Preview of the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Tournament
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships is always one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and the 2015 tournament is expected to be one of the most exciting in recent times. The women’s tournament will include some of the world’s best players as they try to win one of tennis’ four Grand Slam titles.
We take a look at the upcoming tournament and discuss some of the favourites for the women’s crown, while also taking a look at current British number one Heather Watson and her chances of causing an upset at this year’s tournament.
Look no further than Serena Williams
The world number one is the clear favourite to win this year’s title and deservedly so. The American has been in fantastic form in 2015, winning 20 matches in an unbelievable unbeaten run. Williams has won the ladies singles title five times in the past – with her latest victory in 2012 – and the 33-year-old will be looking for her sixth crown at this year’s event.
She has already won the Australian Open this season, beating Maria Sharapova in the final. Williams will take some beating on the grass court and should definitely reach the late stages of the competition.
Like Williams, Maria Sharapova is a household name in the world of tennis and she is likely to be focussed on winning her second Wimbledon title after earning her maiden victory in 2004. The Russian will be hoping to avoid Williams throughout the tournament as she has lost 16 matches in a row against the world number one, but the 28-year-old will be confident after a solid start to the 2015 season. If Sharapova performs at her best, she will be very difficult to beat and should go far in the competition.
A few years ago, Britain’s female tennis players were on the rise and four Brits featured in the world’s top 100 players. Nowadays, Heather Watson is Britain’s only realistic chance of a decent run in the women’s event after Laura Robson has struggled with long-term injury problems.
Watson has climbed up the world rankings in the last 12 months and has beaten some of the game’s top players. She recently reached the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters after beating world number 7 Agnieszka Radwanska and will be hoping that she continues her form on the grass courts in the summer. She will certainly receive the support of the fans and this could help her to raise her game even more.