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HOW THE TOP WOMEN’S COMPETITORS FORM FOR WIMBLEDON FROM MONDAY: ASH BARTY (AUS) Age: 25 Ranking: 1 Games: right-handed (two-handed backhand) Career award: US $ 18,798,304 Career titles: 11 titles from the Grand Slam: 1 (French Open 2019) Wimbledon win-loss record: 5-4 Best Wimbledon result: fourth round 2019 Seed number one for his second consecutive Wimbledon title win, but under and under a cloud of form after retiring from Roland Garros with a hip injury. The turf event is surprisingly the Australian top prospect’s least successful slam to date. ARYNA SABALENKA (BLR) Age: 23 Ranking: 4 Games: right-handed (two-handed backhand) Career prize: US $ 8,040,162 Career titles: 10 Grand Slam titles: 0 Wimbledon win-loss record: 1- 3 Best Wimbledon result: second round 2017 The hard-hitting Belarusian has had an eventful season with two titles and 27 match wins, but has yet to prove she can handle the grand slam pressure cooker, failing to reach never the last eight in 14 major tournaments. SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) Age: 39 Ranking: 8 Games: right-handed (two-handed backhand) Career prize: US $ 94,453,854 Career titles: 73 Grand Slam titles: 23 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007 , 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017; French Open 2002, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; US Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014) Record wins -Losses at Wimbledon: 98 -12 Best results at Wimbledon: champion 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016 Like his compatriot Roger Federer, 39, the American is 11 times a finalist on the lawns of London but no She hasn’t won a set by nervously losing the last two title winners as she continues her obsessive quest for Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns. IGA SWIATEK (POL) Age: 20 Ranking: 9 Games: right-handed (two-handed backhand) Career prize: US $ 3,958,153 Career titles: 3 Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2020) Record wins- Wimbledon losses: 0-1 Best result at Wimbledon: first round 2019 The 20-year-old is a different proposition since she suffered a first-round defeat on her Wimbledon debut two years ago and, as Barty, is a former All England Club junior champion so his grasscourt pedigree cannot be questioned. PETRA KVITOVA (CZE) Age: 31 Ranking: 12 Games: left-handed (two-handed backhand) Career prize: US $ 33,009,585 Career titles: 28 Grand Slam titles: 2 (Wimbledon 2011, 2014) Most wins – defeats at Wimbledon: 33-10 Best results at Wimbledon: champion 2011, 2014 The veteran has not been a factor since winning her second crown at Wimbledon seven years ago, but cannot be ignored, in particular with his deadly left-handed serve that caused SW19’s grass damage. BEST OUTSIDER COCO GAUFF (USA) Age: 17 Ranking: 23 Games: right-handed (two-handed backhand) Career prize: US $ 1,795,214 Career titles: 2 Grand Slam titles: 0 Wimbledon win-loss record: 3-1 Best result at Wimbledon: Fourth round 2019 Who could forget the teenager’s memorable victory over Venus Williams en route to the last 16 two years ago in her first appearance on tennis’ biggest stage. Quarter-finalist at Roland Garros earlier this month and has 27 wins in 2021, just behind Barty’s 28. Australian Associated Press


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