Top 5 favourites to win Wimbledon 2024 Women's title

Thursday, 20 June 2024 at 14:31
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Wimbledon 2024 is less than two weeks away. There are still a couple of tournaments left in the week before but in a few days we will see all the best players in the world on the court, with the exception of Iga Swiatek, who has just won her fourth Roland Garros, third in a row and fifth Grand Slam of her career, and has decided that it was time to rest before attempting her next goal.
In this article, we are going to analyze the great favorites to win the title next Saturday, July 13. Grass is a rather peculiar surface, it is the shortest season of the year and requires a very direct game, with a good serve and a solid volley. Not in vain, Martina Navratilova is the queen of SW19 with no less than 9 titles.
Marketa Vondrousova.
Although she was a surprise, she is the defending champion, so she has to be taken into account. She has all the necessary characteristics to perform at a high level on the London grass. Last year she beat the likes of Peyton Stearns, Veronika Kudermetova, Donna Vekic, Marie Bouzkova, Jessica Pegula and Elina Svitolina before beating Ons Jabeur in the final 6-4, 6-4.
Elena Rybakina.
The previous champion in 2022. The Kazakh has a similar game to Vondrousova, although she has some higher peaks, both for good and bad. If she is focused and doesn't make many mistakes, she could be considered the top favorite, but if she has gaps in matches as she has regularly, she could be eliminated sooner rather than later. Two years ago she beat Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu, Qinwen Zheng, Petra Martic, Ajla Tomljanovic, Simona Halep and also Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the final, in her case 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. She barely lost two sets in the whole fortnight.
Aryna Sabalenka.
She did not play in 2022 because of the veto to Russians and Belarusians, but in the last two editions in which she has participated she has reached the semifinals. In 2021 she lost to Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6, while in 2023 her tormentor was Jabeur, who beat her 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3. She has not yet been able to lift a trophy on grass but her game seems to adapt quite well.
Iga Swiatek.
Despite being her worst surface by far, out of respect for the world number 1 and legend in the making, she must be considered one of the clear candidates for the title. We are not safe from her overcoming all her rivals and reaching the final, knowing that she has never lost a decisive match in a Grand Slam. In addition, last year she already reached the quarterfinals, the farthest she has ever reached in London. At that time, she lost to Elina Svitolina 5-7, 7-6(5), 2-6.
Coco Gauff.
The most consistent player in Grand Slam tournaments so far this season. She reached the semifinals of the Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka 6-7(2), 4-6. And she also reached the same round at Roland Garros, where she likewise bowed to the player who lifted the trophy, in this case Iga Swiatek, 2-6, 4-6. It is true that she has never even reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, but she is a tennis player barely 20 years old who continues to progress annually.
Other options
Do not rule out players like Ons Jabeur, finalist in the last two editions, Madison Keys, Qinwen Zheng, finalist at the Australian Open, Jessica Pegula, Victoria Azarenka, who continues to perform despite more than a decade of great results on the circuit, Caroline Garcia, champion of the WTA Finals in 2022 whose game is well attuned to the grass, or a surprise like Liudmila Samsonova or Veronika Kudermetova.

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