Who Is Likely To Win The Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Title In 2019?
Wimbledon attracts tennis fans the world over who all want to know one thing: Who will be the 2019 Women’s Wimbledon Champion? Grass courts and strawberries and cream are about as traditional as you can get during a British summer at the traditional home of tennis. But will this year’s title go to a familiar name on the ATP circuit? Or are we in for a challenge from a talented outsider? Will the online sports betting odds favour an established lady player, or perhaps someone the pundits believe is destined to upset the established order?
So let’s review the chances of five leading contenders the experts consider to have a great opportunity of getting their name inscribed on the silverware at this year’s Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles event.
1) Serena Williams
A right-handed US tennis player who has dominated the sport since winning her first Grand Slam title in 1999, Serena Williams is now arguably coming towards the close of her illustrious career. Nevertheless, even at 37 years of age Serena still has the skill and experience to close out tough matches if things start to go her way. No stranger to Wimbledon, she has won the title seven times with the last two occasions being in 2015 and 2016.
Serena Williams has claimed a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the current record for the most Grand Slam tournament wins. But having taken time out from the sport for maternity leave, it is looking increasingly as if Serena and top-level tennis may now be finally moving on in different directions.
2) Petra Kvitova
A Czech professional tennis player whose reputation has been built around a varied game supported by forceful groundstrokes, Petra Kvitova is also known to tennis fans as the victim of a cruel knife attack. This incident occurred at her home in 2016 and left her unable to play tennis for some months because of a serious injury to her racket hand. With her sporting comeback now well out of the way, Kvitova is currently ranked No. 6 in the world. Despite winning Wimbledon titles in both 2011, and 2014, she has not added to her list of major titles since then. However, having reached the Australian Open Grand Slam final in 2019, where she lost to Naomi Osaka, she is now enjoying something of a return to her best form. Success in WTA Tour events in Sydney and Stuttgart have perhaps set her up for another real tilt at a Wimbledon title this summer.
3) Naomi Osaka
Ranked as the current women’s No. 1, Naomi Osaka has so far won just two Grand Slam titles: the US Open in 2018 followed by the Australian Open in 2019. An aggressive baseline player, Osaka possesses a strong serve and a good forehand. But experts point to her skill and consistency which enables her to control long rallies as being the key feature which has now taken her game to new levels. Having been tipped to do well in this year’s French Open, Naomi nevertheless lost in straight sets to an unseeded player in the third round (as did American Serena Williams). Perhaps this disappointment may actually help to refocus her campaign plans and enable her to regather her strength to try and add a Wimbledon championship to her present list of Grand Slam titles.
4) Angelique Kerber
Currently ranked No. 5 in the world, Germany’s Angelique Kerber is the 2018 Wimbledon winner having defeated Serena Williams in the Ladies’ Final in straight sets. A former No. 1 in 2016, Kerber has secured three Grand Slam titles in her career so far: the US Open in 2016, the Australian Open in 2016, and of course her previous Wimbledon success. In addition to her two major titles in 2016, Angelique Kerber also won a silver medal while competing in the Olympics that year. Now enjoying something of a resurgence in form, Kerber has the skills to engage in an all-court game which is characterised by a robust counter-punching strategy.
5) Garbine Muguruza
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is another former Wimbledon winner who beat Venus Williams in two sets in the 2017 final. Having already won the French Open title in 2016, Muguruza is currently a two-time Grand Slam winner. Though she is now ranked only No. 19 in the world, Garbine Muguruza was actually ranked No. 1 back in September 2017. Renowned for her strong groundstrokes on either side of the court, Muguruza is often able to dictate the course of rallies. And when her powerful serve is also flowing well, she can be a formidable opponent.
So who is leading the field?
Experts point out that last year’s Wimbledon saw all top ten seeds out of the running before the quarter final stages. In fact, over the last eighteen years, more than 50% of eventual Wimbledon winners have been players ranked outside the top four. Such statistics would suggest that this competition is now becoming rather open and difficult to predict. Even so, a look at the names of lady finalists (regardless of their actual rankings) shows that certain players (including Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber) have consistently turned up as finalists in recent Wimbledon championships. On those grounds alone, that would suggest this current list is at least worth some careful scrutiny.