Three-time reigning champion. A long-awaited return to sports. A player with an amazing winning streak. And new stars are everywhere. Wimbledon starts on Monday, and with it some of the biggest names in the sport will take to the court. Serena Williams will return for the first time since Wimbledon a year ago, Novak Djokovic will be looking to win a fourth title in a row, Iga Swiatek will see if she can continue to dominate women’s tennis and Rafael Nadal will be aiming for his third Grand Prix. Slam win of the year.
How will it all pan out? Our experts give forecasts that we are in for an interesting two weeks.
Who will win the women’s singles title and why?
Chris Evert: I choose Simona Halep because she serves more and wins free points! She is focused and determined to give another big push to get better and win more big tournaments.
Luke Jensen: Swiatek is my choice. She really turned into a WTA BOSS! It’s been years since Serena Williams really dominated the WTA world and it was an open tour – even a qualifying figure like Emma Radukanu won a major singles title without dropping a set. This made watching the WTA tour extremely interesting, but watching dominance draws viewers in. Swiatek reached No. 1 by default after Ashleigh Barty retired from the scene, but the Polish powerhouse is on a 35-win streak and won the juniors at Big W in 2018.
Pam Shriver: Swiatek is your winner. Her path will be harder than in Paris, but she is miles ahead of everyone else. Her winning streak will be 42 after Wimbledon.
Brad Gilbert: I still believe that Swiatek will win as she is the best player in the world. At the French Open, I would take her against everyone, but here I’m not so sure. She has a winning streak, but not much experience on grass. If she stumbles, she’s completely open. I have it as an obvious favorite, but it’s not so clear. Maybe it’s time for Coco Gauff. I think there will be at least one unseeded woman in the semi-finals, maybe two.
Cliff Drysdale: Svyatek. Because of her great groundstrokes, unparalleled confidence and fear factor in the locker room. Cons for her – high expectations from both the tennis world and from herself.
D’Arcy Man: I understand why Swiatek is the favorite here and why almost everyone picks her, but her grass experience is limited and she hasn’t played since the French Open, so listen to me, I’m taking Ons Jaber.
With a title in Berlin, a new career 3rd and playing Serena Williams in Eastbourne, Jabeur is having a big moment. She has momentum and confidence on her side, and after her disappointing first-round exit in Paris last month, she too has something to prove. All this makes very dangerous combination.
Jabeur was forced to withdraw from Eastbourne due to a right knee injury, but this was likely more of a precautionary measure and shows just how focused she is on Wimbledon. Besides, all series end at some point, right?
Tom Hamilton: Of all the possible rivals in the post-Barty era, this must be Swiatek. Wimbledon can be an unpredictable test, and as we saw at Roland Garros, just because your rating is high and you get a comfortable seed, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Swiatek, however, resists this trend because she confidently bears the label of the favorite, and if anything, this makes her grow into the number one role in the world.
I think Gauff will fight for the Wimbledon title and Jaber does look dangerous, but Swiatek has 35 consecutive victories (most of them on clay) and will look to extend that into SW19.
Simon Cambers: It’s really hard. Swiatek is an outstanding player on tour right now, but her half of the draw is loaded. It is possible that she will win it, but there are many better players on her way.
I saw Petra Kvitova doing a big run. After not showing any form, she found it again in Eastbourne and may have had her last hurray. She is in the draw section of Paula Badosa who is inexperienced on grass and if she could get through that section she would be a major threat.
I’m also happy to see Jabert and Gauff, but I think I’m in danger of losing most of the draw, so I’ll take the risk and say that Kvitova can win a third Wimbledon title.
Bill Connelly: The simple answer is Swiatek, and the simple explanation is “because she is the best player in the world.” She has almost no experience playing on grass, but last year she still reached the 1/8 finals and now plays much better than then.
If this No however, it becomes one of the most exciting tournaments imaginable. Game Gill is perfect for grass and she is in great shape. A number of former Wimbledon champions – Angelique Kerber, Halep, Kvitova – have looked solid lately, and someone believes that Williams is capable of blowing up the net. It’s a draw game if Swiatek doesn’t run away with things. But she can.
