The favourites

In another wide open field, Ashleigh Barty is a big favourite to win her second successive slam.

The Australian is certainly in the form to do it. Having won the French Open in June, she lifted the Birmingham Classic title without dropping a set last week.

But only Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova have done the Roland-Garros/Wimbledon double since 1974, so Barty probably doesn’t justify such a short price.

Second-favourite Williams can also be discounted.

The seven-time champion only reached the third round of the French Open, and has not reached any quarter-final since the Australian Open in January. She hasn’t won a grand slam since January 2017.

Angelique Kerber is the most enticing bet of the favourites.

The 31-year-old has reached the final in two of the last three years at SW19, including winning the title last year.

The defending champion reached the semi-final of the Mallorca Open in June, so is tuning up nicely.


Best of the rest

With none of the favourites making a compelling case, Jo Konta has the opportunity to become the first British winner since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Konta was in fantastic form on the clay court, reaching the final of the Italian Open in May before knocking out Donna Vekic and Sloane Stephens in straight sets on her way to the French Open semi-final.

The way she lost that semi-final – surrendering both sets from a 5-3 lead – does not bode well, though. Neither does the fact that she is in the tough top half of the draw.

Belinda Bencic beat Kerber in that Mallorca Open semi-final, so could be worth considering after a strong season.

That was the Swiss’ fifth semi-final of 2019, a run that includes victory over Petra Kvitova on the hard court in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.

Jelena Ostapenko , who has reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the last two years here and is in the easier half of the draw, should also be considered.


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