Since winning her maiden Slam, Helep has struggled with injury, having to pull out of Eastbourne, and seen tentatively warming up so far at Wimbledon. She can play on the grass having reached the semi-final once (2014) and the quarter-final in the last two years.
It is not the easiest of draws for the World No. 1 who will now have inevitable eyes on her as she comes in as the most recent Slam winner on the block. On paper she ought to make the quarter-finals for sure once more, but would you count on her to halt two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her tracks?
In a fairly one-sided potential path to the final the only wrinkle appears to be Elina Svitolina who managed to reach the quarter-final in Birmingham but has never really got the hang of the grass at Wimbledon, also never having been past the fourth round of Wimbledon so if they do meet in the quarter-final it would count as a significant achievement for both of them.
As Muguruza has notched up her Grand Slam experiences, she has managed to move from one to the other in a better frame of mind, We had the tears surrounding her failed Roland Garros defence, but as she bowed out to Halep in the semi-finals, she was composed and ready to focus on the next defence.
It was not the best lead up in the grass with just one win but she is the big occasion player.
Having reached the Roland Garros final, Stephens declared that she was heading home with the possibility of gracing the turf at Eastbourne, but the American was missing from the draw line-up and will start at Wimbledon with no warm-up under her feet.
It is actually quite a tricky start for Stephens – Donna Vekic on grass is never an easy prospect but her head to heads give her a decent advantage for later down the line until the real business end. Of course we could be destined for a Roland Garros match but suspect that better grass-courters will make the grade, come second Saturday.
Wimbledon takes place between 2-15 July.
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