Aishwarya Kumar: What Swiatek has achieved in the first six months of 2022 is absolutely incredible. She last lost a match in February, over 120 days ago. She has since equaled Venus Williams’ record of 35 straight wins while winning the French Open. She has won six of the six tournaments she has entered this year. She will go to Wimbledon as the youngest number 1 seed since Caroline Wozniacki in 2011. There is no one in the draw that has a better chance of winning Wimbledon than Swiatek, and I would be shocked if she didn’t. .
Om Youngmisook: Iga Swiatek looks unstoppable. And she could be back at Wimbledon, where she won as a junior. But, as Swiatek said, “grass is always treacherous.” While Gill is recovering if she is well, Gauff enters with growing confidence. Swiatek beat Gauff in the final of the French Open, but the American bounced back and reached the semi-finals in Berlin on grass. She twice reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, but confidently enters the field. Having risen in French, Gauff could achieve a breakthrough at Wimbledon this year.
Who will win the men’s singles title and why?
Evert: Djokovic will win because he loves grass and is comfortable with his footing and mobility on sometimes difficult surfaces. He has the best combination of serve and return, and psychologically he is solid as a rock.
Jensen: Djokovic is hungry and healthy. He has won Wimbledon six times but is two major tournaments behind GOAT, 20 to Nadal’s 22. The low-bouncing, slippery grass provides Djokovic with the perfect surface for his extremely stable game and world-class moves.
Shriver: Djokovic because he is the best, most experienced player on the grass and he desperately wants to beat Nadal in majors.
Gilbert: I think Djokovic is the clear favorite here. A year ago, I would have taken Djokovic here against the field, but a year later he is not playing as well as in 2021. He is still the best player in the world on grass, but that’s not a fact. any values. Nadal delivers an incredible victory over the French and is halfway to the tournament on the calendar. If he lasts the first week, Nadal will definitely be in the game.
Drysdale: Djokovic because he is fresh after the forced break. The next generation players are very close, but seven best-of-five matches might be too much for them.
Maine: Djokovic. He’s a three-time defending champion for good reason, and now that he’s fighting to get the season back on track and taking first place (in the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev) with a more than favorable draw, it’s hard to imagine anyone beating him. Matteo Berrettini, who won titles at both Stuttgart and the Royal Club, may have had the best chance of challenging him for the crown, but they didn’t meet until the final, and Djokovic won all four of his career, including last year’s Wimbledon final.
Hamilton: The romantic in me wants to tell Nadal, but despite winning both Grand Slams this year, you just don’t know when that ankle will fail. Djokovic will most likely go to Wimbledon as the favorite but I believe Berrettini will be even better as he reached the final last year. Two weeks ago, he won at Queen’s and reached the final on grass four times in a row, and also won in Stuttgart after ending his comeback with a hand injury.
Curves: Probably Djokovic, but this time there is a lot of pressure on him despite being a six-time champion. He will see it as a big chance to close the gap on Nadal to one in the Slam race, but there are some big dangers if he is not in his game.
It’s been 12 years since Nadal won here, but then it was 13 years since he won in Australia. He looks in good shape, his leg is fine, and while grass is problematic for him because some of the stronger attackers can threaten him more than anywhere else, no one plays tennis better.
But I will choose Berrettini to be better than last year. Now he knows he can do it on grass and his recent victories showcase his impressive form on the surface. He has every chance to reach the next final, and if he does, he can win the title.
Connelly: Berrettini’s amazing recent form is testing my resolve, as is the temptation to ride Nadal’s magical helmet a little more. But it still starts with Djokovic. I wish he was eligible for more tournaments this year – during the clay court season we saw his feet not quite under him, at least not in the way they have been for most of 2021 . But he didn’t. t lost on grass for four years. I’m a big believer in never betting on a streak, and it’s a pretty ridiculous streak.
Kumar: I have to say Djokovic. He has yet to win a Grand Slam this year, but Wimbledon is a different beast and Djokovic is deadly on grass court. If the tournament holds up, Djokovic (first place) will face Nadal (second place) here in the final, and unlike…