that grand breakout year and figures to be equally fearless at SW19.

JON WERTHEIM: Garbine Muguruza

The 2017 champ has become tennis' real mystery. But she's a much better player than her ranking and seeding suggests.



Bust (Seeded No. 10 or higher)

MATT FITZGERALD: Elina Svitolina

She’s just 5-6 at SW19 and has little to draw from this season after ending 2018 with the WTA Finals trophy. 

STEVE FLINK: Naomi Osaka

I hope I'm wrong, but the No. 2 seed is not in the right frame of mind. She won’t get past a potential third-round meeting with Kenin or Giorgi.

CALE HAMMOND: Aryna Sabalenka

The No. 10 seed is having somewhat of a sophomore slump that doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. 

ED MCGROGAN: Petra Kvitova

It seems sacrilege to pick a two-time champion, but she's clearly not 100 percent healthy, and early tests will come in Mladenovic and Anisimova.

ASHLEY NDEBELE: Elina Svitolina

The No. 8 seed is still working her way back from a knee injury, and she plays former Top 20 player Gavrilova in the first round.

NINA PANTIC: Elina Svitolina

She hasn’t looked like herself since Indian Wells, and hasn’t won a match on grass yet. The No. 8 seed opens against Gavrilova, who’s trying to get back on the Top-20 track.

JORDAAN SANFORD: Naomi Osaka

It’s been a difficult year since her Australian Open victory. She’s no longer playing without expectations to win. This is something she has struggled with adjusting to.

STEVE TIGNOR: Simona Halep

Halep has a history of early defeats at Wimbledon, and she has a couple of quality opponents, including  Azarenka, in her section.

ALEX FAUST: Naomi Osaka

Admittedly, she’s uncomfortable on this surface, and is still searching for the tactical side of her game to emerge on the turf. Adding to the pressure: a first-round matchup against Putintseva, who beat Osaka in straight sets just two weeks ago in Birmingham.

JOEL DRUCKER: Elina Svitolina

Highly enigmatic, she lost in the first round last year and has yet to show any further signs of progress in 2019.

JON WERTHEIM: Petra Kvitova