Maria Sharapova Dominates Pre-Wimbledon Power Rankings

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Maria Sharapova Dominates Pre-Wimbledon Power Rankings
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Will Maria Sharapova be the first woman to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles since Kim Clijsters won the US Open in 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011?

Can Petra Kvitova capture her second consecutive Wimbledon title? 

These are two of the many popular story lines being debated as the Wimbledon fortnight prepares to unfold on Monday.

What about the perennial champion Serena Williams? She came back from injury a year ago and was upset in the fourth round last year at Wimbledon.

Earlier this season at the French Open, Williams was dismissed in her first-round match. Yet, the younger Williams sister hopes to rebound  by winning another Wimbledon title—her fifth.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams is not seeded at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, nor is former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters. None of the top seeds will welcome playing either of these two seasoned pros in the early rounds.

There are many newcomers populating the women’s top ten. Which of them, if any, will find her way into the championship match? 

The players who top the power rankings did well on the clay which may or may not be a good predictor of their chances on grass. This article explores their recent history and projects their possibilities of doing well at Wimbledon. 

The power rankings themselves weigh the results of the last four tournaments played based on the points awarded by the WTA. They present a snapshot of the women's or the men's tour at a given point in time—useful in assessing those players whose recent play is worth noting.

The power-ranking series is authored by JA Allen, Marianne Bevis and Feng Rong, whose formula provides the rankings.

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