As Wimbledon 2019 kicks off, BBC sports analyst and former British number one Annabel Croft picks her female favourites to watch out for.
Serean Williams and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty are in the mix while Johanna Konta remains a dark horse for the title.
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Best Wimbledon? Debut in 2019
For someone so young she has unbelievable technique: she’s got a big serve, she’s very athletic, really competitive and feisty.
She’s ranked 26th in the world, but beat Simona Halep in the quarter-finals of the French Open. A dark horse.
Best Wimbledon? Champion (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Even though she hasn’t played a lot since the birth of her daughter in 2017, with her serve, and her competitive spirit, Serena is a force to be reckoned with — especially on grass.
She’s motivated by the overall grand slam record, too: she has 23 titles, but Margaret Court has 24.
Serena wants to finish her career as the greatest ever
Best Wimbledon? Champion (2018)
One of her greatest assets is her ability to track down any ball, but she had ankle problems at the French Open.
She’ll feel the pressure in trying to defend her title, but equally it might reignite magical feelings so she feels good again.
Best Wimbledon? Third round (2018)
She’s just won the French Open and has a beautiful game. With the best volleys on the tour and her sliced backhand, she’s definitely a major challenger
Best Wimbledon? Third round (2017, 2018)
The world number one is one of the best ball strikers, moves beautifully and has incredible footwork.
But since she won the Australian Open in January, her form has been mixed.
I feel she’s learning on this surface, and there are players who could trouble her.
Best Wimbledon? Semi-finals (2017)
She’s in hot form under new coach Dimitri Zavialoff — she’s volleying more, and her serve is firing on all cylinders.
I think she’s going to go far at Wimbledon this year.
Annabel Croft was talking to Hannah Shaddock