The big question going into the 2015 Wimbledon games is whether reigning champion Serena Williams will win her 4th straight major tennis title, completing a Grand "Serena" Slam? She recently won the 2015 French Open final over Šafářová, winning her 20th Grand Slam, and is the overwhelming favorite.
As Wimbledon gets underway, Williams is certainly one to focus on, but there is a host of other excellent female players looking to win the title. Here's info on four women to watch:
Šafářová, 28, is 6th in the rankings. She's a professional Czech tennis player from Brno. She has won six WTA tour singles titles, six doubles titles and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Australian Open, upsetting defending champion Amélie Mauresmo en route. Her place as a semi-finalist in the French Open, and the fact that she nearly edged out Williams, toppling Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza and Ana Ivanovic along the way puts her in a good space this year.
Timea Bacsinszky, 26, is ranked 15. In the fourth round of the recent French Open, Bacsinszky kept the powerful Petra Kvitova off balance, rarely hitting the same shot twice, making the semi finals, and has given Williams a run for her money in several matches. She peaked at #37 in 2010 after winning her first WTA title in Luxemborg in 2009 and then took time out due to an injury. The New York Times recently reported "what has vaulted her to the top level of the tour is her ability to disrupt her opponent's rhythm with deft drop shots, off-speed splices and superb defensive skills."
Madison Keys, 20, ranks #21. Last year she earned her first Women's Tennis Association title at the AEGON International, considered the warm-up for Wimbledon. She fared well at the French Open and the Australian Open semifinals. She's active on Twitter and could be a force to be reckoned with on the courts.
Petra Kvitová, 25, ranks #2, and is a Czech professional tennis player. Known for her powerful left-handed groundstrokes and variety, she has won sixteen career singles titles including two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon. She just recovered from an illness, which forced her to drop out of the Aegon Championships in Eastbourne.
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