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Serena Williams celebrates after beating Anna Tatishvili during their women's singles first-round match on day two of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2014.

Women to watch at Wimbledon 2015

An overview of the women to watch during Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London. The tournament runs from June 29 to July 12, 2015.

Serena Williams

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Seeded: 1
Age: 33
Country: United States
2015 Match Record: 32-1
2015 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 67
Major Titles: 20 -- Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012), U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014), Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015), French Open (2002, 2013, 2015)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-Lost in 3rd Round, 2013-4th, 2012-Won Championship, 2011-4th, 2010-W
Topspin: Halfway to a true Grand Slam and, as she prefers to see it, three-quarters of the way to a self-styled "Serena Slam," having won the past three major tournaments in a row. ... Steffi Graf in 1988 was the last woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single season. ... A five-time champion and two-time runner-up at Wimbledon, Williams hasn't been past the fourth round either of the last two years at the All England Club. ... As usual, did not enter any grass-court tuneup tournaments between French Open and Wimbledon.

Petra Kvitova

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Seeded: 2
Age: 25
Country: Czech Republic
2015 Match Record: 24-7
2015 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 16
Major Titles: 2 -- Wimbledon (2011, 2014)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-W, 2013-QF, 2012-QF, 2011-W, 2010-SF
Topspin: Left-hander with a big serve and flat forehand consistently produces her best Grand Slam results on the grass at the All England Club, making it to at least the quarterfinals each of the last five years, including two titles in that span. ... Pulled out of a warmup tournament on grass at Eastbourne, England, citing an illness and saying she needed "to be in bed and drink hot tea."

Maria Sharapova

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Seeded: 4
Age: 28
Country: Russia
2015 Match Record: 29-6
2015 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 35
Major Titles: 5 -- Wimbledon (2004), U.S. Open (2006), Australian Open (2008), French Open (2012, 2014)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-4th, 2013-2nd, 2012-4th, 2011-F, 2010-4th, 2009-2nd
Topspin: Won her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old at the All England Club more than a decade ago, surprising Serena Williams in the final. Since then, though, Sharapova has returned to the championship match at the All England Club only once in 10 appearances. ... In seven of the past eight years, she's failed to even reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.



Eugenie Bouchard

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Seeded: 12
Age: 21
Country: Canada
2015 Match Record: 8-13
2015 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 1
Major Titles: 0
Best finish in major: F, at Wimbledon (2014)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-F, 2013-3rd, 2012-Did Not Play, 2011-DNP, 2010-DNP
Topspin: After making it to at least the semifinals at the first three majors a year ago, including her Grand Slam final debut at Wimbledon, has taken significant step backward this season. ... Lost 10 of 11 matches in one stretch this year, including a first-round exit at the French Open. ... Pulled out of match at tuneup tournament in Eastbourne, England, citing stomach muscle injury, but said she'll still play at Wimbledon. ... Girls' junior champion at Wimbledon in 2012.

Sabine Lisicki

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Seeded: 18
Age: 25
Country: Germany
2015 Match Record: 15-15
2015 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 4
Major Titles: 0
Best finish in major: F, at Wimbledon (2013)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-QF, 2013-F, 2012-QF, 2011-SF, 2010-DNP
Topspin: Never as good on any surface as she is on grass, where her booming serve becomes especially effective. She hit a record 27 aces in a victory at a Wimbledon tuneup tournament at Birmingham, England. ... She also holds the record for the fastest recorded serve, reaching 131 mph (211 kph) in a 2014 match.

Madison Keys

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Seeded: 21
Age: 20
Country: United States
2015 Match Record: 17-10
2015 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 1
Major Titles: 0
Best finish in major: SF, at Australian Open (2015)
Last 5 Wimbledons: 2014-3rd, 2013-3rd, 2012-DNP, 2011-DNP, 2010-DNP
Topspin: Big serve and forehand should work well on grass, although she fared poorly in pre-Wimbledon play this year. ... Seven-time major champ John McEnroe, now an ESPN analyst, says about Keys: "If she can figure out the movement on the court, she's going to have a shot at going deep at an event like Wimbledon."

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