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Five women that can win Wimbledon 2019

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 27 Jun 2019
  • Five women that can win Wimbledon
  • Five of the last six major champions have been ranked in the top 10 at the time of their triumph
Ash Barty (PA Images)

Another wild and unpredictable women's major tournament awaits at Wimbledon - who will emerge triumphant with the silverware and the third Grand Slam of 2019? We've listed our top five favourites for the title!


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While women's draws at Grand Slams have been so hard to predict over the last few years, a player from the top 10 has ended up winning the title in five of the last six majors - will that form line hold true at The Championships, or will someone come from left field to claim the title?

We've selected our leading contenders below...

Ashleigh Barty


Ranking: No. 1
Best Wimbledon result: R3 in 2018 (lost to Kasatkina)
Win/loss in 2019: 36-5

Will Barty ever lose another match?! The Australian, needless to say, has been in absolutely spectacular form all season, losing just five matches and storming to her maiden Premier Mandatory and Grand Slam titles at Miami and Roland Garros, results that contributed to Barty rising to World No. 1 for the first time after she blitzed the Birmingham field last week without dropping a set.

Barty is the only player to have won titles across all three surfaces in 2019 and is dealing with all the pressure and expectation that comes with being a new Grand Slam champion and World No. 1 in her stride. Grass is Barty’s best surface and she was smart to pull out of Eastbourne this week. On a 12-match winning streak and operating at the peak of her powers, it will take a big performance to stop Barty at the All England Club. My only concern is that Barty hasn’t faced a top 10 player during her current winning streak - will her game hold up if confronted by a Serena Williams or Simona Halep on Centre Court at Wimbledon with a title within her grasp?

Simona Halep


Ranking: No. 7
Best Wimbledon result: SF in 2014 (lost to Bouchard)
Win/loss in 2019: 27-9

Halep obviously hasn’t hit the heights of last season due to a combination of returning from her back injury and losing the guidance of master coach Darren Cahill, but I think she remains a big threat at Wimbledon, despite the Romanian not being at her absolute best on grass. However, nobody expected Barty to perform like she did on clay, so if she can win Roland Garros, Halep can certainly make an impact on the lawns. I think Halep would have won the French Open for a second time if she beat Amanda Anisimova, but the American was simply too good on the day.

The former World No. 1 is one of the more reliable players in the top 10 at the moment and someone who’s game is least likely to break down. Into the Eastbourne quarter-finals at the time of writing, Halep is a former semi-finalist at Wimbledon and two-time quarter-finalist, so she’s been deep into the second week before. Of course, a lot depends on the draw and how it potentially opens up, but Halep is one of the leading favourites for me.

Serena Williams


Ranking: No. 11
Best Wimbledon result: Champion (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Win/loss in 2019: 9-3

Of course Serena is well down on match play and is about to turn 38, but you simply can’t count out arguably the greatest tennis player in history, especially at Wimbledon, where she’s a seven-time champion. Serena managed to make it all the way to the final 12 months ago and that was with even less matches under her belt, so the American has already proven she doesn’t need much to generate some momentum and get a roll on at The Championships.

And maybe it’s just me, but not many people seem to be talking up Serena’s chances coming into Wimbledon this year? Ever since her return to the tour, Serena has been under pressure to equal Margaret Court’s major singles title haul, but she’s been keeping an incredibly low-profile so far heading into Wimbledon. That will definitely change if Serena wins a few matches in dominant fashion, but by then she’ll have her confidence up and retreat into a bubble. Don’t read much into Serena’s third round exit to Sofia Kenin at Roland Garros - the 37-year-old is most certainly a leading contender for the Wimbledon crown.

Petra Kvitova


Ranking: No. 6
Best Wimbledon result: Champion (2011, 2014)
Win/loss in 2019: 28-8

Kvitova is racing the clock to be fit for Wimbledon after an arm injury forced her to withdraw from Roland Garros and Birmingham, but if the Czech has fully recovered, she’s well within the mix to add more Wimbledon silverware to her trophy cabinet. A two-time champion at the All England Club, I’d have Kvitova as the No. 1 favourite if not for her arm injury and lack of match-play, but again, if she is fit, she will be very hard to stop.

Kvitova was leading the tour for most wins for 2019 until her injury and was playing some spellbinding tennis, including winning two titles on the hardcourts of Sydney and clay of Stuttgart, along with finishing runner-up at the Australian Open. Her booming lefty serve and fearless baseline game is perfectly suited to the lawns, as we’ve seen twice before at Wimbledon. At the time of writing there’s still a chance Kvitova could withdraw, but if her body is right, the Czech deserves to be counted among the top five favourites for the title.

Kiki Bertens


Ranking: No. 4
Best Wimbledon result: QF in 2018 (lost to Goerges)
Win/loss in 2019: 32-12

It was this time last year where Bertens transformed from a clay-court specialist to an all-court superstar, and after her disappointment of retiring from Roland Garros in the second round through illness, perhaps the Dutchwoman can pull off her Grand Slam breakthrough on the lawns of Wimbledon? Again, if Barty can win the French Open, Bertens can triumph at Wimbledon.

Bertens made the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year, beating Venus Williams along the way, and has been ranked inside the top 10 for 12 months now. She’s done the hard slog, won her maiden Premier Mandatory title in Madrid and has the powerful and explosive game to do immense damage on grass. If Bertens reaches the second week, watch out…

Notable omissions

Naomi Osaka - the World No. 2 hasn’t beaten a top 20 player since the Australian Open and looks a bit lost at the moment…

Karolina Pliskova - has never made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon and has come up short, for the most part, whenever she’s faced her fellow top 10 players this year.

Angelique Kerber - traditionally hasn’t performed well when under pressure to defend big points and titles

Potential dark horses

Donna Vekic - has done damage on grass before and has what it takes to bring down the top players on this surface

Amanda Anisimova - that backhand down the line…

Garbine Muguruza - I know she’s in terrible form, but I’ll be very interested if the former champion makes the second week

Sofia Kenin - took home a first grass title in Mallorca and was only stopped by Barty at Roland Garros

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