Six on Karolina Pliskova played two tournaments on the grass. She reached the quarterfinals in Berlin, then dropped out in the first round in Eastbourne. Last year, she played the Wimbledon final for the first time in her career and lost to the then world number one Barty. A 30-year-old native of Louny and the seventh player in the world is still waiting for the first grand slam title. Right in the 3rd round, he may run into seven-time champion Serena Williams, who is returning after a one-year break, and then finalist Roland Garros Cori Gauff.
The second highest Czech will be thirteen Barbora Krejčíková. Last year’s winner Roland Garros in singles and doubles does not have a successful season after an elbow injury. During the defense of the triumph at the French Open, she lost in the first round and was missing in the doubles due to a positive test for coronavirus. She played the only duel on the grass this year, she dropped out in the first round in Eastbourne.
Not even thirty-two Petra Kvitová, which will play the role of the 25th seeded player, has not yet collected significant results. But in the general at Wimbledon in Eastbourne, he is in the final. He will defend his quarter-final participation in Wimbledon Karolina Muchovawhich will start against former world number one Simona Halepová from Romania.
The favorite will be the world number one and the winner of the French Open Iga Šwiateková. The 21-year-old Polka can claim the 36th consecutive victory in the first round and stretch even longer the longest winning streak of this century. The absolute record is held by Martina Navrátilová, who did not lose 74 duels in a row in 1984-1986.
“The grassy surface is tricky, but I like situations where I don’t expect anything from each other. It’s refreshing,” said Swiatek, who won the junior title at Wimbledon five years ago. Last year she dropped out in the fourth round with We are Jaburova.
Tunisian Jaburova should be a co-Bavarian of the tournament, as should Gauff, Halep or Spaniard Paula Badosa. Four-time Grand Slam champion Japan’s Naomi Osaka is missing from the competition.
Among men, he is aiming for the third grand slam title in a row Rafael Nadal. The 36-year-old Spaniard won the Australian Open and the French Open for the first time in a row and can triumph in all four grand slams in one year. A similar move was last made by Rod Laver in 1969. However, it is not clear to what extent the owner of the record 22 grand slam titles in London will be limited by the chronic foot disease that already plagued him at Roland Garros.
The favorite will be the third world player in the absence of the eliminated world number one Medvedev and the injured number two of the German Alexander Zverev Novak Djokovic. The 35-year-old Serb can triumph at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career and for the fourth time in a row. The holder of 20 grand slam titles has not lost 21 games on the grassy courts at the All England Club.
Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini could be his main challenger. The Italian, nine years younger, has won the last two tournaments in Stuttgart and the Queen’s Club. He has won 20 of the last 21 matches on the grass.
The tournament is affected by the absence of Russian and Belarusian tennis players. Wimbledon is the only grand slam this season to take this step. The last time Wimbledon players were expelled on the basis of nationality was immediately after World War II. At that time, the ban applied to German and Japanese tennis players.
Although the ATP and WTA have decided not to award Wimbledon points to the world rankings, according to Andy Murray, who will start as unattended, the prestige of the tournament will not suffer. “I watch golf very closely and I have no idea how many points the Masters winner will get in the rankings. We love football with friends and we don’t know how many points the team will get for winning the World Cup. wrote on twitter.
The tournament will offer record prize money of £ 40.3 million (1.16 billion crowns). Last year, 5.3 million less was paid. The winner will lose £ 2 million.