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Wimbledon WTA Preview: Rybakina Looking to Go Back-To-Back

No. 1 Swiatek Eyeing First Wimbledon Title

Last Wimbledon Appearance for Venus Williams?

Only one top-15 seeded player reached the semifinals in an unpredictable women’s draw at Wimbledon in 2022 as those making tennis predictions had their work cut out for them. Could more upsets be coming when this year’s event gets underway?

Elena Rybakina looks to make tennis news by becoming the first back-to-back women’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Serena Williams in 2015 and 2016. She joins Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova as the only other former champions in the field.

Wimbledon WTA Preview: Rybakina Looking to Go Back-To-Back

The Venus Williams-Elina Svitolina first-round match could be something to behold and it is fair to wonder if this is the final Wimbledon for Venus, a five-time champion and nine-time finalist at Wimbledon. Svitolina is priced at -210 to win the match,

The Alycia Parks-Anna Lena Friedsam first round clash is too close to call and the same could be said about Yanina Wickmayer’s matchup with Anna Blinkova.

When looking at the tennis picks, it wasn’t that long ago that Rybakina, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka were tied with the best odds. Now it is Swiatek at +250, Rybakina at +325 and Sabalenka coming in at +500 in the women’s Wimbledon outrights.

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First Quarter: Swiatek Looks Tough To Stop

The hearts will be with local product Harriet Dart as she looks to move past the third round at Wimbledon for the first time. That would likely mean taking down top-seeded Iga Swiatek.

Swiatek has won five matches in a row against No. 11 seed Daria Kasatkina without dropping a set including wins at the Australian Open and French Open in 2022 and another at the WTA Finals in 2022.

Swiatek has lost seven games in a pair of wins versus Petra Martic. If she draws No. 14 seed Belinda Bencic, it would be the first meeting in a Grand Slam since Bencic’s win at the 2021 US Open. Swiatek has since won the last two meetings.

Unseeded American Danielle Collins does own a win over Swiatek at the 2022 Australian Open semifinals. However, Swiatek won 6-1, 6-0 at Doha earlier this year. It is a little bit of a concern that Swiatek had to pull out of her semifinal match at the Bad Homburg tournament due to food poisoning so those taking part in live betting need to keep an eye on how Swiatek is recovering heading into Wimbledon.

Coco Gauff is the No. 7 seed and draws 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the first round. A third-round meeting with legendary Venus Williams would make for great theater.

Gauff is 0-3 versus Kasatkina while veterans Elise Mertens and Victoria Azarenka are other seeded players worth keeping an eye on. Only one American woman has reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon over the last two years and Gauff has a tough draw in her quest to get to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

Quarterfinal Prediction: Swiatek vs Kasatkina

Second Quarter: Potential All-American Quarter

Jessica Pegula, the top-seeded American player in the tournament, gets to meet fellow U.S. product Lauren Davis in the first round. Pegula has won the last three meetings, but they haven’t played since 2019.

Pegula has never met No. 24 seed Qinwen Zheng or No. 31 seed Mayar Sherif. She did lose her only matchup with dangerous unseeded player Lesia Tsurenko, but that came back in 2019 when Tsurenko was the one who was seeded in Indian Wells.

Pegula and No. 15 seed Ludmilla Samsonova have had three three-set battles in the past.

In the bottom half of the quarter, No. 5 seed Carolina Garcia has some potentially tricky challenges ahead.

She has had a pair of tough tests this year against Leylah Fernandez, a player she might see in the second round. Garcia has lost three of the five meetings with unseeded Anett Konaveit even if they haven’t met since 2021.

No. 32 seed Marie Bouzkova is 2-0 versus Garcia and that includes a win at Wimbledon last year.

Donna Vekic, the No. 20 seed has beaten Garcia the last three times they have played. Unseeded American Sloane Stephen can be a dangerous foe on grass. Both Stephens and No. 12 seed Veronika Kudermetova have beaten Garcia in their most recent matchup.

Quarterfinal Prediction: Pegula vs Stephens

Third Quarter: Will Kvitova Derail Defending Champion?

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova loves playing on grass. She could meet up with Karolina Pliskova in the third round. When they met earlier this year in Berlin, Kvitova won 6-4, 6-3.

The winner of that match would likely have to get past No. 4 seed Ons Jabeur, the 2022 Wimbledoin finalist, to reach the quarterfinals. Somebody who might have something to say about that is 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu. Andreescu has fallen out of the top 50 in the WTA rankings.

No. 3 seed Elena Rybakina gets unseeded American Shelby Rogers in the first round with veteran Alize Cornet a possible opponent in the second round. A fourth-round meeting with Jelena Ostapenko could be interesting even though Rybakina won rather comfortably against Ostapenko in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January and more recently in the Italian Open semifinals.

The toughest test for Rybakina could come from Beatriz Haddad Maia as she won both matches between the two this year. Rybakina might get a rematch of the 2022 final against Jabeur or perhaps a meeting with fellow former Wimbledon winner Kvitova.

Quarterfinal Prediction: Kvitova vs Rybakina

Fourth Quarter: Will Sabalenka Meet Muchova Again?

Sabalenka’s bid for the title begins against Hungary’s Panna Udvardy with a possible second-round matchup with Camila Giorgi. The last time they met, Giorgi dropped just one game in the final two sets at the 2022 French Open.

Sabalenka’s run at the French Open ended with a semifinal loss to Karolina Muchova. They could meet again in the fourth round.

Sara Errani joins Giorgi as unseeded players who could make some noise in this part of the draw.

In the top half of this quarter, No. 8 seed Maria Sakkari might have to get by Paula Badosa just to get to the third round and then big-hitting American Madison Keys could be waiting. Keys looks ready based on how she is playing in Eastbourne. Keys topped Kasatkina to win the title at Eastbourne.

Sakkari is 3-0 against Keys with the most recent meeting coming in the 2022 Madrid event when Sakkari won 6-4 in the third set.

Don’t forget about No. 10 seed Barbora Krejcikova as a matchup with Sakkari would be a rematch of the 2021 French Open semifinal won by Krejcikova 9-7 in the third set.

Quarterfinal Prediction: Sabalenka vs Krejcikova

Way Too Early Predictions for Semifinals, Final

Top Half Semifinal Prediction: Swiatek vs Stephens

Bottom Half Semifinal Prediction: Rybakina vs Sabalenka

Final: Swiatek vs Rybakina

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