TRUE GREAT: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's single final match at the French Open.
TRUE GREAT: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's single final match at the French Open. Christophe Petit Tesson

Five women to watch at Wimbledon

Serena Williams

UNITED STATES. AGE: 34. RANKING: 1.

CAREER TITLES: 70. GRAND SLAMS: 21.

PRIZEMONEY: $US77,564,981.

WIMBLEDON RECORD: Best result: Winner: 2002-03, 2009-10, 2012, 2015; W-L: 79-10.

AFTER losing in the final of both the Australian Open and French Open, Williams is still searching for that elusive 22nd major title. But, the veteran American will still be the one to beat on her favourite surface.

Simona Halep.
Simona Halep. Caroline Blumberg

Simona Halep

ROMANIA. AGE: 24. RANKING: 5.

CAREER TITLES: 12. GRAND SLAMS: 0.

PRIZEMONEY: $US12,544,226.

WIMBLEDON RECORD: Best result:

SF 2014; W-L: 7-5.

AFTER an injury-plagued start to the season, Halep slipped from No.3 to No.5 in the world rankings. Her form picked up during the claycourt season, winning the Madrid Open, but was beaten in the last 16 of the French Open by Australian Sam Stosur.

Angelique Kerber.
Angelique Kerber.

Angelique Kerber

GERMANY. AGE: 28. RANKING: 4.

CAREER TITLES: 9. GRAND SLAMS: 1.

PRIZEMONEY: $US12,320,854.

WIMBLEDON RECORD: Best result:

SF 2012; W-L: 14-8.

SHOCKED Williams to claim her first grand slam in Melbourne and defended her crown at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, but struggled on clay, losing in the first rounds of the Madrid Open, the Italian Open and the French Open. Will be looking for a change of fortunes on the grass, a surface which suits her game more.

Garbine Muguruza.
Garbine Muguruza.

Garbine Muguruza

SPAIN. AGE: 22. RANKING: 2.

CAREER TITLES: 3. GRAND SLAMS: 1.

PRIZEMONEY: $US8,915,063.

WIMBLEDON RECORD: Best result: Finalist 2015; W-L: 7-3.

THE new darling of the courts has risen to No.2 in the world after her win over Williams in the French Open final. Consistency has been an issue though – she has lost seven times to players outside the top 40 since last year’s runner-up finish in London.

Agnieszka Radwanska.
Agnieszka Radwanska. GERRY PENNY

Agnieszka Radwanska

POLAND. AGE: 27. RANKING: 3.

CAREER TITLES: 18. GRAND SLAMS: 0.

PRIZEMONEY: $US23,139,299.

WIMBLEDON RECORD: Best result: Finalist 2012; W-L: 36-10.

THE No.3 seed has been one of the most consistent performers on the women’s tour in recent years. She loves the grass and was a finalist at Wimbledon in 2012, after winning the junior Wimbledon title in 2005.



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