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The early exits of Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and several other ranked players provide an opportunity for several dark-horse candidates to win their first Wimbledon title.
Wimbledon's grass rewards the big hitters with big serves. Usually when a dark horse races to the front, she is armed with those two weapons.
Examples include the then-unknown 17-year-old Sharapova, who upset Serena Williams in 2004. In 2011 a relativity unknown Petra Kvitova upset Sharapova.
Sabine Lisicki has that powerful combo, too. Whether she has the belief or the nerve is another story.
But she makes the list of dark-horse candidates who can win the women's final.