Wimbledon 2021: Form guide for this year's women's singles

Simona Halep beat Serena Williams in the 2019 women's final
When Wimbledon was last staged two years ago, Simona Halep beat Serena Williams in the women's singles final

With the entire grass court season cancelled in 2020, this could work in Serena Williams' favour says Andy Swales. Check out Betfair's form guide to this year's Wimbledon...

"Because of the pandemic, the grass court season was completely wiped-out in 2020, taking with it Wimbledon. This means the younger members of the tennis fraternity will have had even less grass court experience than normal. And it’s a pretty short season at the best of times."

To suggest the women's singles event at Roland Garros was full of surprises is something of an understatement.

Just one of the top 16 seeds reached the quarter-finals, with world No 18 Maria Sakkari the highest-ranked player to make the Last Four.

Within the opening couple of days, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Ozaka had withdrawn from the tournament, with top seed Ashleigh Barty retiring midway through her second round match because of injury.

The No 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka was beaten in round three, while the No 4 - and last year's runner-up - Sofia Kenin was destroyed by Sakkari in the Last 16.

And the seeds continued to tumble over the remainder of the tournament, until the unseeded Barbora Krejcikova beat the No 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

As strange as these sequence of results may have been, and unlikely to be repeated anytime soon, it certainly illustrates that the women's game remains in a state of flux.

Although Ozaka is clearly the queen of hard court - and will defend her US Open crown at Flushing Meadows in early September - she is yet to convince on either clay or grass.

She has now decided to withdraw from SW19, having also opted not to play the grass court event in Berlin.

Everything pointing to Serena

All in all, everything seems to point to Serena Williams, who continues her quest to claim a 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would equal the all-time record of Margaret Court.

A number of factors are certainly in the 39-year-old's favour:
• No one has more grass court experience than Serena who has contested 11 Wimbledon singles finals, winning seven.
• There doesn't appear to be too many grass court specialists around right now, and certainly among the higher-ranked players in the world.
• Because of the pandemic, the grass court season was completely wiped-out in 2020, taking with it Wimbledon. This means the younger members of the tennis fraternity will have had even less grass court experience than normal. And it's a pretty short season at the best of times.

So Serena will travel to London in better shape than most of her rivals, even though she has played just seven competitive matches since the Australian Open ended on February 20th.

Yet again, the women's singles at Wimbledon is likely to be a wide-open tournament, so who's in with a chance of holding aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish?

The defending champ from 2019 is Simona Halep who will have felt extremely frustrated having to sit out the French Open due to injury - and watch seed-after-seed sent-packing.

If she is fully recovered, and can play her way into the tournament, then the Romanian should have a decent opportunity to go all the way.

However, didn't take part in any of the pre-Wimbledon events this year, so there is a question about her fitness.

Simply because she is a two-time former champion, Petra Kvitova will fancy her chances.

The 31-year-old, a winner in Qatar earlier this year, had to withdraw from the French Open after tearing a ligament in her left ankle as she walked out of a Paris press conference. Bizarre indeed.

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Another oldie is Victoria Azarenka, also 31, who is fighting her way back up the World Ranking following off-court issues which needed to be resolved. Is a two-time semi-finalist at SW19.

Among the younger members, American teenager Cori (Coco) Gauff has recently moved into major mode.

On her Wimbledon debut two years ago she reached the Last 16 as a qualifier.

Was a quarter-finalist in Paris where many fancied her to go all the way, but she ended up losing to the eventual champion. Her time is surely just around the corner.

There are no reasons why Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek should not find grass to their liking.

The hard hitting Sabalenka could certainly be a dangerous opponent on this surface, even though she has only ever won one senior match at Wimbledon.

Swiatek, meanwhile, won the girls singles in 2018, which shows she is comfortable on grass.

One other name to mention is that of Britain's Johanna Konta. The 30-year-old is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, and earlier this month won the grass court tournament at Nottingham which was her first WTA Tour title in four years.

The big worry regarding the Australian-born Brit is that she withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament in order to protect a right knee problem.

But because of the absence of any grass court tournaments on the WTA Tour last year, it may just play into the hands of Serena Williams to become the oldest Wimbledon singles champion of all time.

