If you like women's tennis, you probably know Wimbledon starts Monday, and you likely have your favorites.
Chances are, some of them will make you cheer, others will make you cry and at least a few will make you cover your ears. If you really want to back a winner—or just save yourself some heartbreak—you should know the women to watch at Wimbledon this year.
Some of the names won't surprise you. There are the requisite Russians (aka the Russian army) and the standard siblings (aka Venus and Serena).
Yet there are new names too, names that weren't in the top 10 a few months ago, names of women who weren't contenders at Wimbledon last year. While the new entrants may be notable for one thing they are—young—they're likely more notable for a few things they're not—tall, big-hitting Russians or women with the last name ‘Williams'.
Find out who they are and who they'll have to beat if they want to hoist the Venus Rosewater Dish, the women's tennis equivalent of that little man Hollywood calls Oscar.
While you can't count out any top 10 player (e.g., Nadia Petrova), former Grand Slam winner (e.g., Amelie Mauresmo) or previous No. 1 (e.g., Jelena Jankovic) who's not on this list—and while the draw wasn't out when this was written—it would be more than a smidge surprising if a woman who is on this list didn't win it all.
The slides that follow will give you the lowdown on these ladies, including some numbers (e.g., world ranking, ranking based on Ladbrokes odds, number of Grand Slam titles) that convey good info at a quick glance.