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WIMBLEDON 2018 – WOMEN’S PREDICTIONS

We asked our panel – our team from the French Open, plus new contributor Nick Nemeroff and site consultant Anand Mamidipudi – to render verdicts on 10 questions for the women’s tournament at Wimbledon.

SUSIE REID

Women’s Champion: Petra Kvitova

Runner-up: Sloane Stephens

Dark Horse: Serena Williams

First-week upset victim: Elina Svitolina

Most to gain: Maria Sharapova

Most at stake: Serena

Best first-round matchup: Sabalenka-Buzarnescu

Best potential first-week matchup: Sharapova-Ostapenko

How far will Karolina Pliskova go? Quarterfinals

How far will Serena go? Fourth round

2018 Nature Valley International - 30 Jun
Jimmie 48

 

BRIANA FOUST

Champion: Serena

Runner-up: Kvitova

Dark Horse: Naomi Osaka

First-week upset: Sharapova

Most to gain: Serena

Most at stake: Venus

Best first round: Stephens-Vekic

Best first week: Sharapova-Ostapenko

Pliskova: fourth round

Serena: finalist

 

MERT ERTUNGA

Champion: Simona Halep

Runner-up: Madison Keys

Dark Horse: Antonia Lottner

First-week upset: Magdalena Rybarikova

Most to gain: Jelena Ostapenko

Most at stake: Caroline Garcia

Best first round: Siniakova-Vandeweghe

Best first week: Venus-Bertens

Pliskova: Quarters

Serena: Quarters

 

2018 Nature Valley Classic - 18 Jun
Jimmie 48

NICK NEMEROFF

Champion: Kvitova

Runner-up: Pliskova

Dark Horse: Osaka

First-week upset: Wozniacki (to Radwanska)

Most to gain and most at stake: Bouchard

Best first round: Stephens-Vekic

Best first week: Serena-Svitolina

Pliskova: finalist

Serena: semifinals

 

MATT ZEMEK

Champion: Stephens

Runner-up: Garbine Muguruza

Dark Horse: CoCo Vandeweghe

First-week upset: Garcia

Most to gain: Osaka

Most at stake: Pliskova

Best first round: Hsieh-Pavlyuchenkova

Best first week: Sharapova-Ostapenko

Pliskova: fourth round

Serena: fourth round

2018 Roland Garros - 4 Jun
Jimmie 48

 

ANAND MAMIDIPUDI

Champion: Kvitova

Runner-up: Serena

Dark Horse: Venus

First-week upset: Wozniacki

Most to gain: Bouchard

Most at stake: Muguruza

Best first round: Garcia-Bencic

Best first week: Wozniacki-Radwanska

Pliskova: third round

Serena: finalist

 

JANE VOIGT

Champion: Kvitova

Runner-up: Keys

Dark Horse: Vandeweghe

First-week upset: Osaka

Most to gain: Svitolina

Most at stake: Muguruza

Best first round: Kerber-Zvonareva

Best first week: Barty-Kasatkina

Pliskova: fourth round

Serena: third round

2018 Nature Valley International - 26 Jun
Jimmie 48

 

SAQIB ALI

Champion: Serena

Runner-up: Kvitova

Dark Horse: Barty

First-week upset: Bencic – Garcia

Most to gain: Serena

Most at stake: Konta

Best first round: Rybarikova – Cirstea

Best first week: Pliskova – Azarenka

Pliskova: third round

Serena: Champion

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