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Five women to look out for this grass court season

The 2023 women's French Open singles title predictably went the way of Iga Swiatek, but the Pole still has to prove that she can be successful on grass as well.

As a four-time Grand Slam champion, Swiatek understandably takes high rank in the betting for Wimbledon, but odds of 4/1 look plenty short enough for a player who has failed to go beyond the fourth round in three previous SW19 spins.

Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon at a big price in 2022 and is 9/2 to defend her title, but others are queuing up behind the Kazakh and we've listed five players who will look to make an impact on the grass this summer.

WhatWimbledon 2023
WhereAll England Club, London, England
WhenMonday 3rd July - Sunday 16th July, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, BBC & Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 4/1, Aryna Sabalenka 4/1, Elena Rybakina 9/2, Ons Jabeur 10/1, Coco Gauff 14/1

Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka has already tasted Grand Slam success this season, winning her first Slam at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, and the Belarusian is arguably the most interesting of the market leaders.

The 25-year-old was not eligible to compete at Wimbledon last season, but her previous visit, in 2021, was her best yet as she reached the semi-finals before losing in three sets to Karolina Pliskova.

Sabalenka's game - one which combines a big serve with brutal groundstrokes - looks made for the surface and should stand her in excellent stead over the next few weeks. It's no surprise she is challenging Swiatek for Wimbledon favouritism at 4/1.

The Aussie Open queen is also eyeing up Swiatek's number one ranking and is set to make her next appearance in Berlin next week.

Ons Jabeur

One of the most watchable players on the WTA Tour, Ons Jabeur has won hearts with her style and her story and the Tunisian trailblazer will hope to go one better than she did last season, when she was beaten in the Wimbledon final by Rybakina.

The wily 28-year-old is adept on all surfaces, but her slice-and-dice approach is perhaps at its most dangerous on turf, evidenced not just in her Wimbledon run, but also in victories in Birmingham in 2021 and Berlin last season.

After struggling for fitness in the early part of the European clay season, a run to the French Open quarter-finals hinted that better times could be coming.

A 10/1 shot to win Wimbledon, Jabeur will first attempt to regain her Birmingham crown next week.

Beatriz Haddad Maia

Beatriz Haddad Maia's grass campaign began with disaster as she fell to an opening-round straight-sets defeat against Daria Snigur when attempting to defend her Nottingham Open title.

While the Brazilian would've wanted more from her trip to the East Midlands, perhaps that outing came too soon after her energy-sapping run to the Paris semi-finals, which included four straight, bruising three-set matches.

Haddad Maia, who played out the longest WTA match of the season so far in Paris, also won the Birmingham title last season, so there's every chance she bounces back in that event. At 28/1 she's an interesting Wimbledon outsider.

Liudmila Samsonova

Liudmila Samsonva has been on a steady rise up the WTA Tour rankings in recent seasons and contending in the second week of Grand Slams with regularity looks the next logical step on the ladder for a player with designs on the world's top ten.

Samsonova's joint-best Slam performance actually came on her Wimbledon main-draw debut in 2021 and, like Sabalenka, she was not eligible to compete last season. so she'll be bidding to make up for lost time.

The first of her four WTA titles came on the Berlin courts in 2021 and she showcased a love for the quick surface again in reaching the Den Bosch quarter-finals this week. She is among the favourites to win Den Bosch and 28/1 to claim the title at Wimbledon.

Donna Vekic

While far from the most consistent performer, Donna Vekic has always looked best suited to grass and the Croat could go under the radar in future events following her Nottingham round-of-16 defeat against Viktorija Golubic on Wednesday.

Vekic won the Nottingham title in 2017 and reached the final of the same event two seasons later and, while she's been unable to repeat the feat this season, she has equalled her best Slam run already this year, reaching the Aussie Open quarter-finals.

She's 50/1 for Wimbledon glory and, while she'd have to step up on her previous form in the event, the grass court Slam has thrown up a few reasonable shocks in the women's draw over recent years, including Rybakina's success last year.

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