Click here to view 10-year form at Wimbledon

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Grand Slam Results (selected players)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player F21 A21 F20 U20 A20 U19 W19 F19 A19 U19
Ashleigh Barty Rd-2 QF SF Rd-4 Rd-4 Won QF Rd-4
Simona Halep QF Rd-4 SF Rd-2 Won QF Rd-4 Rd-1
Aryna Sabalenka Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4
Sofia Kenin Rd-4 Rd-2 RU Rd-4 Won Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-3
Elina Svitolina Rd-3 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 SF SF Rd-3 QF Rd-4
Bianca Andreescu Rd-1 Rd-2 Won Rd-2 Rd-2
Serena Williams Rd-4 SF Rd-2 SF Rd-3 RU RU Rd-3 QF RU
Iga Swiatek QF Rd-4 Won Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2
Karolina Pliskova Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-3 SF QF
Petra Kvitova Rd-2 Rd-2 SF Rd-4 QF Rd-2 Rd-4 RU Rd-3
Belinda Bencic Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 SF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1
Garbine Muguruza Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 RU Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2
Barbora Krejcikova Won Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2
Victoria Azarenka Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 RU Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Elise Mertens Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 QF Rd-4 QF Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4
Maria Sakkari SF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RU Rd-1 Rd-2 QF Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 QF Rd-1
Kiki Bertens Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Elena Rybakina QF Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Karolina Muchova Rd-3 SF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-3 QF Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Cori Gauff QF Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4
Ons Jabeur Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 QF Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Petra Martic Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-1
Jessica Pegula Rd-3 QF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Angelique Kerber Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3
Madison Keys Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 QF Rd-4 SF
Anett Kontaveit Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Johanna Konta Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 QF QF SF Rd-2 Rd-1
Alison Riske Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 QF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Veronika Kudermetova Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1
Paula Badosa QF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Ekaterina Alexandrova Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Daria Kasatkina Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Shuai Zhang Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1
Svetlana Kuznetsova Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Nadia Podoroska Rd-1 Rd-2 SF
Venus Williams Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3
Marketa Vondrousova Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 RU Rd-2 Rd-4
Yulia Putintseva Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 QF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jelena Ostapenko Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Magda Linnette Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Sorana Cirstea Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Shelby Rogers Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 QF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Tamara Zidansek SF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Danielle Collins Rd-3 Rd-2 QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 SF Rd-1
Fiona Ferro Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Marie Bouzkova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Jil Teichmann Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Laura Siegemund Rd-1 Rd-1 QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Sara Sorribes Tormo Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Donna Vekic Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1
Anastasija Sevastova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-4 SF
Rebecca Peterson Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Kristina Mladenovic Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Patricia Maria Tig Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Su-Wei Hsieh Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Alize Cornet Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Alison Van Uytvanck Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Marta Kostyuk Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Leylah Fernandez Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Sloane Stephens Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 QF Rd-4 QF
Ann Li Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2
Bernarda Pera Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Heather Watson Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Ajla Tomljanovic Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Caroline Garcia Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3
Katerina Siniakova Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3
Camila Giorgi Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Kaia Kanepi Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-4
Irina-Camelia Begu Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2
Amanda Anisimova Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 SF Rd-4 Rd-1
Anastasia Potapova Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2
Nao Hibino Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Nina Stojanovic Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Varvara Gracheva Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Jasmine Paolini Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Anna Blinkova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Lauren Davis Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Tereza Martincova Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Kristyna Pliskova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Clara Tauson Rd-2 Rd-2
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano Rd-1
Kirsten Flipkens Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Vera Zvonareva Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Martina Trevisan Rd-2 Rd-1 QF Rd-1
Zhu Lin Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3
Mona Barthel Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Andrea Petkovic Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Sam Stosur Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Carla Suarez Navarro Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 QF
Coco Vandeweghe Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Zarina Diyas Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Elena Vesnina Rd-3
Kaja Juvan Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Liudmila Samsonova Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Anna Kalinskaya Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Elisabetta Cocciaretto Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Caty McNally Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Timea Babos Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Tsvetana Pironkova Rd-1 Rd-3 QF
Irina Maria Bara Rd-1 Rd-3
Oceane Dodin Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Eugenie Bouchard Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Yafan Wang Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Kristie Ahn Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1
Greet Minnen Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Aleksandra Krunic Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Aliona Bolsova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4
Ana Konjuh Rd-1
Catherine Bellis Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Clara Burel Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Daria Gavrilova Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Francesca Di Lorenzo Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Hailey Baptiste Rd-2 Rd-1
Ivana Jorovic Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Kateryna Kozlova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Mihaela Buzarnescu Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Viktoria Kuzmova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Agnieszka Radwanska Rd-1
Barbora Strycova Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 SF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Caroline Wozniacki Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Dominika Cibulkova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4
Ekaterina Makarova Rd-1 Rd-3
Julia Goerges Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Lesia Tsurenko Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 QF
Lucie Safarova Rd-2
Magdalena Rybarikova Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Margarita Gasparyan Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Maria Sharapova Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-4
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Monica Puig Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Pauline Parmentier Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Qiang Wang Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3
Roberta Vinci
Sabine Lisicki
Shuai Peng Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Tatjana Maria Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Taylor Townsend Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Timea Bacsinszky Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Vera Lapko Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Yaroslava Shvedova Rd-1

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