— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 11, 2015
5 Ladies with Momentum
- Serena Williams – Serena is close to a calendar slam and currently holds all 4 majors for her second Serena Slam. 21 major titles and no stop in sight …
- Garbine Muguruza – The Spaniard won 6 matches on a surface that had haunted her in previous years and during her 2015 Wimbledon tune-up schedule. She played with poise versus Serena controlling much of the first set before Serena took her game to another level. She rallied well enough in the second set as well. Most importantly, she played like she belonged and learned a great deal about such occassions.
- Victoria Azarenka – Vika once again lost a 3 set tilt to Serena. Vika spoke before the match about needing to go out and prove herself versus Serena. Azarenka seems to be embracing the challenge of facing Serena and that is half the battle. Vika is the first candidate in the stop the slam movement that may percolate in the women’s lockerroom in New York.
- Agniezska Radwanska – Aga seems to have rebounded from a truly bad patch of play. She has another more powerful player to contend with in the young Muguruza, but she is playing with belief again. Aga’s variety makes her dangerous so long as she is playing with confidence.
- Heather Watson – Can she build on giving Serena her most stern test at Wimbledon? If so, she can climb in the coming months.
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— PAZ (@tortugadiaz) July 3, 2015
5 Ladies with Questions to Answer
- Simona Halep – Eugenie Bouchard already had a lot of questions to answer entering Wimbledon. Simona played quite well in Miami, but can she find a way to shore up her serve and play counter-punching tennis again soon?
- Petra Kvitova – When Petra is on (see Wimbledon 2011 & 2015, the World Tour Finals 2011, and Madrid 2015) she is nearly unbeatable. Why are these bursts of brilliance so few and far between?
- Ana Ivanovic – The narrative of “she’s back” could quickly be replaced by the question of “is she really back?”.
- Angelique Kerber – Kerber had momentum from smaller events heading into both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2015. While her close 3 set loss to Muguruza was not a bad loss, she may be wondering how to translate WTA wins into ITF wins.
- Maria Sharapova – Due to Kvitova not defending her title and a deeper run than 2014, Maria returns to #2 in the WTA rankings. Maria played quite well for 5 matches and then ran into the same roadblock who stopped her in straight sets in the Australian Open final. A semifinal run and a bump in her ranking are not going to stop Maria from wondering what if anything she can do to stem the tide versus Serena Williams.