Petra Kvitova's possible route to the Wimbledon final

Tricia Pearson
July 4, 2017

But with Serena Williams absent from the event, the German will be hopeful of picking up a third Grand Slam title of her career on the grass courts of south-west London.

Kvitova will next face the victor of the contest between American Madison Brengle and Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands.

Muguruza sits near the top of the odds despite failing to win a tournament this year, with her last victory coming at last year's French Open. At the other end of the draw, Halep at least picked up a couple of rounds, also having had a few injury niggles, not to mention probably recurring nightmares of her French Open final.

Keys beat Japan's Nao Hibino 6-4 6-4 in a tick over an hour. "Wimbledon is as open but with a little difference compared to Roland Garros and that's because grass is very special - it's a big advantage for those players whose games fit well with grass", said Mouratoglou, whose book, 'The Coach', is now out in English. This year, however, she enters the draw as a completely different player who has a chance of being the world No 1 for the first time in her career post the Championships.

It was hardly a flawless performance by the Czech, who struggled at some stages and had a fairly average first serve percentage of 56 percent, though Kvitova will undoubtedly be happy to have marked her remarkable return to a court she loves so much with a win.

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In the absence of American great who has 23 Grand Slam titles on her CV, and the headline-grabbing Sharapova, it's the opportunity for others to shine.

"She's definitely not an easy opponent, especially in the first round", Azarenka said. "There's more important things in the life than just tennis".

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who starts against Irina Falconi, needs to improve dramatically after failing to claim a single WTA title this year following her defeat by Williams in the Wimbledon final a year ago. Kvitova says the attack has changed her outlook to life.

Madrid Open victor Simona Halep, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, five-time Wimbledon victor Venus Williams and Britain's very own Johanna Konta are also among the contenders. I practiced with her here and in Mallorca. "I'm still surprised", she said.

"But there are a lot of players who are taking that spot and it is going to be just another tough tournament, even though maybe the major names are not here this year".

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