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Wimbledon 2013: Serena Williams' Biggest Competitors in Third Grand Slam of Year

Serena looks unstoppable but has some major competitors in this year's field.
Serena looks unstoppable but has some major competitors in this year's field.Pool/Getty Images
Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJune 24, 2013

Serena Williams has been unstoppable. She's currently rolling on a 31-match winning streak and just notched the 16th major win of her career at the French Open. Serena has been exceptional at Wimbledon, winning the whole shebang five times since 2002. 

Wimbledon isn't just a tennis tournament. It's one of the greatest sporting events of the year, and every summer new stars are made. While the Women's Champ has looked unstoppable she returns to the All England Club, where she'll have some of tennis' best players standing in her way. 

Here are the women who are the biggest threats to Serena's Wimbledon dominance. 

 

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka comes into Wimbledon as the No. 2 seed and wouldn't have to worry about Serena until the finals, which could very well happen. Azarenka has become very dangerous on grass, which plays well to her fast style. 

While Serena has looked unstoppable, Azarenka has looked very impressive as well. While Serena's serve is downright nasty, Azarenka is one of the best returners in the sport, winning 57.1 percent of her return games. Azarenka is athletic enough to keep up with Williams' game and has the skills required to hang with the best in the sport.

Victoria has reached the semifinals in each of the last two years, but hasn't been able to make the jump to the finals. This could be her year. 

 

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova has had a ton of success at Wimbledon, mostly coming earlier in her career, but success nonetheless. In 2011, she reached the finals to take on Petra Kvitova but was beaten in straight sets. She might not have been extremely successful in recent years, but Sharapova plays a game made for fast courts.

No, she hasn't been good at Wimbledon recently, but this year she has some added motivation coming from Serena Williams. In an interview with Stephen Rodrick in Rolling Stone Serena made some rough comments about another women's tennis player, believed to be Sharapova. The Russian came back with the stinging rebuttal seen above. 

A little added motivation is exactly what Maria Sharapova needs to rejuvenate her career and get back in the hunt for Wimbledon gold. 

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

Radwanska comes into Wimbledon as the No. 4 women's tennis player in the world, and she shocked the world as she made it to the finals at Wimbledon last year against Serena. As the 24-year-old took the court she continued to surprise the world as she took Williams to three sets.

The Polish star made a name for herself at Wimbledon a year ago, and as she returns she has that much more experience. She's more familiar with the game and her opponents and has pushed Serena before. She's extremely mobile and has great anticipation, which will benefit her greatly on the grass in London as she tries to avenge her finals loss to Williams last year.  

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