2022 Wimbledon 1st Week Recap – Women’s
The women’s draw at Wimbledon has been completely decimated after the first week.
The only top-four seed remaining is Ons Jabeur (3). The only woman who has won a slam left in the draw is Simona Halep (16), who is playing well above her seeding. Experts have Simona as the favorite now alongside Jabeur. Rightly so, Simona took out number four seed Paula Badosa in convincing fashion in the round of 16 with a score line of 6-1, 6-2. Let’s not forget that the last time Simona played Wimbledon, she won the tournament. She’s comfortable in the grass, and there’s not much in her game that can be picked apart.
Next up for Simona is most likely the most dangerous player left in the draw aside from Jabeur – Amanda Anisimova (20). Anisimova took out Coco Gauff (11) and Harmony Tan on her way to the quarterfinals. Anisimova has some of the smoothest strokes in the game and a big serve. If Simona can get through Anisimova, she may very well be looking at a second Wimbledon title.
Our other favorite, Ons Jabeur has been playing great tennis all season. Jabeur’s draw has been a little easier than Simona’s and has not dropped a set. Her quarterfinal opponent, Bouzkova, will not be as tough as Simona’s. However, at this stage, you should not take any opponent for granted.
The dark horse is now Rybakina (17), who seems to be a prototypical Wimbledon champion. She’s got the serve, the long flat strokes, and the Eastern European background that would make past champions like Navratilova, Sharapova, and Kvitova proud.
In the end, it still seems very likely that we’ll have a Halep vs. Jabeur final come Sunday. If we do, it’s going to be a battle for the ages. They are both tactical geniuses on the tennis court and have a “never say die” attitude.
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