Wimbledon 2011: Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and the Form of the Elite 16

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Wimbledon 2011: Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and the Form of the Elite 16
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Wimbledon gets underway today with the greatest players on the Tour battling it out for grass-court supremacy on the lush lawns of the All England Club.

Caroline Wozniacki enters SW19 as the No. 1 and the best player in the world, but there are no shortage of contenders looking to uproot her for a chance at one of the most coveted shields in the game.

Everyone from Li Na, Vera Zvonareva and Maria Sharapova to Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic will feel like they have a realistic shot at playing meaningful tennis in the second week of the competition.

While Kim Clijsters will not feature in the tournament, defending champion Serena Williams will. Given the No. 7 seed by event organisers, Williams will need to keep proving she has fully healed from the injuries and illnesses that cost her the last 12 months of her career.

But not everyone comes into Wimbledon equally.

While some have had success on the clay court season and hope to ride that momentum, others have logged valuable hours on the grass of Eastbourne in a bid to fuel preparations.

Some have just played at a high level since the first balls got tossed into the air in Australia and New Zealand, whereas some have not lived up to their ability. In the case of Williams, she has but a few games under her belt.

Here's a look at how the top 16 women have fared in 2011, and what their form says about their chances of glory over the next two weeks.

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