Who Will Win the 2022 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship?
The sun is out and there is a buzz in the air. It must mean that the wonderful sporting event that is Wimbledon is almost upon us. The tournament is one of the highlights on the tennis calendar – and the women’s singles competition looks particularly interesting this year.
The defending champion was Australian Ashleigh Barty until she surprisingly announced her retirement in March. Now there could be a new name on the trophy – although Serena Williams has just revealed that she will be competing this year after receiving a wild card entry. Can she produce a legendary comeback performance? Or will someone else take one of the four prestigious majors? Read on to find out more.
Serena Williams, USA
The 40-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam winner will be returning to the court for the first time since injuring herself at Wimbledon last year. But, even though the American tennis legend has only entered the tournament as a wild card, Williams has already been named as one of the favorites to win.
Serena Williams first played at the All England Club as a 16-year-old and has won the tournament on no less than seven occasions. The last time was in 2016, although she did make the final in 2018 and 2019. She will now be hoping to pull off a real Cinderella story and take the title again.
Iga Swiatek, Poland
The number one seed and outright favorite to win the Women’s Singles at Wimbledon this year is Iga Swiatek. The Polish tennis player has only just turned 21 and celebrated by winning the French Open in Paris. She is utterly dominant at the moment and will be the player to beat.
Swiatek is currently on a 35-match winning streak but has only ever made it as far as the fourth round at Wimbledon. That should change this year but there have been upsets in the past. Swiatek must put any doubts out of her mind and continue to play the scintillating tennis she has been up to now.
Cori Gauff, USA
Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff was the runner-up to Swiatek at Roland Garros and goes into this competition as one of the favorites to win the title. The American player managed not to drop a single set in the run to the final in Paris and will be looking to continue a fine run of form that has seen her climb the rankings.
Gauff is only 18 but has already made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon on two separate occasions. The French Open was her first Grand Slam singles final but there are a lot of tennis fans that believe that Gauff can emulate her heroes – the Williams sisters – and become one of the game’s greats.
Simona Halep, Romania
Halep is now one of the older players in women’s tennis but her aggressive style and power continue to bring her success. She won her first Grand Slam in 2018 when she triumphed in the French Open – and followed that up with a Wimbledon final win over Serena Williams in 2019.
Halep has changed her full-time coach this year and has yet to really get into her stride. But she will always be a threat at a championship like this. Although she suffered a panic attack in her second round match at the French Open earlier this year, she is expected to be one of the challengers in SW19.
Naomi Osaka, Japan
Former number one and four-time Grand Slam winner, Naomi Osaka is another of the main favorites to take the crown this summer. She has very publicly dealt with mental health issues in recent years but will be hoping that she will perform well on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
Her aggressive baseline play has seen her well during her career and Osaka could well come back strongly here. She withdrew from the Italian Open in May and then lost in the first round of the French Open. But she does have winning experience at majors – and that counts for a lot.